Become a doctor of chiropractic in just over 3 years, and get prepared for a successful career.

For more than 100 years, Northeast’s Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program has provided a rigorous, evidence-informed education focused on treatment of the spine and neuromusculoskeletal health.

Northeast’s future doctors gain expertise in chiropractic methods and techniques, as well as take part in diverse hands-on clinical experiences. The College’s immersive chiropractic education prepares graduates for successful careers as integrated healthcare leaders who help transform the overall health of their communities.

Why Study Chiropractic at Northeast?

The Doctor of Chiropractic Program provides an evidence-informed, academic foundation that leads to a rewarding career you can build a life around. You will learn from expert faculty who mentor, connect and model what it takes to be a leader in healthcare. You will receive extensive hands-on training, performing your first adjustment as early as your second term of study and spend your final year in a clinic-based clerkship with a wide range of clinical opportunities across the U.S. and Canada. Upon graduation, you will be poised to provide integrative care as part of an elite group of over 10,000 alumni around the world who are dedicated to uncompromising clinical excellence.

Career Path.

At Northeast, you choose where your education takes you. Your doctor of chiropractic degree can lead to a career specializing in:

  • Chiropractic orthopedics
  • Workplace ergonomics
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Research
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports and human performance
  • Pain management

Whether it's working in private practice, hospitals, healthcare, universities, multidisciplinary settings, or even professional affiliations with sports teams of all levels, you determine what you want to do.

 

Spine and Neuromusculoskeletal Health Professionals
  • Rigorously trained through a comprehensive curriculum designed for clinical excellence
  • Portal-of-entry healthcare providers who emphasize spine and neuromusculoskeletal health
Skilled Clinicians
  • Guided by scientific evidence to deliver safe, effective, and patient-centered care
  • Committed to lifelong learning and staying at the forefront of the changing healthcare landscape
Providers of Evidence-Informed Care
  • Guided by scientific evidence to deliver safe, effective, and patient-centered care
  • Committed to lifelong learning and staying at the forefront of the changing healthcare landscape
Advocates for Community Health
  • Passionate about promoting health and wellness to improve the quality of life of communities
  • Proactive in empowering patients with the tools and knowledge to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and disabilities
Integrated and Collaborative Team Members
  • Key contributors to interprofessional teams, prioritizing patient outcomes and healthcare needs
  • Valued and principled conservative healthcare providers
Leaders in Healthcare
  • Dedicated to advancing the chiropractic profession and access to care
  • Respectful, empathetic, ethical and accountable

 

Northeast doctor of chiropractic graduates are able to

  • Review and critically appraise literature for quality, clinical significance, and applicability.
  • Assess patients’ health status through history taking; diagnostic tests; neurological, orthopedic and physical examination; and critically evaluate clinical data
  • Develop differential diagnoses appropriate to each patient presentation.
  • Establish patient management plans and treatment goals appropriate to each patient presentation.
  • Deliver clinically appropriate chiropractic adjustive procedures.
  • Document the management, treatment, and outcomes of the doctor/patient interaction. Recognize ethical issues and consider the ramifications of different perspectives in resolving dilemmas.
  • Assess their own ethical values and incorporate characteristic professional values, ethics, attitudes, knowledge, and skills into their behaviors to govern their responses in professional and extra-professional situations.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills and professionalism through interactions with peers, faculty, staff, patients, and community members by consciously modeling the attributes of a healthcare professional.
  • Critically consider and evaluate public health issues and communicate appropriate health improvement strategies relevant to each patient presentation.
  • Respond to verbal and nonverbal cues to effectively tailor communication to peers, faculty, staff, patients, and other community members.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness of knowledge and its limits, and will display the flexibility to personally and professionally adapt to change and alter behavior.

