Doctor of Chiropractic Program
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Admission Standards for the Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP)
As the trusted leader in chiropractic education, Palmer College of Chiropractic is committed to the success of its students and graduates. All prospective students are considered on an individual basis. There are several ways to qualify for admission to the DCP as multiple factors are taken into consideration during the application review process. Those factors include credits earned, transfer credits, classes taken, grade-point average (GPA), and degree(s) earned.
Candidates who've achieved the following qualify for admission to the DCP, pending official transcript review:
- Minimum of 90 credit hours
- 3.0 GPA or greater on a 4.0 scale*
- 24 semester hours in life and physical sciences, half with labs
- Official transcript and favorable background check review
- Well-rounded general education program in the humanities and social sciences
A well-rounded general education includes required coursework in life and physical sciences; humanities; social and behavioral sciences; and communications and languages. Coursework in each of these domains may include:
- Life and Physical Sciences:
- Life Sciences:
Biology (human anatomy, physiology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, cellular biology, exercise physiology, kinesiology),
Chemistry (general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology/pharmacology, and nuclear medicine)
- Physical Sciences: physics, biomechanics, statistics, mathematic
- Humanities: literature, history, philosophy, art, theater, music, religion, physical education
- Social and Behavioral Sciences: psychology, sociology, political science, business, economics, geography, anthropology, computer science
- Communication and Languages: oral communication, written communication, digital communication, foreign languages
*Applicants with less than 24 semester credits in life and physical sciences and/or a cumulative G.P.A. less than 2.75 for degreed students and 3.0 for non-degreed students may be considered under an alternative admissions track plan (AATP). This point of entry requires a more extensive review of the applicant's enrollment factors by both academic and admissions personnel. Decisions for admission are made on a case by case basis.
We'd like the opportunity to discuss your qualifications to help you make an informed decision. Contact an admissions representative today or complete your admissions application.
Palmer College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Its Doctor of Chiropractic programs are professionally accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).
Already have an undergraduate degree?
We consider applicants from all undergraduate majors. Palmer values a diverse, broadly educated student body and many of our students with non-health science degrees have excelled in our program.
- Health disciplines: pre-medicine and pre-dentistry, as well as exercise physiology, athletic training, kinesiology, physical therapy, biology, nursing, health science and chemistry.
- Other disciplines: psychology, marketing, anthropology, management, communications, mathematics, sociology, business, criminal justice, history, liberal studies, engineering, education and religion.
Working on your undergraduate degree now?
We suggest study that includes:
- 24 semester credits of science, with half of those credits with corresponding labs
We suggest labs in:
- Biology: human anatomy and physiology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, cellular biology, exercise physiology and kinesiology
- Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology/pharmacology, nutrition and nuclear medicine
- Physical sciences: physics, biomechanics and statistics
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Who determines admissions guidelines?
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) sets the above admissions guidelines. The CCE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for the accreditation of programs and institutions offering the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Palmer also is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (contact information).
Applicants with less than 24 semester science credits and/or cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 for degree holding students and 3.0 for non-degree students may be considered for admissions. This point of entry requires applicant's files to be reviewed by a committee comprised of academic deans and admission directors from all three campuses. Decisions for admission are individually based and on a case by case basis.