Doctors of Chiropractic are highly educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations. Rhode Island chiropractors must have a minimum of eight years of college. Each chiropractor must have a four-year undergraduate degree including “pre-med”, followed by a four year Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree. Each chiropractor then passes the demanding five part National Board Examinations. Doctors of Chiropractic then apply to a governmental licensing board before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor’s education, however, never ends. Doctors of chiropractic complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and advances in the profession.