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Academic & License Requirements

Academic Requirements

In order to qualify for admission into the Doctor of Chiropractic Program, students should demonstrate
goals, abilities and character consistent with the university’s mission.

  • All Prospective students must have completed a minimum of 90 semester units or 135 quarter units at an institution(s) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency. 24 of these units should be in the Life & Physical Sciences.
  • Prospective students must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 90 semester units of pre-requisite course work may be considered for admission to the standard curriculum track.
  • Prospective students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for the 90 semester units of pre-requisite course work  may be considered for admission to the alternative admission track plan (AATP).

Alternative Admissions Track Program (AATP)

What is the AATP? The AATP is a program that allows chiropractic colleges to admit students with varied backgrounds in undergraduate coursework. The flexibility of the AATP program allows the colleges to consider the accomplishments of each student as key indicators of what makes a chiropractic student successful.

This program acknowledges that people come to the chiropractic profession from myriad backgrounds and that this variety in the chiropractic profession is valuable to its future growth. The AATP program allows colleges to admit students who do not have a rigorous science background but who do exhibit other markers of skillfulness and potential for success.

Here’s an overview of the AATP:
  • Students will be placed on an alternative schedule which may include a 12 term program. Students will have an opportunity convert to a 10 term track with satisfactory academic progress as defined in standard operating procedures.
  • Counseling with a university learning specialist regarding their individual academic performance.
  • An academic plan detailing expected performance standards to remain enrolled in the DC program
  • Regular meetings with their faculty advisor(s), learning specialist, and/or academic counselor to discuss progress towards academic goals
  • Participation in prescribed mentoring/tutoring.

Life and Physical Sciences

The life sciences encompass the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, like plants, animals, and human beings, as well as related considerations like bioethics. Physical sciences encompass the branches of natural science and science that study non-living systems, in contrast to the life and physical sciences.

Licensure Requirements

Due to the various licensure requirements for each of the 50 states, as well as internationally, it is strongly recommended that applicants contact the respective Boards of Examiners regarding pre-chiropractic educational requirements in states and countries where they may consider practicing after graduation. The prerequisites for admission to the Chiropractic Program at SCU are established in compliance with the standards, rules and guidelines of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

Neither acceptance for admission into the program nor the subsequent earning of a Doctor of Chiropractic degree guarantees that a state or foreign country will grant a graduate a license to practice chiropractic. Each state and foreign country, through its legislative and administrative process, defines the standards of competency and scope of practice of chiropractic within its jurisdiction.

For further information on each of the jurisdictions please visit the Official Directory on the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board.