Doctor of Chiropractic FAQs

Doctor of Chiropractic FAQs

Find answers to our most frequently asked Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine degree questions below. Didn't find what you were looking for? Learn more by calling the College of Chiropractic Medicine Admissions Office at 1-888-784-5355.


What type of doctor is a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)?

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), also called Chiropractors and Chiropractic Physicians, care for patients of all ages, and they focus on care of the spine and other parts of the musculoskeletal system.

What does a Chiropractor do?

  • Chiropractors diagnose patients’ conditions the same as other doctors such as medical and osteopathic physicians, by taking a medical history and performing an examination and other tests, such as imaging and laboratory tests. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Instead, chiropractic treatment is called “conservative” care and consists of gentle and skilled manipulation of the joints of the body, as well as the use of other physical therapies and exercises. The vast majority of patients seeking chiropractic care do so because of back pain and neck pain.

Do you need a doctorate to be a chiropractor?

  • Yes, to become licensed in any of the 50 U.S. states (or 10 Canadian provinces), you need to obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree (DC). In some parts of the world, such as Australia and New Zealand, the chiropractic qualification is a Bachelor of Chiropractic (similar to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery still given in those countries).

How many years of school are needed to prepare to become a chiropractor?

  • Entry into chiropractic school requires a minimum of 90 credits (or three years) of undergraduate study (although typically around 70% of those entering chiropractic school already have a bachelor’s degree). Chiropractic programs are generally 40 months in length (consecutive months), or four academic years (if not consecutive). At Keiser University, the chiropractic program consists of 10 semesters (3 per year) for a total of 40 months. Internship is usually completed during the program so graduates can apply for a license to practice right after graduation.

Is this program accredited?

  • Yes, the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at the Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine is awarded programmatic accreditation by The Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321, Phone: (480) 443-8877, Website:

What is different about the chiropractic program at Keiser University?

    • The chiropractic program at Keiser University offers small classes allowing for a more personalized approach to instruction and learning.

    • There are weekly case conferences throughout the course so that patients concerns and care are always at the forefront of learning.

    • A number of cross-cutting themes such as wellness and sports medicine are embedded within the curriculum to help students integrate their studies around a clinically relevant framework.

    • The program stresses the scientific basis of chiropractic health care as well as the integration of the chiropractic physician as a team member in the health care system.


The chiropractic program FAQs above were provided by Dr. Wiles, Dean of the College of Chiropractic Medicine

Dr. Wiles led the launch and ongoing development of the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Keiser University. He is a well-known leader in the chiropractic field and an experienced educator.

About Dr. Michael Wiles: Dr. Wiles has served in a variety of professional positions, including private practice and progressing to Chair and Associate Professor for the Department of Chiropractic and Clinical Science at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College; Full-Professor, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northwestern College of Chiropractic; and Interim President, Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Dr. Wiles received his undergraduate education at the University of Toronto and his professional Chiropractic education from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada.  In addition, Dr. Wiles earned a M. Ed. in Educational Administration from Brock University, Ontario and a M.S. in Medical Education Leadership from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine.  He has also pursued doctoral-level higher education administration courses from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.


Dean's Message

Dr. Michael Wiles, Dean of the Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine, talks about the Doctor of Chiropractic program. The doctor of chiropractic program, offered in beautiful West Palm Beach, FL., combines classroom learning with an emphasis on hands-on practical experience.