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University training to become a Chiropractor

Why be a chiropractor?

There is now an increased awareness of chiropractic and the benefits it can provide amongst the general public and healthcare professionals. Patients who are disgruntled with the current health care system or those who are looking for an improvement in their quality of life are asking for chiropractic care. As a result, the demand for qualified, registered practitioners is high and continuing to grow.

How to train to be a chiropractor

The GCC (General Chiropractic Council) has set the standards of education in chiropractic and all chiropractors must have graduated from an accredited institution before being accepted onto the Register.

There are two accredited Chiropractic Schools in the UK; two are independent colleges, whose courses are validated by UK universities, and two are university-based courses (see below). The GCC has set a minimum standard of 3600 taught hours for its accredited chiropractic courses.

Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

13-15 Parkwood Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 2DF

Tel: 01202 436200, Fax: 01202 436312



University of Glamorgan

Chiropractic Field, School of Applied Sciences, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, CF37 1DL

Tel: 01443 482287, Fax: 01443 482285



Chiropractic Universities Overseas

Macquarie Univesity, Sydney, Australia

Macquarie University offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research studies in both Health and Chiropractic. The Health programs encourage an multi-discipline approach by using a range of departments to contribute to the Health studies field. The Chiropractic programs are fully accredited and internationally recognised.

The Department operates three Chiropractic clinics located at Macquarie Park, Eastwood and Summer Hill. The Universities staff are heavily involved in research in both the Health and Chiropractic fields.

The degrees offered in Chiropractic at Macquarie are currently accredited and internationally recognised. Professional accreditation with the NSW Chiropractic Registration Board requires the completion of an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or have completed an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements set by the Australian Chiropractors Registration Boards.

Through Macquarie University there are two pathways to gain registration as a chiropractor in Australia and New Zealand.

Pathway 1: Successful completion of both the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and the Master of Chiropractic (minimum of 5 years full time study) at Macquarie University.

Pathway 2: Successful completion of a Science/Health Science/Medical Science or Exercise Science from another tertiary institution, the successful complete of the Qualifying program to the Master of Chiropractic and the Master of Chiropractic at Macquarie University (usually between 6 - 7 years of full time study).

Contacts:. Phone: +61 2 9850 6000, Fax: +61 2 9850 6565


Department of Health & Chiropractic, Department Administration

Ms Karinna Handley

Ph: + 61 2 9850 9386

Ms Catherine Morrissey (Tue, Wed and Thur monrings only)

Ph: + 61 2 9850 6389

Departmental Fax: + 61 2 9850 9389 for Chiropractic enquiries; for Health enquiries

RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), Melbourne, Australia

The chiropractic program at RMIT has been at the leading edge of teaching and training future chiropractors since 1975.

The chiropractic program has undergone a restructuring with the three-year Bachelor component now accredited. The Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine-Chiropractic) covers human and clinical sciences majoring in Chiropractic. The degree is a prerequisite qualification for selection into the two-year Master of Clinical Chiropractic (commencing in 2006) which is expected to become the recognised RMIT qualification for registration as a chiropractor from 2008 onwards.

Work Experience

RMIT students are given opportunities to observe clinical practice, under the supervision of registered Chiropractors, in the on-campus and off-campus clinics and with field practitioners. These teaching clinics provide chiropractic treatment to the general public, students and staff of RMIT.


Three years full-time (includes clinical practice).

The average student contact time is 25 to 30 hours per week of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Non-contact hours totalling 25 to 30 hours per week or more for self-directed learning and study should also be considered when estimating time commitment.


School of Health Sciences

Building 201, Level 2, Room 6, Bundoora West campus

Tel. + 61 3 9925 7395

Fax: + 61 3 9925 6539

New Zealand College of Chiropractic

The NZCA School of Chiropractic (as it was then) was formed in 1994 by the New Zealand Chiropractor’s Association to address demands created by a shortage of chiropractors in New Zealand.

The School was planned and developed on a model of maintaining the philosophical integrity of chiropractic, and, initially led by its founding CEO, Dr Jim Stinear, has high expectations and aspirations.

By the end of 1999, [the New Zealand Qualifications Authority approval of the BSc(Chiropractic)/BSc qualification had been gained,] school ownership was transferred to the NZCA Chiropractic Education Trust, a not-for-profit organisation, and the School and Clinic moved. to the current location in Margot St, Newmarket.

In 2002, the School changed its name to The New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

In 2003 Dr Brian Kelly was appointed the President of the College and relationships with the profession continued to strengthen and the NZ Chiropractic Board accepted the College’s Professional Proficiency Exit Exam as recognition of the quality of the graduates.

Since 2003, enrolments continue to grow, the College graduated its 100th graduate, and the College’s profile in Australasia and beyond continues to expand.

15 Margot Street, Epsom

PO Box 113-044, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand

Phone: 64 9 522 5530

Other Chiropractic universities also exist within the USA.