How Does Chiropractic Education Measure Up vs. Other Medical Professionals

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When it comes to comparing a Doctor of Chiropractic, Osteopath, Medical Doctor and other varying professional degree programs, Chiropractors should never be ashamed in our education. The team at ProHealth recently published this study comparing a myriad of medical professional training programs. Prohealthsys

Comparison of DC, DO, MD, ND, PT, RMT (professions are listed in alphabetical order, criteria are listed from least to most invasive). Data was collected from 2014 academic calendars among the top ranked programs in North America – (data can be independently verified by links DC – UWSDO – Touro OsteopathicMD – Yale MedicalND-BINMPT – Queens UniversityRMT – VCC. Specific programs at different institutions will vary; charts are provided for basic comparison and education priorities of each profession. Please recognize that while education plays a role in practice style, the charts below do not take into consideration post graduate education, practice preference or clinical specialization; nor do they imply any profession is ‘better’ than another – the goal is accurate, evidence based representation of educational information.

 

Total hours

Total hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (Canada) (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program)

 

Anatomy Training

Anatomy Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification or continuing educational hours

 

Physiology Training

Physiology Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline. Pharmacology is included in physiology education where applicable.

 

Soft Tissue Manipulation

Soft Tissue Manipulation Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

 

Rehabilitation & Exercise Training

Rehabilitation & Exercise Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

 

Orthopedics Training

Orthopedics Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

 

Osseous Mobilization (Grade I-IV mobes)

Osseous Mobilization Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

 

Osseous Manipulation Training (Grade V mobes)

Osseous Manipulation Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

 

Electrotherapeutics Training

Electrotherapeutics Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

 

Acupuncture

acupuncture hours

acupuncture hours

 

Nutrition & Botanicals Training

Nutrition & Botanicals Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

 

Pharmacology Training

Pharmacology Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – with the exception of ND in British Columbia (pharmacology training is legislated to be a separate, extra educational development course) hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

 

Diagnostic Imaging (radiology) Training

Radiology Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

 

Surgery Training

Surgery Training hours

DC = Doctor of Chiropractic, DO = Doctor of Osteopathy, MD = Medical Doctor, ND = Naturopathic Doctor, PT = Physical Therapist, RMT = Registered Massage Therapist (doctor level degrees require a Bachelor’s level or equivalent for entry into program) – hours show content of core curriculum at intuition and do not take into individual extra certification, continuing educational hours or practice time dedicated to each discipline.

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