Chiropractors, or Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.), are concerned with the proper function of the nervous system as it relates to the body as a whole. This approach to health care stresses the patient's overall health and well-being. Chiropractors use natural, non-surgical health treatments such as heat, ultrasound, massage, light, diet, water, exercise and rest. Postural and spinal analysis, involving correct alignment of the vertebrae, is unique to chiropractic. Chiropractors are not permitted to prescribed drugs or use surgery to treat their patients. Chiropractors may take diagnostic x-rays as a part of their treatment methods, but Texas law prohibits their use of x-ray or radium therapy.
To become a licensed chiropractor in Texas, an applicant must graduate from a college that is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). The educational requirements call for a minimum of two years of college-level study in an accredited institution of higher learning and graduation from a four-year college of chiropractic that meets the standards of professional education. Before graduating, a chiropractic student must also complete a program in clinical experience. Upon acceptable completion of the chiropractic college program, the degree of D.C. is awarded.
Once the professional degree is conferred, the doctor of chiropractic must become licensed by the state in which he or she plans to practice. In Texas chiropractors are licensed by the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE). To receive a license a chiropractor must pass a three part exam administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and a state exam administered by the TBCE. In addition, there are continuing medical education (CME) requirements to maintain licensure.
Related career opportunities include chiropractic technician and chiropractic assistant.