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.
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.
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. Students interested in Elmhurst’s affiliations with National University of Health Sciences or Northwestern Health Sciences University must major in health science technology. More information on the affiliations can be found here and interested students should meet with an advisor in health professions advising to determine if they are eligible to apply.
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, 345 (or PSY 355)
- PHY 111, 112 or 121, 122
- ENG 105, 106
- PSY 210