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Chiropractic Facts

1. To earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree the candidate must complete a four year program consisting of 4800 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical study, including anatomy, physiology, chiropractic technique, radiology, biochemistry, toxicology, biomechanics, nutrition, diagnosis and physical examination, and a clinical internship consisting of one year of hands on clinical experience and training in a professional clinical setting. The CCE is officially recognized as an accreditation agency by the US Department of Education. The CCE is a member of the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation (COPA) and the Council of Specialized Accrediting Agencies (CSSA).

2. The D.C. must obtain a state license through examination before receiving the privilege of practice.

3. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico license doctors of Chiropractic. All these jurisdictions include Chiropractic health care in their workers’ compensation statutes.

4. Chiropractic services are included in Medicare, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, Federal Workers’ Compensation laws, most Federal Employees’ Benefits programs, the Railroad Retirement Act, and the Longshoremen’s & Harbor Workers’ compensation Act.

5. In the private sector, virtually all commercial insurance carriers include Chiropractic services in their health plans.

6. The National Conference of Insurance Legislators adopted a model; bill for state health-insurance programs that defines “physician” to include the doctor of Chiropractic.

7. The Department of Health and Human Services classifies doctors of Chiropractic as category one providers, just like medical doctors, osteopaths, and dentists.

8. The U.S. Public Health Service classifies doctors of Chiropractic among “medical specialists and practitioners.”

9. Chiropractic is the third largest health care profession in the Western world behind medicine and dentistry.

10. 94% of the spinal manipulation done in the U.S. is done by chiropractors.

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