Chiropractors take a natural, preventative approach to healthcare without the use of drugs or surgery. They primarily treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons using spinal manipulation. Many chiropractors seek to reduce pain and increase the functionality of patients in addition to educating them on how they can improve their condition and live a healthy lifestyle.
As an undergraduate student, you may choose any major in preparation for attending chiropractic school. Chiropractic schools do not have a specific preference on a particular major, so you are encouraged to choose a major based on your own personal interests and strengths. What’s important is that you have completed the prerequisite courses required by the institution you are applying to.
Requirements may vary from school to school, so you will want to research different program requirements. In general, most chiropractic schools will expect applicants to have completed the following types of courses:
- Biology (one year)
- Chemistry (two years, through organic chemistry)
- English (one year)
- Physics (one year)
You can find a complete list of all the accredited chiropractic schools in the United States and their admission requirements on the American Chiropractic Association website.
Applicants to chiropractic colleges are not required to take a standardized admissions test.