Students interested in a career in Chiropractic Medicine have the option of pursuing any major along with completing specific prerequisites. Chiropractic medical schools typically require a minimum of 90 credit hours be completed at the undergraduate level 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-Med Advisor to select appropriate coursework based on their schools of interest and 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 very 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:
|University Physics I|
and University Physics I Laboratory
|PSY 201||Basic Statistics for Behavioral Sciences||3 or 4|
|or MAT 141||Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science|
|or ATH 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 Course Suggestions
Coursework in psychology and sociology.
Coursework in business.
HRP 101 allows students to explore different health professions.
HRP 498 is an internship in medical informatics.