The Pre-Chiropractic program of study at ETSU prepares students for application to a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree program. Students may apply after the completion of at least 60-90 credit hours. The majority of states, however, require the completion of a bachelor’s degree to practice chiropractic care.
Careers in Chiropractic medicine
Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal manipulation and other techniques to treat patients’ ailments, such as back or neck pain.
The aging of the large baby boomer generation will lead to new opportunities for chiropractors because older adults are more likely to experience musculoskeletal and joint problems.
In addition to operating a general chiropractic practice, some chiropractors specialize in sports injuries, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging.
What does it take to get into Chiropractic school?
Minimum GPA - 3.0
The Council on Chiropractic Education has initiated a requirement of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for admission.
Many schools do not require an exam for admission, so it is the responsibility of the student to research his or her school(s) of choice and check application requirements.
Suggested 2-year schedule for Pre-Chiropractic Students
Freshman Sophomore FALL
CHEM 1110/11, BIOL 1110/11, MATH Gen Ed, ENGL 1010, PREH 1350
CHEM 2010/11, PHYS 2010/11, SPCH ELECTIVE, PSYC 1310, ELECTIVEU
CHEM 1120/21, BIOL 1120/21, ENGL 1020, ELECTIVE, ELECTIVE
CHEM 2020/21, PHYS 2020/21, ELECTIVE, ELECTIVE, ELECTIVE
Core preparation classes
Biology (8 hours): BIOL 1110/11, BIOL 1120/21
General Chemistry (8 hours): CHEM 1110/11, CHEM 1120/21
Organic Chemistry (10 hours): CHEM 2010/11, CHEM 2020/21
Physics (8 hours): PHYS 2010/11, PHYS 2020/21
English (6 hours): ENGL 1010, 1020
Psychology (3 hours): PSYC 1310
Social Sciences/Humanities (15 hours)
Additional recomended courses
Human Anatomy (4 hours): HSCI 3000
Human Physiology (4 hours): HSCI 3020
Probability and Statistics (3 hours): MATH 1530
Medical Terminology (3 hours): COBH 2750
Exercise Physiology (3 hours): PEXS 3610