Doctors of chiropractic medicine treat patients whose health problems are primarily associated with the muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, especially the spine. These practitioners believe that spine and nervous system imbalance affects overall health. Chiropractors are holistic in their health care approach and generally provide natural, non drug options for health care. Chiropractors can work in group practices and can specialize in areas such as sports injuries, pediatrics, or orthopedics. Chiropractors must be licensed in the state in which they practice, and most programs require at least two years of undergraduate preparation in addition to four years of chiropractic college. Many programs require a Bachelor's degree.
Pre-Requisite Course Work
Each chiropractic program has its own prerequisite requirements, so be sure to check with the programs you are interested in for the most specific information. However, the required courses that are common to many programs are:
- Biological Sciences with lab (Bio 106 and lab, Bio 113 and lab)
- Genetics (Bio 260)
- Chemistry with lab (Chem 150 and lab, Chem 151 and lab)
- Organic Chemistry with lab (Chem 250 and lab)
- Biochemistry (Chem 311)
- Physics with lab (Phys 201 and lab and Phys 202 and lab) OR (Phys 217 and 218)
For many programs a grade of C or better is required in these courses.
Additional Recommended Courses:
- Human Anatomy (Bio 233)
- Human Physiology (Bio 234)
- Kinesiology and biomechanics (ES 335)
Application Procedures & Timeline
Each chiropractic program has its own application and admission procedures. Many schools have two admission deadlines - one for a start in a Fall class, and one for a start in a Winter class. Some applications can be completed via an on-line process for the individual school, but there is no central on-line application service for all schools.