The chiropractor credentials, D.C. stands for Doctor of Chiropractic and must be obtained through an accredited chiropractic college. The chiropractor must complete all course work and pass all exams from the national board of chiropractic examiners. This is explained through the Link: chiropractor education page.
Once the D.C. credential is obtained the chiropractor must decide which state he/she will practice in. After this decision has been made the state licensing examination must be passed to receive a license to practice chiropractic in that state.
Chiropractors have an opportunity to go into post-graduate specialties after the D.C. credential is earned.
Board Certified Credentials:
DABCA - Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Acupuncture, affiliated with American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
DABCN - Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition, (ACA)
DACBR - Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Diagnostic Imaging, (ACA)
DACNB OR DACAN – Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Neurology, (ACA)
DABCI - Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Diagnosis and Internal Disorders, (ACA)
DACO OR FACO - Diplomate (or Fellow) of the American Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics, (ACA)
DACRB - Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Rehabilitation, (ACA)
DACBSP - Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians
FACCR - Fellow of the Australian College of Chiropractic Radiologists
FCCR (C) - Fellow, College of Chiropractic Radiology (Canada)
FCCSS (C) - Fellow, College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences(Canada)
CICPA, DICPA, OR FICPA - Certified, Diplomate and Fellow, International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics
Most programs are 3 years post-Doctoral, 36 weekend seminars provided through an accredited American Chiropractic College.
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