Yes Chiropractors are doctors. Health professionals with the label “doctor” are granted the ability to diagnose patients. The BC Government’s Health Professions Act acknowledges chiropractors as doctors due to their education, experience and skills. As doctors, chiropractors provide evidence-based care to patients.
Individuals who wish to become a chiropractor must complete a minimum of three years of post-secondary education, focusing on organic chemistry, biology and social sciences before applying to an accredited chiropractic college for a further four years of study. The Doctor of Chiropractic degree programs average at 4,500 hours which is comparable, if not greater than the amount of hours required by medical students. In BC, chiropractic doctors who wish to practice must also complete a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their expertise and keep them on top of new developments in the healthcare environment.
Chiropractors complete at least 7 years of post-secondary education to become a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). The College of Chiropractors of BC is the regulatory body that licenses chiropractors in our province and sets standards of practice to protect the public. Are chiropractors doctors? Yes they are and you can see a chiropractor today.