Education of a Chiropractor

Dr. John McMillan Mennel, professor at five medical schools and noted author, testified that two of the Chiropractic colleges that he is familiar with were equal in academic excellence to the best medical schools in the nation.  He also noted that a new medical resident in a hospital normally has no more than 4 hours training on the musculoskeletal system and may actually have no training at all in some cases.

Chiropractors study for 7 years- including 4,485 hours of professional school to obtain a Doctorate of Chiropractic.  During that time they are required to pass 4 sets of National Boards and most states have their own requirements prior to licensure.

Here is a comparison of Medical school and Chiropractic school’s curriculum:

Medical School
(John Hopkins)
(Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Subject Class Hours Class Hours
Anatomy 508 520
Physiology 256 520
Pathology 401 195
Chemistry 200 325
Bacteriology 114 130
Diagnosis 224 520
Neurology 112 130
X-Ray 48 292
Psychiatry 144 65
Obstetrics & Gynecology 198 65
Total Hours 2205 2762