Brie Paddock (Biology), Advisor
Dedicated students may complete prechiropractic requirements at SOU in two years, although most students find it advantageous to take three years. First-year courses are listed below. Students should consult the advisor listed above regarding the second and third years of the program.
A doctor of chiropractic medicine is a licensed health care practitioner. Students take a licensing exam at the end of four years of graduate study at a chiropractic college following three to four years of undergraduate education, usually in the sciences. Upon completion of an approved curriculum and substantial practical experience in chiropractic college, the candidates are qualified to take the required examination, which is administered by a state board of chiropractic examiners. Successful candidates are permitted to practice in the state in which they are licensed.
A few states (not Oregon) accept the results of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exam in lieu of state exams. Some states do not accept or require the national exams. Graduates should take the licensing exams for all states in which they wish to practice.
The goal of the chiropractic approach is ongoing health maintenance. Demand for these services is increasing as more people seek out the various health maintenance services provided under the approved chiropractic program. Chiropractic services are usually covered by health insurance, workers’ compensation, and other medical care programs.
After three years of undergraduate studies, students may be qualified to enter a program of graduate studies at a chiropractic college. By taking one more year of courses, primarily in upper division biology, students can complete an undergraduate degree in biology. Students are encouraged to seriously consider completing a degree program at an undergraduate school. Doing so not only enhances students’ credentials and earns them a degree, but it also adds to their knowledge and credibility. Furthermore, students who decide against a chiropractic career or who are prevented from pursuing that goal are left with alternative career options if they have an undergraduate degree.
Students should determine the admission requirements at their preferred chiropractic colleges to ensure that appropriate prerequisite courses are taken. A freshman year at SOU that includes some of the typical prerequisites is as follows: