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Pre-Chiropractic Advisor
Department of Biology
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5126
Fax: 417-836-4204
Email: Biology@missouristate.edu


Pre-Chiropractic Advisor

Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5126
Fax: 417-836-5603
Email: BiomedicalSciences@

Career Preparation

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that is concerned with human health and the prevention of disease. The doctor of chiropractic (DC) considers each individual as an integrated being and gives special attention to spinal biomechanics and neurologic, muscular, vascular and nutritional relationships.

The practice of chiropractic is regulated in all states and a number of foreign countries. State legislatures in all 50 states have licensed and approved the provision of chiropractic health services to their residents. There are approximately 14 chiropractic colleges at 18 sites accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. Chiropractic colleges require a minimum of four academic years of professional resident study, including clinical experience under strict supervision, preceded by a minimum of two years of college work with a curriculum concentrated in the biological and basic sciences and clinical disciplines. The remaining two years emphasize practical or clinical studies dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disease with approximately half the time spent in college clinics.

Chiropractic schools at 18 sites hold membership in the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. The closest chiropractic colleges to Missouri State are as follows:

Cleveland Chiropractic College
6401 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

Logan College of Chiropractic
1851 Schoettler Road Box 1065
Chesterfield, MO 63006-1065

Other chiropractic colleges in the region include the following: Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa; National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill.; and Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas.

Academic Program

Admission to a college of chiropractic can be sought by students having at least 90 hours of pre-professional education. Each college maintains its own suggested pre-chiropractic curriculum which generally consists of the following: two semesters of biological science, four semesters of chemistry, two semesters of physics, two semesters of English or communications, one course in psychology and 15 semester hours of other social sciences and humanities. CLEP hours in the requirements are accepted. These requirements allow for a number of majors for Pre-Chiropractic students desiring a bachelor’s degree before seeking chiropractic school admission. More than half of the students admitted to colleges of chiropractic have a bachelor’s degree. 


A sample schedule for the first three semesters is found on the reverse side of this sheet. Schedules for the remaining five semesters should be worked out in cooperation with the student’s major advisor and the chiropractic advisor. Students selecting majors outside of Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology or Chemistry should make sure that the requirements for the particular schools to which they intend to apply are met. Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog for specific course information.

Additional courses and electives often recommended by chiropractic schools include genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology, pharmacology, molecular biology, developmental biology or embryology, histology and neuroanatomy.

In keeping with the trend for higher numbers of credit hours for Pre-Chiropractic students, more students are choosing to complete a bachelor’s degree before entering colleges of chiropractic. Because of  the demanding pre-chiropractic foundation in the sciences, students generally complete majors in one of the sciences such as Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry or Physics; however, applications from students in other majors such as business are considered. Students who seek to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree should choose an academic advisor in the department of their respective major in addition to their pre-chiropractic advisor.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

First Semester Courses Hours
BMS 110 or BIO 121
CHM 160 General Chemistry I4
ENG 110 Writing I3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory1
Second Semester Courses Hours
BIO 122 or BMS 230
CHM 170 General Chemistry II3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CIS 101 Computers for Learning2
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
MTH 135 or 261
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I5
General Education Elective
BMS 307 or BIO 380
Second Semester Courses Hours