Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards

Becoming a Chiropractor

Individuals interested in becoming a chiropractor will have to make a substantial investment of time in their education. In order to be registered to practice as a chiropractor with a provincial or territorial regulatory board in Canada, you must complete the following:

1. Pre-Chiropractic Education Programme Requirements

Chiropractic educational programmes in Canada are accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada of the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards (Federation). The Federation establishes the Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic Programmes which set out the minimum requirements for entry to an accredited educational programme.

The Federation's Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic Programmes states:

2. Graduation from an Accredited Doctor of Chiropractic Education Programme

The Federation establishes the Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic Programmes which set out the educational requirements and accredit programmes in compliance with those Standards. Federation accredited programmes require a minimum of four to five academic years of full-time study totalling no less than 4,200 hours.

There are two programmes accredited by the Federation. They are:

In addition to the academic elements of the programme, chiropractic education requires hands-on clinical experience under the direct supervision of highly-qualified chiropractic faculty. This experience includes clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and referral protocols. The faculty at both CMCC and UQTR have diverse backgrounds and offer students a wide range of expertise. Faculty come from such disciplines as biological sciences, pathology, medicine and psychology, as well as chiropractic.

Both the CMCC and UQTR programmes include courses in anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, embryology, principles of chiropractic, radiology, immunology, microbiology, pathology, nutrition, and clinical sciences specifically relating to diagnosis.

In particular, students receive training in radiology which covers a range of topics from radiation biophysics and protection to clinical x-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Radiology training consists of more than 360 contact hours followed by application during clinical internship.

Chiropractic students are educated as primary-contact health care practitioners, with emphasis on neuro-musculo-skeletal diagnosis and treatment. This education concentrates on three areas of learning:

The Federation is a member of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI), along with the CCE US, the European CCE and the Australasian CCE. All CCEI member agencies uphold similar high standards. For a listing of all accredited programmes world-wide please visit the CCEI web site.

Graduates of chiropractic programmes accredited by a CCEI member agency are recognized by the Federation and are eligible to sit licensure examinations in Canada.

3. Examination of Candidates for Licensure

Upon graduation from an accredited programme, candidates must pass the written and practical exams offered by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB). For more information on these examinations, please visit the CCEB web site.

4. Application to Provincial or Territorial Regulatory Board

After passing the CCEB examinations, you may apply for licensure in a Canadian province or territory. Each regulatory jurisdiction has unique requirements for licensure and should be contacted early in the process of becoming a chiropractor. In addition to graduation and being successful on the examinations, regulatory boards generally will need the following:

Please note that it is the responsibility of the candidate for licensure to check with the relevant chiropractic provincial or territorial regulatory board to ensure that they meet all of the requirements.