Aspiring chiropractors have similar undergraduate requirements as medical doctors. They then must compladete a four-year doctorate degree program that includes laboratory work, sciences, diagnosis, treatment procedures, and a clinical internship. Also, most chiropractic colleges require students to partake in clinical externship programs that place them in actual chiropractic offices so that they can further enhance their clinical practice skills.
Near or soon after graduation, chiropractors must successfully complete rigorous National and State Board examinations to obtain a license to practice. To ensure that a high level of competence is maintained, annual postgraduate continuing education is also required.