Those are a few of the questions your patients may have in mind, even if they don’t express them. In fact, raising awareness about who chiropractors are and what you do is crucial to increasing the popularity of chiropractic care. Of course YOU know that there are currently 77,000 Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) in the United States treating 27 million Americans, but sometimes we forget to education our patients, as well.
So here are ten facts about the educational and professional standards for Doctors of Chiropractic to share with your patients.
You might want to print this out and post it on the wall of your practice or your website!
Doctors of Chiropractic earn their degrees from nationally educated, four-year doctoral graduate school programs, after completing a four-year undergraduate degree.
There are about 10,000 chiropractic students studying at one of only 15 chiropractic programs at 18 nationally accredited universities or chiropractic doctoral graduate education programs accepted by the Council on Chiropractic Education. By comparison, there are 141 M.D. programs and 30 D.O. programs.
To earn their degree DCs have to complete a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical work.
Those 4,200 hours of education and training are roughly equivalent to the classroom hours for allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.
Doctors of Chiropractic are required to pass a series of four national board exams and also be licensed in the state where they practice.
Doctors of Chiropractic also have to adhere to continuing education requirements in the state where they practice. For instance, the Continuing Education requirements for California include 24 hours of work.
The practice of chiropractic is highly regulated with stringent licensing, education, and professional oversight, including The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) and Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB).
Doctors of Chiropractic are designated as physician-level providers in the federal Medicare program, as well as the majority of states.
Doctors of Chiropractic rated as the best healthcare practitioners to treat low-back pain, above physical therapists (PTs), neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and all primary care physicians.
Recent surveys reveal that having a Doctor of Chiropractic treat low back pain costs an average of 20 percent less than initiating treatment with a Medical Doctor (MD).
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