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Becoming a Chiropractor in District of Columbia - Washington, DC

How to Become a Chiropractor in District of Columbia

Becoming a chiropractor in Washington, DC means diagnosing and treating patient health conditions caused by injury to the spinal column, neurological system, or musculature of the body. Training is an essential piece of teaching chiropractic students how to effectively treat patients for such conditions.


Most chiropractic training programs in the District of Columbia require around 200 hours of on-the-job, hands-on clinical training. During this time, you will work with experienced chiropractors who will teach you the basics of chiropractic practice, including:

  • Reading and interpreting radiographic imaging
  • Laser therapy
  • Ultrasound and electrical stimulation therapy
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Patient assessment and recommendations
  • Patient interaction

The total population of the District of Columbia is 586,000; 468,700 residents constitute the adult population, which is where the majority of chiropractic treatment is needed. In 2008, about 10.9% of the adult population reported a disability, about 51,088 residents. The limited days of activity per month due to those disabilities was 3.4, meaning that these patients experienced decreased ambulation and mobility during 10% of each month.

There is currently an alarming trend occurring in the District of Columbia. While routine exercise is essential to overall health, only 54.4% of the adult population reported actively practicing regular exercise and activity, leaving about 213,727 residents without the health benefits of regular exercise. These statistics are contributing to the 20% increased need for chiropractic health professionals in the District of Columbia over the next 8 years.

The District of Columbia Board of Chiropractors regulates licensure over this profession. They require that these conditions be met before they will issue a state license:

  • 4 years of undergraduate study in science
  • 5 years of graduate study in chiropractics
  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners examination
  • District of Columbia Chiropractic exam

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