The following overview of the major chiropractic schools is intended to assist prospective students in selecting a program that meets their needs and health care philosophy.
Most schools listed offer various degrees and certification programs in addition to a doctorate in chiropractic. Requirements and prerequisites vary. Tuition costs are presented for general comparison and do not include fees, boarding or materials, and are reflective of in-state charges. Most schools offer various types of financial aid and scholarships.
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
President: Jean A. Moss, DC, MBA
Located in Toronto, Ontario, CMCC is an evidence-based leader in chiropractic education and research, holding collaborative relationships with universities, hospitals and other chiropractic institutions worldwide. CMCC was founded on September 18, 1945, welcoming a large class of veterans returning from World War II. It was founded as a Canadian institution that could represent a focal point for chiropractic in Canada. The “memorial” in CMCC’s name is in honor of Daniel David Palmer, the Canadian who founded chiropractic in 1895. Since its earliest days, CMCC has grown, and as it is the sole chiropractic educational institution in English speaking Canada, the majority of Canadian chiropractors are CMCC graduates. Having accepted students from around the world, CMCC graduates can also be found in many countries. CMCC continues to contribute research, and educational and clinical expertise with partners in North America and abroad. CMCC offers a second entry undergraduate professional degree and postgraduate and continuing education programs. The undergraduate program at CMCC is a second entry honors baccalaureate degree program, offered to qualified candidates who have completed a minimum of three years of university level study prior to admission.
Tuition (4 years): $100,120 • 416-482-2340 • cmcc.ca
Cleveland University – Kansas City President: Carl S. Cleveland III, DC
For more than ninety years Cleveland University-Kansas City has been the place to learn the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic. More than one in every 10 chiropractors practicing in North America is a Cleveland graduate. Cleveland University-Kansas City is made up of people who all want the same thing: to make a real difference in the health care and the lives of others. CUKC fosters a community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are tightly bonded by a shared passion for wellness and to help one another succeed. CUKC students are educated not only to manage conditions but also to care for people. They focus on medical techniques and make recommendations about exercise, diet and lifestyle. The school’s health care curriculum strikes a balance between wellness, philosophy, science, tradition and innovation. Cleveland offers a 10-trimester Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree that can be completed in slightly less than three and a half years. The chiropractic program offers flexible training in many different techniques. Prerequisites are 90 semester hours of general undergraduate education in selected areas.
Tuition (3.5 years): $114,375 • 913-234-0600 • cleveland.edu
D’Youville College President: Lorrie Clemo, PhD
D’Youville is a private college located on the west side of Buffalo, New York, preparing students for the 21st century. Founded in 1908 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, D’Youville excels in helping students reach their career goals while instilling character to become change agents for the greater good. D’Youville offers more than 50 majors in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies including advanced certificates and accelerated learning programs. Featuring degrees in health care, business and the liberal arts, D’Youville encourages students to balance inter- and extracurricular activities integrating community service with coursework. D’Youville graduates are prepared for careers that make a difference and the skills to be leaders for the world of tomorrow. More than 90 percent of recent graduates are employed or in graduate school within months of graduation. D’Youville offers baccalaureate and graduate programs to students of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. The school honors its Catholic heritage and the spirit of St. Marguerite d’Youville by providing academic, social, spiritual and professional development in programs that emphasize leadership and service. Prerequisites are a bachelor’s degree, and an accelerated 7-year BS-plus-DC program is available.
Tuition (3.5 years): $136,000 • 716-829-8000 • dyc.edu
Keiser University – College of Chiropractic Medicine
Chancellor and CEO: Arthur Keiser, PhD
The Keiser University philosophy is to provide quality, career-focused degrees in professions that are important in the global economy. Since 1977, the school’s “students-first” approach has featured small classes and highly individualized student attention from the faculty and staff, who share a passion for helping students succeed. Keiser’s Doctor of Chiropractic program combines classroom learning with an emphasis on hands-on practical experience at the university’s campus in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida. There are weekly case conferences throughout the course so that patients concerns and care are always at the forefront of learning. A number of cross-cutting themes such as wellness and sports medicine are embedded within the curriculum to help students integrate their studies around a clinically relevant framework. The program stresses the scientific basis of chiropractic health care as well as the integration of the chiropractic physician as a team member in the health care system. Entry into chiropractic school requires a minimum of 90 credits (or three years) of undergraduate study. Chiropractic programs are generally 40 months in length, or four academic years (if not consecutive). Internship is usually completed during the program so graduates can apply for a license to practice right after graduation.
