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Chiropractic

Chiropractic medicine is a health profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. The most common therapeutic procedure performed is spinal manipulation. The purpose is to restore joint mobility, spinal alignment, and proper function to the nervous system.

Currently, there is no centralized application system. Students who are interested in applying to chiropractic school must apply directly to each individual program.

Students should check with each school/program of interest for more information.

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require courses not listed above. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly.

Course  
General Biology with lab 1 year
General Chemistry with lab 1 year
Organic Chemistry with lab 1 year
Biochemistry 1 quarter
Physics with lab 1 year
English 2 quarters
Statistics 1 quarter
Anatomy 1 quarter
Physiology 1 quarter
Microbiology 1 quarter
Students should meet with their academic advisor and the pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest.
Below is a sample timeline for a health sciences major. Please be aware that chiropractic programs do not require or prefer a specific major and the below timeline should not be used to replace regular meetings with an academic advisor.
 
Traditional 4 Year Sample Timeline - Major: Health Sciences: Bioscience General
Chiropractic 
 
Autumn Winter Spring

1st Year

BIO 191: General Biology I

CHE 130/131 or CHE 120/131: General Chemistry I with Lab

WRD 103: Writing and Rhetoric I

Explore Chicago or Discover Chicago

BIO 192: General Biology II

CHE 132/133 or CHE 122/133: General Chemistry II with Lab

WRD 104: Writing and Rhetoric II

LSP 112: Focal Point Semianr

BIO 193: General Biology III

CHE 134/135: General Chemistry III with Lab

Learning Domain

Learning Domain

2nd Year

CHE 230/231: Organic Chemistry I with Lab

PHY 150 or PHY 170: General Physics I

LSP 200: Multicultural Seminar

HLTH 201: Introduction to Health Sciences

CHE 232/233: Organic Chemistry II with Lab

PHY 150 or PHY 170: General Physics II

HLTH 202: Health Literacy Research

Learning Domain

 

CHE 234/235: Organic Chemistry III with Lab

PHY 150 or PHY 170: General Physics III

HLTH 229: Health Ethics

Learning Domain

3rd Year
 

BIO 210: Microbiology

Junior Year Experiential Learning

Learning Domain

Open Elective

 

BIO 250: Cell Biology

Learning Domain

Learning Domain

Open Electiv

Open Elective

Bioscience Elective

Learning Domain

Open Elective

4th Year

CHE 340/341: Biochemistry I with Lab

Learning Domain

Learning Domain

Open Elective

HLTH 301: Anatomy and Physiology Part A

HLTH 350: Senior Capstone

Learning Domain

Open Elective

HLTH 302: Anatomy and Physiology Part B

Learning Domain

Open Elective

Open Elective

 

If you are interested in shadowing a chiropractor, contact an admissions representative at your local chiropractic school. The admissions representative can set up a shadowing opportunity with a local alumni.

Unfortunately, because chiropractic programs do not have a centralized application system, Pre-Health Advising is unable to track this data.

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed above. Students are responsible for checking the prerequisites for the classes above and for the prerequisites for each individual professional school. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly. ​​