Gaining professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada

25 October 2022

How do you become a chiropractor?

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Learn how you can study chiropractic

Like Canada, few post-secondary institutions in Australia offer chiropractic programs.

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.

If you wish to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada, you 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/or 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 license to practice in Canada. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of the university’s three chiropractic clinics prior to graduation.

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 three exams. Canadians 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.

About Macquarie University Chiropractic Programs

Macquarie offers a professional chiropractic program that attracts a number of Canadians who have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field. 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.

Program: Master of Chiropractic
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2–3 years (depending on your educational background)
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications close when the program is filled. You’re encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Pathway program

If you don’t have a strong background in human systems, you may want to consider the pathway program, the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science. Combined with the Master of Chiropractic, this will qualify you to practice as a chiropractor in Australia or Canada. The total duration for the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic is 5 years and includes an internship.

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications close when the program is filled. You’re encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Start your application to Macquarie Chiropractic School!


Would you like more information about Macquarie chiropractic degrees? Contact OzTREKK’s chiropractic admissions officer at [email protected] or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.