Gaining professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada
Like Canada, few post-secondary institutions in Australia offer chiropractic programs. Macquarie University is the only OzTREKK university that offers a program in this area.
The Master of Chiropractic degree offered at the Macquarie Chiropractic School is comparable to Doctor of Chiropractic programs at chiropractic schools in Canada and in the United States.
Located in Sydney, New South Wales, Macquarie University offers a professional chiropractic program that attracts a number of Canadian students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field.
Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada must undertake a recognised program of study of not less than 4,500 hours. Macquarie University’s program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and completion of the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees, taken over five years, are equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic offered at Canadian institutions. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of three Macquarie Chiropractic Clinics prior to graduation.
Graduates of the university’s Master of Chiropractic degree are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as a chiropractor upon their return to Canada should visit the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board’s website for accreditation information: http://www.cceb.ca. 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.
Bachelor of Chiropractic
The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science is a three-year, full-time degree program, which covers a range of chiropractic diagnostic and manipulative skills on a background of anatomical, physiological and biomedical science studies. It is a prescribed program which provides a strong scientific foundation and includes units in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, histology and pathology.
Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
High school diploma with a minimum of 65% average or higher.
Grade 12 Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics are recommended studies for Chiropractic units although introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without this background. Students without Grade 12 Chemistry or Chemistry below Grade 12 will be required to take at least one additional unit at first-year level which will enable them to acquire the above recommended knowledge. Other units taken as part of a degree may require assumed knowledge, prerequisites or recommended studies.