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Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Chiropractic

General Information

Central Washington University (CWU) does not offer a degree program Chiropractic Medicine or Pre-Chiropractic. "Pre- Chiropractic" is a non-degree advising program through which a student can prepare for admission to a professional Chiropractic Medicine program at another institution. CWU does offer all prerequisite courses necessary for successful admission to such a program.

There are a number of professional Chiropractic Medicine programs throughout the U.S. Requirements for admission vary among the professional schools. The information contained in this handout serves as an overview of those requirements. For detailed information about each program, visit their individual websites, which can be accessed via:

This handout is your primary source of Pre- Chiropractic information, so be sure to read the following pages in detail. If you have general questions about the Biology major or scheduling of classes, contact the Biology Office (509-963-2731; ) for a referral to a general biology advisor.

Prerequisite Coursework

Unfortunately, not all Chiropractic Medicine programs have the exact same prerequisite requirements. The list below consists of the primary coursework needed to prepare for admission to such programs. For details about prerequisites for each program, visit individual program websites.

Required by most programs:

One year of General BiologyBIOL 181*, 182*, 183*
One year of General ChemistryCHEM 181, 182*, 183* including labs
Two quarters of Organic ChemistryCHEM 361*, 361LAB, 362*
General PsychologyPSY 101

Other recommended courses:

Cell BiologyBIOL 220* or BIOL 430*
Human Anatomy and PhysiologyBIOL 355*, 356*
Anatomical KinesiologyEXSC 250
English or Speech Communications 
Additional Social Science 

Please note:
1. Some courses require prerequisites*; check the catalog!
2. Course substitutions are sometimes possible but must be approved by the professional program(s) of interest.


Students should contact and communicate with practicing chiropractor. These professionals can be very helpful by providing information on preparing for admission, various philosophies of practice, the current state of the profession, etc. It is highly recommended that students gain internship experience working under the direction of a licensed chiropractor. There are a number of chiropractors in Ellensburg. See the local yellow pages.

West Coast Programs

For specific information (philosophy, prerequisites, GPA requirements, length of program, admissions, application material, costs, scholarships, etc.) about West Coast programs be sure to visit the following web sites:

Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, OR

Palmer College of Chiropractic West, San Jose, CA 

Life Chiropractic College West, Hayward, CA 

Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles, CA

Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA