Preprofessional Health Advising Office, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-1017

Phone:  (619) 594-6638  FAX: (619) 594-0244 Web: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu.preprof

 

CHIROPRACTIC SCHOOL ACADEMIC PREPARATION

 

 

REQUIRED: These courses will satisfy the requirements for most chiropractic schools.  Check the specific schools you are interested in for exact requirements. (Most of these courses have prerequisites; refer to the SDSU Catalog for details.)

 

SDSU Course #

Course Name

Comments

BIOLOGY

(2 semesters with lab)

Bio 201A

Bio 201B

 

Prin. of Cell & Molecular Biol (4)

Prin. of Organismal Biology (4)

 

Most schools require human or animal biology; some state a preference for anatomy and physiology (see below). 

CHEMISTRY

(4 semesters with lab)

Chem 200

Chem 201

Chem 231

Chem 431

Chem 365

General Chemistry (5)

General Chemistry (5)

Organic Chemistry (4)

Organic Chemistry (4)

*Biochem, Cell & Molec. Biol (3)

Although most schools require 2 semesters each of general and organic, many ask for 1 semester of general plus 3 semesters chosen from organic and biochemistry.

PHYSICS

(2 semesters with lab or 1with lab plus one semester related coursework)**

Phys 180A/182A

Phys 180B/182B

 

Fund. of Physics I/Lab (4)

Fund. of Physics II/Lab (4)

 

**Some schools accept one semester of biomechanics, kinesiology or statistics.

NOTE: Phys 180 does not meet requirements for physics majors.

ENGLISH/ COMMUNICA-TIONS

(2 semesters)

RWS 100

RWS 200

Comm 103

College Composition (3)

Intermediate Composition (3)

Oral Communications (3)

Most schools require 1 semester composition and 1 semester “communications.”

PSYCHOLOGY

Psy 101

Introductory Psychology (3)

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES

15 units required

Some (but not all) possible areas of study:

Humanities:  art, cinema, classics, drama, fine arts, foreign language, linguistics, literature, logic, music, philosophy, religious studies, sign language, theatre, writing.

Social Science: cultural anthropology, child development, cultural geography, government, political science, psychology, sociology

 

COURSES RECOMMENDED OR CONSIDERED BY SOME CHIROPRACTIC SCHOOLS: 

Bio 212:

Human Anatomy (4)

Bio 352:

Genetics and Evolution (3)

Bio 215:

Biostatistics (3)

Bio 474:

Histology (4)

Bio 261:

Human Physiology (4)

Bio 485:

Prin. of Immunology (3)

Bio 350:

General Microbiology (4)

Bio 590:

Physiology of Human Systems (4)

 

OTHER HELPFUL COURSES:

Bio 249:

Careers in Health Professions (1)

Bio 348:

Internship (1)

Bio 250A:

Topics in Medicine  (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minimum requirements for most chiropractic schools are completion of 90 semester hours by the time of admission, with a minimum science GPA of 2.5 (some schools consider 2.0) and an overall GPA of 2.5; no grade less than 2.0 in a required course.  HOWEVER, most schools give preference to those who will earn a bachelor’s degree prior to admission, and have considerably higher GPAs.