The major focus of chiropractic is concerned with how the nervous system interacts with the various systems of the body (i.e., skeletal, muscular, reproductive, digestive, endocrine, lymphatic/immunity, respiratory, urinary, and cardiovascular).
Keeping the body free from nerve interference has a direct positive benefit to all these body systems. As a result, chiropractors are intensively trained in these various systems, as well as in human anatomy and physiology, neurology, biomechanics, and disease pathologies.
The Doctor of Chiropractic degree (D.C.) is a four-year program, the first two years of which are very similar to medical doctor (M.D.) programs. Chiropractors must pass four national board exams in order to practice, in addition to any required state board examinations and licensure requirements.
In addition to chiropractic adjustment technique classes, elective classes, and a two-year internship, the typical chiropractic program consists of the following coursework (no particular order):