Chiropractic

Overview

Chiropractors focus on treating patients in ways that do not require medications or surgery.  To explore the field of chiropractics more fully and research schools, visit the Association of Chiropractic Colleges website.

Coursework

The Council on Chiropractic Education lists the prerequisites that all students must complete in order to be admitted to chiropractic colleges.  Please keep in mind that these are general guidelines and that the specific courses required for admissions may vary from school to school.  You are responsible for investigating the schools to which you wish to apply and making sure you meet their requirements.

The undergraduate major you graduate with will not affect your chances of being accepted to chiropractic school if you complete all of the prerequisite coursework. 

Applying

The Association of Chiropractic Colleges has recently attempted to begin using a new application service, ChiroCAS.  This would allow students to apply to multiple schools with one application.  Unfortunately, not all chiropractic colleges are currently using this application service - even some listed by ChiroCAS as participating are not accepting applications in this way.  Visit the ChiroCAS website to learn more about how this application service works or begin an application (Note: the website says it's for the 2011-2012 application cycle, but is current).  You MUST check with the schools you are interested in before submitting applications via ChiroCAS, as many schools, even schools who agreed to participate originally, aren't accepting ChiroCAS applications.  The alternative to ChiroCAS is to apply to each school individually.  Most schools have application right on their websites.

Chiropractic colleges do not require students to take an admissions test.  

Letter of Recommendation requirements also vary from school to school, but often include a letter from a practicing chiropractor and/or a letter from a professor.

One of the most important parts of the application is the interview.  Be sure to prepare thoroughly!

Extracurricular Activities

Chiropractic schools expect students to be involved in numerous activities in addition to their academic coursework.  These activities should expose you to the profession, like shadowing a Chiropractor, and demonstrate the character traits that will help you be a good provider.