Pre-Chiropractic Medicine


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-Health advisor 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.

Guaranteed Admission Program

Canisius students in the Sports and Exercise Health Care major meeting all requirements are guaranteed admissions to the D'Youville University Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program. Contact the Pre-Medical Center for specific requirments for this program.

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:

BIO 111
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
BIO 112
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Laboratory II


One year of general chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry with laboratories:

CHM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHM 227
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:

PHY 201
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 is required and one semester of calculus is recommended as a prerequisite for physics.

PSY 201Basic Statistics for Behavioral Sciences3 or 4
or MAT 141 Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science
or KIN 398 Statistics and Research Design
MAT 111Calculus I4

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 114L- BIO 115/BIO 115L or BIO 324/BIO 324LBIO 340/BIO 340L).

One semester of biochemistry in either the Biology Department (BIO 211-BIO 212) or the Chemistry Department (BCH 301-BCH 302). Note that CHM 228 must be completed prior to BCH 301.

Kinesiology (KIN 235).

Exercise Physiology (KIN 336, KIN 336L).

Coursework in psychology and sociology.

Coursework in business.

Elective Courses

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 service learning trip.