Many people ask me what it takes to become a Chiropractor. How many years of study? Where do you study? Do you have to study something else before? These kinds of questions I get asked a lot, and it’s not dumb questions at all.
As a local from Centurion, I also had all these questions when I first started researching what to study etc.
So I went to the local Chiropractor near me with all these questions in mind. The Chiropractor in Centurion sat me down and we discussed the field of Chiropractic care.
Where did you study?
There are two schools to study in South Africa. Namely, University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Durban University of Technology (DUT). Because I am from Centurion, I went to study at UJ. It is a 6 year Masters degree. The first two years, the subjects are the same as any medical field. For example, subjects like Anatomy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, to name a few.
From the 3rd year, the subjects became more specialized towards Chiropractic care. In order to pass a subject a score of 60% or more was required. Subjects include pathology, diagnostics, auxiliary therapies and Chiropractic adjustments. 4th year specializes in chiropractic. Subjects like adjustments, diagnostics, research and Radiology was covered. Moreover, we are allowed to take x-rays, and read it.
From the 5th year, it changed slightly. In the morning we had class. With subjects like Clinical Chiropractic, adjustments and a full year of Dry needling. The afternoons you start seeing patients in the local university Chiropractic Clinic. 6th year consists only of seeing patients in the Chiropractic clinic. Doing an internship program that consists of observations from local chiropractors. As well as doing courses etc. The big hurdle is to do a Minor dissertation of your choice.
After all this, you can register to be a Chiropractor at the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA).
It was a long journey. But I am ready to treat patients in Centurion and the surrounding areas.He