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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).


See for more information on the chiropractic profession.

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

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  


  • College Algebra (MTH 150) required for CHM 103 


  • Elementary Statistics (STAT 145) or Mathematical Models in Biology (MTH 265) 

  • 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.

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 and seek out a helpful advisor, such as Carla Burkhardt in the College of Science and Health Dean's Office (608-785-8156,

Pre-Chiropractic is NOT a major at the University of Wisconsin-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.

Prepare for chiropractic school by:

  • Shadowing a chiropractor. Spend time with the chiropractor and ask questions about their procedures.
  • Getting an internship and/or office position. Develop a longer-term relationship with a chiropractor this way. Learn about additional aspects of the career, such as business practices and education opportunities.
  • Participating 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.
  • Joining the Pre-Chiropractic Club. Meet admissions representatives and learn from other students.

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