Pre-Chiropractic Area of Emphasis (4 years)

Overview of Chiropractic as a Career

The concept of chiropractic manipulation is readily accepted and becoming popular. Most insurance companies now pay for coverage. Advantages you might consider are:

  • the application process is shorter because most schools admit three or more times during the year,
  • a professional exam is usually not required for admission,
  • a minimum 2.5 GPA is typically required,
  • the undergraduate course requirements are the same as those for medical school, and
  • you do not need a degree to be admitted to this program. Usually 90 credit hours is required.
Tuition tends to run about $25,000 per year. Financial aid can be arranged.

See the Occupational Outlook Handbook: Chiropractic. Also, see the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.

Prerequisite Courses

The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.

Science Coursework

  • Principles of Biology I and II (BSC 120 and 121)
  • Human Anatomy (BSC 227) Note: BSC 227 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Human Physiology (BSC 228) Note: BSC 228 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs (CHM 211, 212, 217, and 218)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II and Organic Lab (CHM 355, 356, and 361)
  • General Physics I and II and labs (PHY 201, 202, 203 and 204 or 211, 212, 213, and 214)
  • Mathematics to meet prerequisite requirements for the science courses listed above (MTH 122, Trigonometry; MTH 127/130, College Algebra; MTH 140, Applied Calculus, or MTH 229, Calculus I). COS requires Calculus (MTH 140 or 229) to meet graduation requirements.

General Education Coursework

  • English Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 201)
  • Psychology (PSY 201)
  • Social Sciences (SOC 200) or Humanities
  • Statistics (MTH 225)
  • Follow catalog for degree requirements B.S. or B.A.

Professional Exam


Links to Professional Schools

College of Science • One John Marshall Drive • Science Building 270 • Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2372