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What kind of classes would I have to take to go for coaching? Chiropractics?

I am a senior in high school. I am planning on going into chiropractics and coaching on the side. I will be attending Kansas State University to play volleyball and continue my academic career. #college #sports

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Joseph’s Answer

Chiropractors need to learn about the body. So all science classes geared for learning how the body works is always good.

- Classes like:
- Biology
- Chemistry,
- Psychology,
- Anatomy and physiology
- Histology (study of tissues and cells of the body)
- kinesiology
- biochemistry.

When you couple chiropractic and coaching. You can apply what you know about the human body to help your athletes with proper form and injury prevention.

Good classes for coaching are:
- Communication
- psychology
- leadership skills
- sociology.

Joseph recommends the following next steps:

Job shadow chiropractors and coaches
Look at potential chiropractic schools and tour the campus
When you are ready. Speak with councilors and recruiters to help outline classes that will help with the transition to doctoral school
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Henrieta’s Answer

In order to become a licensed Chiropractor, in most states, the following is required:

"The applicant must have successfully completed, prior to matriculation at a school or college of chiropractic, at least two years of college credit in the arts and sciences at a college or university accredited by a state or regional accrediting organization recognized by the board, except that the board may adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that require completion of additional years of college credit or receipt of a college degree in an area specified in the rules." (Ohio Chiropractic Board - Laws and Rules)

I believe the requirement for admission into Chiropractic school was at least 35 credit hours in the sciences (undergrad). I would recommend the following courses: biology, physiology, anatomy, microbiology, immunology, kinesiology, neurology, neuropsychology, and all associated labs. The most important of these would be anatomy and physiology. Take as many of those courses as you can.

Visit the websites of the chiropractic colleges you are interested in and search for their DC curriculum. This list will provide you perspective on how to properly prepare for the courseload and will allow you to further evaluate if this career path is right for you.

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Dr. Jackie’s Answer

If you have an idea of where you would eventually like to apply for chiropractic school you are able to go to their website and see the required prerequisite courses for admission into various chiropractic programs across the country. Different schools have different focuses within the field of chiropractic. It seems you are passionate about sports, it would be good to investigate chiropractors that have their Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), or Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP) if you are hoping to work with sports teams in the future. Dr. Estrada's advice was on point, making sure to take communication classes will be extremely beneficial to your future career even though there are not many prerequisites typically required in that particular field.

Dr. Jackie recommends the following next steps:

Look up prerequisites for various chiropractic university so you can build them into your curriculum over time, and help you select a major that incorporates many of your needed prerequisites.
Find a local doctor to shadow, intern, or volunteer your time with. You may also be able to get a position as a chiropractic assistant which will give you a more hands on experience.
Work on your leadership, communication and dexterity to prepare you for a successful career as a chiropractor.
Maintain a good working relationship with your college advisor, come prepared to meetings with knowledge of what prerequisites are required to gain admission to chiropractic schools.
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Dr Petrina’s Answer

Hello, yes I agree with the post above.

Most Chiropractic Colleges require Bachelor's Degree. I would suggest that you pick a major that is geared more towards Chiropractic like Physical therapy, Kinesiology, and Pre-Med. Chiropractic school is a very rigorous program. be prepared to work had. just know anything worth having is hard work . good luck to you
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Theodore’s Answer

Pay close attention to the states requirements where you think you may want to live. Many chiropractic institutions have bachelors degrees you can earn concurrently with your doctorate assuming you meet certain pre-requisites however some states require that you have completed a bachelors degree prior to entering a chiropractic program.

If you are enrolling in a bachelors program at KSU I would recommend a few different options:

1. Athletic training
2. Physical Therapy
3. Health Sciences Pre-med
4. Minor in chemistry, healthcare or business administration. Also, we don't get much business training in chiropractic school and its important to train your mind in the entrepreneurial spirit ahead of graduation.
5. You may even consider a dual degree with health care administration or public health. I say this because it will provide you more understanding of the health industry and the part we play as chiropractors in it.

Theodore recommends the following next steps:

Look up pre-requisites for the Chiropractic Universities you will be applying as well as the states in which you think you may wish to practice
Shadow several different types of chiropractic offices because there are a lot of ways to practice
Prepare yourself to have a thick skin because you will be subjected to ridicule by medical colleagues and other that are ignorant to what we do
Work on your problem solving and critical thinking skills along with public speaking
Get certifications in different types of coaching, manual therapies and body work
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