Educational Requirements

Education

The educational requirements for chiropractors are similar to that of medical doctors. Chiropractors must complete four years of undergraduate study from a university. Dr. Story obtained his Bachelor's in Biology from California State University, Northridge.

Once Dr. Story earned his Bachelor's degree, he proceeded to get his doctorate in chiropractic at the famous Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in Whittier, CA. In chiropractic, the first two years of study are similar to medical school where students receive classroom and laboratory work in anatomy, physiology, public health, microbiology, pathology, and biochemistry. A doctor of chiropractic degree is different than a doctor of medicine degree in that the final two years involve courses in spinal and extremity adjustments, nutrition, exercise therapies, and physical therapy modalities. Chiropractors  also learn and use physical and laboratory diagnosis, neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics, physiotherapy, and nutrition, biomechanics, radiology, and natural medicine.

Prior to graduation, chiropractors as well as medical doctors do a one year internship. Many chiropractic colleges rotate interns through hospital rounds with medical students. Dr. Story did his internship in Glendale. Many chiropractors also undertake four to five additional years of advanced or post-graduate study in a clinical area. Dr. Story continued his education in many technque methods including Graston, Gonstead, Soft Tissue Therapies, Integrative Diagnosis, Activator, and others.

After obtaining their Doctor of Chiropractic degree, chiropractors must complete at four national board exams from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) as well as a state exam exam from the state in which they practice.