Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

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Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Established 1945
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban

The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College is a Canadian chiropractic institute, established in 1945. CMCC is regarded as a world leader in chiropractic education and research. It is currently the only Canadian chiropractic teaching institution for Anglophone students (a chiropractic school for Francophone students exists in Quebec at Universite du Quebec a Trois Riviers). CMCC was the first private college in Ontario to receive a degree-granting privilege, which is received in 2005; students now graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree, which is officially recognized as being on par academically with other doctoral degree professions such as medicine, dentistry, and optometry. CMCC does not teach a subluxation-based model of chiropractic, rather it teaches an evidence based medicine model which emphasizes research and critical thinking skills in the clinical decision making progress. CMCC is currently a private university unlike Canada's other chiropractic programme at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, which is within a public university.

Chiropractic education

  • CMCC offers a four-year programme of rigorous academic and clinical education, including a one-year internship in one of the institution's clinics.
  • The programme requires over 4,500 hours of academic and clinical education, including studies in biological sciences, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, as well as clinical and chiropractic sciences.
  • The curriculum enhances small group learning and practical application opportunities by focusing the students' work in curriculum blocks of intensive study, encompassing anatomy, pathology, biomechanic chiropractic principles and manipulative techniques.
  • Students are involved in research and must complete an investigative research project. A number of these projects have been successful in an international student research competition hosted by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, where CMCC students have consistently won the top awards.
  • Throughout CMCC's academic programme, students are exposed to clinical practice through observership in the clinics. In their final year, students complete a twelve-month internship in one of CMCC's clinics.

Clinical education and patient services

  • CMCC has strategically established a network of external clinics serving divergent patient populations. These seven external clinics, several which are part of multi-disciplinary clinics, provide care to a diverse patient population while offering a broader range of clinical experience for students. Additionally, CMCC has opened its first ever clinic within a hospital setting. St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital was the first fully accredited hospital to offer outpatient chiropractic services in North Toronto and York Region. At the St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital, hospital patients, hospital staff, and members of the community have access to chiropractic treatment.[1]
  • Clinic details available under the Clinic Section of CMCC's website

Graduate studies programmes

  • CMCC offers three graduate studies programmes in Clinical Sciences, Sports Sciences and Radiology. Upon graduation from the two- and three-year programmes, the students are eligible to write Fellowship examinations in the respective discipline.
  • The programmes provide graduate chiropractors with specialized clinical skills. There is a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary relationships, with opportunities to work at other institutions with other health care practitioners.

Licensing examinations

  • CMCC graduates must pass rigorous national and provincial licensing board examinations.


  • CMCC has a diverse faculty who bring experience from a wide range of backgrounds including biological sciences, medicine, law and chiropractic. The majority (70%) are chiropractors who have attained additional qualifications, such as graduate degrees or clinical specialty designations.
Research at CMCC
  • CMCC has been a leader in chiropractic research for more than five decades, and has developed an ongoing, productive research programme. Faculty are successful in receiving research grants from many agencies and have published extensively in peer-reviewed and refereed chiropractic journals, and in multidisciplinary journals such as The British Medical Journal, Spine, Pain, American Journal of Public Health and The New England Journal of Medicine. CMCC has collaborative research relationships with members of a number of other academic institutions in North America.
CMCC Health Sciences Library
  • The library houses the largest collection of chiropractic resources in Canada.


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