There are 18 schools of chiropractic in the U. S. Chiropractors work with the spinal bones and nerves of the spinal column to locate misplaced vertebrae that are impeding neural function. They use manipulation to relieve pressure on the nerves.
Most students earn a bachelor’s degree before being admitted to schools of chiropractic, but students may make application after completing 60-90 hours of undergraduate courses. Some schools require 60 hours, but most are moving toward requiring 90. Students successfully completing the 4 year program of study graduate with a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree.
LC provides prerequisite courses, but does not offer a program in chiropractic.
The science course requirements for chiropractic school are the same as for medical school. Psychology is also required or recommended.
Other recommended courses include anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics, economics, marketing, and public speaking. Note that LC students can choose some of these options as part of general education.
Check with the schools of chiropractic you are interested in to confirm the admissions requirements and policy on letters of evaluation. Chiropractic schools require a minimum of 2.5 overall QPA. Grades of C- are not acceptable in the required science courses by some schools.
Most schools have rolling admissions; so prospective students should apply 9-12 months in advance of the start of the academic year. Some schools will admit students in January.
Chiropractic schools look favorably on applicants who have some clinical experience in a health care setting, preferably with a chiropractor.