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Pre-Chiropractic

About the Profession

Chiropractors are licensed practitioners that focus on the restoration and enhancement of health by altering the neural regulation of body systems, primarily, but not exclusively by adjustment of the spine or other articulations of the body.

Preparation Starts Now

From the time you begin college, you are assembling a complete dossier with which to apply to chiropractic schools.  Applicants are expected to have:

  • Completed chiropractic school course requirements; some programs require a bachelor's degree in any major
  • Achieve excellent grades; GPAs should, at a minimum, be at a 3.0
  • Letters of Recommendation: academic and clinical
  • Involve yourself in sincere, sustained health related shadowing and/or volunteer experience
Course Requirements

Start planning as a first year student to meet the following course requirements for chiropractic schools.  Below are the courses at SUNY Geneseo that are recommended you complete based on the requirements for NY Chiropractic College:

Course Requirements
SUNY Geneseo
Notes
One year of Biology BIOL 117, 119, and 116 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

One lecture with the lab can count as an N/ General Education requirement

One year of General Chemistry CHEM 116, 118, and 119 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

One lecture with the lab can count as an N/ General Education requirement

One year of Organic Chemistry CHEM 211, 213, and 216 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

One year of Physics

General Physics:

PHYS 113, 114 (lab), 115, and 116 (lab)

 

Analytical Physics:

PHYS 123, 124 (lab), 125, and 126 (lab)

Pay attention to course offering schedule (i.e. Fall/Spring)

 

One lecture with the lab can count as an N/ General Education requirement

One year of English INTD 105 and one ENGL course INTD 105 is the Basic Communication General Education requirement
15 credits of Humanities/Social Science   H/ and S/ General Education requirements can count toward this prerequisite
One semester of Intro to Psychology PSYC 100  

*Check with schools you are interested in apply to for specific course requirements.  Some schools may require additional coursework not listed above.

It is recommended that course requirements are completed at SUNY Geneseo, but there are instances where a student would need to complete one or two courses elsewhere.  If that is the case, it is suggested that coursework be completed at a four-year higher education institution.  All course requirements must be taken for a grade and demonstrate mastery, no lower than a C, for most professional schools.

For more information on the profession as well as chiropractic school requirements, please visit the Association of Chiropractic Colleges website.