December 2, 2010 — Findings of a recent survey published by Bournemouth University have revealed that 96.1 percent of graduates from the Boscombe-based Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in 2009 found employment or moved on to further education within six months of graduation.
The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey showed that 42.3 percent of graduates from the AECC’s Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) course began full-time or self-employed careers instantly or soon after leaving the college, while 50 percent went on to both work and engage in further studies. More than 3 percent (3.8 percent) of graduates gained part-time employment.
More than 57 percent of the AECC class of 2009 began their first jobs on a starting salary of £30,000 or above. The average starting salary for AECC graduates was £28,214 with the national average currently standing at £19,677 (Higher Education Statistics Agency figure).
The employment rate for AECC graduates of 2009 reflects positively on the evidence-based education offered by the college and the continuing growth of the chiropractic profession. Chiropractic is the world’s third largest primary healthcare profession and there are more than 2,300 practising chiropractors in the UK currently.
Chiropractic is primarily concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of conditions and complaints of the musculoskeletal system. The term “chiropractic” comes from the Greek words “cheir” (hand) and praxis (action) and literally means “done by hand.”
Instead of prescribing drugs or performing surgeries, chiropractors use manual treatments of the spine and joints, exercise therapies, rehabilitation and lifestyle changes to care for their patients.
AECC Principal Kenneth Vall is encouraged by the continuing growth of the chiropractic profession and has congratulated the class of 2009 on excellent starts to their professional careers.
“We always knew that chiropractic offered an excellent career path for our graduates,” said Vallk. “To now have evidence from the Higher Education Leavers Survey to back this is very encouraging and rewarding for this institution and all its staff and students.”
Source: Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, www.aecc.ac.uk