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How Much Does Chiropractic School Cost?

Chiropractic School Prices

As natural and alternative medicine grows in popularity, chiropractors are increasingly in demand. Job prospects in the field are good, the U.S. Department of Labor reports, and the vast majority of chiropractors are able to work for themselves.

Some chiropractors also specialize in other, similar fields, including nutrition, orthopedics, sports injuries and neurology. Job prospects are even better for chiropractors that have more than one specialty.

About Chiropractic School

Chiropractors must pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. The four-year program requires a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, lab and clinical experience. At least 90 hours of undergraduate work is a prerequisite, although a bachelor degree is not. However, most applicants do have a bachelor degree.

After graduation, chiropractors must pass state and national exams, including a four-part test by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Chiropractic School Average Costs

Most chiropractic schools charge $10,000 to $30,000 per year in tuition. All told, plan on spending a total of $40,000 to $120,000 for a degree.

  • The National University of Health Sciences in Illinois estimates that on-campus students will spend nearly $16,200 per year. Off campus students will spend nearly $17,400 and students who live at home with parents or relatives will spend nearly $13,700. All estimates include tuition, living expenses, activity fees, technology fees, books, and supplies.
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa charges $9,950 per trimester. Ten trimesters are required for graduation, bringing the total cost to nearly $100,000.
  • Sherman College of Chiropractic in South Carolina charges $6,445 per quarter in tuition. Factoring in costs like living expenses and books and fees, the college estimates total costs to be $11,245 per quarter.

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