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Choosing Chiropractic Medicine or Physical Therapy

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​Chiropractic Medicine, Physical Therapy or Athletic Training?

There are many advantages to choosing a career in chiropractic medicine over a career as a physical therapist (PT) or as a certified athletic trainer (ATC). All three require an education beyond a bachelor’s degree, state licensure, a strong foundation in science, and a genuine desire to help people.

Why Choose Chiropractic Medicine?

In this video, you’ll hear Dr. Randy Cybulski’s advice on why a career as a DC is so much more rewarding for him, compared to his previous career working as a therapist:

Advantages for Chiropractic Physicians

Chiropractic physicians enjoy the following advantages over physical therapists and certified athletic trainers:

  • Primary care physician standing in most states.
  • Authority to make diagnoses and prepare treatment plans.
  • A wider range of modalities to meet patients’ health needs, including: laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, chiropractic adjustments, nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and more.
  • Because most DCs are self-employed, they enjoy more autonomy. They have more control over their income, work hours, who they will see, where they will work, the ability to specialize, with no ceiling on their success.

Chiropractic Sports Medicine

If you seek a career emphasis in chiropractic sports medicine, NUHS is an excellent choice. Learn more about sports medicine at NUHS.


If you would like to learn more about the advantages that a career as a chiropractic physician can offer, or shadow a chiropractic physician to experience what a day working in a DC’s practice is like, email or call 1-800-826-6285.


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