By Melanie Rogers, University of Bridgeport's Graduate Health Sciences
According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, chiropractic care is the nation's third largest primary health care profession. And since over one-third of Americans utilize some form of complementary medicine, a chiropractic degree offers students entry into a career on the rise.
So what does that mean to students who plan on pursuing a chiropractic degree? Opportunity, a competitive salary, as well as the ability to take advantage of flexible degree options—including completing your prerequisites online through alternative credit providers like StraighterLine.
Since a chiropractic degree offers so many benefits, let’s explore each one a little deeper:
Opportunity for a Career in Health Care
A chiropractic degree offers graduates the ability to provide hands-on, holistic care that is integrated into the mainstream healthcare system. For example
- Chiropractors are considered primary care physicians who have completed both undergraduate and graduate training in the basic and clinical sciences.
- Chiropractors can get licensed in all 50 states and chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans.
- Licensed chiropractors often work in clinics and hospitals alongside other healthcare professionals as part of an integrative team. For instance, StraighterLine partner, University of Bridgeport, offers its chiropractic students the opportunity to participate in externships with the VA Hospital System, community health centers, and Stonybrook Medical Center.
- Chiropractors are able to treat a variety of patient populations and some even provide specialized care in sports medicine, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, and rehabilitation. Typically, when students pursue chiropractic training, they get exposed to a number of different clinical settings.
Competitive Salary and Flexibility
Not only does a career in chiropractic care offer a competitive salary, it also offers workplace flexibility and professional autonomy. For example
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary for chiropractors is around $80,000.
- On average, chiropractors make over $100,000 in states like New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, and Massachusetts.
- According to org, over 40% of all chiropractors are self-employed individuals who own their own clinic
Ability to Complete Chiropractic Admission Requirements Online
When students consider pursuing a degree in chiropractic health care, many programs—including several StraighterLine partner colleges—allow students to complete admissions requirements and prerequisites online. For busy, working adults who are interested in jump-starting their chiropractic training, this is great news. Many prospective chiropractic students have required courses and previous credits they still need to fulfill. For example
- The Council for Chiropractic Education (CCE) requires that students complete a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits in order to begin an accredited chiropractic program
- At UBCC, for example, students must also complete a minimum of 24 credits in the physical or life sciences in order to start their chiropractic training
- Coursework can be completed at accredited institutions, as well as online course providers. For instance, UBCC will accept prerequisite courses completed online through StraighterLine.
- The University of Bridgeport allows students who have completed 90 undergraduate credits to start its doctorate program in chiropractic and concurrently earn their bachelor’s degree, which shortens the total number of years spent in school
As a career on the rise, chiropractic health care offers many opportunities for students. For those interested in pursuing their chiropractic degree, online courses allow students to accelerate directly onto their chosen degree path – and complete their chiropractic admission requirements online.
University of Bridgeport’s College of Chiropractic works with StraighterLine to provide alternative credit options for current and prospective students interested in completing prerequisite science courses online. Visit http://www.bridgeport.edu/admissions/graduate/health-sciences/applying-ub/admissions-requirements/chiropractic-dc-admissions-information/ to learn more.
Author Bio: Melanie Rogers, Associate Director of Admissions for University of Bridgeport's Graduate Health Sciences, works with students at various points in the admissions process to help individuals reach their career goals in healthcare. She will earn a master’s degree in counseling this fall with a specialization in college student personnel. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, designing and implementing strategic recruitment initiatives, writing and developing admissions communication plans, and advising and counseling prospective and new graduate students.