Most chiropractic schools require that students complete at least three years of college before entering their program, though many others (often depending on the state) require the completion of a bachelor's degree.
To become a chiropractor, you must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree by completing an accredited four-year chiropractic college program, pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and/or other state-required examinations and complete any additional state-specific licensing requirements.
Chiropractor programs typically require 24 credits in the life and physical sciences, half of which must have a lab component. Prerequisites may include:
- English (at least 6 credits)
- Psychology (at least 3 credits)
- Social Sciences or Humanities (at least 15 credits)
- Biology with lab (at least six credits)
- Chemistry with lab (at least 12 credits)
- Physical Sciences: physics, biomechanics, statistics, and/or math (at least six credits)
To find out about what specific schools require, go to their individual websites. You can also review the Association of Chiropractic Colleges' information for prospective students.
Most chiropractic schools do not require an entrance exam, but you should check with each individual school of interest to confirm specific policies.
Most chiropractic schools require a minimum GPA of 3.0 and no grade below a C in the prerequisite courses. As with other health professions, chiropractor programs are looking for well-rounded applicants.
The Chiropractic College Application Service (ChiroCAS) is a centralized application service administered by Association of Chiropractic Colleges (AAC). However, not every chiropractic school participates in the centralized service, so you should check with individual schools to confirm their application process.
Most programs have rolling deadlines, though students are encouraged to apply between six months and one year before their desired start term.
- Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC)
- Chiropractic College Application Service (ChiroCAS)
- The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)