Tuition (3.5 years): $100,000 888-784-5355 • keiser-education.com
Life Chiropractic College West
President: Ron Oberstein, DC
Life Chiropractic College West was founded in 1976, when the institution was known as Pacific States Chiropractic College. In April 1978, the first group of students at Pacific States Chiropractic College began attending classes. Life Chiropractic College West, which offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic education. The curriculum at Life West features an integrated emphasis on chiropractic philosophy and technique, which draws passionate students from around the world. Life Chiropractic College West provides solid academic and clinical experience through 12- and 14-quarter program options. The Life West learning community is known for its diversity, integrity and cooperative spirit. Life West students are trained in more than 13 different chiropractic techniques, providing excellence in hands-on chiropractic education. The school provides a well-balanced approach to education, integrating the fundamental elements of practitioner success: science, technique, philosophy and business skills. The location in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area gives students an unparalleled experience in lifestyle as well as access to a wide variety of mentorship and career opportunities. All entering students must have earned a minimum of 90 transferable semester units or 135 quarter units at an institution or institutions accredited by a regional or nationally recognized agency.
Tuition (3.5 years): $104,000 • 800-788-4476 • lifewest.edu
President: Guy F. Riekeman, DC
As the leader in vitalistic health care education, Life University strives to empower its students to succeed both professionally and personally based on its vitalistic philosophy. Life promotes an innovative approach to higher education, while remaining true to its philosophical commitment to produce informed leaders who exemplify humanistic values in their professions. Life University is a unique place where students are empowered to break molds, pursue new ideologies and strive for excellence in the areas where their passions lie. The school provides its students with opportunities to learn and impact the world around them. If you value small classrooms, industry thought-leaders as professors, a health and wellness lifestyle, and a green, nature-centric campus, then Life University is the place for you. It is home to almost 3,000 like-minded students from around the world who believe in a shared purpose and vision. Life University’s Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree is a rigorous, 14-quarter program that typically takes four years to complete. Prerequisites are three years of undergraduate studies toward degree completion (90 semester credit hours or 135 quarter credit hours) at an accredited institution or an equivalent foreign agency.
Tuition (4 years): $120,700 • 800-543-3202 • life.edu
President: Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD
Since 1935, Logan University has remained grounded in chiropractic education, while continuously enriching academic options with degree offerings in health sciences. Logan provides students superior training, giving them the confidence to be the health care leaders of tomorrow. The school prepares students to become Doctors of Chiropractic who are superbly educated and clinically competent practicing portal-of-entry chiropractic physicians. Logan graduates employ a holistic approach to health and wellness to meet the demand for less-invasive, lowercost treatments and comprehensive care, to lead the integrated health care industry. Through an innovative, outcome-based academic curriculum that emphasizes evidence-informed care, diverse clinical immersion opportunities, emerging technology and proved practices, Logan University graduates are trained, confident and prepared for the future. Multiple coursework tracks are offered, including a combination BS-plus-DC program that can be completed in 6 years. Students who have completed at least 90 semester hours (or 135 quarter hours), including 24 semester hours of life and/or physical science and have a cumulative GPA above a 3.0, may apply for the DC program.
Tuition (4–5 years): $150,000 • 800-782-3344 • logan.edu
National University of Health Sciences
President: Joseph P.D. Stiefel, DC, EdD, MS
Founded in 1906, National University of Health Sciences is a leader in the growing field of integrative medicine and is respected worldwide for success in balancing healing arts and science, combining broad-scope integrative medicine with patient-centered care. National University sets the standard in training for careers in health care and provides several programs, including doctor of chiropractic (DC) and doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND) degrees, and master of science degrees in both acupuncture (MSAc) and oriental medicine (MSOM). With campuses in Illinois and Florida, National University is an established champion of research, high admission standards, accreditation and academic excellence for its professions. The Doctor of Chiropractic program educates students in the basic and clinical sciences and related health subjects requisite for development of competent primary care chiropractic physicians, and the provision of health care and other services to patients in University clinics and the community. Prerequisites: Students are expected to have completed 24 hours of general education credits and 24 hours of life and physical science credits before entering the chiropractic or naturopathic programs. Students with an associate’s degree can obtain a bachelor’s degree at NUHS.
Tuition (4 years): $90,000 • 800-826-6285 • nuhs.edu
New York Chiropractic College
President: Michael A. Mestan, DC, EdD, MS
New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) was founded in 1919 as the Columbia Institute of Chiropractic by Dr. Frank Dean, who served as the institution’s first president for nearly 40 years. NYCC is recognized as the leading educational institution for complementary, integrative and natural health care professionals. NYCC students currently benefit from state-of-the-art technology and equipment with respect to classroom environments; basic-science, diagnosis, and technique laboratories; and X-ray, clinical, and research facilities at the Seneca Falls campus. Situated in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, NYCC overlooks sparkling Cayuga Lake. The college’s modern health centers in Depew, Long Island, Henrietta and Seneca Falls—along with several veterans, hospitals in central New York, along the Eastern seaboard and several other sites—provide student interns with experiences at the finest clinical facilities available in chiropractic and acupuncture education. NYCC is recognized as a leading institution for the education and training of natural health care professionals who embrace inter-professional collaboration. Prerequisites for the Doctor of Chiropractic program include the equivalent of three academic years of undergraduate study (90 semester hours), with a minimum of 24 hours in life and physical science courses.
