The UT Martin Pre-Chiropractic Plan is designed to prepare students for application to professional school.  The courses listed in the plan meet the minimum requirements for admission to chiropractic school as outlined by the Council on Chiropractic Education.  By following the Pre-Chiropractic Plan recommendations, students will be eligible for admission into most Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) programs; however, students are strongly encouraged to review the requirements for their school(s) of choice. 


Please note: the Pre-Chiropractic Plan is not a major and does not fulfill the requirements for a baccalaureate degree at UT Martin.  The courses listed below are recommendations and are not required for degree completion unless also listed under the student’s chosen major. 


Frequently Asked Questions


What does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system believed to be caused by interference with the function of the nervous system. Chiropractors rely on the body's inherent recuperative abilities by adjusting the spinal column and other areas of the body; they also provide natural, drugless, nonsurgical health treatments, such as exercise, rest, water, light, heat, and nutritional therapy. 

Chiropractors conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations; order laboratory tests; and analyze a patient’s posture and spine using a specialized technique.  Additionally, chiropractors diagnose health problems by reviewing patient's health and medical histories; questioning, observing and examining patients; and interpreting x-rays.  They may recommend changes in lifestyle that affect health and they may refer patients to or consult with other health practitioners. 


Is there a demand for chiropractors?
Yes, employment for chiropractors is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2026 due to consumer demand for alternative health care.


What degree to do I need to become a chiropractor?
Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)


Do I have to have a license or a particular credential?
Chiropractors are required to be licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 


How many chiropractic programs are there in Tennessee?
There are only 21 colleges of chiropractic in the United States and there are none in the state of Tennessee.


How long is the typical D.C. program?
Most D.C. programs are 3-4 years in length.


Are there any required admissions tests for chiropractic programs?
No, there are no required admission tests.


Will I be a pre-chiropractic major?
No.  The Pre-Chiropractic Plan is not a major and does not fulfill the requirements for a baccalaureate degree at UT Martin.  The courses listed in the plan are recommendations and are not required for degree completion unless also listed under the student’s chosen major. 


What should I major in?
While most Doctor of Chiropractic programs do not require applicants to earn a baccalaureate degree before matriculation into the professional program, students who have earned a baccalaureate degree are often viewed as more competitive than those who have not.  The best major is the one in which you are most interested and the most likely to succeed.  The Biology – Cellular and Molecular Concentration includes many of the courses listed in the Pre-Chiropractic Plan; however, students may choose to major in any subject area they wish as long as they also complete the courses required by their chosen D.C. program(s).  Additionally, since many chiropractors own their own businesses, students may wish to consider taking business classes as electives and/or combining a science major with a business major or minor.


What are the minimum requirements for a D.C. program?
The minimum requirements listed by the Council on Chiropractic Education for admission to chiropractic school are as follows:

  • complete the equivalent of three academic years of undergraduate study (90 semester hours) at an institution(s) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency;
  • earn a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • earn a minimum of 24 semester hours in life and physical science courses, half of which must have a substantive laboratory component;
  • include a well-rounded general education program in the humanities and social sciences in their undergraduate education.

What classes at UT Martin should I take as a pre-chiropractic student?
While not an exhaustive list, the following courses are strongly recommended for students considering applying to chiropractic school.  Students should always check with their advisor and/or school(s) of choice before deciding which classes to take.


Recommend courses:

  • General Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 341 Organic Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 342 Organic Chemistry II
  • English 111 English Composition I
  • English 112 English Composition II
  • Physics 211 College Physics I
  • Physics 212 College Physics II OR Exercise Science 430 Exercise Physiology
  • Psychology 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics (Human Performance 440 Evaluation in Human Performance OR Math 210 Elementary Statistics and Probability OR Psychology 315 Experimental Psychology I)


What else should I know about chiropractic education?
As mentioned above, most D.C. programs require a minimum of 90 hours of pre-professional coursework.  Not all D.C. programs require a baccalaureate degree; however students who have earned a degree may be viewed as more competitive than those who have not.

Most D.C. programs require direct observation of the field prior to admission.  Direct observation hours can be gained through volunteering and shadowing a licensed chiropractor.

Grades are extremely important; most D.C. programs require a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 and applicants must demonstrate that all required course work will be completed with a grade of C or better prior to admission. 


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