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The degree which can be earned: Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)

Career outlook/Nature of profession: Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effect of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is most often used to treat back pain, neck pain and joint problems.  Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures.  Most chiropractors are employed in private practice and can set their own work schedules if they own their own practic.  

Additional resources:
The American Chiropractic Association
The Association of Chiropractic Colleges

Regional Institutions:
Logan University (St. Louis, MO)
National University of Health Sciences (Lombard, IL)
Palmer College of Chiropractic
(Davenport, IA)

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What courses do I need to take? (Check with your program of interest for individual requirements)*
CHEM 121A: General Chemistry I (with lab)
CHEM 121B: General Chemistry II (with lab)
CHEM 241A: Organic Chemistry I (with lab)
CHEM 241B: Organic Chemistry II (with lab)
BIOL 150: Introduction to Biological Sciences I (with lab)
BIOL 151: Introduction to Biological Sciences II (with lab)
CHEM 351: Basic Biochemistry I
PHYS 131: College Physics I (with lab)
PHYS 132: College Physics II (with lab)
PSYC 111: Introduction to Psychology

*The typical applicant for chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four year of pre-medical undergraduate college State education, including course work in Biology, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and related lab work.

What should I major in? You can choose any major you would like as long as you satisfy the prerequisites for chiropractic school.  A Science related major is recommended.

What exams are needed for specific professional programs? No entrance exam is required.  However, some students take the GRE Exam.  You should check with your individual program to make sure you are completing all requirements for admittance.  

What should my GPA be if I am interested in Chiropractic school?  To be considered for admission to a chirpractic program, usually a minimum GPA above 3.0 is required.  Students should check with individual chiropractic colleges to determine a competitive GPA.

Student organizations to consider joining:
There are no Pre-Chiropractic Associations on campus.  Start one today!

Check out all of our student organizations HERE!

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Pre-Health Professions Advisors
Brian Hiterscher Brandi Hudson Carol Garrison
bhinter@siue.edu bhudson@siue.edu cgarris@siue.edu
618-650-5525 618-650-5525 618-650-5525
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