Curriculum Overview

With our chiropractic curriculum — deeply steeped in providing hands-on, practical experience — you’ll develop the real-world skills, knowledge and insights you need to excel in your chiropractic career from day one.

What Makes Our Chiropractic Curriculum Unique?

Campbellsville University School of Chiropractic offers you a comprehensive chiropractic education that combines thorough coursework and classroom learning with clinical experiences throughout the entire curriculum. Our chiropractor schooling requirements and curriculum are unique for a number of reasons, including:

Gain clinical experience right away

Clinical education is the foundation of our chiropractic curriculum. Chiropractic schools vary in the point in the curriculum you begin your clinical experiences, as well as the depth and breadth of clinical experiences throughout the program of study. The Campbellsville chiropractic program offers you a series of clinical observation courses starting in your first semester and continuing until you begin your community-based clerkship courses in your seventh semester.

During semesters 1–6 you will observe real clinical cases involving patients and families, with a clinician mentor as your guide. Throughout these six clinical observation semesters, you will develop the essential skills and knowledge you need to prepare for your hands-on clinical practicum. By building your clinical experience early in our chiropractic curriculum, you will gain a better understanding of the complexities of caring for patients and their families, along with more deeply developed communication skills.

Deepen your knowledge through our integrated, challenging curriculum

Our chiropractic educational requirements and chiropractic curriculum seamlessly integrate clinical concepts and experiences with foundational science. We’ve organized our courses to remove silos and cut across subject matter lines, bringing together disparate components of the curriculum. Integrating chiropractic business operation courses with clinical experiences ensures that you’ll learn how to operate your own practice or take on the leadership of an existing practice.

Our chiropractic curriculum builds in complexity over time, challenging you to master new concepts quickly as you build upon your previous knowledge. Our students find that our integrated, logical approach to curriculum delivery better prepares them to succeed early in their chiropractic careers, compared to their peers.

Develop extensive expertise through a community-based clerkship

Building on the clinical experience you’ll gain in semesters 1–6, in your seventh semester you’ll begin your community-based clerkship. You can perform your clerkship anywhere in the country, with an established practicing chiropractor of your choice. You’ll work in tandem with your chiropractor mentor to develop a rich, integrated perspective on diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders. You’ll also gain valuable insights into the social determinants of health and recovery and the value of multidisciplinary care as you observe differing business processes and develop the clinical and business skills you need for your career.

Through our chiropractic curriculum and clinical experiences, we also partner with a multitude of community-based clinicians. You’ll have opportunities to observe and practice in a variety of different clinical settings in different disciplines, reinforcing interdisciplinary care concepts. The business courses taught concurrently with the community-based clerkship are designed to prepare you for practice within a variety of professional settings.

Chiropractic Degree Requirements

Campbellsville’s Doctor of Chiropractic program trains you to apply evidence-informed, patient-centric care strategies with professionalism and integrity. Our chiropractor schooling requirements make our program a rigorous 223-credit-hour, 10-trimester first professional degree program.

Our chiropractic educational requirements include more than 4,500 instructional hours, with over 1,000 of those hours completed in a clinical setting — most of which include direct patient care. Campbellsville’s chiropractor schooling requirements train you to demonstrate program competencies, including the knowledge, skill, professionalism and critical thinking abilities expected of a competent Doctor of Chiropractic.

Chiropractic Curriculum Learning Outcomes

Our chiropractor schooling requirements and program learning outcomes are based on the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) meta-competencies, along with one additional learning outcome unique to Campbellsville University’s Doctor of Chiropractic program. All chiropractic degree requirements and courses in our chiropractic curriculum are mapped to these program learning outcomes to ensure there is linkage between courses and overall program goals. The learning outcomes prescribed by our chiropractic educational requirements enable you to establish proficiency in the following areas:

  • Patient assessment and diagnosis
  • Developing management plans
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Communication, reporting and record-keeping
  • Professional ethics and jurisprudence
  • Information and technology literacy
  • Chiropractic adjustment/manipulation
  • Interprofessional education
  • Chiropractic business management (unique to Campbellsville)

Take advantage of Campbellsville’s chiropractic curriculum, chiropractic learning requirements and program learning outcomes to become a well-respected Doctor of Chiropractic prepared to lead and succeed in the field of chiropractic medicine.

Your Doctor of Chiropractic Program Courses

Our chiropractic degree requirements detail the coursework you will undertake. Course highlights include:

  • Evidence Informed Chiropractic Practice
  • Chiropractic Clinical Sciences
  • Chiropractic Clinical Education
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Active and Passive Therapeutics
  • Business Principles
  • Leadership

Learn more about our courses, chiropractic degree requirements, chiropractic curriculum and chiropractic educational requirements.


Let’s Get Started

Your career as a chiropractor is within reach. Take the next step on your professional journey with Campbellsville University School of Chiropractic — recognized as one of the best chiropractic training schools in the country. We’re here to help you get started and we’re happy to answer your questions on our admissions requirements and procedures, chiropractic degree requirements, chiropractic curriculum, tuition and aid and more.