The title chiropractor is protected under law and all UK-based chiropractors must be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) , the statutory body responsible for regulating the practice of chiropractic in the UK.
The GCC sets the standard of education in chiropractic and all chiropractors must have graduated from a degree programme recognised by the GCC before being accepted onto the GCC register. There are currently four GCC-recognised courses in the UK:
The courses cover subjects such as anatomy, biomechanics, pathology, physiology, orthopaedics and diagnosis, as well as practical training in adjustment and supervised clinical training. All programmes have a final clinic year.
Entry requirements are usually three A-levels, two of which should be in sciences, particularly biology or biological sciences, or a relevant higher qualification. In addition to having some knowledge of basic science, you should have experienced a chiropractic treatment. Entry requirements may vary between institutions. Check individual courses for full details.
Some colleges provide one-year foundation programmes for applicants without the usual entry qualifications. Successful completion of the foundation year provides a route for entry to the degree qualification.
You may find it useful to spend time observing in a clinical chiropractic setting before applying.
Candidates will need to show evidence of the following:
A driving licence is also useful for travel between practices.
If you are self-employed you will also need commercial and marketing skills in order to build your business.
Those wishing to enter the GCC register following successful completion of a recognised degree programme must satisfy the GCC that they are of good character: chiropractic is a notifiable occupation, which means that candidates are required to provide a criminal record disclosure. They must also satisfy the GCC that they are physically and mentally fit and have professional indemnity insurance cover of at least £3million.
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