Dr. Steingraber's Chiropractic Education

Perspective of Chiropractic Education and Doctor/Physician Level Education

This page is presented to assist with the understanding of the education of Doctors of Chiropractic. More specifically the goal is to provide the reader with knowledge that this education provides a basis for diagnosing and/or assisting with many types of health conditions and not just spinal-related disorders.To assist those who are unsure of the following, generally, a full-time year in college entails fall and spring semesters while taking a minimum of 12 hours per semester. In most cases, a bachelor’s degree can be acquired in 4 years of full-time college. The following are specifics of Dr. Steingraber’s education relating to pre-chiropractic education as well as chiropractic education.

Pre-Chiropractic College curriculum:

  • Associate of Liberal Arts Degree which entailed 2 years of full-time college.
  • In addition, the following science-based class work was required for chiropractic college entry totaling another 2 years of full-time college.
    • College Algebra
    • Trigonometry
    • Physics
    • Zoology
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Introduction to Microbiology

Texas Chiropractic College Curriculum; 1988-1991

  • The listing of classes below demonstrates the credit hours for each trimester at Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena Texas from the years 1988-1991. There were 3 trimesters within 1 calendar year and a total of 10 trimesters.
  • The first calendar year totaled 77 hours equating to 3.2 years of full-time college
    • Trimester 1-25 hours
    • Trimester 2-25 hours
    • Trimester 3-27 hours
  • The second calendar year totaled 82 hours equating to 3.4 years of full-time college
    • Trimester 4-29 hours
    • Trimester 5-28 hours
    • Trimester 6-25 hours
  • The third calendar year totaled 74 hours equating to 3.1 years of full-time college
    • Trimester 7-30 hours
    • Trimester 8-22 hours
    • Trimester 9-22 hours
  • The tenth trimester totaled 12 hours equating to .5 years of full-time college
  • The actual full-time college years within Texas Chiropractic College from 1988-1991 equates to just over 10 years within 3 and one-third years.
  • Approximately 14 years of a full-time college education is needed to obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
  • Passage of national and state board examinations and yearly postgraduate study are needed to obtain and maintain a Chiropractic license.

The following demonstrates specific classwork Dr. Steingraber obtained while at Texas Chiropractic College:

Trimester 1/Spring 1988: Histology, Gross Human Anatomy, Spinal Anatomy, Biochemistry, Chiropractic Principles, Medical Terminology, and Palpation. Total hours: 25 hours

Trimester 2/Summer 1988: Gross Human Anatomy, Biochemistry, Chiropractic Principles, Spinal Biomechanics, Palpation, General Microbiology, and Physiology. Total hours: 25 hours

Trimester 3/Fall 1988: Neuroanatomy, Chiropractic Principles, Adjusting, Appendicular Biomechanics, Pathogenic Microbiology, Pathology, Physiology, and Human Genetics. Total: 27 hours

Trimester 4/Spring 1989: Human Embryology, Adjusting, Chiropractic Principles, Research Methods, Appendicular Biomechanics, Public Health and Hygiene, Pathology, Physiology, and Normal Radiology. Total Hours: 29 hours

Trimester 5/Summer 1989: Adjusting, Nutrition, Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Neuroanatomy, Physical Exam, Abnormal Psychology, Toxicology and Pharmacology, and X-Ray Physics. Total hours: 28

Trimester 6/Fall 1989: Adjusting, Spinal Orthopedics, Nutrition, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diagnosis, Physical Exam, Physical Therapy, and X-Ray Positioning. Total hours: 25

Trimester 7/Spring 1990: Appendicular Orthopedics, Adjusting, Student Clinic, Pediatrics and Geriatrics, Clinical Laboratory and Diagnosis, X-ray diagnosis, Emergency Health Care, Physical Therapy, and Bone Pathology. Total hours: 30

Trimester 8/Summer 1990: Biochemistry, Appendicular Orthopedics, Case Management, Student Clinic, and Clinic Symposium. Total Hours: 22

Trimester 9/Fall 1990: Office Procedures, Ethics and Jurisprudence, Insurance Procedures, Case Management, and Clinic Symposium. Total Hours: 22

Trimester 10/Spring 1991: Clinic, and Clinic Symposium. Total Hours: 12

  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Subject Testing
    • General Anatomy
    • Spinal Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Chemistry
    • Pathology
    • Microbiology/Public Health
    • General Diagnosis
    • Neuromuscular Diagnosis
    • X-ray
    • Principles of Chiropractic
    • Associated Clinical Science
    • Physiotherapy
  • Continuing post-graduate education is required per year.

Dr. Steingraber’s post-graduate areas of study can be reviewed by accessing his curriculum vitae. His post-graduate study includes some of the following:

  • Sports-related injury diagnosis and treatment
  • Traumatic injury diagnosis and Management
  • Functional neurology
  • Functional medicine or human metabolic evaluation and support