Chiropractic Specialist

Chiropractic Specialist video

Program Number: 10-523-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus*: West Bend

Program Description

Moraine Park’s Chiropractic Specialist associate of applied science degree is the only program of its kind in the Wisconsin Technical College System. Students develop knowledge and skills in a variety of areas related to chiropractic healthcare, including office management and insurance procedures, patient therapies, nutrition, patient education and taking x-rays. As part of the experience, students rotate through a variety of internship experiences.

Graduates, under the supervision of a chiropractor, perform functions and services that are preparatory or complementary to chiropractic adjustments. Skills learned in the program include patient examination, physiotherapy treatment, chiropractic radiology, patient education and nutrition education, office procedures and management skills.

Additionally, this exciting health care career option is offered at the West Bend campus. Program courses meet typically one day a week and online, giving you the convenience to complete your degree close to home and the ability to continue to work and earn your associate’s degree with some flexibility.

Graduates have the option of becoming nationally certified in radiology by the American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $25,000

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Administer office procedures.
  • Administer therapeutic modalities.
  • Assist in patient education.
  • Complete radiographic imaging.
  • Explain basic chiropractic philosophy.
  • Implement marketing.
  • Maintain equipment.
  • Manage financial accounts.
  • Operate equipment.
  • Manage patient care documentation.
  • Perform basic examination procedures.

Career Opportunities

  • Chiropractic Technician
  • Chiropractic Office Manager
  • Chiropractic Radiology Technician

Advancement Opportunities With Additional Work Experience or Education

  • Chiropractor
  • Massage Therapist/Medical Office Manager
  • Insurance Billing Specialist
  • Radiology Technician

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • A Criminal Background Check is required.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
523-110 Natural Wellness Concepts 2
523-113 Chiropractic Foundations 3
523-140 Chiropractic Office Procedures 3
523-151 Chiropractic Radiographic Dynamics 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 17
Term 2
523-155 Chiropractic Radiographic Positioning 3
523-165 Chiropractic Insurance 3
523-170 Chiropractic Conjunctive Therapy 3
523-190 Chiropractic Office Procedures Internship 2
801-136 English Composition 1 3
804-107 College Mathematics 3
 - OR - 
806-189 Basic Anatomy 3
Total 17
Term 3
523-120 Fitness for Life 2
523-125 Nutrition 2
523-163 Chiropractic Radiographic and Conjunctive Therapy 4
523-171 Chiropractic Patient Education 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-198 Speech 3
 - OR - 
801-141 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
809-195 Economics 3
 - OR - 
809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3
Total 17
Term 4
523-145 Chiropractic Office Management Applications 2
523-161 Chiropractic Examination 3
523-167 Chiropractic Insurance Internship 2
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 16
Required Elective Credits 3
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 70

Exit Assessment

A paper portfolio exit assessment is a graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

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