Chiropractic Medicine

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A doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.) is a specialist primarily concerned with how the spine and how its interplay with the nervous system affects other body functions. He/she uses modern techniques to examine and diagnose conditions. Once a diagnosis is reached, the chiropractor may use any one of many techniques to treat the problem, including dietary guidance and manipulation of the spine and musculature.

Preparing Academically


Several programs require only 90 credit hours to qualify; however, the majority of successful applicants have completed their bachelor’s degree before entering chiropractic school. The 90 hours will include a minimum of 24 semester hours in life and physical science courses. These science courses will provide an adequate background for success in the DCP, and at least half of these courses will have a substantive laboratory component.In each of the six distribution areas, no grades below 2.00 on a 4.00 scale may be accepted.

At least nine quarter hours of the chemistry courses must include a corresponding lab. The chemistry requirement may be met with the following:

4.5 quarter hours must be General/Inorganic Chemistry

9 quarter hours must be Organic and/or Biochemistry

4.5 quarter hours of Chemistry elective

Please see our Advising Sheet for a sample of prerequisite coursework.

Choosing Experiences

We strongly recommend exploring this field by shadowing a D.C. You can find a chiropractor through the ICC's HRI system. You can also find a chiropractor on your own and shadow or volunteer in his/her office. You could consider interviewing a chiropractor to learn more about the field, or participate in an internship through one of the schools. To learn more about choosing experiences, visit our Pre-Health Requirements page.

Letters of Recommendation

Two or three letters of recommendation are usually required. They should be from faculty (at least one science professor) and also from a health professional, preferably a chiropractor who can evaluate your potential in the field. To learn more about acquiring strong letters of recommendation, visit our Pre-Health Requirements Page.

Exam Requirement

There is no entrance exam required for admission into chiropractic school.

Map of US Chiropractic Schools

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Association of Chiropractic Colleges

The ACC is your go-to place when applying to chiropractic colleges.

ChiroCAS

Ready to Apply?

To apply to chiropractic schools, you will need to create an application in ChiroCAS.

List of Chiropractic Schools