Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

In order to qualify for admission into the Doctor of Chiropractic Program, students should demonstrate goals, abilities and character consistent with the university’s mission.
  • Prospective students must have earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the cumulative or last 90 semester units* of prerequisite course work to be considered for admission under the standard curriculum track.
  • Prospective students whose grade point average (GPA) is 2.75 to 2.99 on a 4.0 scale for the cumulative or last 90 semester* units of prerequisite course work may be considered for admission to the alternative admission track plan (AATP).
  • 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.
  • Prerequisite science course requirement: 24 college semester or 36 quarter units total of life and/or physical sciences completed within the last seven years. The seven year requirement may be waived for applicants who have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree with a 3.00 GPA, or under other circumstances as determined by the Dean.
    • 12 semester or 18 quarter units must have a lab component.
    • One course in the Biological Sciences or equivalent (minimum 3 semester units or 4.5 quarter units).
      • If a student can provide documentation of successful completion of a course in Biological Sciences such as Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, or other related courses with or without a lab component with a C grade or higher, this requirement will be considered met.
    • One course in Chemistry or equivalent (minimum 3 semester units or 4.5 quarter units).
      • If a student can provide documentation of successful completion of a General Chemistry, Introduction to Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Biochemistry course with or without a lab component with a C grade or higher, this requirement will be considered met.
      • Students who have not satisfied the chemistry requirement for admissions and are otherwise accepted into the DC program, will be enrolled in a competency-based, self-paced, online module in Chemistry, which students must successfully complete prior to taking Biochemistry within the program in order to progress in their degree. SCU will provide this module at no cost to the student.

*If students do not meet the GPA requirements based on the cumulative or last 90 semester unit calculation, an appeal can be made to the Program Dean or designee.

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.

Licensure Requirements

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.

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