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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 

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

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School English Psychology Social Sciences or
Humanities
Biological
Sciences
with Lab
Anatomy &
Physiology
General/Inorganic Chemistry with Lab Organic and/or Biochemistry with Lab Chemistry Elective Physics with Lab Biomechanics, Kinesiology or Exercise Physiology Math or Statistics Specific Requirements
Cleveland Chiropractic College 6 hrs recommended 3 hrs
recommended
12 hr recommended Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences   Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences    
D'Youville College Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Social 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 sciences Counts towards 24 credits of sciences Counts towards 24 credits of sciences NYS requirement (need 3 of 4) Counts towards 24 credits of sciences Counts towards 24 credits of sciences NYS requirement (need 3 of 4) Counts towards 24 credits of sciences Counts towards 24 credits of sciences Requires 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 West Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education 24 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 Chiropractic Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education. 3 semester hours required Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education. May fulfill social science requirement Counts 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 required Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. May fulfill biology requirement Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. 6 semester hours of chemistry with lab required Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. May fulfill chemistry requirement Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. May fulfill chemistry requirement Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education. 3 semester hours of college algebra or higher math required 24 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 Chiropractic Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Math 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 College Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Accepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciences   Accepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life and/or physical sciences    
New Zealand College of Chiropractic Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as elective Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as elective Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as elective Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for Microbiology Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for Anatomy and Physiology Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for General Chemistry Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for Biological, General or Organic Chemistry Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as elective Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted for Biophysics Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as partial credit Bio Physics Minimum NZQA Level 5 and above accepted as elective 120 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 University Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences with lab Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/ physical sciences with lab Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/ physical sciences with lab Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/ physical sciences with lab Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Requires 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 Chiropractic Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Math counts towards 66 semester credits in general education. Statistics can come from any department and counts toward 24 semester credits in science 24 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 Chiropractic 6 hrs recommended 3 hrs recommended Parker requires 15 hours of courses in Humanities and Social Sciences Required 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 sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences   Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits of life/physical sciences    
Southern California University of Health Sciences Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education 24 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 Chiropractic Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences. Half of credits must contain substantial lab Counts towards 24 semester credits in life/physical sciences Counts towards 66 semester credits in general education 24 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 Chiropractic Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Accepted towards 90 required undergraduate credits Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences Accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences Statistics accepted towards 24 required credits in life/physical sciences 24 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