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Chiropractors deal with musculoskeletal problems or injuries.  If you choose to be a chiropractor, you’ll help to diagnose, treat and help to prevent disorders by using their hands or specialist equipment to help correct spinal cord issues or injuries by making adjustments. They may also prescribe specific exercise techniques to help their patients. They may treat people of all ages from babies to adults. 

A chiropractor is considered to be part of the complementary medicine field and chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. They will, if necessary, refer a patient to another medical practitioner.  

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

You will need a Masters of Technology in Chiropractic which you can study at the Durban University of Technology or the University of Johannesburg.

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

NCS or NS(v) certificate with the following subjects: 

  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science 
  • Biology 

Length of Study: 

6 Years


Once qualified, you can register to open your own practice with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA). You can also register with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) to obtain a practice number.

You will always need to treat your patients according to the guidelines, ethics and legalities outlined by the AHPCSA and the Department of Health.

Chiropractors are required to take the Chiropractor’s Oath which is in line with the Hippocratic Oath.  

You can then also get full membership to the Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA) which is open to all qualified chiropractors who are registered with the AHPCSA.

Further Information:

The Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa:

Chiropractic Association of South Africa

Department of Health:

Educational Institutions offering this qualification:

Durban University of Technology:

University of Johannesburg:

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