In 2005 the World Health Organization (WHO) published guidelines for education in chiropractic. In general, the World Health Organization lists three potential educational paths involving full time chiropractic education across the globe. This includes: 1 – 4 years of pre-requisite education in basic sciences at University level followed by a 4 year full time Doctorate program; ‘DC’; A 5 year integrated bachelor degree; BSc.(Chiropractic),
B.(Chiropractic); A two – three year Masters programme following the completion of a bachelor degree; MSc.(Chiropractic).
Regardless of the model of education utilised, prospective chiropractors without relevant prior health care education or experience, must spend no less than 4200 student/teacher contact hours (or the equivalent) in four years of full time education. This includes a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised clinical training.
Chiropractic is governed internationally by the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI), www.cceintl.org, and in Australasia by the affiliated body: the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA), www.ccea.com.au. This body is officially recognized by the World Federation of Chiropractic, www.wfc.org, and the World Health Organization as the accrediting agency for schools of chiropractic around the world. In 2005 to ensure consistency and equivalency in chiropractic education, the WHO published basic education and safety guidelines to provide international minimum requirements for chiropractic education and to serve as a reference for national authorities in establishing an examination and licensing system for the qualified practice of chiropractic.
Within New Zealand it is possible to encounter a chiropractor who has been educated in one of the degree programmes listed above. The close ties between New Zealand and Australia through the Trans Tasman Mutual Reciprocity Act (TTMRA) mean that graduates of the Australian based University chiropractic programmes are eligible for registration in New Zealand and vice versa for graduates of the New Zealand
The New Zealand College of Chiropractic in Mt Wellington, Auckland www.chiropractic.ac.nz is the only programme of study for chiropractic in New Zealand. This is a four year full time degree programme with a successful pass in Diploma in Applied Science (chiropractic pathway) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) or a specified equivalent as an entry prerequisite making a total of 5 years full time tertiary education. For pre-entry requirements see: http://www.chiropractic.ac.nz/chiropractic-education/content/244/Your-Pre-Chiropractic-Studies/
For details of the curriculum at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic see: http://www.chiropractic.ac.nz/chiropractic-education/content/43/Chiropractic-Curriculum/