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Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic medicine is a profession that is gaining acceptance and is recognized in all fifty states. This training takes four years after completion of the pre-chiropractic requirements. The profession is mainly centered around spinal disorders with treatment being used which does not include chemical drugs.

Academic Requirements

Most chiropractic programs require that applicants have at least 3 years of undergraduate education, and an increasing number require a bachelor's degree. In either case, your undergraduate studies must include a prescribed number of prerequisite courses, as defined by the field's accrediting body, the Council on Chiropractic Education.

D.C. Prerequisites

There are pre-admissions requirements. Candidates for admission must meet certain specific course/credit requirements in the sciences, social sciences and humanities during their undergraduate years. Current entrance requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program are the following:

A minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours).
A minimum of 48 semester hours included in the 90 total hours must be completed in the CCE required classes (listed below).
A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 in the required prerequisite courses and the required 90 semester hours.

All matriculants must present a minimum of 48 semester hours' credit (or the quarter-hour credit equivalents), distributed as follows:

English Communication and/or English Language Skills 6 9
Psychology 3 4.5
Social Sciences or Humanities 15 22.5
Biological Sciences with corresponding lab 6 9
Chemistry with corresponding lab** 12 18
Physics with corresponding lab 6 9

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 content must be unduplicated

** 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

Two 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).

In the event an institution's transcript does not combine laboratory and lecture grades for a single course grade, the admitting institution may calculate a weighted average of those grades to establish the grade in that science course.

Accredited chiropractic programs last 4 years and lead to a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. The standard curriculum covers:

  • anatomy
  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • microbiology
  • pathology
  • public health
  • physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis
  • gynecology & obstetrics
  • pediatrics
  • geriatrics
  • dermatology
  • otolaryngology
  • diagnostic imaging procedures
  • psychology
  • nutrition/dietetics
  • biomechanics
  • orthopedics
  • neurology
  • first aid and emergency procedures
  • spinal analysis
  • principles and practice of chiropractic
  • clinical decision making
  • adjustive techniques
  • research methods and procedures
  • professional practice ethics


No specific admission test is required

Deadlines for application vary somewhat. Please refer to individual school bulletins for dates since some schools accept new students each semester or quarter.


Most of the schools have requirements for personal interviews, but you should get specific information on interviews from the concerned schools.


Prospective students should obtain information from as many sources as possible. The Internet is an excellent resource for specific information about individual health professional schools. In some cases, the application forms may be downloaded; in other cases, the application may be submitted over the Internet. More information can be found by accessing "The American Chiropractic Association" (ACA) on their homepage, at, where contact information for each college of chiropractic is available.

The American Chiropractic Association
1701 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209

The Association of Chiropractic Colleges
4424 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 102
Bethesda, MD 20814