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Measuring Up To Chiropractic School Requirements

17 JUL 2013
Career Path : Chiropractic

If you are planning on embarking on a chiropractic career, one of the necessary steps is enrolling in a chiropractic school.  Getting into chiropractor schools means meeting certain standards. Usually students have already completed courses in another post-secondary institution, with a strong foundation in life and physical science courses.

You will need a minimum of 90 semester hours, with a focus on life science, physical science and the humanities. At post-secondary institutions, many courses tend to be three credit hours each, so if you take five classes a semester, that means about three years of schooling. Many students decide to complete an entire four year degree because state licensure requirements vary, and some states require an undergraduate degree to practice chiropractic.

Good academic performance is helpful. Chiropractic school requirements often start at a 3.0 GPA, and this extremely popular field of study can have competitive admissions. On the other hand, do not give up on your dreams over a less than stellar first semester. As part of enrollment, dedicated and otherwise highly qualified students may be able to prove their capacity with an alternate admissions track plan. You may be under more scrutiny than regular admissions, but you will generally receive academic support, and this sort of plan can help you prove you have what it takes. Alternatively, you will want to speak with the guidance office of your faculty at you current school to help direct you to pick the right courses for a more attractive admissions application.

Another thing you need to bring to the table is a little harder to measure. Commitment to the care of others is an essential trait for anyone considering going into a healthcare field. However, this is not something teachers can grade you on, and finding out if you truly have that trait within yourself is something you need to discover. Volunteering may help you determine if you have the commitment and compassion you need. Of course, you will get work within a clinic as part of your training in good chiropractor schools. However, planning for a chiropractor career starts early, and you do not want to wait until you have already enrolled to confirm that the career path is for you!

Thankfully, when an individual school has other requirements, there is usually a lot of transparency about it. Good chiropractor schools have well trained admission staffs who are experienced at answering questions and walking you through the process of getting in. Many keep an up-to-date website to help you read up on everything you need. But you will still have other decisions to make. For example you need to weigh the cost of living, the location of the school, and your funding sources.

Taking all this into account, it is clear that it takes an exceptional student to meet chiropractic school requirements. That being said, if you make the cut, you can also be exceptionally proud of yourself and the career path on which you are about to embark.

Visit Sherman College of Chiropractic for more information on planning a chiropractic career.