Academic Requirements

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SchoolEnglishPsychologySocial Sciences or
Humanities
Biological
Sciences
with Lab
Anatomy &
Physiology
General/Inorganic Chemistry with LabOrganic and/or Biochemistry with LabChemistry ElectivePhysics with LabBiomechanics, Kinesiology or Exercise PhysiologyMath or StatisticsSpecific Requirements
Cleveland Chiropractic College6 hrs recommended 3 hrs
recommended
12 hr recommendedAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences
D'Youville CollegeCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationSocial sciences (anthro, etc) count towards 24 credits of sci., but humanities count towards 66 credits of gen. ed.Counts towards 24 credits of sciences NYS requirement (needs 3 of 4)Counts towards 24 credits of sciencesCounts towards 24 credits of sciencesCounts towards 24 credits of sciences NYS requirement (need 3 of 4)Counts towards 24 credits of sciencesCounts towards 24 credits of sciences NYS requirement (need 3 of 4)Counts towards 24 credits of sciencesCounts towards 24 credits of sciencesRequires 24 credits of sciences, 12 credits must be sciences with lab.
66 Credits can be any undergrad level course. NYS requires 3 of the 4 courses: Biology (not A&P), Chemistry, Organic Chem, and physics
Life Chiropractic College WestCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 66 semester credits in general education24 semester credits in Life/Physical Sciences. Half of science credits must contain lab component. Remaining 66 credits can be in general education or additional science courses
Life University College of ChiropracticCounts towards 66 semester credits in general education. 3 semester hours requiredCounts towards 66 semester credits in general education. May fulfill social science requirementCounts towards 66 semester credits in general education.
3 semester hours of each required
Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. 6 semester hours or biology with lab requiredCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. May fulfill biology requirementCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. 6 semester hours of chemistry with lab requiredCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. May fulfill chemistry requirementCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. May fulfill chemistry requirementCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 66 semester credits in general education. 3 semester hours of college algebra or higher math required24 semester credits in Life/Physical Sciences. Half of science credits must contain lab component. Remaining 66 credits can be in general education or additional science courses
Logan University College of ChiropracticCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labMath counts towards 66 semester credits in general education. Statistics can come from any department and counts toward 24 semester credits in science
New York Chiropractic CollegeAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsAccepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciences
New Zealand College of ChiropracticMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as electiveMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as electiveMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as electiveMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for MicrobiologyMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for Anatomy and PhysiologyMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for General ChemistryMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for Biological, General or Organic ChemistryMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as electiveMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for BiophysicsMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as partial credit Bio PhysicsMinimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as elective120 credits NZQA Level 5 and above courses. Six courses in basic sciences: Anatomy and Physiology 30 credits, Chemisty (general or organic) 15 credits, Biological Chemistry 15 credits, Microbiology 15 credits, Biophysics 15 credits, Two courses in electives 30 credits
Northwestern Health Sciences UniversityAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences with labAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/ physical sciences with labAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/ physical sciences with labAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/ physical sciences with labAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsRequires 24 semester credits of sciences, 12 science credits must include lab. 66 credits can be any undergraduate, BS- applicable course. Biology 1 with lab, General Chemistry 1 with lab, and Organic Chemistry 1 with lab required. Specified sciences can be waived for AATP admission
Palmer College of ChiropracticCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesMath counts towards 66 semester credits in general education. Statistics can come from any department and counts toward 24 semester credits in science24 semester credits in Life/Physical Sciences. Half of science credits must contain lab component. Remaining 66 credits can be in general education or additional science courses
Parker University College of Chiropractic6 hrs recommended3 hrs recommendedParker requires 15 hours of courses in Humanities and Social SciencesRequired towards 24 credit hours of Life and Physical Science (examples include Cell Biology, Microbiology, Human Biology, Zoology)Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences
Southern California University of Health SciencesCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 66 semester credits in general education24 semester credits in Life/Physical Sciences. Half of science credits must contain lab component. Remaining 66 credits can be in general education or additional science courses
University of Bridgeport College of ChiropracticCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 66 semester credits in general educationCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial labCounts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciencesCounts towards 66 semester credits in general education24 semester credits in Life/Physical Sciences. Half of science credits must contain lab component. Remaining 66 credits can be in general education or additional science courses
University of Western States College of ChiropracticAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsAccepted towards 90 required undergraduate creditsAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciencesAccepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciencesStatistics accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences24 semester credits in Life/Physical Sciences; half of science credits must contain lab component; distribution of science coursework is expected to include at least one course in each area: biology or anatomy, general chemistry, organic or biochemistry, physics or related study. Remaining 66 credits can be in general education or additional science courses

Entrance Requirements

Most chiropractic programs require that applicants have at least 3 years of undergraduate education, and an increasing number require a bachelor’s degree. In either case, your undergraduate studies must include a prescribed number of prerequisite courses, as defined by the field’s accrediting body, the Council on Chiropractic Education.

Current entrance requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program are as following:
• Completed the equivalent of three academic years of undergraduate study (90 semester hours) at an institution(s) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency with a GPA for these 90 hours of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
• The 90 hours will include a minimum of 24 semester hours in life and physical science courses. These science courses will provide an adequate background for success in the DCP, and at least half of these courses will have a substantive laboratory component.
• The student’s undergraduate preparation also includes a well-rounded general education program in the humanities and social sciences, and other coursework deemed relevant by the DCP for students to successfully complete the DCP curriculum.

Standard Curricula

Accredited chiropractic programs last 4 years and lead to a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. The standard curriculum covers:

  • anatomy
  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • microbiology
  • pathology
  • public health
  • physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis
  • gynecology & obstetrics
  • pediatrics
  • geriatrics
  • dermatology
  • otolaryngology
  • diagnostic imaging procedures
  • psychology
  • nutrition/dietetics
  • biomechanics
  • orthopedics
  • neurology
  • first aid and emergency procedures
  • spinal analysis
  • principles and practice of chiropractic
  • clinical decision making
  • adjustive techniques
  • research methods and procedures
  • professional practice ethics

The Chiropractic Centralized Application Service (ChiroCAS)

Colleges participating in ChiroCAS are:

  • Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City Campus
  • D’Youville College
  • Life University
  • Life West College of Chiropractic
  • Logan University
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport (Davenport, Iowa)
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida (Port Orange, Fla.)
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic, West (San Jose, Calif.)
  • Parker University
  • Sherman College of Chiropractic
  • Texas Chiropractic College
  • University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic
  • University of Western States, College of Chiropractic

If you wish to apply to one or more of these programs, please click here.