Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic is making a commitment to help the whole person. It begins with a vision – one that is different from the status quo. It’s a passion, a calling. A desire to put your life – your career – into your own hands.
It is a desire to be the difference.
The CUKC 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. 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 CUKC student, you will discover that our vision and teaching methods incorporate a personalized approach; one that includes:
CUKC 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 healthcare degrees rather than one?
Students enrolled in the CUKC Doctor of Chiropractic degree program have an additional benefit. Some states require chiropractors to also hold a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree as part of their pre-licensure process.
CUKC 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 CUKC isn’t just about chiropractic
CUKC has accelerated pre-professional science courses you can complete in just eight weeks. We also offer other healthcare degrees.
For more information, please see the degree list on our Academics page.
Here is an example of what your first trimester schedule might look like:
The prerequisites for consideration of acceptance into the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program are in compliance with the standards, policies and guidelines of the Council on Chiropractic Education. Admission to the D.C. program requires students to have earned 90 semester hours with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 grade scale. The 90 hours will include a minimum of 24 semester hours in the life and physical sciences of which half the courses must have a substantive laboratory component.
Candidates who have a cumulative grade point average less than 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale may apply for admission consideration under the Alternative Admissions Track Plan (AATP). Students admitted under the AATP will work closely with the learning specialist and the Office of Academic Support and Access Services to optimize the opportunity for success. No student who has a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale can be accepted for admission into the D.C. program.
Successful candidates for the D.C. program will have completed a well-rounded undergraduate general education program of studies along with preparatory life and physical science courses.
Strongly recommended minimum coursework prior to entry into the D.C. program will include among the sciences:
Strongly recommended minimum general education courses will include:
Preference will be given to candidates for the D.C. program who have completed the recommended coursework listed above.
Call Cleveland University-Kansas City Admissions at (800) 467-2252 with questions, to and/or in the office, or to .
To apply to our 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. The transcripts must be from a doctor of chiropractic, healthcare professional, or college instructor.
Students must possess the following physical qualifications for admission and throughout the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program:
The final determination of an individual’s ability to meet these physical qualifications will be made by the University.
Cleveland University-Kansas City believes in the principle and practice of equal employment opportunity and equal educational opportunity. The University does not discriminate based on 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 owned or occupied by the University.
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 467-2252.
Pre-chiropractic and pre-licensure requirements vary from state to state. Each individual is encouraged to research this information before enrolling at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC).CUKC discloses its licensure compliance at www.cleveland.edu/about-us/consumer-information/. Please note state licensing information is subject to change. Contact the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) for additional information or the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB). The FCLB website to reference is www.fclb.org/boards.aspx. The FCLB phone number: (970) 356-3500.
As of September 2004, the Department of Homeland Security requires all-new I-20 students to pay an I-901 fee before 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 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.)