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Pre-Chiropractic

Improving health through neuromusculoskeletal alignment.

Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, such as back and neck pain.

Chiropractors must get a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs typically take 4 years to complete and require at least 3 years of undergraduate college education for admission. 

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy lifelong learning
  • Curiousity about life
  • Critical thinking and enjoy solving problems
  • Enjoy science and the scientific method
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Internship Opportunities

  • Chiropractic Assistant
  • Chiropractic Intern
  • Brookings Chiropractic
  • Back in Motion Chiropractic
  • Hungerford Chiropractic

Suggested Majors

  • Human Biology (B.S.)
  • Biochemistry (B.S.)
  • Exercise Science (B.S.)
  • Chemistry (B.S.)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)
  • Physics (B.S.)

Suggested Minors

  • Chemistry
  • Health Communication
  • Health Science
  • Leadership
  • Microbiology

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • National University of Health Sciences (Lombard, IL)
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University (Bloomington, MN)
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic (Davenport, IA)
  • University of Western States (Portland, OR)

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.