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How to Become a Pediatric Chiropractor

Doctors of Chiropractic can change the trajectory of children’s lives in a positive way by improving their health. Logan University’s online Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics program blends passion, excellence and leadership and offers clinically focused, evidence-based, specialized training for Doctors of Chiropractic seeking to become experts in pediatric health care.

What’s required for acceptance into Logan’s chiropractic pediatrics program?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an institution accredited by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in qualifying DC degree
  • Have a chiropractic license in good standing

Requirements for international applicants can be found here. Applications and materials must be submitted at www.Logan.edu.

Since all chiropractors are trained to treat children, why do I need this degree?

Logan’s Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics allows DCs to gain a greater depth of knowledge and skills in pediatrics for those patients who require such expertise. Pediatrics has been a recognized specialty in chiropractic for almost 30 years, but there has never been a master’s-level program in chiropractic pediatrics in the U.S. until now.

As a result, this program offers Doctors of Chiropractic who want to specialize in the field of pediatrics a groundbreaking opportunity to not only learn from the best, but also to receive a new depth of instruction, and to graduate with an accredited academic degree in pediatrics that is recognized across professions.

Doctors of Chiropractic who earn this master’s degree graduate with the confidence and capability to improve the health of children of all ages and abilities.

How does this master’s degree differ from a diplomate certification?

Both a traditional pediatric diplomate certification and the Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics provide important pathways toward specialization in the field of pediatric chiropractic. There are two significant differences between the two programs:

  • The master’s program offers over four times as much instructional content as a traditional diplomate program, allowing students to take a deeper dive into the subject matter.
  • Students graduate from Logan’s program with a master’s degree, an accredited academic degree that’s recognized across professions.

Both the traditional diplomate and master’s degree pathways are important avenues for specialization, and one doesn’t replace the other. Logan’s Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics is for Doctors of Chiropractic who desire greater content in their specialty training and who want to earn an academic degree that’s recognized across professions.

Why should I choose Logan University for my Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics?

Led by program founder Elise Hewitt, DC, DICCP, FICC, one of the foremost authorities in the specialty of chiropractic pediatrics, Logan’s Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics is the first program of its kind in the United States.

This degree provides high-quality, clinically focused, evidence-based specialized training for Doctors of Chiropractic who want to take their pediatric knowledge and expertise to a higher level. When combined, the faculty and program director of Logan’s Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics have over 175 years of experience in pediatric chiropractic practice.  As a result, students in the program benefit from faculty’s extensive wisdom and clinical pearls that can only come from real world practice experience.

The program is also open to international chiropractors with a DC-equivalent degree and to students with advanced standing. The two-year, part-time degree is offered primarily online with annual in-person practicums for hands-on learning.

What can I expect from my education at Logan University?

The Master of Science in Integrative Pediatrics is a part-time degree program that takes students two years to complete and is hosted primarily online. Courses are taught asynchronously, enabling Doctors of Chiropractic to fit their education around their own schedules. In addition, two annual in-person practicums are held on campus over long weekends to give students the opportunity for supervised hands-on learning. Students will:

  • Gain a working knowledge and understanding of the anatomy, physiology, neurology and nutritional needs of pediatric patients.
  • Improve manual therapy skills with training in spinal, cranial and extremity techniques specific for pediatric patients.
  • Learn how to manage common and uncommon pediatric health conditions while appraising and assimilating scientific evidence.
  • Dive into management of pediatric sports injuries and extremity conditions.

Courses are all taught by experts in their respective fields. A full list of courses included in the program can be found here.

What career opportunities are available to me after graduation?

With 1.85 million pediatric chiropractic visits per year – which is 3.3% of all chiropractic visits – there is a growing demand for expertly trained physicians. Logan-educated pediatric chiropractors may find careers in:

  • Private or group practice
  • Multidisciplinary clinics or hospital settings
  • University-level education or research

Get in touch with our admissions team today to learn more about our new program, now enrolling for fall 2022.