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Chiropractic Schools and Prerequisites

Chiropractic schools are graduate-level programs and are 4 years in length. Upon completion, graduates of chiropractic schools are awarded the D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree. Successful completion of national board examinations and state-licensure examinations are required to practice. 

Chiropractic colleges also offer post-graduate continuing education programs in specialty fields ranging from sports injuries and occupational health to orthopedics and neurology.

Accredited U.S. Chiropractic Programs

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) currently accredits 15 U.S. chiropractic schools and their branch campuses:


Typical prerequisites for chiropractic schools include:

  • 6 credits of English/writing
  • 3 credits of psychology
  • 15 credits of social science or humanities
  • 6 credits of biological science with labs
  • 12 credits of chemistry with labs (can include general chemistry, organic chemistry and/or biochemistry)
  • 6 credits of physics with labs