Preprofessional Programs

Pre-Chiropractic

Chiropractic medicine is a field gaining more and more interest in American culture as an alternative form of medicine that is preventive, non-surgical, and drug-free. As a chiropractor, you can be your own boss and set your own schedule, or you can work in a hospital or multidisciplinary health care facility.

Will I need further study?
What should I major in?
What are the course requirements?
What about advising?
Where can I find additional information?

Will I need further study?
Yes, you’ll need to attend a school of chiropractic medicine and earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Most students can earn their degrees in four years.

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What should I major in?
As a pre-chiropractic medicine student, you may choose any major as long as you complete the prerequisites courses to be admitted to a professional program.

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What are the course requirements?
Chiropractic schools’ mandatory requirements vary so it is important to check with the school you are interested to verify what courses you must complete to be eligible. Most chiropractic programs favor a selection of electives that will strengthen your science background, develop communication skills, and provide a solid foundation in the social sciences and humanities. Recommended courses include:

  • BIO 200, 201
  • CHM 211, 212, 311, 312
  • MTH 121 and 345 or 346
  • PHY 111, 112 or 121, 122
  • ENG 105, 106
  • PSY 210  

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What about advising?
Expert advising is an important part of the Patterson Center for the Health Professions. You will meet with one of our expert advisors to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance. Want to know more? See Advisors.

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Where can I find additional information?
You can start by contacting us at Elmhurst’s Patterson Center or check out these useful web sites:

American Chiropractic Association 

Student American Chiropractic Association 

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