Tuition (3.5 years): $122,800 • 800-234-6922 • nycc.edu
Northwestern Health Sciences University
President: Christopher Cassirer, ScD, MPH
Founded in 1941 as Northwestern College of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University has grown in size and influence in the practice of natural health care in Minnesota and beyond. Northwestern was founded by Dr. John B. Wolfe, a civil engineer turned doctor of chiropractic, who started the college with the help of one colleague and three students. Northwestern now offers diverse academic programs, fosters clinical research, promotes individualized instruction, provides faculty development and establishes standards for clinical competence. The school fosters the concept of integrative complementary health care. Students discover an all-inclusive and challenging curriculum that blends an evidence-informed course of study with a foundation in philosophy, and receive a well-rounded perspective on chiropractic care. Northwestern has grown in size, scope and influence, but it still holds to its founder’s vision: a high-quality, science-based education that prepares practitioners for the ever-growing field of natural health care. In 2015, the College of Health and Wellness brought together the acupuncture, Chinese medicine, massage therapy, undergraduate health sciences and post-bac pre-health/pre-med programs. Prerequisites for the doctor of chiropractic degree are a minimum of 90 semester credits at the bachelor’s degree level, with at least 24 semester credits in the life and physical sciences.
Tuition (3.5 years): $110,750 • 952-888-4777 • nwhealth.edu
Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa
Campus Provost: Dan Weinert, DC, PhD
Palmer College embraces the philosophy that life is intelligent and that the human body possesses an inherent potential to maintain itself in a natural state of homeostasis through its innate and inborn intelligence. The school was established by Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer, the founder of the chiropractic profession. The main campus of Palmer college is in Davenport, Iowa. The two branch campuses are in in Port Orange, Florida, and San Jose, California. As taught at Palmer, the science of chiropractic emphasizes the relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system. Whether enrolling in the Doctor of Chiropractic program or pursuing one of the other degrees, students experience an academic program that blends the theory of chiropractic care with hands-on practice, delivered by faculty who are recognized as the best in the profession. It is recommended that students complete a bachelor’s degree prior to entering the Doctor of Chiropractic program, but this is only mandatory for students at the Florida campus. Under the “3+1” program, students can attend an undergraduate program for three years, transfer to Palmer, and after one year have that credited toward completing the undergraduate degree.
Tuition (3.5 years): $115,000 • 800-722-3648 • palmer.edu
President: William E. Morgan, DC
Parker College of Chiropractic was founded in 1982 by Dr. James Parker, who established a set of principles that continue to guide the institution today, on a campus steeped in tradition but encouraging innovation. Dr. Parker’s vision is expressed in the statement: “We are not the oldest college, and do not look to be the largest. We only want to be the best.” Parker University equips its graduates in health sciences, technology, business, and education communities to establish trends in health and wellness through its certificate, associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Parker University provides an innovative, learning-centered experience for students through a comprehensive curriculum, highly respected faculty, and family-oriented campus environment. Parker’s 10-trimester Doctor of Chiropractic program has a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum. While completion of a bachelor’s degree is not a requirement for admission, some states require a bachelor’s degree as a condition of licensure. Parker University offers a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness which eligible students can complete concurrently with the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Prerequisites for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree include 90 hours of undergraduate level coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution, including 24 semester hours of life and physical sciences.
Tuition (3.5 years): $116,000 • 214-902-2429 • parker.edu
Sherman College of Chiropractic
President: Edwin Cordero, DC
Sherman College of Chiropractic holds the position that the practice of chiropractic remains a service separate and distinct from other healing arts. Its unique clinical objective is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. Building on this, Sherman College teaches courses to prepare its graduates to practice as portal-of-entry providers in all 50 states and around the world. Sherman College graduates are competent and trained to meet all requirements for licensure and the safe application of the unique service of chiropractors. Students prepare for chiropractic licensure as fully qualified, primary health care providers who specialize in the area of vertebral subluxation through the achievement of the college’s curriculum and program student learning outcomes. The program is demanding, including a minimum of 4,956 clock hours in a set course sequence over 14 quarters. Prerequisites for admission are 90 semester hours with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Only courses with a grade of “C” or higher will be accepted for life and physical sciences and humanities. Many Sherman students enroll after completing a bachelor’s degree, and 24-semester credits of life and physical sciences must be earned with at least half of the courses containing a substantive lab component. Credits can be earned at any accredited college, but Sherman has agreements with several colleges for undergraduate work, articulation agreements and “3 + 1” programs.
