Pre-Chiropractic program

Discover a career in chiropractic care.

Help patients improve their health and wellness using a holistic approach to healthcare that involves no drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care relies on the body's inherent ability to heal with use of hands-on manipulation techniques. Learn more about the chiropractic profession

Pre-Chiropractic is NOT a major at UW-La Crosse. It is a statement of your intention to apply to chiropractic programs. You will still need to select a major to complete a degree at UWL.

What is a chiropractor?

Chiropractors diagnose, treat, and work to prevent disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractors emphasize manual and manipulative therapy for the treatment of joint dysfunctions. Chiropractic is generally classified as complementary/alternative medicine. Most Chiropractors earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree.


Life and Physical Sciences
  • 24 credits in life and physical sciences; at least 12 credits include a laboratory component 
  • Biology suggestions: BIO 105, BIO 312, BIO 313, BIO 306, BIO 315, MIC 230 
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry suggestions: CHM 103, CHM 104, CHM 300, CHM 301, CHM 325 
  • Exercise Science suggestions: ESS 302; ESS 303 or ESS 304 
  • Physics suggestions: PHY 103 & 104 or PHY 125  
Math & Statistics
  • College Algebra (MTH 150) required for CHM 103 
  • Elementary Statistics (STAT 145) or Mathematical Models in Biology (MTH 265)

Make your intention to pursue a career in Chiropractic official by adding it as an "intended pre-professional track".

Declaring a Pre-Chiropractic track will help you determine common requirements for chiropractic schools in our region. However, each school's requirements vary. When selecting coursework, it is important to consult the websites of the programs to which you plan to apply. You can also seek out help from the College of Science and Health Dean's Office (

* While it's possible to start chiropractic school after 60-90 credits, most schools strongly recommend that students earn a bachelor's degree before matriculation.

Chiropractic school prep

Shadow a chiropractor

Spend time with the chiropractor and ask questions about their procedures.

Get an internship and/or office position

Develop a longer-term relationship with a chiropractor by working with one. Learn about additional aspects of the career, such as business practices and education opportunities.

Participate in community service

Volunteer with organizations to understand the variety of health concerns of all ages of people. As individuals do not need a 'referral' for chiropractic care, anyone could be a potential patient.

Join the Pre-Chiropractic Club

Meet admissions representatives and learn from other students in the Pre-Chiropractic Club.

Apply with confidence

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Princeton Review has a free organizational tool to help you track prerequisites, record experiences, and organize your school search. Check it out here

See Apply with confidence for more information on personal statements, letters of recommendation, interviewing, and more.