Preparation for Chiropractic School
You can major in any subject and be pre-chiropractic. With your advisor’s assistance you can design a program that meets the requirements to enter chiropractic school (note: there are 15 Doctor of Chiropractic Programs in 18 locations in the United States). Students who have developed excellent writing and speaking skills, possess analytic and synthetic thinking ability, life-long learners who are enthusiastic, and understand the interpersonal aspects of medicine are the type of students most chiropractic schools seek. Your major does not determine your success in being accepted to chiropractic school.
The “pre-chiropractic” suggested plan is a beginning point for students. There are certain criteria that must be fulfilled for admittance to chiropractic school. You and your academic advisor will need to examine your interests, your academic record and the requirements to determine the best academic path for you.
Early in your academic career you will need to research some of the Chiropractic schools you are interested in attending in order to insure you will meet all their criteria for admission. Some basic factors common to all professional schools include:
- Good undergraduate grades (overall GPA of 3.0 minimum)
- Test scores (GRE)
- True interest in profession as demonstrated by shadowing or volunteering in the field
- Service-related experiences in people-oriented environments – long term service preferred to short bursts of unrelated service activities
- Exceptional communication skills
- Strong reference letters from professionals who know your character, as well as, your work ethic