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Pre-Chiropractic Track at Hope College
What classes do I need to take? Courses Required or Recommended
The Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree is offered by 14 accreditated schools. The admission requirements at colleges of chiropractic are determined by each individual college. Since colleges of chiropractic have different requirements, it is important that you investigate the specific requirements at each college long before you plan to apply. Specific admission requirements for each of the colleges of chiropractic can be found on the web site for the American Chiropractic Association and on the web site for each of the colleges of chiropractic which are linked to this site.
Courses Required At Most Colleges of Chiropractic:
Recommended Courses or Courses Required At Some Colleges of Chiropractic:
Colleges of chiropractic generally do not require scores from a national aptitude test (GRE, MCAT, or DAT).
What should I major in?
Students should select a major area of study that is of interest and that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for the pursuit of several career alternatives. Colleges of chiropractic are most concerned with the overall quality and scope of undergraduate work and not with the specific academic major.
While many students who are pursuing a career in chiropractic are interested in the sciences and major in one of the sciences, others with interests in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts, may major in one of those areas. Chiropractic schools seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds.
Do I need to know the chiropractic profession or shadow a chiropractor?
Short answer is YES!
Students should also be aware that chiropractic school admission committees want to see that a student has learned about the chiropractic profession through first-hand experience. This experience should include job shadowing one or more chiropractors. Chiropractic school admission committees generally ask for one of the letters of recommendation for an applicant to be written by a chiropractor who has mentored the applicant. Admission committees also look at a student's experiences for evidence that the student is committed to serving others and that the student is able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and of different ages.
Do I need to have a college degree?
Chiropractic schools generally require a minimum of 90 semester hours of college credit before admission, but most of the successful applicants have completed a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation. Several state licensing boards require a student to have completed a bachelor's degree prior to entering a chiropractic program or before licensure.
Useful Web Links
Information on the Chiropractic Profession and on Colleges of Chiropractic:
Links to General Information
For academic advising related to the Pre-Chiropractic track at Hope College, please contact Professor T Prokopow.