Chiropractic assistants work under the supervision of licensed chiropractors. Certificate and associate degree programs provide fundamental knowledge of the chiropractic field so that students can pursue professional certification and enter the work force.
Schools with Chiropractic Assistant Programs
The following schools offer chiropractic assistant programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Beckfield College - Tri-County||Springdale, Ohio||2-year, Private for-profit|| Diploma
|Herzing University - Brookfield||Brookfield, Wisconsin||4-year, Private for-profit|| Diploma
|Moraine Park Technical College||Fond du Lac, Wisconsin||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,322 In-state
|Palmer College of Chiropractic||Davenport, Iowa||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate's||$8,748|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Aspiring chiropractic assistants have a variety of certificate and associate's degree programs to choose from. Students interested in a chiropractic assistant program may want to consider the following when choosing a school:
- Students with a distinct interest in either clinical or clerical work could accelerate their educational process by enrolling in an accelerated program that can be completed in under a year.
- Certification isn't typically mandatory to be employed as a chiropractic assistant, but does offer proof that the student meets a set standard within the industry.
- Some programs require only several hours of internship experience in a controlled clinical setting, while some programs require hundreds of hours in a real-world setting.
Certificate in Medical Assistance
Certificates in medical assistance are designed for students without prior medical experience and can typically be completed in three semesters due to a lack of general education requirements. Courses on clinical procedure are common, and clinical experience is usually mandatory in the form of internships or externships.
Certificate in Chiropractic Assistance
A certificate in chiropractic assistance may focus either on clinical work or clerical work, or it may encompass both. Clinical work could focus on topics such as X-rays, anatomy, palpation and massage. Clinical, hands-on experience is often integrated into the daily routine of the curriculum, and such programs may not require internships.
Associate Degree in Medical Assistance
An associate degree in medical assistance requires the completion of general education requirements, as well as at least one clinical experience. In some cases two clinical experiences are required, one in a clerical position and one in a clinical position. Students who hold an associate degree may also transfer their credits to a bachelor's degree program in the health sciences.
Programs in chiropractic assistance are available at the certificate and associate's degree level. These programs are designed to teach concepts such as medical terminology, anatomy, coding and ethics, and often include clinical experience.