Becoming a Chiropractor

What training is required to become a chiropractor?

Eligibility requirements
License to practice
List of courses
Advanced studies
Useful links


Future chiropractors who wish to study in Quebec must enrol in a five-year university undergraduate doctor of chiropractic program at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. The program has a limited quota and admission requirements are similar to those implemented for various other recognized healthcare professions. Students must complete 18 months of supervised clinical work in a university setting.

Learn more about admission requirements and program details by clicking here. 



Regardless of which educational institution accredited by the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards that issues the diploma, the future chiropractor must pass the thorough examinations administered by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board and the Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec in order to become licensed to practise.

Consult the list of accredited Canadian institutions by clicking here.

Only after passing these examinations can the chiropractor see and treat patients on his/hers own. Following his training, the chiropractor possesses the skills required to make a chiropractic diagnosis, enabling him to design a treatment program that corresponds to the physical condition, age and health objectives of the patient. 


In addition to chiropractic principles and clinical sciences related to chiropractic diagnosis, subjects studied include:

• anatomy
• biochemistry
• physiology 
• neurology
• embryology


• immunology 
• microbiology
• pathology
• nutrition
• etc.





Radiology training is particularly specialized for chiropractic students. It includes 360 hours of courses and a clinical internship, and touches on biophysics, radiation protection, clinical interpretation of x-rays and diagnosis.

List of courses for the undergraduate doctor of chiropractic degree


Several graduates of the undergraduate doctor of chiropractic program choose to continue their studies at the graduate or doctoral levels, in order to advance their understanding in the fields of neuro-musculo-skeletal, biomechanical or other health areas. Some even move to the field of research.

Since the fall of 2011, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières has been offering a short master’s program in sports chiropractic for chiropractors wanting to hone their skills in treating athletes. This program prepares the chiropractor for fieldwork, assisting with their integration on a multidisciplinary care team during sporting events, or working with sports clubs. 

Details of the short master’s program in sports chiropractic 


Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)
Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec (OCQ)
Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA)
Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) 
Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards