The chiropractic profession is a branch of health care that focuses on manipulation of the body as the best mode of care and treatment for many injuries and illnesses. It emphasizes the interrelatedness of the body parts as a whole system, but especially as they relate to the functions of the nervous system.
Since the majority of the body's organs are connected by nerves that enter or leave the spine, chiropractic practice places emphasis on the correct structure and function of the spine and the body joints.
Chiropractors consider themselves to be primary care providers - persons who are a point of first contact with a person seeking relief from some malfunction.
Specific admission requirements vary per chiropractic school. You should consult with schools of interest to determine their specific admission requirements. A list of generally accepted prerequisite courses, with specific UNL courses that fulfill each requirement, is available by downloading the program checklist above.
Suggested academic preparation:
- Bachelor's degree- Many states require a bachelor's degree in order in order to become a licensed chiropractor. However, a bachelor's degree may not be required for admission to a chiropractic program. Specific undergraduate courses will be required for admission even if a bachelor's degree is not.
- Competitive academic record- Some schools require a minimum 90 hours of undergraduate credit for admittance to a chiropractic school, but strong grades in academic course loads heavy in the sciences and the completion of a bachelor's degree can be advantageous.
- Major in anything- All UNL majors are great options.
We recommend you meet with an Explore Center advisor once a semester to ensure you are progressing with the correct academic coursework.
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
The D.C. program can range from 3 - 4 years in length. Curriculum includes instruction in the sciences, chiropractic philosophy, and primary adjusting and manipulative procedures.
Centralized Application Service- ChiroCAS
Some chiropractic schools participate in a centralized application service called ChiroCAS. Check the Association of Chiropractic Colleges website to find out which schools participate. If a school does not participate in ChiroCAS, apply directly to the school. Check school websites for application requirements and deadlines.
You should check with the individual programs but none of the accredited chiropractic schools currently require a standardized entrance exam.