To become a doctor of chiropractic, you must have a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition, and public health, chiropractors receive more intensive education than medical doctors. Chiropractors can be licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in many nations around the world.
Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. It emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery and recognizes the value and responsibility of working in cooperation with other health care practitioners when in the best interest of the patient.
To prepare at Ball State for entrance into a chiropractic school, you will need to follow the pre-chiropractic curriculum, which involves completion of either the pre-medical or general biology major as well as specific electives. Many chiropractic schools require applicants to have a minimum of 60 total college credit hours but some require 90 credit hours. However, many states require that Doctors of Chiropractic also have an earned bachelor's degree in order to practice, so completion of a bachelor's degree is recommended.
Ball State has a "3+3" affiliation agreement with the Logan College of Chiropractic. Students admitted to Logan at the end of their junior year can complete their bachelor's degree using up to 32 hours of transfer credit from Logan's first year curriculum provided the Logan grades are a C or above. Ball State students must complete the Ball State University Core Curriculum, either the pre-medical or biology major, additional Logan prerequisite courses and accumulate at least 94 credit hours before entering the Logan chiropractic program in the fall of their senior year.
We also have an affiliation agreement with the National University of Health Sciences. As part of a pre-chiropractic program at BSU, qualified students will complete three years of undergraduate study or a minimum of 90 semester credits leading toward their bachelor of science in pre-medical preparation. Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher will then start the five-year DC program at NUHS. After successful completion of all coursework in the first three trimesters at NUHS, they will be granted their bachelor's degree from BSU.
For more information about the pre-chiropractic program at Ball State, please contact Dr. Jennifer Metzler.
You can learn more about a career in chiropractic from the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, American Chiropractic Association, and the Council on Chiropractic Education.