Academic Preparation Overview 

For most accredited chiropractic schools, you must first complete a minimum of three years or 90 semester hours of college credit. However, we highly recommend that you complete a Bachelor's degree. See the Required and Recommended Courses link to learn which BYU-Idaho courses can meet chiropractic school prerequisite requirements.

Chiropractic schools do not have a preference regarding your choice of undergraduate major, so study something you love!  If you need help choosing a major, please come and see us in Career and Academic Advising. 

Required and Recommended Courses

This guide is designed for applying to a range of chiropractic schools. It is not a comprehensive list. Requirements may vary by school.  See a Health Professions Advisor if you have additional class planning questions.

Chiropractic School Prerequisites (PDF)

AP and Community College Credits

Check with individual chiropractic schools directly to see if they will accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits earned in high school towards their prerequisites.  

Grading Policies and GPA Requirements

GPA—Generally, the minimum GPA required is 3.0 but may be higher or lower depending on the school.

To be most competitive, strive to earn at least a 3.2-3.5 GPA.

Withdrawals--W’s should be used only for emergencies, although W’s will not affect your GPA.

Repeated/Retaken Courses—Chiropractic schools take the most recent grade earned in a course.

AP Credits-- Generally, students must take coursework beyond introductory classes waived by AP.

Preparing for Letters of Recommendation

Some, but not all schools, require letters of recommendation.  Requirements for letters vary between schools, so research schools early and know what you need. Get to know people from these categories so they can write excellent letters for you. If a school requires letters, they will generally want 2-3 letters mainly from the following:

Types of Letters Needed

  • A Doctor of Chiropractic and an academic professor
  • A work supervisor

Tips to Get to Know Your Professors/Mentors

  • Visit their offices regularly
  • Look for mentors, not just letter writers
  • Be genuinely interested in those you seek as mentors
  • Be humble and gracious
  • Ask thoughtful questions
  • Share your academic and career goals
  • Inquire about their areas of interest and research
  • After you have gotten to know professors, ask about further opportunities, e.g., teaching assistantships, individual research projects, etc.
Collecting letters: As you prepare to collect your letters of recommendations, it is best to subscribe to a service like allows you to collect all your letters in one place and have them sent to each application service when the application opens up. It in not best to wait until your application opens to obtain your letters of recommendations.

Helpful Websites and Resources