About the Profession

About the Profession

Member of the ACAC

We are licensed by the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors.

The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors is dedicated to regulating the chiropractic profession in a manner that supports quality care and upholds public trust; as well as furthering awareness and understanding of the benefits of chiropractic care among Albertans.

For more information visit: www.albertachiro.com

What is regulation?

Other health care providers that are regulated include nurses, dentists, medical doctors and optometrists. 

In Alberta, the Health Professions Act ensures all regulated health care providers:

  • are educated and trained properly
  • practice within a defined scope of practice
  • adhere to strict standards of practice
  • hold liability protection/coverage
  • meet competency standards
  • are accountable to a regulatory organization

The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) is entrusted with enforcing the requirements set by government for all chiropractors. To be a chiropractor in Alberta, you must be a member, in good standing, with the ACAC.

Training and Education

In Canada, doctors of chiropractic must complete a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education, which includes a four-year academic program at an accredited chiropractic college. In addition to classroom hours, students spend over 600 hours treating patients in a supervised clinic setting during their final two years of education.

To be a chiropractor in Alberta, doctors must successfully pass national board exams and maintain professional competency through approved seminars and courses.

Did you know?

Only health care providers who are regulated under Alberta’s Health Professions Act – such as chiropractors – are legally permitted to call themselves doctors.

Safety and Research

More than 25 years of research about the safety and efficacy of chiropractic treatment prove that chiropractic is effective and beneficial to patients for the treatment of back and neck related conditions.

Because chiropractic is non-invasive, the risk of a serious adverse effect is extremely low. While most people feel a sense of relief, it is possible that following a chiropractic treatment you may experience mild soreness that should go away quickly. Before you have a chiropractic treatment, ask to discuss any concerns you have with your chiropractor. If you have any lasting effects or concerns, talk to your chiropractor.

Chiropractic is a health discipline firmly grounded in science and endorsed by research. Researchers, both within and outside the chiropractic profession, are actively involved in studying the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment.

The growing body of evidence continues to prove the value of chiropractic with consistently high marks for clinical effectiveness, cost efficiency and patient satisfaction.

Tarek Chipperfield