Chiropractic and Medical Training Comparisons

Chiropractic Student Hours Class Description Medical Student Hours
520 Anatomy 508
420 Physiology 326
271 Pathology 335
300 Chemistry 325
114 Bacteriology 130
370 Diagnosis 374
320 Neurology 112
217 X-Ray 148
65 Psychiatry 144
65 Obstetrics & Gynecology 198
225 Orthopedics 156
2,887 Total Hours 2,756
1,598 Specialty Courses 1,492
4,485 Entire Total Hours 4,248
Adapted from: Chapman‐Smith, D. The Chiropractic Profession. NCMIC Group Inc. 2000

Chiropractic School % Hours Medical School % Hours
Basic Science Hours 29% 26%
Clinical Science Hours 71% 74%
Sub-Division of Clinical Science Hours
Clerkship Hours 30% 74%
Chiropractic Sciences 41% 0%
TOTAL 71% 74%
Adapted from: Coulter I, Adams A, et al. A comparative study of chiropractic and medical education. Alt Ther Health Med. 1998 4:64‐75.
Note: Medical students accomplish their clinical training in the hospital setting. Chiropractic students are trained in a practice‐specific setting of clinics and private offices.