To be successful as a pre-chiropractic student, you should:
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or better
- Participate in a chiropractic-related experience such as shadowing
- Demonstrate leadership and/or community or human service
- Show a willingness to volunteer
Plan your strategy early in your college career with regard to course sequences, internship experiences, and application to chiropractic programs. You should also communicate frequently with your pre-chiropractic advisor.
The basic course prerequisites for admission to chiropractic colleges in the United States are:
- 8 credits of biology
- 16 credits of chemistry
- 8 credits of physics
- 6 credits of English
- 3 credits of psychology
Our students are advised to examine the specific requirements of the programs to which they plan to apply early in their undergraduate education to ensure they meet all of the program's requirements. The biology-health professions curriculum enables the pre-chiropractic student to schedule course work along with other course requirements for the respective major.
A broad selection of courses is available within the biology and chemistry disciplines, and pre-chiropractic students are encouraged to include some of the following courses among their electives:
- Human physiology
- Human anatomy
- Cell biology
- Pathogenic microbiology
All chiropractic colleges require a minimum of 90 credits of college coursework, including the prerequisites listed above, for entry into their programs. Some students have chosen to leave Shippensburg prior to earning their undergraduate degree in order to begin chiropractic studies as soon as possible. More often, however, pre-chiropractic students have completed their four-year degree prior to matriculating at a chiropractic college.
Shippensburg University has articulation agreements with New York Chiropractic College (NYCC), Seneca Falls, New York, and with Logan University, St. Louis, Missouri, that enable students to earn their bachelor of science in biology and their doctor of chiropractic degrees in 6 years.
To be eligible for automatic acceptance into either program, you must complete your undergraduate program of study with at least a 3.10 (NYCC) or 3.25 (Logan) cumulative grade point average and have no less than a C in any specified science course. Students who earn less than the required GPA but who earn at least a 2.50 GPA will receive priority consideration in the chiropractic selection process.
Students interested in pursuing a 3+3 articulation must furnish NYCC and/or Logan with a letter of intent during their freshman year. It is strongly recommended that pre-chiropractic students interested in this opportunity maintain close communication with their health science advisor.