How to become a chiropractor

My Journey began long ago when I had entered the working force as a Dental Hygienist. Although I had enjoyed this career I would often find myself wondering “Is this all my career has to offer”. I would question myself “Does this career feed my soul”, I mean I was going to do this for the next 40-50 years right? With questions being asked I soon found that although I enjoyed being a Dental Hygienist this was not my true path and that there was more to discover with another career that would become me and greater passion would emulate from me.

Just like you I found myself looking down many career avenues that would potentially ignite a flame within “saying YES this is it”. I looked into dental school – soon realized that even though my knowledge for oral health was superior it truly was not where I wanted to be for the next 40-50 years. But I knew I wanted to work with people everyday. Then I looked into physician assistant school and knew right away this was not the avenue for me either….. What was MY CALLING? I had always told others that if I were to go back to school it would have been CHIROPRACTIC!! So why not me? Why wouldn’t I look into the schooling? What was I afraid of – afraid of something that I knew I was so sure of? That was it the door was there and all I had to do was open it. I knew behind this door was going to be hard work and a dedication made of the finest gold. I turned the knob and the door opened – THIS WAS IT!!

I want you to know that prior to choosing this path my knowledge for what true chiropractic was had not developed yet. I had not had an advocate helping me navigate these unchartered waters. These were foreign waters but I knew the water wings were always on and would keep me afloat. I hope that if you choose this as a career you would find a Doctor of Chiropractic that resonates with you to have as a professional advocate to bounce questions, ideas, and your many thought processes to. This advocate will be paramount in your success and the individual technique and specialties you may engage in along this educational pathway.

Many of you might not know what true chiropractic is… I want to take a brief moment for you to feel it.

Right now you are committing yourself to read more about where chiropractic fits in your life, possibly your family’s life, and how this is more than just a career it is a LIFESTYLE!

The conscious choice to pick up and read is controlled by your brain and its extended nervous system. Even more so, subconsciously your senses are putting together letters to formulate words and sentences, eventually creating a CONCEPT!

Every minute of every day your brain is regulating, coordinating and controlling every cell, tissue, muscle, and organ. From the moment you wake, to that amazing smell of coffee brewing, to residing for an evenings peaceful sleep. Your brain is subconsciously and consciously allowing you to function. Your nervous system is ultimately a flawless design that allows you to be the individual you are, breathing LIFE into your day.

All this happens automatically; without care, cleaning, repair, or replacement that lasts a lifetime.

Chiropractic can benefit everyone, regardless of age or health status. Chiropractic focuses on enhancing your nervous system by working with the musculoskeletal system to ensure your body is functioning the best it can everyday! By focusing on the nervous system, chiropractic is enriching every cell, organ and tissue which promotes optimal wellness by allowing the body to heal faster, think clearer, move better, breathe easier, digest efficiently, and to LIVE WELL.

My graduate studies and formal training were completed at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, which is the fountainhead of where Chiropractic began in 1895. While at Palmer College, I served on student council for 8 trimesters and was active in Sigma Phi Chi, which is a professional sorority enriching the lives of young women through philanthropy, philosophy, leadership, and technique of chiropractic. I was also selected as a rehabilitative intern at Palmer College where I performed functional movement screenings, worked with an array of soft tissue injuries, as well as utilized many modalities in conjunction with chiropractic to treat athletic, occupational, or recreational injuries.

My preceptor/internship/residency experience while at Palmer College was held within a VA Medical Center in Tomah, WI. Here, I worked in a multi-disciplinary setting that gave me experience in co-managing patient care with medical doctors of different specialties and numerous other health care professionals. I also participated in a clinical abroad volunteer program located in Bequia, which is a small island in the Grenadine Islands close to St. Vincent. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience to provide chiropractic care to a remote community where I cared for hundreds of patients ranging in ages from newborns to 90 years old.

The schooling is one aspect but once you’ve graduated and have your doctorate a few questions to keep mind along the way:
Where do you want to practice?
What type of practice do you want to work in?
Do you want to open your own practice?
Do you want to be an associate doctor?

I had chosen to open my own practice and with this comes a whole skill set. (Business skills) The school I attended had a business center where any and all questions could be asked. They also help to assist you with your business plan so it is aimed for your success.

If Chiropractic is of interest below are a few requirements for most Chiropractic Colleges

Admission criteria for most chiropractic colleges:
A Minimum of 90 credit hours – (Undergraduate)
3.0 GPA or greater on a 4.0 scale
24 semester hours in life and physical science with labs
Well-rounded general education program in the humanities and social sciences

Working on your undergraduate degree – suggestion for classes to take to help with application process:
24 semester credits of science, with half of those credits with corresponding labs

Chiropractic college suggest labs in:
Biology: human anatomy and physiology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, cellular biology, exercise physiology and kinesiology

Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology/pharmacology, nutrition and nuclear medicine

Physical sciences: physics, biomechanics and statistics

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