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Certifications, Licensures, National ExamsA chiropractor must take the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners exam to become licensed. The exam consists of four parts; basic science, clinical science, clinical case studies, and a practical exam. Pass/fail rates on the exam ranged from 70-90% on the four different sections. There are several different fees which vary by state, including an application fee, endorsement fee, verification fee, and more. The fees to become a licensed chiropractor in New Jersey added up to about $700. http://www.nbce.org/http://directory.fclb.org/US/NewJersey.aspxhttp://www.scuhs.edu/academics/nbce-scores/

Career Overview•Make hands-on adjustments to the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems, especially the spine, to treat back, neck and joint pain. •The belief behind this practice is that proper alignment of these systems will relieve pain and help to fight disease•A form of alternative, holistic medicine •Does not involve medicine or surgery. •Held to the same regulations and ethics as MDs•Collaborate with other health practitioners when necessary. •In a typical day, a chiropractor will assess patients, do physical exams, conduct tests such as x-rays, find and diagnose problems, provide therapy by adjusting and additional treatments (such as apply heat or cold), and advise their patients on lifestyle changes.http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career/41/Chiropractorhttp://www.chirocolleges.org/index.htmlhttp://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/chiropractors.htm

Educational RequirementsIn order for anyone to secure this career, they would need to have completed 4 to 5 years of chiropractic school. In college, prospective students can major in anything they want to. They would just need to complete the pre-requisites which are similar to those of a pre-med student. Most chiropractic schools do not require students to take the MCAT or GRE for admittance. The cost of chiropractic school depends on which school a student decides to attend. But, chiropractic school can cost well over $100,000. http://www4.wittenberg.edu/academics/pre-health/Chiropractic/text.html http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2008/12/11/overrated-career-chiropractor-2009 http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=746

Benefits•Shorter training period than other licensed medical providers•Flexibility in how they treat their patients, for example, if they want to include an alternative method such as acupuncture•Don’t have to deal with emergencies, and typically work a 9 to 5 schedule•Malpractice insurance is considerably cheaper than other health professionals•Easier licensing process than other health professionals•Above all, they get to help people by providing them with an alternative to traditional medicinehttp://www.studentdc.com/CareerDev/pros.php

Salary10th pertile: $30,98050th percentile (median): $65,300 90th percentile: $141,440Experience has a moderate effect on salary.12% lower salary entry-level51% higher salary late-career http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291011.htm#indhttp://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chiropractor/Salary

Career AdvancementChiropractors can earn certifications in subspecialties such as neurology, radiology, pediatrics, and orthopedics. They can earn these certifications by attending a 2 to 3 year diplomate program and then take the board exam for their subspecialty. Chiropractors typically move on to other positons after 20 years. Their retirement age is the same as the national average.http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chiropractor/Salaryhttp://www.ehow.com/about_6526400_levels-advancement-chiropractor.htmlhttp://www.studentscholarships.org/

Career SettingsChiropractors working in large offices delegate administrative responsibilities to assistants or office managers. Those working independently or in small practices often perform these tasks themselves. They are responsible for record keeping, acquiring a patient base, and hiring employees. http://www.careeroverview.com/chiropractor-careers.html

Challenges•You must be able to work independently. •You will have to contend with the bad press. •You’ll need to hunt down start-up money. •You will have a limited ability to collect money from your patientshttp://www.studentdc.com/CareerDev/pros.phphttp://www.chirobase.org/01General/career.html

ChiropractorEllen Rebbeck and Herve BorgellaDr. Bush-WallaceHES 172, Fall 2014

ConclusionsWe feel that there are a few downsides to being a chiropractor. They have a somewhat bad reputation, and a lot of people don’t agree with the practice. Also, chiropractors get a rather low salary considering the amount of schooling they have to go through. It would take them awhile to pay off any student loans. However, overall the career of a chiropractor is a worthwhile and rewarding career. You can help people and change their lives. Chiropractors receive steady employment and their reputation is slowly improving. We would encourage someone to pursue this career.

Job Placement Chiropractors have a very low rate of unemployment—0.3%. Jobs in the field are expected to grow by 15%, faster than the national average. This growth is because of increase in research and a change in attitudes which has helped the field to gain respect, along with a growing elderly population.http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/chiropractors.htmhttp://www.studentscholarships.org/professions/479/unemployment/chiropractors.php

Continued EducationThere is a 24 hour requirement for licensees expiring on or after June 8, 2013.2 hours must be completed in: Ethics and Law4 hours must be completed in any one of, or combination of the following subject categories: History Taking and Physical Examination Procedures, OR Chiropractic Adjustive Techniques, OR Chiropractic Manipulation Techniques, OR Ethical Billing and Coding18 hours may be completed in General Subject Categories.A maximum of twelve continuing education hours may be completed through distance learninghttp://www.chiro.ca.gov/licensees/ce.shtml


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