Can I Become a Chiropractor Online?

Due to the hands-on nature of chiropractic care and treating the human body, an entirely online chiropractic degree is not currently offered by accredited chiropractic universities and colleges. However, some courses in the Doctor of Chiropractic program are offered online once the student reaches the clinical portion of their education.

Students begin their chiropractic education by learning about the anatomy of the human body along with other foundational science skills. At Logan University, 60% of the education the student receives in their first year (Trimesters 1-3) is focused on the sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and diagnostic imaging while the remaining 40% is focused on hands-on, faculty-guided clinical methods training aimed to integrate classroom learning with real world applications.

In the second year of chiropractic education (Trimesters 4-6), students build on their foundation in the sciences by taking courses on internal disorders, physiology and neurological disorders. They also build on their chiropractic knowledge by taking classes in patient management, nutrition and physical rehabilitation.

At Logan, the third year of a student's education (Trimesters 7-10) begins in the student health center treating other students and family members before treating patients in an outpatient health center or another chiropractic clinical opportunity at an integrated community health center or NCAA Division I school.

Request information about earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree or contact Admissions at or 636-227-2100 to learn more.

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Logan Student Begins Preceptorship with Denver Broncos Team Chiropractor

Trimester 10 student Jeffrey McWhorter from Columbus, Ohio, recently began a preceptorship under Shawn Caldwell, DC, owner of Caldwell Chiropractic and co-founder of Denver Sports Recovery, which treats professional athletes. Dr. Caldwell is the official team chiropractor for Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies.

Jeffrey shares his experience in securing his dream preceptorship:

“When it came to securing a preceptorship, working with the Denver Broncos was my number one choice. By then, I had built a good rapport with Dr. Shawn Caldwell who I was introduced to through family friends in the Broncos organization. Coincidentally, my peer mentor at Logan, Joe McMahon, DC, MS, also developed a relationship with Dr. Caldwell and is now a practicing physician and co-founder of Denver Sports Recovery. I requested the position and got it. I not only get to work with my favorite sports team and chiropractor, but I also work with one of my best friends from Logan.

I expect to learn a lot in the next three months due to the high volume of patients and the nature of their practice. I hope to further my skills in treating athletic injuries and fine-tuning my bedside manner in a sport rehabilitation setting. Because Coloradans are so active, almost every patient is athletic. Most of all, I’m looking forward to experiencing things I haven’t been exposed to before.

Logan prepared me for what I’m about to experience. The curriculum is fantastic and the preceptorship program is a great opportunity to narrow down what you want to do after graduation.  It’s been a long road to get here, but it’s nice to see light at the end of the tunnel. The opportunities that have arisen have given me the chance to fulfill my lifelong goals. After my preceptorship, I’ll hopefully be staying on with Dr. Caldwell full time as an associate.” 
On Feb. 7, the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10, clinching the Super Bowl title. Jeffrey comments on the victory:  

“Coming on board the same week the Broncos headed to the Super Bowl was pretty amazing. It was fun to sit with colleagues and watch the same athletes, who come into the practice, score points. The reason we have the lowest number of players on the injured reserve list is due to good recovery work. It was a fantastic performance and spirits are high around here.”

NBCE Student Leadership Forum

Ainsley on her experience at the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) Student Leadership Forum:

"In January 2016, I attended the Student Leadership Forum for the NBCE at their Greeley, Colorado headquarters. It was an honor to be selected and be one of eight who attended. The day began with a tour of the headquarters and meeting the staff. We were able to see the creation process of the board exams and how they filter and edit questions. We also listened to various departments discuss the myths and rumors about the exams.

The afternoon was set aside to discuss changes happening with the NBCE and examination process. Recently, the NBCE went to an online registration process which allows test takers to pay fees from their checking account. NBCE next plans for test takers to have the option to pay fees with their credit card. The NBCE shared that beginning in 2017, there will be options to take Parts 1, 2 and 3 and Physiotherapy six times a year.

