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D.C. Program
Doctor of Chiropractic Education Program

Program Purpose & Goals

Facts About NYCC & Chiropractic

Duration of the Doctoral Degree Program

Course Information and Academic Calendar

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Dean - Karen A. Bobak, B.A., B.S., D.C., Ed.D.

Degree Program Purpose & Goals

New York Chiropractic College’s Doctor of Chiropractic Program carries out its mission, vision, and values, in part, through its preparation of Doctors of Chiropractic who are capable of serving as primary care physicians.  In their roles as portal-of-entry healthcare practitioners, Doctors of Chiropractic perform patient management and conduct diagnoses, giving special emphasis to neuromusculoskeletal conditions.  Instruction in natural healthcare emphasizes the human body's inherent ability to heal. We at NYCC have undertaken initiatives that advance research and scholarship in an effort explore this phenomenon, that provide excellent healthcare to our patients and that service our community by:

  • Allocating school resources, and providing opportunities, wherein students can secure the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that characterize successful practice, and that aptly demonstrate high levels of performance in the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic
  • Cultivating patient encounters in such numbers, quality and diversity so as to enable students to develop clinical competence and best practices through a doctor-driven, patient-centered mentoring process.
  • Fostering community outreach programs intended to develop and demonstrate an enduring commitment to public service
  • Overseeing the production of research and scholarly work that advances the understanding of chiropractic as both a natural healing art and as a specialty in higher education through the use of and interpretation of best available evidence.
  • Fostering professional leadership of faculty and staff


Facts About NYCC & Chiropractic

  • Special emphasis given to the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions
  • Discover the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic
  • Get one-on-one attention and mentoring from faculty members who are practicing doctors of chiropractic
  • Prepare for a successful career with education focusing on practice development along with in-depth chiropractic study
  • Become part of one of the fastest growing, highest-demand healthcare professions
    • U.S. Dept. of Labor predicts that openings for doctors of chiropractic will grow faster than average for health-related occupations, as demand for complementary medicine increases
  • Benefit from real-world experience with internships in an array of diverse healthcare environments
  • We are helping to advance the chiropractic profession by actively supporting chiropractic research
  • Learn to manage patient care through collaborative partnerships with other traditional and alternative healthcare professional


Duration of the Doctoral Degree Program

The Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree requires a minimum of ten 15-week trimesters (three years and four months, total) of full-time resident study, including a clinical internship.

  • This is the equivalent of five academic years
  • Students who need to complete the program over a period longer than the stated minimum may do so under the guidance of the Dean of Chiropractic
  • To be awarded the D.C. degree, it is mandatory that degree requirements be completed within seven calendar years of original matriculation


Course Information and Academic Calendar

  • Anatomy 585 hours
  • Biochemistry 75 hours
  • Physiopathology 330 hours
  • Microbiology and Public Health 135 hours
  • Diagnosis 540 hours
  • Diagnostic Imaging 270 hours
  • Clinical Laboratory 75 hours
  • Associated Studies 150 hours
  • Chiropractic Philosophy 195 hours
  • Chiropractic Technique 615 hours
  • Ancillary Therapeutic Procedures 90 hours
  • Clinical Practice Issues 195 hours
  • Clinical Experience and Outpatient Services 1,305 hours
  • Total Core hours 4,560 hours
  • Elective Courses 135 hours

Total 4,695 hours