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If you know you want to be a chiropractor but do not have a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field, Cleveland University-Kansas City’s (CUKC) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Biology/Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) dual degree program may be perfect for you.  

Our dual degree program allows you to earn your Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees in just over five years — saving you time.  

Start with human biology courses, then finish your B.S. degree with 25 credits from the D.C. program. 

Request information today to learn more about our dual degree program. 

B.S. in Human Biology/Doctor of Chiropractic Dual Program Highlights 

Our flexible dual degree program will allow you to earn your Bachelor of Science in human biology and reach your goal of becoming a chiropractor. 

Highlights of our B.S.H.B./D.C. concurrent program include: 

Focused Curriculum 

As you earn your B.S. in human biology, you’ll be gaining the background for further study. Our CHS faculty work closely with the Doctor of Chiropractic program faculty to ensure your B.S. courses give you the foundational skills you need for the chiropractic degree program. For example, our faculty go the extra mile by helping students connect to the content and how it relates to chiropractic principles.  

Additionally, our B.S. in human biology degree program modules are eight weeks, which will prepare you for the rigor of the D.C. program. Getting your study skills intact, learning your way around the campus, and meeting fellow students and faculty makes the transition to the chiropractic degree program much easier.  

Flexibility 

Although all D.C. courses are in-person and onsite, you will have some flexibility with your B.S. courses. Many B.S. courses are offered online or hybrid, allowing you more flexibility in your study options.  

Experienced Faculty 

Both the B.S. in human biology and Doctor of Chiropractic program faculty have real-world experience in their field of expertise. Many D.C. faculty still work as chiropractors while working as clinicians at CUKC.  

In addition to experience, our faculty — including the president — truly care about your success. Instructors are hands-on and will help you identify early interventions if you are struggling. Resources include free tutoring, test-taking recommendations, and study habit skill-building.  

Career Advising 

Career Connections is a new program that connects practicing D.C.s or practice owners with upper-level D.C. students. These professionals share open positions or preceptor opportunities and offer guidance on starting a practice. 

Exemplary Facilities 

There are several facilities at CUKC where you can learn experientially. Our Technique Simulation Lab allows D.C. students to gain hands-on training in their very first semester of the D.C. program. The Anatomy Lab contains human cadavers that are used for research and study by our students. We offer a public chiropractic health center, which allows chiropractic students to adjust patients under D.C. supervision. A newly constructed sports performance lab is being utilized in several program elective courses. 

In addition to these training facilities, we also offer a fitness center and onsite dining at Café Cleveland.  

Options for Non-Traditional Students 

If you have a degree in a field not related to science, our dual degree program will provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to be successful in the D.C. program and contains the prerequisite coursework. The dual degree program allows you to take life sciences classes in eight-week modules instead of the traditional 16-week semester. This allows you to complete the D.C. prerequisites faster. 

Accreditation 

We are accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the Council on Chiropractic Education, which means we meet the highest standards of excellence.

“With the education that I received at Cleveland, I was able to change the direction of my life.”  

-Dr. Tess Volner ’06

Read more testimonials in our 100 Years of Stories. 

Doctor of Chiropractic Career Options  

Our graduates go on to rewarding careers, and we have the data to back that up. Ninety-five percent of our graduates pass all four parts of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exams within six months of graduation, and we have a 0 percent cohort default rate, which indicates that students are employed and can pay back their loans.  

Once you pass the NBCE exams, you will be eligible for licensure in your chosen state to work as a chiropractor. You may go on to work for an established practice, start your own practice, or continue your education to work in a specialty area such as animals, pediatrics, alternative medicine, sports, or more. 

Explore Courses for the B.S. in Human Biology D.C. Dual Degree Program  

In the B.S. in human biology program, you can complete a research project and are able to work with faculty and a research director. 

Once you are admitted to the Doctor of Chiropractic program, you will: 

  • Begin learning the fundamentals of manual spinal adjustive procedures. 
  • Develop confidence in the psychomotor skills fundamental for mastering chiropractic adjusting techniques in our Technique Simulation Lab. 
  • Learn patient care best practices as interns in the on-campus CUKC Chiropractic Health Center. You could also be selected to provide care at affiliated community clinics in underserved areas, or a rotation in the Chiropractic Department of the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Hospital. 
  • Apply for a preceptor program for additional hands-on experience at a chiropractic office. 

Once in the Doctor of Chiropractic program, you will take unique courses, such as the Cleveland Comprehensive Technique Series. This hands-on, five-term technique series represents a well-tested and progressive approach to competency and mastery in chiropractic manual adjusting procedures. 

Building on the core chiropractic techniques, you will select electives based on the type of chiropractic practice you want to build. Additionally, you will take a variety of soft tissue and physiotherapy courses that will allow you to work with athletes, pregnant women, and a variety of patients.

Admission Requirements for the B.S. in Human Biology/D.C. Dual Degree Program  

To apply to our Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic dual degree program, you must: 

  • Complete a formal online application to the program, along with the non-refundable application fee. 
  • Submit your official high school transcript showing a graduation date and a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. (A GED credential certification or verification from an accredited appropriate home school agency will also satisfy this requirement.) If you are currently in high school, you may submit your transcript for the first term of your junior year. A final official transcript must be submitted after graduation but before starting at CUKC. 
  • Submit official postsecondary transcript(s) if you have completed college credits. If you have more than 24 college credits, you are not required to submit high school transcripts. Your cumulative college grade point average should be a minimum of 2.0. 
  • A non-refundable tuition deposit, which is credited to the first trimester’s tuition, is required within 60 days after being accepted into the program. 
  • Doctor of Chiropractic students are required to complete a criminal background check in Trimester one and Trimester six. The Dean of Student Affairs will provide the next steps after the start of the term. 

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