Deciding that you want to be a chiropractor is a big, exciting decision! We speak with students every single day, in every stage of life, who have decided they want to pursue their dream of becoming a chiropractor. These students range from high school age to their mid-50s. For the high school students or those who are currently attending an undergraduate college, one of the first questions we are asked is, “What should I major in if I want to go to chiropractic school?”
To most people’s surprise, there actually isn’t just one major that is best. Chiropractic college is filled with sciences courses, so naturally, almost any science-related major will be beneficial. While it isn’t ideal, some of our students even come in with business degrees or degrees in other study fields. This may be because they decided on chiropractic later in life or when it was too late to change their major. Usually, these students will need to take a few extra science classes before enrolling.
What chiropractic schools focus on, and what is most important, is that you fulfill the minimum admissions requirements of obtaining 24 hours of life and physical sciences, with half of those containing a lab, as well as 15 hours of social sciences and humanities. Of course, the more science classes you can take, the better. It is also important to note that we do not require that you take any specific classes; we only require that you take the minimum amount of credits mentioned above.
If you are trying to decide on a college major and you know that you want to be a chiropractor or enter a health field, below is a list of majors that may be most beneficial to you:
- Health Sciences
- Sports Medicine / Athletic Training
- Human Biology / Biology
- Exercise Science
- Biomedical Sciences
- Pre-Chiropractic (if offered by your school)
For a more in-depth look, see this example of our suggested undergraduate curriculum. Our admissions counselors work every day with students to determine how they can best meet our entrance requirements. If you have any questions, our team is here to support you every step of your journey to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic.