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Pre-Chiropractic Medicine

Doctors of chiropractic medicine help patients maintain overall health by emphasizing the inherent power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The emphasis of their care is on the relationship between the body’s structure and function as coordinated by the nervous system.

Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients with health problems associated with the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. Chiropractors are holistic in their approach to health and wellness.

Chiropractic training requires a four-year professional program following undergraduate study.


  • 2 semesters General Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters Inorganic Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 1 semester Biochemistry
  • 2 semesters General Physics with labs
  • 1 semester General Psychology
  • 5 courses in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 2 semesters English Composition
  • Other Recommended Courses: Business management, entrepreneurship, accounting, statistics, interpersonal communications, Spanish, and upper-level biology courses such as microbiology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and nutrition
  • Optional: a Pre-Med Planning Seminar

Generally, a grade below a C is not acceptable for prerequisite courses

Career Guide with Pre-Chiropractice Medicine Course Options at Purdue

Program Options

Chiropractic programs offer a doctor of chiropractic, (DC) degree. Programs will consider undergraduate students who have 90 hours of undergraduate coursework but who do not have a degree for admission. Some state licensing boards, however, may require that you have a bachelor’s degree to become licensed to practice.

Aptitude Test and Application

No aptitude test is required. Application is made through a centralized service called ChiroCAS (Chiropractic College Application Service).

To apply, visit ChiroCAS, the online application for Chiropractic Colleges.

Links and Additional Chiropractic Information

Programs in the Region