What Training Do Chiropractors Have?
Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners (someone who provides both, the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as their continuing care) with an emphasis on nervous and musculoskeletal system diagnosis and treatment.
In the UK, the two courses offering full‐time chiropractic education to national and international standards are at:
The Anglo European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth
The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University of Glamorgan
Both institutions offer a full‐time degree course (4 years) in chiropractic and the degree course includes intensive training in a variety of subjects including life sciences, radiology, neurology, biomechanics, clinical medicine and differential diagnosis. Both courses have state funding and are accessed via the UCAS system.
Chiropractic students are taught to diagnose pathology and look for contraindications to treatment. They also undergo practical training in adjustment and supervised clinical training, where they have hands‐on practice in treating patients. Graduates who are members of the British Chiropractic Association undertake an additional year of supervised training as a requirement of membership, and there are many opportunities for chiropractors to study for additional postgraduate qualifications.