While each prospective student is considered on an individual basis, we have prerequisites that all students must meet.
We’d like the opportunity to discuss your qualifications to help you make an informed decision about attending Palmer. Contact an admissions representative or apply today.
Admission standards for the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Program – all campuses
There are several ways to qualify for admission to the D.C. program. 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.
Palmer College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Its D.C. program is professionally accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).
Doctor of Chiropractic Program
- 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
- 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 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 GPA 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.
Already have an undergraduate degree?
Palmer values a diverse, broadly educated student body, and that’s why we consider applicants from all undergraduate majors. Some of these majors include:
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.
Still need science
prerequisites? Our main campus in Davenport, Iowa offers science prerequisite options. Contact your admissions representative for more details.
Working on your undergraduate degree now?
If you’re currently an undergraduate student and hope to join the Palmer family, we suggest course work 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
This download contains a quick one-page overview of recommended courses for future students.
Students lacking 24 semester science credits have an option
to take prerequisites on the main campus in Davenport, Iowa. Contact your Admissions representative.
Save time and money. Check out our B.S. completion degree or our D.C. Degree Pathways 3+1 agreements and see how you can save one year of time and tuition dollars.
How admissions guidelines are determined
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 accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (contact information).
Bachelor of Science in General Science - Main campus
At Palmer, you can complete your bachelor’s degree while working
toward your Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in General Science completion degree
complements the D.C. degree. Your B.S. degree coursework will help to build a
solid foundation for your future as a chiropractor.
- Must have an equivalent of 45 college-level semester credits with cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or
higher on a 4.0 scale
- Must have applied to the Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP)
120 credit hours which includes:
- 90 credit hours of undergraduate courses from an institution or institutions accredited at the college level by an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
- 60 credit hours freshman/sophomore level
- 30 credit hours junior/senior level
- No grade below a “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) will be accepted
- 30 credit hours of basic science courses taken in the Palmer D.C. program are applied towards the bachelor’s degree
Up to 15 credit hours may
be granted from coursework in vocational/technical programs (transferable as freshman/sophomore
Up to 20 credit hours of
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit may be granted (transferable as
freshman/sophomore level courses).
Credit hours at-a-glance
These are the minimum hours you must take by category:
Natural and Physical Sciences - 24 credit
hours. Such as: biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy and
Humanities - 6 credit
hours. Such as: literature, history, philosophy, art, theater, music,
religion and physical education.
Social and Behavioral Sciences - 9 credit
hours. Includes psychology, sociology, political science, business,
economics, geography, anthropology and computer science.
Communication and Languages - 9 credit
hours. Includes classical languages, foreign languages, English,
communication and speech communication.
Mathematics - 3 credit
hours. Includes algebra, physics, statistics, math for statistics, applied
math and calculus.
Other types of courses will be reviewed and considered for credit
by the Undergraduate Program Oversight Committee.
To learn more please contact the Undergraduate Studies Department by
email or call (563) 884-5867.