Doctor of Chiropractic
Put your career into your own hands.
Become a Chiropractor
It begins with a vision – one that is different from the status quo. It’s a passion, a calling. It is a desire to be the difference. Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic is making a commitment to help the whole person and your future.
Helping people lead longer, more active lives
With a wide age range of patients and a whole body approach to wellness, the job outlook for chiropractors is very positive.
- Chiropractic is expected to have a 17% growth rate from 2014 to 2024.
- According to Salary.com, chiropractors’ salaries are higher than those of all other comparable professions, except M.D.’s.
- Chiropractor doctors enjoy shorter work hours and higher job satisfaction than any other health profession.
A CU-KC chiropractic education— A holistic approach to health care
The Cleveland chiropractic education places importance on the science of the structure and function of the human body, blended with a philosophy for a hands-on approach to health and natural healing. It is a holistic approach to health care. Our teachings focus on the importance of spinal function and its relationship to the nervous system and good health. We emphasize that the body is a self-regulating and self-healing organism. Our goal is to use spinal and extremity adjusting techniques, along with advice regarding diet, exercise and positive lifestyle choices, to help the body help itself.
As a Cleveland student, you will discover that our chiropractic vision and teaching methods incorporate a personalized approach; one that includes:
- Educators who are accessible and committed to a vision for advancing health promotion
- Hands-on experience as early as your first trimester
- A place where you can make a difference
A chiropractic program that fits you
Students often ask how long it takes to get a chiropractic degree? At Cleveland University-Kansas City the chiropractic school length can be just over 3 years—3.3 to be exact. We offer regular, accelerated, and flexible tracks to provide students the education that works with their needs.
To learn more about CU-KC’s chiropractic degree program and chiropractic admission requirements, see the information below.
Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Timeframe
Cleveland offers an accelerated Doctor of Chiropractic degree that is structured to give you control over your education and flexible training in many different chiropractic techniques. The degree can be completed in just 3.3 years (10 trimesters). However, we understand that life changes, and sometimes you need to change with it. For that reason, we offer a “Flex 10” option in addition to the regular 10-trimester track. Consult with your admissions advisor to see if the Flex 10 is right for you. See below for an example of a 10-Trimester progression schedule.
Chiropractic Degree Application Deadlines
Qualified applicants may enter the chiropractic degree program in September, January or May of each year.
Why not get two health care degrees rather than one?
Cleveland University-Kansas City can help you maximize the overall value of your education with a dual degree. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology degree at Cleveland University-Kansas City, while concurrently completing the Doctor of Chiropractic program.
See our Concurrent DC/BS Program page for more information.
And Cleveland isn't just about chiropractic
CU-KC has accelerated pre-professional science courses you can complete in just eight weeks. We also offer other health care degrees.
- Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion
- Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
- Associate of Arts in Biological Sciences
For more information, please see degrees on our Academics page.
Here is an example of what your 10-trimester progression schedule might look like:
Model of 10-Trimester Progression (170.5 KB)
3.00 cumulative GPA in college
90 semester hours of college courses in the following areas:
- 6 hours of English or Communications
- 3 hours of Psychology
- 12 hours of Humanities and/or Social Sciences courses
- 24 hours of Life and Physical Sciences courses to include:
- Courses in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology
- 8 hours of General and Organic Chemistry (recommended)
- Electives to fulfill the required 90 semester hours
Call Cleveland University-Kansas City Admissions at (800) 467-2252 with questions, to and/or in the office, or to .
If you do not have the prerequisite science courses and have a high GPA, or if your GPA is below 3.00 but between 2.75-2.99, you may be considered for admission under the Alternative Admissions Track Plan (AATP). Students admitted under AATP will be given a personalized educational plan to optimize their opportunity for success. Contact an admissions advisor for additional information.
Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Applicant Requirements
To apply to Cleveland’s chiropractic degree program, applicants must submit the following: official transcripts, meet physical requirements, and specific documents for international students.
Official college transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Transcripts must be presented in sealed envelopes, sent via the postal service or electronically from the institution you attended.This must be from a doctor of chiropractic, health care professional or college instructor.
Students must possess the following physical qualifications for admission and throughout the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program:
- The coordination and ability to use both upper and lower extremities
- Manual dexterity
- The necessary tactile sense as it relates to the diagnosis and treatment of patients
- Visual and hearing senses, appropriately assisted if necessary, of sufficient acuity to; identify histologic, cytologic, microbiologic and pathologic structures through a microscope; to record patient histories; to provide routine patient safety services; to perform stethoscopic and other auscultatory examinations; and to read all forms of diagnostic imaging.
The final determination of an individual’s ability to meet these physical qualifications will be made by the University.
Statement of nondiscrimination
Cleveland University-Kansas City believes in the principle and practice of equal employment opportunity and equal educational opportunity. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation or preference, disability, pregnancy, Vietnam-era or other military status, or any other legally protected status in its admission, treatment and evaluation of students or in its hiring, supervision, evaluation, placement, training or promotion of employees.
The academic dean has been designated by the University to coordinate this institution’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act. Persons may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, in Washington, D.C.
This policy applies in all matters, including admission and education of students; availability of student loans, grants, scholarships and job opportunities; employment and promotion of teaching and non-teaching personnel; and student and faculty housing situated on premises that is owned or occupied by the University.
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 467-2252.
International student applicants
- Submit proof of proficiency in English, as required by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, by completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a passing score of 550 or better (paper-based test), 79-80 (internet-based) or 213 or better (computer-based test). Testing information may be obtained by writing to TOEFL, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08504. This requirement is waived if the applicant earned an undergraduate or advanced degree at an accredited institution in the United States.
- Submit evidence of having the financial resources, or funding commitment, as required by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, to complete a minimum of one calendar year of education (three trimesters).
- Comply with the laws, rules, and regulations of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
- Have their academic documents evaluated by World Education Service or a service approved by the Director of Admissions. Contact the Office of Admissions regarding evaluation service forms and procedures.
- Meet the same educational requirements (or international equivalency) as United States citizens.
- Submit proof of valid health insurance coverage.
- Submit a copy of the page of the applicant’s valid passport including name, date of birth, passport number, expiration date, photo, and signature.
As of September 2004, the Department of Homeland Security requires all new I-20 students to pay an I-901 fee of $100 prior to applying for a VISA. Proof of payment is required at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
NOTE: If you currently have an I-20 and F-1 visa from another educational program, you may be eligible for a transfer I-20 and F-1 visa. Immediately notify your current institution of your intent to transfer. A letter of acceptance must be sent to your current institution in order to authorize your transfer as required by the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCSIS). (Canadian citizens are not required to have a Visa to study in the U.S. The only document needed is the I-20.)
Examinations administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) are divided into written (Parts I, II, III & Physiotherapy) and practical (Part IV) sections. The written exams are held in March and September at multiple test sites in the U.S. and Canada, while the practical exams are held at multiple sites in the U.S. in May and November. Cleveland University-Kansas City is a test site for all of the NBCE examinations.
Cleveland’s NBCE benchmarks are provided below. Cleveland’s student pass rates are compared to the average pass rates of students from all chiropractic colleges.