Chiropractors are health-care professionals who diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body’s muscular, skeletal or nervous system. They have a holistic approach to health and use only natural, drugless and non-surgical treatments such as massage to aid the body in the healing process. A bachelor’s degree is not required for most chiropractic schools; in fact, most only call for 90 semester hours for admission. Chiropractors attend four years of chiropractic school. They are not allowed to perform surgery or prescribe drugs.
Undergraduate students in the chiropractic field often major in biology, chemistry, or both. Chiropractic medicine is considered a program and is not a major. A bachelor’s degree is required prior to acceptance into chiropractic school.
Internships and Clinical Experience
Drury also strongly recommends that students spend time in a clinical setting. The experience that the student gains will not only give them a better understanding of the chiropractic profession, but these experiences let chiropractic schools know that an applicant has firsthand knowledge of the profession. A Drury University student has the advantage of contacts with the local alumni, who can provide some students with both shadowing opportunities and, in some cases, internships. Other internships can be arranged through the Office of Career Planning and Development.