Chiropractic – Conventional medicine – a comparison of studies

As a medical discipline, Chiropractic has been in existence for over 100 years. The full-time program of study takes 5 to 6 years and has the same status as a university degree. Chiropractic studies can be followed in the United States, the UK, Denmark, France, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan and Korea. Students wishing to be admitted to a chiropractic course must have the normal university entrance qualifications in scientific subjects.

Worldwide there are 90,000 practicing chiropractors, 200 of whom work in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, the profession is not yet recognized and protected by law. This means that anyone can call him or herself a chiropractor. Membership of the Dutch Chiropractor Federation (DCF) will be a guarantee that your chiropractor has completed his or her chiropractic studies.

Below is a general comparison between the 6-year Chiropractic course in the UK (including a one year work placement) with a Medical degree course in the Netherlands. Study time outside the normal curriculum has not been included.

Subjects:

Anatomy and embryology
Cell biology en microbiology
Chemistry
Communication
Dermatology
Pharmacology
Philosophy/medical ethics
Physiology
Gynecology/midwifery
Pediatrics
Neurology
Pathology
Path. Anatomy
Radiodiagnostics
Nutrition

Scientific research/work experience
Non-comparable or specific subjects
Work experience

Total number of lessons (in hours)

Chiropractic

332
42
80
84
20
40
34
318
40
40
68
102
24
220
56

148

1520
2840

5998

Medicine

145.5
169
84.5
87
21.5
16
36.5
181
49
65.5
45.5
101
22
8
2

168

1176
3570

5948

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