What is a chiro? Basically, this is a slang term used within the chiropractic community to describe a chiropractor. A chiropractor must complete a bachelor’s degree as well as the doctor of chiropractic degree from an accredited institution to practice. The chiro student takes over 7,500 hours of classroom courses as well as practical application in the following areas: clinical anatomy and physiology, neurology, histology, embryology, biochemistry, nutrition, NMS evaluation, clinical assessment and application, and adjusting courses. He/she must also complete the boards given by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners satisfactorily to practice in the United States of America and many other countries. Upon completion of these examinations, the newly graduated chiro must apply for licensure in the state in which he/she wants to practice in.
The Doors Are Open
Now the doors are finally open and the chiro can do what they love-adjusting patients! They have many opportunities for how they would like to practice. They can be a sole proprietor, an associate, an independent contractor, an employee, engaged in profit sharing, or a tandem associate. There are pros and cons to each decision since there are so many factors to consider like lease payments, equipment, staff, malpractice insurance, marketing, and obligations of owning one’s business. A chiropractor may also choose to specialize in an area like pediatrics, geriatrics, pre and perinatal care, internal medicine, orthopedics, radiology, or sports medicine. These can be either fellowship programs or be much longer board certification programs. Being a chiro, or chiropractor is a very rewarding career profession to achieve.