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New Zealand College of Chiropractic


New Zealand College of Chiropractic

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Bachelor of Chiropractic (BChiro)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
4 years
Start date: Expected July-2021
New Zealand College of Chiropractic
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Students at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic explore the principles of chiropractic with a particular focus on the synergistic relationship between its philosophy, science and art.

After completing one year of health sciences at university, students study for four years at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and graduate with a Bachelor of Chiropractic degree and practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

The first two years of the degree builds on basic science knowledge and introduces chiropractic technique and philosophy. In the last two years of study, students gain practical experience working in the College’s state-of-the-art chiropractic centre providing chiropractic care to patients. Other courses include diagnostic imaging, nutrition, business skills and chiropractic care for special populations such as children and the elderly. Hands-on chiropractic technique is taught from the first semester and is the key focus throughout all four years.

The philosophy of chiropractic is vitalistic. It incorporates and acknowledges the understanding that your body has an innate intelligence that organises all of your life processes and allows you to heal naturally. Your body has an inborn ability to maintain and restore your health. This philosophy guides our curriculum, strategy and culture.

The College is accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Council of Chiropractic Education Australasia. Graduates can practise in New Zealand, Australia and around the world.

Entry criteria

The average age of a student at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic is 25, with ages ranging from 18 to 50.

You must first complete a minimum of one year of approved prerequisite study in specific basic health sciences. These include six basic health science courses at an undergraduate level and two elective courses.

If you have not completed university level study in basic sciences it is important you first apply to the College for guidance and approval of your prerequisite subjects.

If you have completed tertiary study in the science field, we will assess whether you have completed the prerequisite study for entry to the College and help you find appropriate courses if you need further study.

The standard of English Language competence that the College requires is, or is equivalent to, an academic IELTS overall score of 7.0, with no individual language skill under 6.5.

Recommended prerequisite programme

Our recommended prerequisite programme is the Diploma in Applied Science (Pre-Chiropractic Pathway) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

You must first apply to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Once the application process is complete, the College will provide you with a letter of intent which must be included with your application to the AUT Diploma in Applied Science (Pre-Chiropractic Pathway).


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