In addition to accreditation, upgrading your skills through a bridging program or other courses and workshops is an important part of your journey to become a chiropractor in Canada.
You can benefit from opportunities for ongoing learning and professional growth that are offered through continuing education courses, attending seminars and training conferences, and reading professional periodicals.
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You may have strong technical skills, but often that is not enough to get a job or maintain it afterwards. You may need more training or skills upgrading, especially with regards to your soft skills.
As a chiropractor you are expected to possess patience, excellent oral and written communication skills, be able to maintain precise and confidential clinical records, good observation skills, patience, motivation and friendliness, communicate among other health care practitioners, be able to handle patients and empathize with them, and explain things in simple terms. You must also have problem solving and analytical skills.
Having strong skills in one or both of Canada’s official languages – English or French – is extremely important for your future in Canada. Whether you choose to focus on learning or improving English or French will depend on which of the two languages most people speak in the area where you intend to live. You may be eligible for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. Otherwise, you can find other free or affordable classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL) classes through the school boards or settlement agencies.
There are even language courses to teach you professional terminology, such as job-specific language training and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT) in Ontario. And, if you already speak one of Canada’s two official languages at a high level, learning the other one is a good option, as it may offer you better employment opportunities.
There are two academic programs for chiropractic in Canada accredited by the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Accrediting Boards (the Federation):
- Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto (English)
- Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in Trois-Rivières (French)
Many immigrants also take further education after coming to Canada, while some want to change careers or enhance their careers with a Ph.D or MBA.
Click here for links to Universities and Colleges across Canada where you can find the courses and subjects that interest you.