One of the most fundamental differences among chiropractic schools is whether the curriculum is based more in science or philosophy. It is very important for a prospective chiropractor to consider their own feelings about chiropractics and seek out schools with similar mind-sets.
Every state has different regulations and requirements for licensure. If a student is considering a specific specialty, it is smart to check on the requirements in the state of anticipated practice. Several states also require Doctors of Chiropractic to have a bachelor's degree in addition to a chiropractic degree. Budding chiropractors must be fully aware of the requirements of the state in which they plan to practice, as well as aware of any prerequisites the selected schools have.
Other important details to consider are the length of the program, experience and qualifications of instructors, student/faculty ratio, hands-on or clinic time, and percentage of graduates working as successful practitioners. Finally, the school needs to be accredited. The Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education is the accrediting board for chiropractic programs, while the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners is responsible for licensure.