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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.
There are pre-admissions requirements. The following courses should be completed during one's undergraduate education:
Candidates for admission must meet certain specific course/credit requirements in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Current entrance requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program are the following:
Effective January 2014, or earlier, at its discretion, the Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP) admits students whose goals, abilities, and character are consistent with the DCP's mission, and who have
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.
All matriculants must present a minimum of 48 semester hours' credit (or the quarter-hour credit equivalents), distributed as follows:
In each of the six distribution areas, no grades below 2.00 on a 4.00 scale may be accepted.
In each of the six areas of coursework, if more than one course is taken to fulfill the requirement, the course contents must be unduplicated.
*The Biological Sciences requirement must include pertinent laboratory experiences.
** At least six semester hours of the chemistry courses must include a corresponding lab. The chemistry requirement may be met with the following:
3 semester hours must be General/Inorganic Chemistry
*** Physics with corresponding lab*
Two unduplicated classes, with a corresponding lab -or-
In the event an institution's transcript does not combine laboratory and lecture grades for a single course grade, the admitting institution may calculate a weighted average of those grades to establish the grade in that science course.
Accredited chiropractic programs last 4 years and lead to a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. The standard curriculum covers:
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