Students interested in chiropractic medicine will pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DC). Chiropractic medicine focuses on the relationship between the body’s main structures – the skeleton, the muscles and the nerves—and the patient’s health. Chiropractors believe that health can be improved and preserved by making adjustments to these structures, particularly to the spinal column. They do not prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures, although they do refer patients for these services if they are medically indicated.
Requirements for application to a chiropractic medicine program vary based on institution. There is no centralized application system for chiropractic school. There are no colleges of chiropractic medicine in Mississippi, but you can find schools and more information by visiting the ACA Today website.
To enter chiropractic medicine school, you will need:
- A bachelor’s degree in any major that you choose,
- Specific courses required by chiropractic medicine schools,
- Experience in a chiropractic medicine setting, such as shadowing a chiropractor,
- Letters of evaluation that address personal qualities and characteristics of the applicant, and
- Evidence of leadership and community involvement.
It’s never too early to start thinking about preparation for chiropractic medicine.