NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: General - No Specific College - Other Community College Programs

Program: Chiropractic Education

Chiropractic is a system of treatment based on the principle that a person's health is determined largely by the nervous system and that interference with this system impairs normal functions and lowers resistance to disease. Chiropractors treat patients primarily by manual manipulation of parts of the body, especially the spinal column.

"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 final two years emphasize practical or clinical studies dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disease with approximately half the time spent in college clinics."

There are over 20 colleges in the United States offering Chiropractic Education. Please check with an advisor for a complete listing.


  1. Generally - although some requirements may be higher:
    1. Candidates must furnish proof of having acquired 90 acceptable semester hours leading to a baccalaureate degree.
    2. The pre professional education which has been acquired must have an average of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale.
    3. No less than a 2.0 in courses with laboratory in biology, chemistry, and physics.
    4. No more than 20 semester hours in courses other than sciences can be acquired through CLEP.
  2. **Requirements for your specific choice in Chiropractic schools may vary. It is essential that you contact the school of your choice before completing courses listed below. Some schools require fewer and different courses while others require additional classes.
Basic Requirements

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition



View the Humanities Division Requirements if you are pursuing the ASA

Natural Science


BIO 115

Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Biology


BIO 116

Genetic, Evolution & Animal Biology


CHM 150/150R

General Chemistry I


CHM 151/CHM 151R

General Chemistry II


CHM 250

Organic Chemistry I


CHM 251

Organic Chemistry II


PHY 121

General Physics I (Trig based)


PHY 122

General Physics II


Social Science

View the Social Science requirements if you are pursuing an ASA

Pre Chiropractic education usually requires at least one class in psychology. Other programs have a varied list of social sciences and humanities requirements.


MTH 121

College Algebra


MTH 122



Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023