Tuition (3.5 years): $112,000 • 800-849-8771 • sherman.edu
Southern California University of Health Sciences
President: John Scaringe, DC, EdD
SCU is a premier academic institution that has been preparing students to become compassionate, effective professionals for more than 100 years. At SCU, students learn to excel in a team-based health care environment that has become the model of quality and efficiency in today’s health care delivery systems.
SCU provides immersive coursework, expert faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities to put students on the path to success. From the classroom to the clinic, SCU emphasizes patient-centered care and integrative medicine and health. No other university offers this kind of holistic, multidisciplinary setting. SCU’s rigorous programs lead to tremendous success for its graduates, who gain the knowledge and experience needed to be practice-ready through a combination of SCU’s industry-leading faculty, innovative course design, and exceptional clinical experiences.
While at SCU, students from all programs come together for core science classes giving them appreciation for other types of medical professions. Once they leave SCU, they are prepared to thrive in an ever-changing inter-professional health care delivery system. Applicants should apply approximately one year prior to their anticipated entry date, and only completed application files will be reviewed.
Tuition (3.5 years): $115,000 • 562-947-8755 • scuhs.edu
Texas Chiropractic College
Stephen A. Foster, DC
Since 1908, Texas Chiropractic College has been at the forefront of patient-centered health care. Visionary programs, an unwavering commitment to students, service, and professionalism give the school a keen focus on the future. The fourth-oldest of all chiropractic colleges in the U.S., TCC was founded more than a century ago in San Antonio, Texas. With an emphasis on high admission standards, TCC established itself as an innovator through programming that included anatomical instruction by dissection, laboratory instruction in pathology, and training in X-ray and dietary interventions. TCC continues to invest in providing the best faculty to educate future chiropractors. The faculty is comprised of seasoned experts, all of whom hold the highest degree in their respective fields. Texas Chiropractic College’s strong history provides a solid foundation for current growth in health care and supports a clear vision for the future. TCC’s scientific and evidence-based approach to chiropractic positions students to become vital, respected members of the health care delivery system. A student entering Texas Chiropractic College must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (120 quarter hours) at a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. The 90 hours must include a minimum of 24 hours of life and physical sciences courses.
Tuition (3.5 years): $101,000 • 281-487-1170 • txchiro.edu
University of Bridgeport
President: Neil Albert Salonen
The University of Bridgeport offers career-oriented undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees and programs for people seeking personal and professional growth. The University promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility and commitment to service. Distinctive curricula in an international, culturally diverse supportive learning environment prepare graduates for life and leadership in an increasingly interconnected world. In the early 20th century, Bridgeport was one of only six U.S. cities of over 100,000 people with no institution of higher education. Local physics and mathematics teacher E. Everett Cortright believed that equal access to education was necessary for national success, stating, “Ability and leadership must be sought in all groups.” He and two friends decided to create the first two-year junior college in New England. The University of Bridgeport’s College of Chiropractic (UBCC) prepares students to be primary health care providers. Each student is educated to diagnose patients, care for the human body in an evidence-based manner, and integrate their care within the larger health care system. The program is offered in a full-time, semester-based program, with an evidence-based curriculum strongly focused on science. Clinical internships are offered at major medical institutions in the region. Chiropractic students have the opportunity to earn a concurrent master’s degree in human nutrition and acupuncture.
Tuition (4 years/8 semesters): $112,000 888-822-4476 • bridgeport.edu/chiro
University of Western States
President: Joseph Brimhall, DC
The University of Western States (UWS), located in Portland, Oregon, offers a world-class, integrated education to students and provides the community with an unsurpassed, natural approach to health and wellness. UWS has been the leader in integrating health and science since 1904, beginning as the second-oldest chiropractic educational program in the world. Today, UWS provides a comprehensive curriculum developed from over a century of research and experience providing effective health care services and professional health sciences education. UWS honors its roots in chiropractic by integrating other related fields of study to support a well-balanced and whole-body approach to wellness education. Students are supported as they embark on rigorous courses of study, encouraged to achieve a life-balance, and provided with resources that ready them for successful careers in health service. Prerequisites include a minimum of 90 semester credits of specified undergraduate coursework, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (applicants with a GPA below 3.0 but above 2.75 may be considered on a case-by-case basis).
Tuition (12 quarters): $117,200 • 800-641-5641 • uws.edu