Practicing as a chiropractor

Overview

The Master of Chiropractic degree granted by Macquarie University is the only graduate chiropractic program offered in Australia. It’s been accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA), a member of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI), making it recognized by the Canadian Chiropractic Examination Board (CCEB) for the purposes of seeking to practice chiropractic in Canada.

Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada must undertake a recognized program of study of not less than 4,500 hours. Macquarie’s program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and completion of the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees taken more than five years and are equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic offered at other institutions; therefore, graduates will be eligible to write the board’s licensing exam, which is required in order to be granted a licence to practice in Canada. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of the university’s three chiropractic clinics prior to graduation.

Practicing in Canada

Step #1 Complete Education
Complete a graduate chiropractic program at least 4,500 hours in length approved by a CCEI member council to be considered equivalent to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree

Step #2 Canadian Chiropractic Examination Board (CCEB) Certificate 
Obtain a CCEB Certificate by completing the following three exams:

  • Component A – Chiropractic Knowledge
  • Component B – Clinical Decision Making
  • Component C – Clinical Skills Demonstration

Students typically complete the first two components in Sydney prior to graduation, and the third is taken once you’re back in Canada.

Step #3 Provincial Registration
Provide your CCEB Certificate to the regulatory board for the province you intend to practice to become licensed:

FAQs

Your degree is more than 10 years old

Macquarie University will only accept applications for the Master of Chiropractic from students who have studied within the last 10 years. They have found that those students who are even nearing the 10-year mark since previous studies find it more difficult to assimilate back into full-time study and refresh the foundational material independently and simultaneously.

1. Apply to the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
If your studies are close to or older than 10 years, Macquarie University recommends you apply to the 5-year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science pathway to Master of Chiropractic program. Students who complete the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science pathway are granted credit and can complete the Master of Chiropractic program in 2 years.

You don’t meet the required chiropractic prerequisites

Macquarie University’s Master of Chiropractic program requires candidates to have completed specific undergraduate subjects.

1. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
Macquarie University will let students take non-award courses to make up the prerequisites they are missing. This means you can submit your application with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment in the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisite course by the time offers are issued, the university may issue a conditional offer.

Where can I practice as a graduate of Macquarie’s chiropractic degree?

Graduates of the Macquarie University Master of Chiropractic program can become accredited in Australasia, North America and Europe upon completing the requisite board exams. Watch a webinar about studying chiropractic.

What is the competitive GPA?

Anything around a 75% cGPA or higher is considered competitive for OzTREKK’s listed chiropractic programs. If you have lower than 70% cGPA, we would not recommend applying.

Do I need to apply to the bachelor program if I already have an undergraduate degree?

If you don’t feel that you have the required past studies (a strong background in human systems), you may want to consider the pathway program, Bachelor of Chiropractic Science.

Combined with the Master of Chiropractic, this will qualify students to practice as a chiropractor in Australia or in Canada. The total duration for the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic is 5 years and includes an internship.

Will I be able to practice as a chiropractor in Canada?

According to the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board, a candidate must be currently attending or have graduated from a DC program that has either been accredited by a council on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) member agency or that has been approved by a Canadian Provincial Chiropractic Regulatory Board in order to be able write the exam and apply for licensing in Canada.

Macquarie University’s program has been accredited by the CCEA in Australia, which is a member of the CCEI accreditation organization.

Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada must undertake a recognized program of study of not less than 4,500 hours. Macquarie’s program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and completion of the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees taken more than five years and are equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic offered at other institutions; therefore, graduates will be eligible to write the board’s licensing exam, which is required in order to be granted a licence to practice in Canada. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of the university’s three chiropractic clinics prior to graduation.

Why does the master’s program say 2–3 years?

If students complete the Bachelor of Chiropractic at Macquarie, they would only need to do the 2-year Master of Chiropractic program. Students applying with a different undergrad degree will need to take the 3-year Master of Chiropractic program.