University of Wisconsin–Madison

Chiropractic Specialist/Chiropractic Technician

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Chiropractic Specialists work as assistants to Doctors of Chiropractic. Chiropractic is the largest natural health profession in the United States and is based on the scientific fact that most health problems are linked directly to problems of the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems as well as lifestyle choices.
  • Chiropractic Specialists have completed an Associate Degree program including coursework in Anatomy and Physiology, Chiropractic Philosophy, Therapeutic Modalities, Therapeutic exercise, Radiography, and Office Management.
  • Chiropractic Specialists complete a variety of tasks delegated by a chiropractor including measuring vital signs, taking case histories, taking x-rays, applying therapies, insurance/patient billing and office management.
  • Chiropractic Specialists work in single Doctor practices, multi-Doctor practices, hospitals and other large health delivery organizations.
  • They assist Chiropractors in communicating lifestyle and treatment recommendations.
  • They also may take a salaried position with an established Chiropractor, a group practice, or a healthcare facility.
  • This occupation is equivalent to an Associate Degree Chiropractic Technologist graduate.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Employment outlook for Chiropractic Specialists by the U.S. Department of Labor projects job growth of 28% in the next 10 years.
  • Associate Degree Chiropractic Specialist/Chiropractic Technician programs are rigorous.
  • Since there are so few programs in the US and tremendous demand for professionally trained staff, job opportunities are abundant throughout the country.
  • Work is typically fast paced and requires good communication and people skills.

 Education: 2 Years

 Patient Interaction: Low

 Physical Activity: Low

 Salary: $32,900

 Job Growth: High

 

Getting Started

  • High School Courses
    • Students are encouraged to take algebra, health, biology, art and English as well as the social sciences.
    • Contact an Associate Degree program and job shadow an Associate Degree Chiropractic Specialist or Chiropractic Technologist.
  • Education and Training
    • Moraine Park Technical College (West Bend WI campus) has a 66 credit program over 4 semesters including anatomy, therapeutic exercise, chiropractic philosophy, nutrition, Therapeutic modalities, x-ray physics and positioning, insurance, office management.
    • Palmer College of Chiropractic (Davenport IA) has an associate degree in Chiropractic Technology.
    • The State of Wisconsin requires staff to get certified as Chiropractic Technicians to be delegated tasks involving patient care. This is a minimal standard that can be attained with as little as 3 hours of training.
    • Chiropractic Specialists typically get certified in WI as Chiropractic Technicians before internship assignments that involve patient care.

    Educational Institutions

    Herzing University – Brookfield
    Moraine Park Technical College – West Bend
    Palmer College of Chiropractic

  • Method of Entry
    • An Associate Degree is required from an accredited college or technical school.
    • The Associate Degree program is a 2-year or 4 semester program consisting of 66-70 credits.
    • Courses include lecture and lab components. Clinical internships are incorporated in the curriculum.
  • Professional Organizations

    American Chiropractic Association
    1701 Clarendon Blvd.
    Arlington, VA, 22209
    703/276-8800
    www.acatoday.org/

    American Chiropractic Association Rehabilitation Council
    11600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 412
    Los Angeles, CA, 90002
    310/339-0442
    www.ccptr.org/

    American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists
    52 W. Colfax Street
    Palatine, IL, 60067
    847/705-1178
    www.acrrt.com/

    American Chiropractic Sports Council
    1720 S. Bellaire St., Suite 406
    Denver, CO, 80222
    303/758-1100
    www.acasc.org/

    Association of Chiropractic Colleges
    4424 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 202
    Bethesda, MD, 20814
    800/284-1062
    www.chirocolleges.org/

    Council on Chiropractic Education
    8049 N. 85th Way
    Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321
    480/443-8877 or 888/443-3506
    www.cce-usa.org

    Dynamic Chiropractic
    PO Box 28990
    Santa Ana, CA, 92799
    714/230-3150
    www.chiroweb.com

    Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
    5401 W. 10th St., Suite 101
    Greeley, CO, 80634-4400
    970/356-3500
    www.fclb.org

    International Chiropractors Association
    6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 800
    Falls Church, VA, 22042
    703/528-5000 or 800/423-4690
    www.chiropractic.org

    Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
    521 E. Washington Ave.
    Madison, WI, 53703
    608/256-7023
    www.wisconsinchiropractic.com

    World Chiropractic Alliance
    2950 North Dobson Road, Suite 1
    Chandler, AZ, 85224
    www.worldchiropracticalliance.org

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 591,300
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 730,200
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 24%
Expected Annual Openings: 26,210
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $32,900

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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  • Work week is typically 36-40 hours per week.
  • Most positions allow for .5 to 1 weekday off per week.
  • Weekend hours are limited.
  • With experience graduates are positioned to supervise office staff &/or become office managers.
  • Some will advance to insurance billing positions.
  • Some add Massage Therapy to their degrees.