Alternative Medicine: Explore A Career As A Chiropractor – Part Two

June 5, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Explore A Career As A Chiropractor – Qualifications & Training

Transferable Skills Required for Chiropractors

Some of the skills and attributes you need to have to become a chiropractor include:

– A genuine interest in chiropractic

– Good listening and communication skills

– A logical approach and sound problem-solving skills

– Good physical coordination and excellent manual skills

– The ability to deal with physically demanding work

Qualifications & Training Requirements

Before you can practice as a chiropractor in the UK, you will need to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). To be eligible to join the register you need to complete a four-year, GCC-accredited degree programme in this specialty. In most institutions, the four years is split into three years full-time study and one year working under supervision.

There are currently three institutions that offer GCC approved courses: Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC), University of South Wales and The McTimoney College of Chiropractic (MCC). 

Eligibility criteria for any of the approved degrees include:

– Minimum five GCSEs (A-C) including science-based subjects

– Three A-levels, including two sciences such as human biology, physics, or chemistry.

If you have not obtained any of these qualifications, you may be able to take a one-year Access to Higher Education course, which is offered by all GCC-approved institutions.

The GCC’s Guide for Disabled People is a valuable resource for anyone who has a disability and wants to train as a chiropractor.

Spending some time observing a chiropractor, or having any voluntary experience in a caring role, can give you a pretty good insight into this career. ​

Course Curriculum

With a few differences in the schedule, the curriculum in all chiropractor programmes will include:

– Study of the structure and function of the human body

– Orthopaedics

– Biomechanics and biochemistry

– General medicine

– Physiotherapy

– Internal medicine

– Diagnostic skills and techniques

– Practical, manual skills and chiropractic techniques

A student helping medical staff bandage up a patient's leg, Tanzania. One thing all courses have in common is that all students spend a year working under the supervision of an experienced and qualified chiropractor.

After completing your degree, you will need to register with the GCC so that you can work as a chiropractor. As a registered chiropractor, it is mandatory that you keep your skills and knowledge up to date and maintain your registration with the GCC. All practicing chiropractors need to complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) activity every year. This would also be the time to qualify in any specialist area of interest, such as paediatric or sports injuries.