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:http://www.chirocolleges.org/prospective_students.html
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; firstname.lastname@example.org ) for a referral to a general biology advisor.
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 Biology||BIOL 181*, 182*, 183*|
|One year of General Chemistry||CHEM 181, 182*, 183* including labs|
|Two quarters of Organic Chemistry||CHEM 361*, 361LAB, 362*|
|General Psychology||PSY 101|
Other recommended courses:
|Cell Biology||BIOL 220* or BIOL 430*|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology||BIOL 355*, 356*|
|Anatomical Kinesiology||EXSC 250|
|English or Speech Communications|
|Additional Social Science|
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