Sample Schedule
Course Lecture Hours Lab Hours Contact Hours Credits Hours
First Trimester        
ANA6110 Cell & Tissue Biology 3 2 75 4
PHY6105 Cell Physiology 1 0 15 1
ANA6104 Neuroscience I 4 2 90 5
ANA6105 Gross Anatomy I 3 2 90 5
ANA6105 Gross Anatomy I 3 4 105 5
PHL6110 Foundations of Professional Development 1 0 15 1
BCH 6101 Principles of Biochemistry 3 0 45 3
PHL6101 Chiropractic Philosophy & History 2 0 3 2
TCH6101 Technique I: Psychomotor Skills 0 2 30 1
TCH6102 Technique II: Intro to Palpation 0 2 30 1
Total 17 12 435 23
Second Trimester        
ANA6204 Gross Anatomy II 3 4 105 5
ANA6205 Neuroscience II 4 2 90 5
BCH6203 Biochemistry of Nutrition & Metabolism 2 0 30 2
PHL6203 Issues in Chiropractic Research 1 0 15 1
RAD6203 Spinal Radiology 1 0 15 .5
PHY6203 Systems Physiology 5 0 75 5
TCH6203 Chiropractic Tech. III: Spinal Assessment & Intro to Tech. 2 4 90 4
Total 17 11 420 22.5
Third Trimester        
ANA6304 Gross Anatomy III 3 4 105 5
AST6304 Basic Human Nutrition I 2 0 30 2
MPH6301 Clinical Microbiology 3 2 75 4
PHL6308 Fundamentals for Chiropractic Research Literacy(N) 2 0 30 2
PHY6302 Principles of Physiopathology 4 2 90 5
RAD6304 Extremities Radiology 0 1 15 .5
TCH6305 Extremities Technique I 2 4 90 4
TCH6304 Chiropractic Technique IV 1 2 45 2
Total 17 15 480 24.5
Fourth Trimester        
AST6501 Emergency Procedures 0 1 15 1
DIA6403 Patient Assessment Methods I 3 4 105 5
MPH6404 Public Health & Wellness 4 4 0 60 4
PHL6410 Chiropractic Theories 0 1 15 1
PHL6412 Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Care 0 1 15 1
PHY6404 Musculoskeletal Physiopathology 4 2 90 5
PHY6405 Visceral Pathology 3 2 75 4
TCH6406 Extremities Technique II 1 2 45 2
TCH6407 Chiropractic Technique V 2 4 90 4
Total 20 14 510 27
Fifth Trimester        
AST6504 Basic Human Nutrition II 1 0 15 1
DIA6502 Patient Assessment Methods II 2 4 90 4
DIA6508 Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis 3 2 75 4
RAD6504 Bone and Joint Imaging 4 4 120 6
TCH6501 Soft Tissue Techniques2 2 2 60 3
TCH6502 ConnecTX Therapy 0 2 30 1
TCH6508 Chiropractic Technique VI 2 4 90 4
Total 14 18 480 23
Sixth Trimester        
ATP6603 Passive Care 1 2 45 2
ATP6604 Active Care 1 2 45 2
BPM6630 Practice Management and the Law 2 0 30 2
DIA6605 Correlative Patient Assessment 0 4 60 2
DIA6606 General Diagnosis 3 0 45 2
PHL6605 The Scientific Basis for Chiropractic Care 2 0 30 2
PHL6607 Patient Education 2 0 30 2
RAD6608 Principles of Diagnostic Imaging 2 0 30 2
RAD6610 Radiographic Examination 0 2 30 1
TCH6604 Flexion Distraction Technique 2 2 60 3
TCH6605 Evidence-Based Clinical Case Management 2 2 60 3
Total 17 14 465 24
Seventh Trimester        
AST6705 Clinical Nutrition 2 0 30 2
BPM6703 Coding, Billing & Documentation 2 0 30 2
CLS6705 Introduction to Clinical Services 2 6 120 5
DIA6708 Human Developmental Diagnosis 4 0 60 4
RAD6705 Advanced Imaging 2 2 60 3
TCH6706 Diagnosis & Management of Extremities Conditions 2 2   3
TCH6708 Contemporary Concepts in Chiropractic 0 2   1
Total 15 12 405 21
Eighth Trimester        
AST6802 Clinical Psychology 2 0 30 2
AST6806 Concepts in Pharmacology 2 0 30 2
BPM6830 Applied Ethics of Chiropractic 1 0 15 1
CLS6804 Clinical Service Phase I 2 20 330 12
Total 7 20 405 17
Ninth Trimester        
BPM6903 Getting Into Practice 2 0 30 2
CLS6904 Clinical Service Phase II 2 28 450 16
Tenth Trimester        
BPM7007 Marketing Strategies for Healthcare Professionals 2 0 30 2
CLS7006 Clinical Service Phase III 4 26 420 15
Total 4 26 450 17
TOTAL CORE HOURS 132 170 4,530 217
TOTAL ELECTIVE COURSE HOURS 9   135 9
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 141 170 4,665 226

(A minimum of nine elective credit hours must be completed after completion of 4th-trimester coursework)

The program has been accredited through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) since 1977.

Northeast College of Health Sciences will admit candidates into the Doctor of Chiropractic program whose goals, abilities, and character are consistent with the program’s mission.

 

Learn more about Admissions requirements

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Practicing
95% of Northeast chiropractic graduates surveyed are in practice seven years after graduation.
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Income
$150, 000 is the median income for chiropractors as reported by salary.com.
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Job Placement
95% of Northeast graduates secured a position within six months of graduation.
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Job Growth
Projected job growth for chiropractors projected at 11% by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, twice the national average.