Comparison of Osteopathic Physicians, Allopathic Physicians, and Chiropractors

Category DO MD DC*
Undergrad Training 4-year Degree Same 90 hours college credit, some require degree
Grad Training 4-year Osteo Medical Degree (DO) 4-year Medical Degree (MD) 4-year Chiropractic Degree (DC)
Post-Grad Training 1-year internship, 2-8 years residency, depending on the specialty Same None
Licensure/Scope of Practice Fully-licensed to practice the complete spectrum of medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states Same Licensed to practice Chiropractic manipulation
Prescribe Medications Yes Same No
Manual Medicine Training Over 500 hours None Over 500 hours

* Association of Chiropractic Colleges and American Chiropractic Association
chart used with kind permission from Donald Hankinson, D.O.