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Comparison of the Education of DC's and MD's

Both chiropractic and medical schools require certain course work for admission. These vary from school to school. Very few schools of either type require a bachelor's degree, although some specify that they prefer the applicant have such a degree.

Chiropractic colleges do not require the MCAT. Some medical schools do. Contrary to common belief, some medical schools (including high profile institutions) require the bare minimum of undergraduate requirements.

We took the admission requirements for medical schools from the publication titled: Medical School Admission Requirements, 1997-1998: United States and Canada, 47th edition (published by The Association of American Medical Colleges). Admission requirements for accredited chiropractic schools are dictated by the Council on Chiropractic Colleges (the agency appointed by the U.S. Dept. of Education to accredit chiropractic colleges).

The Parker College study reported that on average, chiropractic college involves 372 more classroom hours than medical school.  Chiropractic students also have more hours of training in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and orthopedics (the musculoskeletal system).

It should be apparent from looking at the data below that in general, the chiropractic student has a more extensive classroom education and practical training in these areas, particularly in diagnosis, than the medical student.

Requirements for Admission to
Chiropractic and Medical Schools
 College Courses  Parker Chiropractic College  Harvard Medical School  Stanford University
 Biological Science (with lab) 1 year 1 year 1 year
 General or Inorganic Chemistry 1 year 1 year 1 year
 Organic Chemistry (with lab)  1 year 1 year  1 year
 Physics (with lab)  1 year 1 year  1 year
 English or Communicative Skills 1 year
 Psychology  1/2 year
 Humanities or Social Sciences 22.5 quarter hours
 Electives 6-to-18 quarter hours

Degree Requirements

These basic educational requirements for graduates of both chiropractic and medical schools show that although each has its own specialties, the hours of classroom instruction are about the same. (The class hours for basic science comparisons were compiled and averaged following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic colleges and 22 medical schools.)

Chiropractic College Course Medical School
 456 Anatomy/Embryology  215
 243 Physiology  174
 296 Pathology  507
 161 Chemistry/Biochemistry  100
 145 Microbiology  145
 408 Diagnosis  113
 149 Neurology  171
 56 Psychology/Psychiatry  323
 66 Obstetrics & Gynecology  284
 271 X-ray  13
 168  Orthopedics  2
 2,419  Total Hours for Degree  2,047

The above was from an on-line article, The Grisanti Report by Dr. Ron Grisanti


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