The NBCE is also introducing Computer Based Testing (CBT). The traditional paper and pencil option will still be available in March and September, but beginning in June, exams will be administered by CBT. Some benefits of CBT include the ability to retake a failed portion of an exam sooner, when the information is still fresh in the tester taker’s mind. Students are able to decide which day and the order in which they want to take the exams. For example, a Part 1 tester could choose to do all six exams in one day and take chemistry, anatomy and then physiology, or whichever combination they decide. Hard copies of the exam will still be available during CBT in case of technical issues.
Part 4 will continue to be offered two times a year due to the amount of personnel needed to administer the practical exams.

Upon returning to Logan, I met with the Dean of the College of Chiropractic, Vincent DeBono, DC, CSCS, and Dean of Students, Shelley Sawalich, PhD, MS. We reviewed what I learned and discussed how Logan is ready to accommodate the changes. Yesterday, I presented this information at the General Assembly meeting. If you missed the meeting or have additional questions, please feel free to contact me.”

Ainsley can be reached at

National Medicare Equality Petition

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has launched a major grassroots campaign to enact federal legislation that would achieve full physician status for doctors of chiropractic in Medicare. This initiative would significantly improve the health and wellness of our nation's aging population -- and your support is urgently needed.

The National Medicare Equality Petition will raise awareness of how the current Medicare system shortchanges seniors who want and need the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs)  to stay healthy, pain free and mobile, and how DCs  can be a part of the solution for what ails the U.S. health care system.

ACA is encouraging doctors of chiropractic across the country to ask their patients and other chiropractic supporters to sign the petition and add their names to a growing list of Americans who want rightful access to and full reimbursement for services provided by doctors of chiropractic for themselves or their loved ones who are Medicare patients. The plan is to let signers of the petition have their voice heard in Washington through a series of targeted grassroots campaigns to contact their members of Congress and demand a solution to this problem. The ultimate goal is to create a groundswell of support that Congress cannot ignore.

Intramural Bowling League - Spring 2016

Logan Intramurals has opened registration for a 4-week bowling league to be held at West County Bowling in Ellisville, Mo. The league will begin Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00pm. Cost per participant is $25 for the league (must be paid upfront) and $1.50/night for shoes (if needed). Participants will bowl three games each night. West County Bowling will handicap and record the scores weekly. At the completion of the league, players will have the option to participate in the first ever Logan Intramural Bowling Tournament for free.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please email Robert Powell at

Logan's Clinic Abroad Program from a Student's Perspective

Earlier this month, Trimester 8 student Taryn Lewis from Cincinnati, Ohio, was one of six students (accompanied by Southfield Health Center Clinician Aimee Jokerst, DC, FIAMA, and Mid Rivers Health Center Clinician Ashley Lewandoski, DC) who participated in Logan’s Clinic Abroad program to the Dominican Republic Jan. 2 through 11. 

Taryn on her experiences:

"The Clinic Abroad program was incredibly immersive, and the amount of practice and experience I gained was invaluable because I was required to rely on my skillsI would definitely do it again because of all that I learned from my peers and the clinicians.
We treated patients over the course of six days in two different cities which provided a lot of experience in a short amount of time. Being one of the younger students on the trip (the rest were Trimester 10 students), I was relying on the others’ opinions and critiquing on my adjustments during the first few days, but I quickly learned I could count on my skills and knowledge.

We saw patients with all kinds of symptoms from leg to shoulder problems. One man had previously been shot five times in the leg and was suffering from muscle issues due to scarring. Another man came in bent over and couldn’t look up to see people’s faces. Within three adjustments, he was standing straight up and told us he hadn’t been that way in a long time. It was truly astounding to see the changes in some patents within just a few days.

Many of these people are living very labor-intensive lifestyles with little to no access to medical care outside of groups like us who visit. Even though we couldn’t always communicate, you could tell how grateful they were for our care. Many of them brought us small gifts, like fruit, juice or knick-knacks, just to say thank you."

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