Dr. Virusky is certified and licensed to provide chiropractic care by the Virginia Board of Medicine.
The educational requirements for chiropractors are similar to other medical professionals. In general, most chiropractors have a four-year degree from an accredited college or university, and all have completed another 4-5 academic years of post-graduate study from one of the nation’s 17 accredited chiropractic colleges. During the first two years of study in chiropractic college, students receive classroom and laboratory work in anatomy, physiology, public health, microbiology, pathology, and biochemistry. The final two years involve courses in spinal adjustments and manipulation, as well as clinical experience in areas that may include physical and laboratory diagnosis, neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics, physiotherapy, biomechanics, radiology, nutrition, and natural medicine.
Post-graduate chiropractic study is followed by a one-year internship at a college clinic. Many chiropractic colleges also have programs to rotate interns through hospital rounds with other medical students. Several chiropractors choose to continue with additional years of advanced or post-graduate study in a clinical area of interest.
After obtaining their Doctor of Chiropractic degree, chiropractors must complete at least two board exams: (1) the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exam and (2) the board exam from the state in which they practice.
All 50 states license Doctors of Chiropractic to practice. All chiropractors must meet certain requirements, including:
- Completion of a four to five academic year chiropractic college course of study at an accredited program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
- Satisfactory completion of board exams.
- Ongoing continuing education courses or programs offered by accredited chiropractic programs and institutions, as well as chiropractic associations.
Chiropractors also are able to obtain certification in such areas as orthopedics, neurology, sports injuries, occupational and industrial health, nutrition, diagnostic imaging, thermography, spinal rehabilitation and internal disorders.