Chiropractic Medicine (Pre)


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Program Overview

The Pre-Chiropractic emphasis area is designed and modeled after several such programs across North America. The recommended plan of study represents 60 of the minimum 90 prerequisite hours to be eligible for application to an accredited chiropractic school. Of the 61 hours earned toward the Associate's of Science degree, 48 of them include required coursework as established by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and are accepted by the member institutions of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (AAC).

The program includes all of the required coursework in the sciences and contains considerable flexibility with regard to the recommended coursework. It is important to consult with your advisor as well as transfer institutions early to formulate a plan for the completion of all 90 hours required for application to chiropractic school. Complete information concerning prerequisites and application to chiropractic schools can be found at the respective websites of the Council on Chiropractic Education and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.


  • Provide students with the necessary coursework and hours to attain an AS degree from WNCC
  • Provide students with relevant science background to be a competitive applicant to schools of chiropractic medicine
  • Provide students with the opportunity to attain a minimum of 60 credit hours of the 90 established as pre-admission requirements by the Council of Chiropractic Education. These prerequisite courses are accepted by all 20 of the member institutions belonging to the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. The 61 hours taken at WNCC will include the minimum 48 hours of coursework established by the CCE as required.


eCompass or ACT scores dictate English and Math course entry levels. It is important to note that MATH1010 (Intermediate Algebra)is the prerequisite for General Chemistry I.

Social Science electives that satisfy WNCC social science requirements may be chosen from the following disciplines: ANTH, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI.

Humanities electives are offered from a variety of disciplines including Arts (ARTS), Foreign Language (FREN, SPAN), Humanities (HUMS), Literature (ENGL), Music (MUSC), Philosophy (PHIL), and Theater (THEA). Students should check with advisors to determine which offerings qualify for Humanities credits on a semester basis.

Ultimately, Social Science and Humanities credits will constitute 18 hours of the 90 hours required for admissioin to a certified chiropractic program.

Students should check the Association fo Chiropractic Colleges website to get a complete listing of all Chiropractic Colleges in North America as well as check detailed listings of requirements for admission to Doctor of Chiropractic programs. The potential for adjustment to the recommended program would exist within the first two years although the ultimate requirements for admission to a chiropractic program would not. For example, Organic Chemistry could be delayed until the third year of coursework, but relevant substitutions (i.e. science classes) would need to be made in the second year to complete hour requirements. Be aware of the fact that at some point Organic Chemistry would still need to be taken by virtue of the fact that it is a requirement for admission.

Please also note that many of the chiropractic schools now require a Bachelor's of Science degree for admission.

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