What We Do
Undergraduate Program – CMCC’s four year undergraduate program leads to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. The curriculum draws from the biological sciences necessary to understand the body in health and disease; the clinical sciences necessary for diagnosis and treatment; and the philosophy and skills that make chiropractic unique.
Learning is focused through a series of progressive study modules, each of which is dedicated to a specific anatomical region to be studied comprehensively. The integrative, outcomes based program offers more than 4,300 hours of academic and clinical education, including studies in biological sciences, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, as well as clinical and chiropractic sciences.
Students are exposed to clinical practice through classroom discussion, laboratory training and observation. They receive specific training in radiology, X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. In year IV, they complete two six-month internships, treating patients in CMCC teaching clinics under the supervision of clinical faculty.
CMCC graduates must pass rigorous national and provincial licensing board examinations in order to practice in Canada. Over the past 15 years, CMCC students have had an average pass rate of 96% on Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) clinical skills examinations on the first attempt. Our students also perform exceptionally well on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) U.S. examinations.
Graduate Studies Programs – For graduate students who want to develop specialized skills, CMCC offers programs in Clinical Sciences, Diagnostic Imaging and Sports Sciences. Upon successful completion, the graduate is eligible to write Fellowship examinations in the respective discipline.
Continuing Education – At CMCC, we encourage lifelong learning. Our Continuing Education programs provide innovative, educational curricula that meet the evolving needs of practicing chiropractors as well as other health care professionals.
While CMCC has historically been involved in both clinical and basic science studies, CMCC’s Research Division is focusing on two main areas of interest for its current research agenda.
The Centre for the Study of Mechanobiology, Injury, and Health, with an associated Research Chair, focuses on the role of connective tissue – bone, joint, ligament, muscle, or nerve in health and disease. Research in this Centre addresses the fundamental issue of tissue mechanotransduction – the mechanism through which tissues communicate with each other about change. In other words, how cells convert mechanical stimulus (through physical stimulation), into tissue and cellular function, which may lead to more changes within the body.
The Centre for Interprofessional Health Dynamics investigates practice dynamics, public health policy, and interprofessional care, continuing the momentum created by past research by CMCC graduates and faculty. CMCC chiropractors are currently collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, resulting in improved patient satisfaction. This innovative model of care has been named an International Best Practice by the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Health agencies in other provinces, the U.S. and Australia have inquired about the benefits and its implementation. CMCC will continue pioneering work in models of health care to improve patient access to care, quality and comprehensiveness of care and more effective use of resources.
CMCC faculty and students have also formed collaborative relationships with other academic institutions across North America, conducting innovative research projects with fellow scientists at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto and Ryerson University. Research details are available under the Research Section of the website.
Students benefit from direct contact with researchers, and from the quick integration of new findings into course content. Students must conduct their own investigative research project in order to graduate. A number of student investigative projects have been successful in an international student research competition hosted by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.
Caring for Patients
CMCC welcomes chiropractic patients to Campus Clinic as well as its network of external chiropractic teaching clinics throughout the Greater Toronto Area
where Year IV interns provide patients with chiropractic care under the supervision of clinical faculty.
Care is provided at CMCC’s clinics for a combined total of more than 5,500 patients each year from diverse populations and with a wide variety of musculoskeletal related complaints.
For more information about our clinics, visit Clinic Locations.
Many of these external health care centres are in multidisciplinary environments, where chiropractors work side by side with other health care practitioners, a model that has been shown to improve patient care outcomes.
Supporting the Profession
As well as providing Continuing Education programs, CMCC supports practicing chiropractors with the knowledge, resources and services that help their businesses thrive.
The CMCC Health Sciences Library houses the largest collection of chiropractic resources in Canada, including current journals, the reference collection, the audiovisual collection, and books, journals and multimedia resources accessible online. (Library section).
The CMCC Supply Centre and Bookstore welcomes students, staff, practitioners and the public with an extensive selection of chiropractic and health related products. It carries all textbooks and manuals for classes as well as reference and general interest books. (Supply Centre section).
CMCC also acts as an advocate for the chiropractic profession. By participating in the public policy debates surrounding health care and education that affect chiropractors, CMCC is increasingly recognized as a valued government partner. Staff and faculty participated in public consultations held by the Ontario government to review the introduction of Bill 50, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Act; and Bill 171, an act to improve health systems, in 2006. The institution also makes presentations to the provincial Standing Committee on Finance during pre-budget consultations.
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
6100 Leslie Street, Toronto, Ontario, M2H 3J1
Telephone: 416 482 2340
Fax: 416 482 3629