Join the American Chiropractic Association

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, VA, is the largest professional association in the world representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA provides lobbying, public relations, professional and educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic, funds research regarding chiropractic and health issues, and offers leadership for the advancement of the profession. ACA also promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Learn More >

Become an ACA Member

 Corporate Membership


Membership Qualifications

Unless otherwise excepted, applicants for ACA membership must be graduates of a course of four (4) academic years at a chiropractic college having status with an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or an agency having a reciprocal agreement with the recognized agency.  Students may be granted limited ACA membership by way of membership in the college SACA chapter.

Unless otherwise excepted, applicants must be licensed to practice chiropractic. 

Applicants must adhere to the ACA Code of Ethics.

No qualified Doctor of Chiropractic is to be denied membership solely on the grounds of his exercise of practice rights in any particular area of practice, when lawful under the licensing act relation to chiropractic practice in his/her state.

Membership Categories

ACA membership is divided into voting and non-voting categories. All ACA memberships are 12 month memberships, renewed by anniversary date. Voting members appear in in ACA's online patient directory, Find a Doctor.


General Membership

  • $660/Year - $55/Month
A General Member is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic meeting the qualifications for membership and desiring to be associated with its activities and objectives. General members can vote in ACA elections and hold office.

Governor’s Advisory Cabinet (GAC)

  • $1200/Year - $100/Month
A GAC Member is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic meeting the qualifications for General membership who elect to pay double the general member dues to receive enhanced privileges. GAC members can vote in ACA elections and hold office.

New Practitioner

  • NP2 $132/Year - $11/Month
  • NP3 $264/Year - $22/Month
  • NP4 $396/Year - $33/Month
  • NP5 $528/Year - $44/Month
A New Practitioner Member is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic meeting the qualifications for General membership who is within his/her second to fourth year post graduation and is eligible for a dues discount. The discount is based on year of graduation, referred to as NP2, NP3, NP4, and NP5. New Practitioner members can vote in ACA elections and hold elected office.

New Graduate Membership

  • FREE
A New Graduate Member is a graduate of an approved chiropractic college and receives free membership for the year following graduation. New Graduate members can vote in ACA elections, but cannot hold elected office.

Family Membership

  • $330/Year - $27.50/Month
A Family Member is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic meeting the qualifications for General membership who receives a discounted membership rate because he/she is an immediate family member of a General member and practices in the same office. Family members can vote in ACA elections, but cannot hold elected office.

Retired/Disabled Membership

  • $165/Year - $14/Month
A Retired/Disabled Member is a Doctor of Chiropractic no longer in active practice due to retirement or total and permanent disability. Retired/Disabled members can vote in ACA elections, but cannot hold elected office.

Sustaining Membership

  • $330/Year - $27.50/Month
A Sustaining Member is a Doctor of Chiropractic who is semi-retired and working less than twenty hours per week, who has chosen to work part time, or practices in the Department of Defense military treatment facilities of Department of Veteran’s Affairs facilities. Sustaining members may also be a chiropractic college faculty member or administrator who is employed eight or more hours per week at a chiropractic college campus. Sustaining members are not eligible to vote in ACA elections or hold elected office.

International Membership

  • $165/Year - $14/Month
An International Member is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic practicing outside of the United States and its possessions. International members are not eligible to vote in ACA elections or hold elected office. 

Associate Membership

  • $165/Year - $14/Month
An Associate Member is an individual who is a non-practicing Doctor of Chiropractic serving in the United States Armed Forces or has left active practice to attend college full-time. An Associate member may also be full-time faculty and administrators at chiropractic colleges that do not hold a Doctor of Chiropractic or attorneys and executive directors of chiropractic organizations who do not hold a Doctorate of Chiropractic. Associate members are not eligible to vote in ACA elections or hold elected office.

Chiropractic Assistant Membership

  • FREE
A Chiropractic Assistant Member is an individual who is office or support staff for a General member and is granted free membership. Chiropractic Assistant members are not eligible to vote in ACA elections or hold elected office.

Student Membership

  • $60/4 Years of Chiropractic College
A Student Member is a student of chiropractic, enrolled in a chiropractic college having status with an accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education or an agency having reciprocal agreement with the recognized agency. Upon graduation, student member status automatically converts to New Graduate. Student members are not eligible to vote in ACA elections or hold elected office.