Overview of Field

Chiropractors typically need a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. Chiropractors treat and evaluate a variety of issues related to patients’ neuromusculoskeletal system. Overall patient well being is vital to DC work with focus on relieving pain associated with nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons through spinal adjustments and manipulation of other joints. Overall health of patients’ and pain relief is the general practice of Chiropractors.

There is increasing demand for Chiropractors, with an overall faster than average for all occupations growth projected 2021 - 2031.

A Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC) can be earned after 3.5 years of post-graduate education at an accredited chiropractic education program.

Career Exploration

There is career flexibility within chiropractic some may choose to specialize in areas of gerontology, neurology, nutrition, sports, rehabilitation, research, and teaching. Other Chiropractors may go so far as to be self-employed, private practitioners who may have additional business responsibilities such as keeping records, hiring staff, and marketing their services.

In addition to owning a practice, Chiropractors can be associated with hospitals, corporate health clinics, teaching, or conducting research.

Applying to Chiropractic Programs

Chiropractic (DC) education programs have rolling admissions throughout the year and operate on semesters, trimesters, and quarters. Check with the program in which you are interested to learn more about its specific academic requirements, course curriculum, and admission deadlines.

Pre-requisite Completion

The University of Louisville wants to support you with your career goals! Many of your required pre-requisites for your pre-health path can be completed right here at UofL in conjunction with your current academic program plan. Meet with your academic advisor for more information. In addition, consult the specific program you are applying to for pre-requisite requirements.

To be enrolled in chiropractic college, you need at least 90 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher, though many of students enroll after completing a bachelor’s degree. Prerequisites can be earned at any accredited college.

Entrance Exam

Suggested test preparation resources: Chiropractic College Aptitude Test (CCAT) - 100 multiple-choice questions in the areas of mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics. This aptitude test is available for students interested in pursuing (DC) Programs to gauge preparation for course work and study in DC. National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – A four-part exam required throughout and upon completion of DC course work and study.

Getting Involved

UofL Student Involvement Recognized Student Organizations (RSO’s):

These student organizations are active as of Fall 2023. You can find all active student organizations by visiting engage.

National Organizations