Application Process Timeline

Admissions Exam

Overview of Chiropractic School

Important Websites

Application Process Timeline:

  1. The application cycle for chiropractic programs varies significantly for each school. Check each schools websites or contact their admissions department to learn more about their application timeline. 
  2. Some schools have multiple application cycles in a year. Application submission 3-6 months prior to your anticipated start date is recommended. 
  3. Research each program you wish to apply to before submitting your application. 
    • Admission requirements 
    • Which, if any, admission test is required 
    • Pre-requisite coursework 
    • Deadlines 
    • Amount and preferences for letters of recommendations 
  4. Consider these factors when deciding upon where to apply: 
    • Location
    • Cost
    • Size
    • Licensure exam passage rates
    • Faculty interests and reputation
    • Job placement history of program graduates
    • Talk with recent chiropractic medicine graduates, as well as ask chiropractor employers about various programs’ strengths and weaknesses.

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Admission Exam:

  • There is no admission exam for chiropractic school applicants. 

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Additional Requirements:

  • Most programs require applicants to submit a letter of recommendation from a doctor of chiropractic medicine. 

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Overview of Chiropractic School:

  1. Overview:
    • Chiropractic school lasts 4 academic years. 
    • There are 16 chiropractic programs in the United States were accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education, and 2 in California. 
    • Chiropractic programs require a minimum of 4,200 hours of combined classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. 
  2. First 2 years:
    • During the first 2 years, most chiropractic programs emphasize classroom and laboratory work in sciences such as anatomy, physiology, public health, microbiology, pathology, and biochemistry.
  3. Last 2 years:
    • The last 2 years focus on courses in manipulation and spinal adjustment and provide clinical experience in physical and laboratory diagnosis, neurology, orthopedics, geriatrics, physiotherapy, and nutrition. 
    • Chiropractic programs and institutions grant the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).
  4. Licensure and Certification: 
    • All States and the District of Columbia regulate the practice of chiropractic and grant licenses to chiropractors who meet the educational and examination requirements established by the State. Chiropractors can practice only in States where they are licensed.
    • Some States have agreements permitting chiropractors licensed in one State to obtain a license in another without further examination, provided that their educational, examination, and practice credentials meet state specifications.
    • For licensure, most State boards recognize either all or part of the four-part test administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. State examinations may supplement the National Board tests, depending on state requirements. 
    • All States except New Jersey require the completion of a specified number of hours of continuing education each year in order to maintain licensure. Chiropractic associations and accredited chiropractic programs and institutions offer continuing education programs.
  5. Specialty:
    • Chiropractic colleges also offer postdoctoral training in orthopedics, neurology, sports injuries, nutrition, rehabilitation, radiology, industrial consulting, family practice, pediatrics, and applied chiropractic sciences. 
    • Once such training is complete, chiropractors may take specialty exams leading to “diplomate” status in a given specialty. Exams are administered by chiropractic specialty boards.

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