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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:
A minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours).
A minimum of 48 semester hours included in the 90 total hours must be completed in the CCE required classes (listed below).
A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 in the required prerequisite courses and the required 90 semester hours.
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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