A doctor of chiropractic is a primary care physician whose purpose is to help meet the health needs of individual patients and the public, paying particular attention to the structural and neurological aspects of the body in a non-invasive manner.
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In general, applicants must complete:
Psychology 1010, 2 semesters of writing/composition, 2 semesters of Biology with labs, 2 semesters of General Chemistry with labs, 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs, and 2 semesters of Physics with labs.
OPTIONAL COURSE: ED PSYCH 3861 : Career Services provides an opportunity for you to earn upper-division academic credit while learning about a career and gaining real-world experience in the workplace. This is applicable whether you are shadowing an doctor of chiropractic or working or volunteering in an chiropractic setting. This course is credit/no credit and is repeatable up to 6 credits.
All applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 on a scale of 4.00 for all required courses. When courses have been repeated, the most recent grade(s) may be used for grade point average computation; earlier grades may be disregarded. Selection criteria will include academics, admissions essays, and the admissions interview.
TIPS FOR THE ESSAY
You should write clearly with care as to composition, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, etc.
During the drafting process, you should have others (professors, chiropractors, parents, peers, PPA advisors, etc.) read your statement and offer feedback. You may also seek assistance through the U Writing Center, located on the second floor of the Marriott Library.
The personal statement should be about you, describing the experiences and events that have shaped your motivation, values, and goals. Review your life and think about the following questions: *Why have you decided on a chiropractic career? (Be specific - why not a teacher, physical therapist, research scientist etc.?) *What things have you done which demonstrate your motivation, and what you have learned from these experiences? *What are the two most outstanding personal characteristics that would enable you to succeed and what things have you done to demonstrate these characteristics?*What do you feel is unique, distinctive, or impressive about your life story? *What were the turning points in your life? *What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your life and how did you handle them? *What person(s) most influenced your life and how? *What event(s) most influenced your life and how? *What are your future goals and why?
Your tone should be mature, sincere, professional, and self-confident. Do not be afraid to show warmth, personality, and human qualities - you are not writing a scientific paper, but a personal statement. Humor can be used appropriately, but be careful not to sound flippant. It is generally not advisable to use quotes or long introductions - get right down to the job of revealing yourself. Capture the interest of the admissions committee with a strong first paragraph and have a brief conclusion which ties things together.
For college catalogs or further information on admissions requirements, preprofessional curricula, grants and other financial aid, please correspond directly with the admissions office of the school in which you are interested.
We can help you plan your curricular and extracurricular experiences and assist you with your application. We have a library which includes chiropractic college and career information.