Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Doctors of Chiropractic, often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Admission requirements vary from school to school. Please consult the website of the school in which you are interested in matriculating to get a list of required pre-requisite classes. Prior to beginning their chiropractic education, applicants must have completed a minimum total of 90 semester credit hours or 135 quarter hours of non-duplicate coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
Of those overall hours completed, a minimum of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours must be credits in the coursework listed below with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
Typical Required Courses
- English Composition - 6 semester hours
- Psychology - 3 semester hours
- Humanities or Social Sciences - 15 semester hours
- Biological Sciences (human or animal)- 6 semester hours
- Chemistry (minimum 6 semester hours of Organic Chemistry)- 12 semester hours
- Physics (can be three semester hours in physics (with laboratory) and three semester hours in either biomechanics, kinesiology, statistics or exercise physiology - 6 semester hours
In situations in which one or more courses have been repeated with equivalent courses, the most recent grade(s) may be used for grade point average computation and the earlier grade(s) may be disregarded (unusual among health professions schools).