Note: To enter a program in that awards a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, you must complete 90 total credits with a 3.0 GPA, including 24 credit hours in science courses, of which at least half (12hrs) contain a substantive laboratory component. The 90 hours should also include a well-rounded general education program in the humanities and social sciences. GPA and course guidelines from individual schools may be more stringent. For example, some schools require incoming students to have a bachelor's degree (in any field). Although the coursework is not prescribed, the following courses would be useful, and would satisfy an articulation agreement between UIU and two articulated programs listed below:
Additional courses to earn a major if you complete all the courses listed above, your general education courses (and earn 120 total credit hours):
Biology (Pre-Prof/Health Sci) emphasis:
Exercise and Sports Studies with an Exercise Science Emphasis:
While completing coursework is essential, you should also strive to complete volunteer or job-shadowing hours with a licensed chiropractor. This will convey to admissions committees that you are familiar with the job and know what type of career you will have.
Chiropractic Colleges frequently have multiple application deadlines throughout the year and have rolling admissions. You will be asked to provide references in addition to a record of your completed coursework. Many schools participate in a centralized application system, ChiroCAS, located at https://portal.chirocas.org/.
Upper Iowa University’s Department of Biology has a 3 + 1 articulation agreement with three Chiropractic Colleges (Palmer College of Chiropractic, Logan University and Northwestern Health Sciences University). This program allows you to complete 3 years of coursework (90 credit hours) at UIU followed by enrolling at one of those three schools for the D.C. program. Upon completion of your first 30 credit hours at an articulated chiropractic school, you may transfer those credits back to UIU and be awarded a B.S. in Biology. In order to enroll in chiropractic schools via this articulation, UIU coursework must be completed with a GPA ≥ 3.0, and you must have the favorable recommendation of the Biology and Chemistry Department. Contact the pre-professional advisor, Dr. Sara Sheeley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about the articulation agreements.