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Chiropractic

Chiropractic Medicine is a health profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Chiropractors (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.

How do I apply to chiropractic school?

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

What are the prerequisites for applying to chiropractic medicine?

​Course
​English 1 year​
​General Biology with Lab ​1 year
​General Chemistry with Lab ​1 year
Organic Chemistry​ with Lab ​1 year
​Physics with Lab ​1 year
Psychology​ ​1 quarter
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.

Do I need to take a graduate school entrance exam?

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

Sample Timeline - Traditional 4 Year

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.


Volunteering and Shadowing Opportunities

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.

Into what chiropractic programs have DePaul students been recently admitted?

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.