Becoming a Chiropractor

The chiropractic physician treats and prevents disease as well as promotes public health and welfare. Such critical work demands thorough training and uncompromising testing.

How to Become a Chiropractor

To become a chiropractor, a candidate must complete four major steps:

  • Earn college credit in general studies (bachelor’s degree required in some states).
  • Graduate from an accredited chiropractic college.
  • Pass the NBCE and any other examinations required by the state in which he or she intends to practice.
  • Meet any additional state-level chiropractic licensing requirements.

While there is still considerable variation among countries, licensure procedures are standardized within many countries, including the United States, Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand. By law, licensed chiropractors may use the titles “Doctor of Chiropractic,” “D.C.,” or “Chiropractic Physician.”

Links to chiropractic colleges

Links to U.S. state licensing boards


and public safety through excellence in testing