The biology-health professions concentration curricula enable the pre-chiropractic student to schedule coursework along with other course requirements for the respective major.
Pre-Chiropractic at Ship
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.
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, the university has a consistent record of placing qualified students into chiropractic programs. Health science advisors maintain close ties with NYCC by visiting their program during the summer months to stay current with admissions procedures and standards. They attend conferences for health professions advisors where they meet colleagues from other universities and share ideas. This ensures our pre-chiropractic students receive accurate, current and comprehensive information.
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
Admission and Degree Requirements
Competitive pre-chiropractic students almost always have GPAs of 3.0 or better and have participated in a chiropractic-related experience such as shadowing. Leadership, community/human service and a willingness to volunteer contribute to the personal qualities of a successful pre-chiropractic student. Successful students plan a strategy early in their college career with regard to course sequences, internship experiences, and application to chiropractic programs. They also communicate frequently with their 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
Certain programs might require other college-level courses so students are advised to examine the specific requirements of the programs to which they plan to apply early in their undergraduate education. The biology-health professions curriculum enables the pre-chiropractic student to schedule this 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, students must complete their 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.
Pre-chiropractic students are encouraged to participate in a chiropractic experience such as shadowing a professional chiropractor, or visit New York Chiropractic College (or other chiropractic programs). 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.