Chiropractors are fast becoming to the spine what podiatrists are to the foot and ankle. Chiropractic physicians are found in multi-disciplinary clinics and increasingly in VA hospitals, where they provide a vital service to assist veterans with chronic back pain. With the opioid crisis now fully exposed, the care provided by chiropractic physicians without the use of drugs or surgery is even more important than ever. Some VA chiropractic services have very long waiting lists.
So, why would Florida want to decrease the standards for chiropractic education — something that could lead to endangering the health of Floridians?
That is a question chiropractic physicians and, particularly, chiropractic educators, are asking themselves after the introduction of a bill (House Bill 873) that would eliminate the requirement of chiropractic educational programs to meet the national standards met by all other chiropractic programs in the country.
There are three programs in Florida leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree following a rigorous course, which takes about eight years upon high school diploma completion. These three programs meet the national standards set by the Council on Chiropractic Education, which since 1974 has been federally recognized as the chiropractic accrediting agency.
These standards are updated every few years, with the most recent updates in 2013 and 2018. The standards require all chiropractic programs to ensure a high quality of professional education that requires graduates to meet rigorous standards of competence. Many top chiropractic educators attribute the development of the profession and its integration with mainstream healthcare to these rigorous