What credentials do New York licensed chiropractors have?

New York licensed chiropractors have completed a minimum of two years of college courses in the basic sciences followed by a four-year professional study program at an accredited chiropractic college. This results in the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. These professionals have also passed national written and "hands-on" practical examinations.

The curriculum include the following disciplines:

  • Human anatomy: myology, osteology, arthrology, histology, angiology, genesiology, splanchnology;
  • Neurology: central nervous system and peripheral nervous system;
  • Embryology;
  • Special senses;
  • Human dissection and topographical anatomy;
  • Biochemistry;
  • Physiology: cellular physiology, general physiology, cardiovascular physiology, endocrine physiology, neurophysiology, digestion and nutritional physiology, renal and pulmonary physiology;
  • Pathology: microbiology, general pathology, hematology, public health and sanitation, neuromusculoskeletal pathology cardiovascular pathology, gastrointestinal and urogenital pathology;
  • Laboratory procedures;
  • Roentgenology: physics, positioning and diagnosis;
  • Diagnosis: roentgenological, physical, regional, neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis;
  • Clinical human behavior;
  • Obstetrics and gynecology;
  • Pediatrics and febrile disorders;
  • Geriatrics and cardiovascular disorders;
  • Toxicology;
  • Dermatology;
  • Otolaryngology;
  • Psychology;
  • Dietetics;
  • Orthopedics;
  • Physical therapy;
  • First aid and emergency procedures;
  • Spinal analyses;
  • Principles and practice of chiropractic: manipulation, mobilization, manual therapy, adjustive techniques and clinic.

Such courses are taught in sufficient depth to fulfill the concept of the chiropractic physician as set forth within the Educational Standards of the Council on Chiropractic Education.

The above standards of the CCE have been adopted by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB). The FCLB has recommended to the various state licensing boards that a rule of law be adopted, either by statute or by administrative regulation, wherein it will be provided as follows:

"All applicants for licensure who matriculate in a chiropractic college after October 1, 1975, must present evidence of having graduated from a chiropractic college having status with the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, or its successor, or from a chiropractic college which meets equivalent standards thereof."