Academic Preparation for Chiropractic Schools

The Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Chiropractors emphasize the manual and manipulative therapies as an alternative to medications and surgery for neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Some common patient procedures are spinal manipulation, manual therapy to joints and soft tissue, rehabilitative exercises, health promotion, electrical modalities, complementary procedures, and lifestyle counseling.

Prerequisite courses vary by program but typically require 24 hours of Sciences:

  • Recommended courses
  • biology
  • microbiology
  • general chemistry
  • physics
  • organic chemistry
  • biochemistry
  • human anatomy & physiology
  • biomechanics
  • physiology of exercise
  • recommended core curriculum: psychology, business or speech communication

Completion of a bachelor's degree is not required for admission however some states require a degree as a condition for licensure.  Students must compete a minimum of 90 hours with a 3.0 minimum grade point average.