Chiropractic education in Canada is offered at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, and at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in Quebec. Chiropractic students undergo a rigorous course of study similar to that of medical doctors and entrance requirements are also similar to that of medical students.
Prior to being eligible for admission into Chiropractic College, students are required to complete a minimum of three years of university. The vast majority of chiropractic students have completed a four year University degree before entering Chiropractic College. The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College curriculum consists of four years of full-time study, including a 12-month clinical internship.
Most Chiropractic curriculums include courses in anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, embryology, principles of chiropractic, radiology, immunology, microbiology, pathology, nutrition, and clinical sciences specifically relating to diagnosis.
Perhaps what really distinguishes Chiropractic education from most other health disciplines is the intensive training in Radiology. This area of study covers a range of topics from radiation biophysics and protection to clinical X-ray interpretation and diagnosis.
Radiology training in Chiropractic College consists of more than 360 contact hours followed by application during clinical internship. Chiropractic education also involves extensive hands-on clinical training under the supervision of highly-qualified faculty. This training includes clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and referral protocols. The faculty members at both Canadian Chiropractic Colleges have diverse, highly qualified backgrounds. Faculty come from such disciplines as biological sciences, pathology, medicine and psychology as well as chiropractic.
The two Canadian Chiropractic Colleges have also formed relationships – both formal and informal – with various Universities in Canada.