Loyola University Maryland

Pre-Health Program


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There are 16 chiropractic schools in the United States. Chiropractic refers to the treatment of the muscles and skeleton, with special emphasis on the spine.

If you plan to apply to a chiropractic school, you will need to do the following during your junior year: obtain strong letters of recommendation, write your personal essay and submit a separate application for each school you are applying to.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

Most chiropractic schools require the following undergraduate courses:

  • General Biology - 1 year
  • General Chemistry - 1 year
  • Organic Chemistry - 1 year
  • Physics - 1 year
  • English - 1 year
  • Psychology - 1 year

Admission Examination

Most chiropractic schools do not require a standardized admission exam.

Letters of Recommendation

Most chiropractic schools require letters of recommendation. It is important to provide recommendations from both science and non-science professors who can address your ability to read, write, support your ideas, logically draw conclusions and organize your work.

Volunteer or Part-Time Work

It is recommended that you strengthen your application by listing any volunteer or part-time work. Some ideas are to observe a chiropractor; volunteer at a hospital or medical clinic; participate in a community activity such as Habitat for Humanity or serve as a committee member on a local club or student organization. Participating in research during the summer is also great exposure and can help you gain valuable experience.


Some chiropractic schools interview applicants. Characteristics that interviewers most commonly assess are evidence of extracurricular activities; communication skills; empathy and concern for others; social awareness and self-awareness; and judgment and problem-solving abilities. View information about how to prepare for the interview.

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