Students interested in a career in Chiropractic Medicine may pursue any major along with completing specific prerequisites. Chiropractic medical schools typically require a minimum of 90 credit hours to be completed at the undergraduate level prior to beginning chiropractic studies and many prefer the bachelor degree be completed. Students must gain a thorough understanding of the profession through a range of shadowing experiences. Students should work with the Pre-HealthAdvisor to select appropriate coursework based on their schools of interest and plan appropriate co-curricular experiences. In addition to the information in this section, please check the general information at the pre-medical and pre-health section of the catalog.
Recommended Pre-Chiropractic Medicine Courses
Academic admission requirements vary by school and are typically flexible, but include a minimum of 24 credit hours in life and physical science courses with laboratories. Life sciences include branches of science such as biology and ecology which study structural and functional organization of living organisms and their relationship to each other and the environment. A physical science is any of several branches of science, such as chemistry and physics, that study the nature and properties of energy and nonliving matter. Included in this category are movement science coursework such as kinesiology and exercise physiology.
Typical coursework includes the following:
At least one year of general biology with laboratory:
|Introductory Biology I|
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
|Introductory Biology II|
and Introductory Biology Laboratory II
One year of general chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry with laboratories:
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
One semester of introductory physics with laboratory. A student's major may dictate the option they should select:
|College Physics I|
and College Physics I Laboratory
|or PHY 223|
| General Physics for Physical Science Majors I|
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory
One semester of statistics and one semester of calculus are recommended. Chemistry majors must take MAT 141.
|PSY 201||Basic Statistics for Behavioral Sciences||3 or 4|
|or MAT 141||Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science|
|or KIN 398||Statistics and Research Design|
|MAT 111||Calculus I 1||4|
MAT 109 and MAT 110 may be substituted for MAT 111
Additional Pre-Chiropractic Medicine Courses
Courses selected from the following are helpful preparation for chiropractic studies:
One year of anatomy and physiology with laboratory (BIO 114-BIO 115).
One semester of biochemistry in either the Biology Department (BIO 211-BIO 212) or the Chemistry Department (BCH 301-BCH 302).
Kinesiology (KIN 235).
Exercise Physiology (KIN 336, KIN 336L).
Coursework in psychology and sociology.
Coursework in business.
HRP 101 allows students to explore different health professions.
HRP 111 introduces students to medical terminology.
HRP 201 and HRP 202 allow students to explore areas of medicine in more depth.
HRP 498 is an internship in medical informatics. A medical scribe internship in neurology is also available.
HRP 498A is a medical mission trip.