Studying to become a chiropractor
Find out about how and where you can study to become a chiropractor
Chiropractic study is at degree level, either an undergraduate honours degree or above.
Chiropractic students typically study for four years to gain their chiropractic degree. During their degree course, students must meet set standards (called learning outcomes) in the following areas of knowledge and skills:
The spectrum of chiropractic care, context and history
Assessing and determining the health needs of patients
Selecting and applying appropriate evidence-based care to meet the needs and preferences of the patient
Critically evaluating scientific research methods in the context of clinical practice
Communicating effectively with the public, patients and other healthcare professionals through verbal and non-verbal forms
Understanding the nature of professional accountability.
The GCC approves programmes from the following institutions:
All chiropractic degree programmes from these institutions have met GCC Education Standards. Furthermore, the GCC is responsible for checking and rechecking the quality of all UK chiropractic education programmes. It does this by evaluating institutions and their chiropractic degree programmes against its Education Standards to ensure that new entrants into the profession can practise safely and protect patients from harm.
The General Chiropractic Council, our education providers and the chiropractic profession are committed to the principles of equality and diversity. The chiropractic profession can accommodate people from all backgrounds and with different capabilities, including those with disabilities and health conditions.
Education providers are legally bound to take all reasonable steps and/or adjustments to accommodate disabled students. They will assess every applicant against the entry criteria for the course. When reviewing any application, they will consider that the primary aim of a chiropractic qualification is to educate students to become safe and effective chiropractors who are fully capable of working as independent primary healthcare practitioners in various clinical settings.
As well as the support that education providers can offer through making reasonable adjustments, some individuals may also be eligible for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). Further information can be found on each education provider's website.
Developed in collaboration with the AECC University College, this infographic provides one example of an educational path when studying chiropractic.
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