Why Study Pre-Chiropractic

The Pre-chiropractic concentration has a curricular focus for students who plan to enter professional chiropractic education. Most pre-chiropractic students are biology majors; however, a pre-chiropractic student can major in virtually any discipline. Health science advisors give advice to pre-chiropractic majors regarding chiropractic colleges including the colleges’ prerequisite requirements, application procedures, and current admissions trends.

Why Study Pre-Chiropractic at Ship

Science classes are small at Shippensburg University, usually having no more than 16 students per laboratory section. Lectures and labs are taught by seasoned professors, not graduate students. State-of-the-art laboratory equipment provides hands-on experience with current techniques. Faculty-directed undergraduate research is highly encouraged at Shippensburg, and each year several biology students present results of their research at regional, state or national conferences.

These experiences contribute to the excellent quality of education available at Ship. As a result, we have a consistent record of placing qualified students into chiropractic programs. Health science advisors stay current with admissions procedures and standards by maintaining close ties with New York Chiropractic College (NYCC). Our faculty attend conferences for health professions advisors where they meet colleagues from other universities and share ideas. This ensures you will receive accurate, current and comprehensive information in the field.

You are encouraged to participate in a chiropractic experience such as shadowing a professional chiropractor, or visiting NYCC (or other chiropractic programs).

All qualified pre-chiropractic students at Shippensburg University have gained admission to chiropractic programs. Over recent years, Shippensburg University students have been accepted to:

  • Cleveland College of Chiropractic
  • Life Chiropractic
  • Logan University
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • Palmer College
  • Parker College
  • Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
  • Texas Chiropractic College

Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates

Chiropractors spend a great deal of time on their feet and use hands-on manipulation techniques to resolve imbalances in the patient's skeletal system. A typical work week is 40 hours, although longer hours are not uncommon. Solo practitioners set their own hours but may work evenings or weekends in order to accommodate their patients.

The salary range for chiropractors in PA is $57,000 - $72,000.  

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:

  • Biochemistry
  • Human physiology
  • Human anatomy
  • Cell biology
  • Histology
  • Pathogenic microbiology
  • Immunology

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.

Practicing professionals and chiropractic school admissions personnel are routinely invited to speak to the Health Sciences Club. Additionally, the diverse health professional interests of Shippensburg University students and the variety of health professionals invited to speak at the university expose pre-chiropractic students to other areas of the health care field.  

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