Academic RequirementsIn order to qualify for admission into the Doctor of Chiropractic Program, students should demonstrate goals, abilities and character consistent with the university’s mission.
- All Prospective students must have completed a minimum of 90 semester units or 135 quarter units at an institution(s) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency. From the minimum 90 unit requirements:
- 24 of these units should be in the Life and Physical Sciences.
- Half of the 24 science units must have a substantive lab component.
- A Biology and Chemistry Course are mandatory course requirements.
- Science coursework completed within 7 years.
- Prospective students must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 90 semester units of prerequisite course work may be considered for admission to the standard curriculum track.
- Prospective students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for the 90 semester units of prerequisite course work may be considered for admission to the alternative admission track plan (AATP).
Alternative Admissions Track Program (AATP)
What is the AATP?
The AATP is a program that allows chiropractic colleges to admit students with varied backgrounds in undergraduate coursework. The flexibility of the AATP program allows the colleges to consider the accomplishments of each student as key indicators of what makes a chiropractic student successful. This program acknowledges that people come to the chiropractic profession from myriad backgrounds and that this variety in the chiropractic profession is valuable to its future growth. The AATP program allows colleges to admit students who do not meet standard admissions requirements but who do exhibit other markers of skillfulness and potential for success.
Life and Physical Sciences
The life sciences encompass the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, like plants, animals, and human beings, as well as related considerations like bioethics. Physical sciences encompass the branches of science that study non-living systems.
Neither acceptance for admission into the program nor the subsequent earning of a Doctor of Chiropractic degree guarantees that a state or foreign country will grant a graduate a license to practice chiropractic. Each state and foreign country, through its legislative and administrative process, defines the standards of competency and scope of practice of chiropractic within its jurisdiction.
For further information on each of the jurisdictions please visit the Official Directory on the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board.