Becoming a Chiropractor in Alaska - AK
How to Become a Chiropractor in Alaska
Alaska is the largest state in the United States but also the least densely populated. As a result, many of its residents live in very rural areas far from population centers. Though few chiropractors establish rural clinics, many chiropractors are called upon to make visits to patients living in rural areas.
Interest in alternative medicine in Alaska is growing, and with it the demand for chiropractors, who seek to adjust the healthy functioning of the body without drugs or invasive procedures. Additionally, Alaska’s elderly population is expected to more than double in the next twenty years, and the need for skilled chiropractors who can help older bodies function better is projected to grow rapidly as well. Overall, the demand for chiropractors is expected to grow almost 20% over the next decade.
Becoming a chiropractor in Alaska will take several years of education and training, however, so if it’s a career that interests you, you first need to select an accredited chiropractic school where you can gain the essential skills and knowledge you will need to practice.
Chiropractic schools require at least 4200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. There are no accredited chiropractic schools located in Alaska, so you’ll have to go outside the state for school.Once you’ve completed your educational and training requirements, you’ll need to pass the state and national chiropractic examinations to receive an Alaskan chiropractic license. To renew your chiropractic license, you’ll need to take at least 24 hours of continuing education courses. Up to one-third of these hours may be completed online or through other distance-learning methods at your convenience.