Pre-Chiropractic Advisement Track

  • The courses listed below satisfy the course requirements for admission at most chiropractic schools.
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required, depending on the chiropractic school to which students intend to apply.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance.
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

Pre-Chiropractic Advising Meetings can be scheduled using the Bookings App

NOTE: four digit course numbers reflect the new course numbers, effective Fall 2022, as developed via the College-wide Course Renumbering Project.

  • BIOL 133 / 1001: Investigative Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 130 / 1002: Cellular Perspectives in Biology
  • BIOL 131 / 1004: Organismal Perspectives in Biology
  • BIOL 201 / 2000: Cell & Molecular Biology
  • CHEM 111 / 1111: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 112 / 1121: General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 221 / 2212: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 322 / 2222: Organic Chemistry II
  • COMM 110 / 1400: Public Speaking* (preferred) or COMM 100 / 1100: Introduction to Communication
  • COMP 100 / 1000: Composition
  • One Literature course (broadly defined)
    • numerous course options available in ALS, ALIT, ELIT, LITR, SPAN, WLIT
    • courses must focus on reading & analyzing written works
  • PHYS 103 / 1030: General Physics I (Non-Calculus)
  • PHYS 104 / 1040: General Physics II (Non-Calculus)
  • PSYC 100 / 1000: Introductory Psychology
  • Humanities selections (two to three courses)

Electives & Chiropractic School Selection: A minimum of 90 s.h. is required for admission to chiropractic schools (*with 15 additional hours in the social sciences and humanities), though many chiropractic school entrants have completed a bachelor's degree.

NOTE: Chiropractic Medicine education programs may change course prerequisites at any time and may have additional requirements, preferences, or policies that are not reflected in this advising track course list or on the General Prerequisite List. Programs may also allow applicants to substitute courses or choose different prerequisite tracks. Applicants should review the program-specific details and contact programs directly to determine whether a particular course will fulfill a prerequisite.

The timeline for applying to chiropractic school varies among students and is dependent on a variety of factors, including successful completion of prerequisite coursework, competitive GRE or MCAT examination scores, and appropriate healthcare experience.

Many Pre-Chiropractic students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to work in healthcare or pursue other academically or intellectually enriching experiences after they graduate.

In fact, across the United States many first-time applicants to chiropractic school apply after their senior year or later. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning chiropractic school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering or pursue non-academic interests.

If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or takes a different undergraduate path, students will need to adjust the course sequence plan accordingly, based on their personal planning needs. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter chiropractic school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their Primary Major Advisor and their Pre-Health Concentration Advisor to establish their own personalized schedule

For additional information regarding becoming a chiropractor, visit the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Pre-Chiropractic questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Program Coordinator, Pre-Health Professions

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