There are several Chiropractic colleges throughout the world, however, most are found in the United States. There are currently two Chiropractic colleges in Canada; one in Toronto, and one in Quebec (for French-speaking students). The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto is considered one of the most progressive and scientifically current Chiropractic educational institutions.
Individuals wishing to be accepted to CMCC must have at least 3 years of university training and a minimum GPA of 2.5 before being considered for entry as a Chiropractic candidate. Once accepted, the students are immersed in a four year, 4,500-hour curriculum of academic and clinical education, including studies in biological sciences, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, and neurology, as well as clinical and chiropractic sciences.
After 3 years of academic studies, students are subjected to a comprehensive examination encompassing all of the previously taught material, as well as several simulated clinical scenarios. Successful candidates are placed into a 12-month internship program where they diagnose and treat real patients under the supervision of licensed Chiropractors. To be eligible for graduation, students must complete a research paper, meet expected clinical requirements and successfully complete a final comprehensive clinical examination.
Graduating students receive a doctorate degree, earning the title of Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). Depending on the chosen practice location, Chiropractors are required to successfully complete National and Provincial licensing exams which include both written and practical components. Most provinces also require mandatory continuing education hours in order to remain licensed.