Pre Chiropractic Medicine

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Pre-Chiropractic Medicine
Chiropractic medicine concerns itself with the relationship between structure and function of the human body and how that relationship affects the restoration and preservation of health. Doctors of Chiropractic medicine are health care providers who practice through non-drug, non-surgical means. Chiropractors conclude that spinal manipulation through adjustments will correct disturbances of the nervous system caused by dysfunction of the musculoskeletal structure. For more career description including nature of the work, education, job outlook and earnings visit

Academic Requirements
Candidates for admission must meet certain specific course/credit requirements in sciences, social sciences and humanities. Current entrance requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program are the following:

  • A minimum of 90 semester hours
  • A minimum of 48 semester hours included in the 90 total hours must be completed in the required classes listed below.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the required prerequisite courses and the required 90 semester hours.
  • National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL REQUIRES a baccalaureate degree for admission. It is the only chiropractic school to do so.
  • Individual state licensing boards may require additional education prior to entering a chiropractic college. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the US Virgin Islands require a bachelor’s degree in order to gain state licensure.

All matriculates must present a minimum of 48 semester hours credit, distributed as follows:

English Communication and/or English Language Skills - 6 Semester Hours
Psychology - 3 Semester Hours
Social Sciences or Humanities - 15 Semester Hours
Biological Sciences* - 6 Semester Hours
Chemistry** - 12 Semester Hours
Physics and related studies*** - 6 Semester Hours
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.
*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
  • 6 semester hours must be Organic and/or Biochemistry
  • 3 semester hours of Chemistry elective

***Physics with corresponding lab

  • 2 unduplicated classes, with a corresponding lab -or-
  • 3 semester hours in Physics, with corresponding lab and
  • 3 semester hours in Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Statistics or Exercise Physiology (Physics I and II with lab are required by certain states.)

Source: Palmer College of Chiropractic 2009-2010 Catalog.
There are 17 accredited chiropractic schools in the U.S. and while the aforementioned are overall general requirements for most schools, it is wise to check with each school individually on their prerequisites. You can find a listing of these schools by going to, or by visiting with the Health Science Coordinator, Patti Burgmeier.

Chiropractic Experience
Shadow, observe, volunteer or work with a practicing chiropractor. All chiropractic schools strongly encourage prospective students to contact and spend time with a chiropractor practicing in their area. The primary goal is to guarantee that you are confident in your career choice and to assure the admissions committees that you are making an informed decision. Many schools require a letter of recommendation from a chiropractor before an interview will be granted. Contact Health Science Coordinator, Patti Burgmeier, for a list of the chiropractors in the Dubuque area.
Read journals and professional publications related to chiropractic medicine and healthcare in general.

Extracurricular Activities

Admissions committees view extracurricular activities as positive signs that you can handle a rigorous curriculum and still participate in campus or community affairs. Commitment, leadership, service, responsibility, and the ability to interact effectively with others are among the qualities that the chiropractic schools evaluate. The level and quality of your participation is more important than the number or diversity of your activities. The Health Science Club is an excellent way to be involved in the campus community and gain those important qualities.

Are You a Good Candidate?

There is a misperception that admissions committees seek some ideal combination of characteristics in the applicants they select for admission. Chiropractic schools look favorably on diversity of an entering class and seek out individuals who display the following:

  • Intellectual ability and academic success. Admission committees examine academic scores including cumulative GPA, science GPA (math & science courses).
  • Personal Characteristics such as leadership ability, motivation, maturity, and service commitment to name a few.
  • Understanding and passion for the profession. Admission committees will seek out how the student has demonstrated an interest in the chiropractic profession and developed knowledge of the profession. Experience in a health care setting, awareness of current events related to the profession, and interaction with health care professionals provides evidence of understanding and passion.
  • Service commitment is extremely important and can be obtained many different ways on the college campus. The experiences can give the students a background filled with diversity.
  • Good business sense, personal finance, self-discipline, and communication skills are helpful for success in private practice.

Application Process
The following are common components required for admission to any of the schools and colleges:

  • A properly completed application for admission
  • Personal essay covering the development of your interest in chiropractic, your career goals and your reason for choosing the school
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Letters of recommendation, including one from a practicing chiropractor
  • Chiropractic experience/exposure
  • Personal interview

International Students (F1 status) must also provide the following:

  • National Association letter of approval (if needed)
  • TOEFL score or proof of English proficiency (minimum score of 500)
  • Certification of Finances

For additional information on interviewing, personal statements, application outcomes, etc. follow the links on the medicine webpage.

Acceptance Rate
Loras College has demonstrated a 100% acceptance rate of its students into Chiropractic School.

Chiropractic Resources
American Chiropractic Association

Council on Chiropractic Education

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