Most chiropractic colleges don't require any particular major. Students planning to attend chiropractic college should choose a primary major that best fits their interests. Regardless of major, programs are looking for students who have done well in their coursework and demonstrate proficiency in natural science curriculum. Be certain to incorporate all necessary prerequisite coursework into your degree either through your major or as electives.
Chiropractors are primary care professionals who work one-on-one with patients to ease headaches, back, neck, and joint pain, without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic uses spinal adjustments and manipulation to increase patients' mobility and comfort.
Students who plan to go to a chiropractic college can pursue any major, as long as they have completed the prerequisite coursework and participated in extracurricular experiences that will give them a well-rounded perspective. Due to the large number of science courses required for admission to chiropractic colleges, students are encouraged to start preparing early in their undergraduate career.
Is this career right for you?
- Are you interested in studying human anatomy and physiology?
- Do you like to work one-on-one and develop long-term relationships with people?
- Do you want to work for a private practice or as part of a small team?
- Are you interested in problem-solving?
- Do you prefer a natural and holistic approach to pain relief?
- Select a major that interests you and in which you will perform well. If your major is not in the natural sciences, be sure to take chiropractic prerequisite courses as electives.
- Connect to tutoring, supplemental instruction, attend professor's office hours to ensure you are mastering the material covered in all courses.
- Establish a strong GPA from your first semester.
- Start shadowing a chiropractor.
- Become familiar with chiropractic college admission requirements.
- Get involved on campus by joining social and academic organizations.
- Maintain a strong GPA and continue to build relationships with faculty. Start thinking about who you might ask for letters of recommendation.
- Consider getting involved in undergraduate research.
- Gain additional shadowing experiences in a variety of different settings. Also consider gaining practical work experience in a medical setting, by volunteering or getting employment.
- Begin to research and identify the chiropractic colleges to which you think you will apply.
- Continue to maintain a strong GPA in your prerequisite course and overall degree.
- Visit the chiropractic colleges to which you plan on applying.
- Line up letters of recommendation.
- Prepare additional application materials (i.e. personal statement); varies between colleges.
- Research application deadlines (based on preferred start date) for the colleges to which you plan on applying.
- Begin preparations to take the GRE (varies between colleges); register to take the GRE, if required.
- Determine if your prepared schools use ChiroCAS, a centralized application system; if so, set up an account. If not, determine where you should send application materials to individual schools.
- Plan to apply at least one year prior to the date you wish to matriculate; this will vary between schools, so it's important that you research application deadlines in advance.
- Prepare for interviews.
- Research alternative graduate programs, post baccalaureate programs, and jobs to have a parallel plan if not accepted by a chiropractic college on the first attempt.