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Chiropractic School in Illinois - IL

Per the Illinois Medical Practice Act, a chiropractor (called a chiropractic physician in this state) is licensed in the state to treat a variety of human illnesses and conditions without the use of medical drugs or operative surgery. Illinois requires six years of schooling for its chiropractors before they can become licensed to practice in the state. The first two years may take place at any liberal arts college, and must consist of academic instruction. The second two years must take place at a medical school and must be in a study of the basic medical sciences, including pathology, pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, therapeutics, and preventive medicine. The final two years of study must be a clinical experience that you undergo while still enrolled in medical school. It must include at least one of the following rotations:  internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Each rotation must last at least four weeks. These rotations must be in teaching hospitals/facilities that are tied to the medical college.

Illinois requires its chiropractors to pass the NBCE (National Board of Chiropractic Examiners) exam, parts I, II and III prior to licensure. This examination will test what you have learned up to that point. Part I includes questions on the general subject areas of spinal anatomy, chemistry, physiology, general anatomy, pathology, and microbiology. Part II includes questions on the clinical science areas of general diagnostics including diagnostic imaging, neuromusculoskeletal diagnostics, chiropractic practice and associated clinical sciences. Part III addresses nine clinical areas: chiropractic techniques, supportive techniques, clinical laboratory and special studies examination, diagnosis or clinical impression, physical examination, neuromusculoskeletal examination, case history, roentgenologic examination, and case management. After your six years of study, you should be well equipped to pass all three parts of this examination.

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