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Chiropractic medicine focuses on the relationship between the body’s main structures – the skeleton, the muscles and the nerves—and the patient’s health. Chiropractors believe that health can be improved and preserved by making adjustments to these structures, particularly to the spinal column. They do not prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures, although they do refer patients for these services if they are medically indicated. Most patients seek chiropractic care for back pain, neck pain and joint problems. However, many patients choose a chiropractor as their primary care doctor, because they prefer treatment plans that do not rely on medication or surgery.

(source: Explore Health Careers - Chiropractic Medicine)

Next steps

  • Join the Pre-Health Professions Program and request to be added to the Pre-Chiropractic Email List

  • Meet with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor each semester to make a professional and academic development plan and review your progress 

  • Choose a degree major that you enjoy and that provides a good “back-up plan” and career path in case you change your mind about chiropractic medicine; common majors include Exercise, Sport and Health Sciences, Athletic Training, or another health science, but all majors will be considered if a student completes the prerequisite courses and other admissions standards established by individual chiropractic programs

  • Carefully check admission requirements at chiropractic schools of most interest and take the required coursework; prerequisite courses may include human anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, biology, chemistry, physics, and human nutrition among others.

  • Attend Pre-Health Professions Program workshops and networking events

  • Most chiropractic programs require a grade point average of 3.00 or greater after a minimum of 90 credit hours at the bachelor's level

Helpful Links

Pre-Health Professions Program

Physical Address:

Vandal Success Center
Idaho Student Union Building, 3rd floor

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS 2436
Moscow, ID 83844-2436

Phone: 208-885-5809