How to Apply

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Application deadline

We accept applications for our D.C. program at any time. However, we recommend you submit your application at least one (1) year prior to your desired term. That’s because your start date and financial aid eligibility may be affected by your application submission date.

How to apply

All applicants must:

  • Submit the online application or mail the application to:
    Office of College Admissions
    Palmer College of Chiropractic
    1000 Brady Street
    Davenport, IA 52803-5287 USA
  • Pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit a one- to two-page typed autobiographical essay explaining why you’re choosing a career in chiropractic and why you want to get your Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.
  • Submit official transcripts where any college level courses were taken (send to the Davenport address above).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation on official letterhead – one from a doctor of chiropractic and one from a college faculty member. (This is required for Florida-campus students and recommended for Davenport and West campuses.)
  • Although not required at time of application, applicants will be asked to submit a tuition deposit and complete their background check authorization and admissions interview prior to acceptance.

International students must also submit:

  • National Association letter of approval (if needed)
  • TOEFL score or proof of English proficiency
  • Certification of finances
  • Disclosure statement of any criminal convictions

How to gain provisional acceptance

While you wait for acceptance you may gain provisional acceptance by completing or submitting the following:

  • Application fee
  • 60 semester units of overall coursework
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • Major declared if seeking degree
  • A completed transfer form (if you have attended another chiropractic college)


If you have withdrawn from Palmer and are applying for re-admission, requirements vary based on the length of your absence.

Please contact your admissions representative for further information regarding re-admission or see our course catalog for complete details.

Pre-Chiropractic education

Our D.C. Degree Pathways 3+1 program in Davenport, Iowa, or Port Orange, Florida, is an accelerated, cost-effective way to meet prerequisite requirements for the Doctor of Chiropractic program. Save a year's worth of time and tuition by starting your college education at one of our partner schools. Programming is designed specifically for Palmer students.

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Bachelor of Science in General Science – Main campus only

Application deadline

Applications for the Bachelor of Science in General Science program can be submitted and accepted at any time. However, we recommended you apply a minimum of three (3) months prior to your desired term because your start date and financial aid eligibility may be affected by your submission date.

How to apply

  • Submit the online application or mail the application to:
    Undergraduate Studies Department
    Palmer College of Chiropractic
    1000 Brady Street
    Davenport, IA 52803-5287 USA
  • Pay $100 evaluation and $50 application fees
  • Attach official copies of transcripts

(Note: Your admittance is approved by the Undergraduate Program Oversight Committee.)

File intent to graduate

  • Pay $100 graduation and records fee. Complete Intent to Graduate form for final approval of the B.S. degree.
  • We recommend the Intent to Graduate form be completed no later than the end of ninth trimester of the D.C. program. This will ensure concurrent graduation.

Note: Students are allowed one year after their D.C. graduation to complete all requirements.
If you have questions, please email Annette Venhorst or call her at 563-884-5867.

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