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Pre-Chiropractic Track at Hope College

What is Chiropractic medicine?

The best way to learn about healing with human touch is to go to Discover Chiropratic URL.

What classes do I need to take? Courses Required or Recommended

Most Chiropractic schools require that applicants have at least 3 years of college, and many require a college degree. Your pre-chiro track must include a number of pre-requisite courses, as defined by the field's accrediting body, the Council on Chiropractic Education. The following courses should be completed during one's college years, as described on the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (scroll down past list of schools).

  • BIOLOGY
  • General Biology I + lab (Biol 105) [formerly Biol 260]
  • General Biology II + lab (Biol 106) [formerly Biol 240]
  • CHEMISTRY
  • General Chemistry I (Chem 125) + Gen Chem Lab I (Chem 127)
  • General Chemistry II (Chem 126) + Gen Chem Lab II (Chem 128)
  • (or another option for General Chemistry is:)
  • Accelerated General Chemistry (Chem 131) + Accel Gen Chem Lab (Chem 132)
  • Organic Chemistry I (Chem 221) + Org Chem Lab I (Chem 255)
  • Organic Chemistry II (Chem 231) + Org Chem Lab II (Chem 256) - 1 cr
  • Upper level 3 cr course - usually Biochemistry I (Chem 311)
  • PHYSICS [some states require Physics I & II]
  • College Physics I (Phys 105) + Physics Lab I (Phys 141)
  • College Physics II (Phys 106)+ Physics Lab II (Phys 142)
  • Math 210 Statistics
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES/LANGUAGE
  • Psychology (Psy 100)
  • Sociology (Soc 101) (Soc 333)
  • English (Engl 113 & 1 upper level [200 level or more] English)
  • Humanities (general ed) 12 credits plus

Recommended Courses or Courses Required At Some Colleges of Chiropractic:

  • Anatomy (Kin 200 or Bio 332 both with lab)
  • Physiology (Bio 221 or 442 both with lab)
  • Exercise Physiology(Kin 222)
  • Microbiology (Bio 231 or 301 both with lab)
  • Psychology (Psy 230)

Colleges of chiropractic generally do not require scores from a national exams, such as GRE or MCAT.

What should I major in?

Students should select a major area of study that is of interest and that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for the pursuit of several career alternatives. Colleges of chiropractic are most concerned with the overall quality and scope of undergraduate work and not with the specific academic major.

While many students who are pursuing a career in chiropractic are interested in the sciences and major in one of the sciences, others with interests in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts, may major in one of those areas. Chiropractic schools seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds.

Do I need to know the chiropractic profession or shadow a chiropractor?

Short answer is YES!

Students should also be aware that chiropractic school admission committees want to see that a student has learned about the chiropractic profession through first-hand experience. This experience should include job shadowing one or more chiropractors. Chiropractic school admission committees generally ask for one of the letters of recommendation for an applicant to be written by a chiropractor who has mentored the applicant. Admission committees also look at a student's experiences for evidence that the student is committed to serving others and that the student is able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and of different ages.

Useful Web Links

Information on the Chiropractic Profession and on Colleges of Chiropractic:

Links to General Information

For current Hope College students, questions related to the pre-Chiropractic track, please contact HPA Professor T Prokopow.