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Becoming a Chiropractor in Oregon - OR

How to Become a Chiropractor in Oregon

The Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners defines exactly how to become a chiropractor in Oregon as far as education and certification are concerned. Once preliminary studies have been completed, a student must enroll in an accredited Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program offered by one of sixteen schools recognized by the CCE. Up to six months prior to graduating from the DC program, a student is eligible to sit for Oregon's state level exams.


Oregon's chiropractic exams can only be taken once national board exams one through four as well as the national physiotherapy exam have been passed. Once the national exams are completed, transcripts must be delivered to the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners thirty days prior to sitting for the state exams. The state level exams cost $197.25, and take place on specific dates, which can be learned by contacting the board.

Once a chiropractor becomes eligible to practice in Oregon, they'll need to engage the job market and begin building a client base for themselves in their community. While as many as two thirds of Oregon's chiropractors are self-employed, many begin working as employees of multi-disciplinary clinics to acquire experience, a reputation, and a client base. A recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that many successful chiropractors begin working as employees, and then establish their own practice once they've achieved financial stability and created a foundation of loyal clients.

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