Chiropractic (from the Greek “cheir” + “praktikos” meaning “done by hand”) is based on the premise that the relationship between the vertebral column and the nervous system is critical to health. As a branch of the healing arts, the chiropractic approach to healthcare is holistic, treating the patient as a whole person, body and mind.

Chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery. Instead, they utilize natural therapies, including spinal manipulation. They also recommend lifestyle changes to their patients and discuss eating, exercise, and sleeping habits. When appropriate, chiropractors consult with and refer patients to other health practitioners

CSU Recommended Coursework

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
Biological Sciences with Lab (2 courses) LIFE 102 and another Biology-based course
General/Inorganic Chemistry with Lab (2 courses, 2nd course can be CHEM elective) CHEM111/112 + CHEM113/114 OR CHEM107/108 + CHEM elective OR CHEM111/112 + CHEM elective
Organic and/or Biochemistry with Lab (2 courses) CHEM341 + CHEM 343/344 OR CHEM245/246 + BC351
Physics with Lab (2 courses) PH121 and 122; some schools will allow Biomechanics, Kinesiology, or ExPhys for 2nd Physics requirement
Social Sciences or Humanities (15 credits) Check with schools to determine appropriate courses.  (Typically courses from ANTH, ECON, HDRS, JTC,
POL, PSY, ARt, D, E, MU, PHIL, SOC, SPCM, TH, or Languages)
English Communication/Language Skills(6 credits) CO 150, CO/JTC 300/301, SPCM 200
Psychology (3 credits) PSY 100
Highly recommended courses BMS 300, BMS 301, OT 215

Programs and Preparation

Accredited Programs:

Association of Chiropractic Colleges

Admissions Tests

Contact individual schools/programs for information on tests.

Application Services


American Chiropractic Association:

Association of Chiropractic Colleges:

Council on Chiropractic Education: