Essential Courses

*Course # Title
BI 101 General Biology I
BI 102 General Biology II
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 232 Organic Chemistry I
CH 233 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CH 312 Biochemistry*
PC 200 with Lab General Physics I
PC 201 with Lab General Physics II*
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Varies Humanities
Varies Fine Arts
FYC 101 First-Year Composition
EB 201 The Management Process*

*Denotes optional, but recommend course. 

Important Notes

  • Strongly recommend Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. Also recommend calculus,  genetics, microbiology, sociology, economics, business courses, communication courses, ethics, and upper level psychology.
  • These courses reflect program requirements for our affiliation with the Northeast College of Health Sciences only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of other schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE, preferably in an academic area, in consultation with your advisor. Note: If you are in a 3 +_ program, course work during the first year of professional school can count toward upper level POE requirements.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee.
  • In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in chiropractic care either during the school year or over the summer.


Northeast College of Health Sciences

Regular Progression (4 + 3 BS/DC Program OR 3 + 3 BS/DC Program)

Classes Credits
Biology, Chemistry, and Physics with lab in at least half of the courses 24
At least one course in humanities, social sciences, fine arts and business management 12 or more

Competitive credentials: For 3+3 students overall GPA of 3.1 for 3+3 students with C (repeat any C- courses) or better in all science prerequisite courses. Students applying after 4 years at Juniata need at least a 3.00 overall GPA and 2.75 in the prerequisites. Students with a B.S. degree and a GPA of 3.25 or better, 3 credits of biology, and 9 additional science credits, may be exempt from specific prerequisites. Students applying after 4 years at Juniata should have at least a 3.0 overall GPA and 2.75 in the prerequisites.

Helpful Websites

American Chiropractic Association -

Northeast College of Health Sciences -

General Information:

Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Chiropractic*

*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken. Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone. Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation. Consult with your advisor.

Expected Prerequisite Course Sequence for 3 + 3 B.S./D.C. Program at Juniata College with Northeast College of Health Sciences

Freshman Year BI 101 General Biology I
BI 102 General Biology II
  CH 142/143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I and Lab CH 144/145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II and Lab
   FYC - First-Year Composition Ways of Knowing Course (Creative Expression)
Sophomore Year CH 232/233 Organic Chemistry I and Lab CH 312 Biochemistry
  PY 101 Intro to Psychology Ways of Knowing Course (Humanistic Thought)
Junior Year PC 200/200L General Physics I and Lab PC 201/200L General Physics II and Lab
   Self and World Course Connections Course

*Denotes optional, but recommended course.

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata. If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. 

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.