Becoming a Chiropractor: Admissions Overview
How to Become a Chiropractor
Step 1: Understand the field of chiropractic medicine.
Research how becoming a chiropractor can help you achieve your goals and plan for lifetime career success. Learn how chiropractors are critical members of professional healthcare teams and how preventative chiropractic treatments improve lives. Whether your goal is to manage your own practice or lead within an existing practice, it will also be beneficial to gain business skills and training as part of your chiropractic education.
At Campbellsville University, we provide the management skills to thrive as a practitioner and a profitable business leader. Learn more about our Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Step 2: Earn a bachelor’s degree or complete 90 credit hours of undergraduate studies.
The traditional path is to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree backed with a science-heavy curriculum in the physical or life sciences. Courses in biology, anatomy, chemistry and physics are highly recommended. Connect with the university for course requirements pertaining to the 90-hour pathway.
Step 3: Attend a chiropractic college and earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Not all chiropractic colleges and programs are alike. Choose a program based on how its requirements, program offerings, real-world learning and outcomes best match your needs.
Step 4: Obtain your national and state chiropractic licenses.
First, prepare for and pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exam. Next, obtain your state chiropractic license to begin your chiropractic career. Nearly every state requires passing a state exam in addition to the NBCE.
Step 5: Choose a chiropractic specialty.
While not required for becoming a chiropractor, most chiropractors enjoy increased success and career satisfaction through specializing. Choose from specialties like pediatrics, sports, rehabilitation, forensic science and many more.
Campbellsville University School of Chiropractic Admissions Pathways
Discover how to become a chiropractic student at Campbellsville University. Explore what admissions pathways fit your educational background. If you are just starting out, please know that top candidates will have a concentration in the life and physical sciences and a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Our Flexible Admission Pathways Into the School of Chiropractic:
1. Regular admission:
For candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree OR have earned 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution, with a strong life and physical science background and having met minimum GPA requirements.
2. Alternative admission track plan:
For candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree OR have earned 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution, with a lower amount of life and physical sciences and a lower GPA.
3. Admission track for students with less than 90 credit hours:
Candidates with less than 90 credit hours can be admitted to our undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences concentration in Life Science (BS LAS LS) program. Students will earn the remaining hours needed to reach 90 credit hours or complete their bachelor’s degree. They will then submit all required documents to be considered for acceptance.
*** Please note, if you are interested in enrolling as a 90-credit-hour student, you will need to have meet Campbellsville University’s general education requirements along with a minimum of 12 upper-level (300- and 400-level) credit hours.
School of Chiropractic Admissions Requirements
To be considered for acceptance into the School of Chiropractic, students must submit the following required documents:
- A completed Campbellsville University application to the Doctor of Chiropractic program
- Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions
- Two letters of recommendation: one from a professor and one from a professional
- A one-page personal statement describing your interest and intent to pursue our Doctor of Chiropractic degree
** Upon acceptance into the program, a student will be sent instructions for completing the required criminal background check.
Let’s Get You Started on Your Path to Becoming a Chiropractor
Are you confident in your ability to meet the requirements needed to be a chiropractor? We’re here to help you get started. Our admissions team can help you get your application materials in order and answer any questions on the admissions process and our school of chiropractic. Take your first step and complete your application or schedule a visit to Campbellsville University School of Chiropractic.