The core aim of the Chiropractic Degree is to produce safe and competent primary care chiropractors. This involves having a sound knowledge and understanding of human structures and function in both health and disease. It also involves students applying high levels of diagnostic and therapeutic skills together with the development of attitudes necessary for critical, reflective practice and life-long learning.

Equal emphasis is placed on the theoretical underpinning of these skills, drawing on knowledge and understanding form anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, biomechanics, diagnosis, radiology and other informing disciplines.

The education received by chiropractors is extremely thorough and demanding. Those accepted into a chiropractic college enter a 5 year academic program, similar in content to medical school. Course includes in depth study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, diagnosis, orthopaedics, radiology, biomechanics, and spinal adjustive techniques.

The primary focus of the chiropractic education is to teach the student how to recognise and effectively treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders in order to reduce pain and discomfort, allow for effective and proper healing, restore normal body biomechanics and improve overall health. In order to treat such conditions students are taught a number of different techniques and methods with emphasis on chiropractic spinal and extremity adjustive techniques but also including soft tissue/muscle therapy, stretching, ultrasound, interferential therapy and more. Through chiropractic adjustive techniques the students are taught how they can help restore function to a joint and positively influence the body through the nervous system.

Emphasis is also placed on other aspects of health including nutrition, diet, exercise, stretching and wellness. Of great importance, students also receive thorough training aimed at identifying those conditions which are beyond the scope of chiropractic practice and which require outside medical referral.
In the final year students treat and manage patients in an outpatient clinic setting under the guidance and supervision of experienced chiropractors and other health care professionals. This clinical setting provides the ideal environment in which to develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving and the integration of theoretical knowledge and practical clinical competence.

Continual Education
Doctors of chiropractic in most countries are required to attend annual seminars in order to maintain a high level of competency and keep their knowledge up to date.

Postgraduate Studies
Many doctors of chiropractic further their knowledge and skills by completing additional studies after graduation. Some of these specialised areas include: sports, neurology, radiology, rehabilitation, orthopaedics, peadiatrics, research and animal chiropractic.

Standards of Education
The European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE) is an international autonomous organisation established by the chiropractic profession in Europe to accredit and re-accredit institutions providing undergraduate chiropractic education and training.

The principle goal of the ECCE is to assure the quality of chiropractic undergraduate education and training against a set of educational Standards. Currently the ECCE accredits four programmes in Europe, two of which are based in a University setting, University of Glamorgan in Wales and Syddansk Universitet in Denmark, one programme is validated by the University of Bournemouth (Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Bournemouth, England) and a programme delivered at the Institut Franco-Europeen de Chiropratique (IFEC) in Paris, France.