UPDATED SEPT. 30, 2021
If you are struggling to find a career direction, you’re not alone. Many others have experienced the very same thing. The best way to eliminate that uncertainty is to plan ahead and find the right road to help you stay on track. And if your goal is to become a doctor of chiropractic, here are some degree paths available that can help you.
There are many undergraduate degrees, but there are three in particular that offer a solid foundation for students who are pre-chiropractic:
All of these subject areas are very popular because each focuses on the various functions and capabilities of the human body. The coursework in each also complements the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, because there is a substantial amount of coursework in the sciences.
The academic load for chiropractic students is similar to that of other medical professionals. The curriculum is loaded with science courses, including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, cell physiology, and others. The ideal undergraduate degree would be something that has similar academic features.
The three degrees mentioned above certainly qualify. Take a closer look to see which one is right for you.
1. Human Biology
Coursework for a bachelor’s biology degree can vary somewhat, but it usually includes cell and molecular biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, immunology, genetics, human anatomy, and others.
These offer the basic science of the human body for all those seeking a career in a health care field. From these core classes, you can amass the knowledge that will help you achieve success. As a result, it is a popular undergraduate degree among those seeking to become a chiropractor.
Kinesiology is the study of body mechanics and movement, which also provides a solid introductory degree for chiropractic. Kinesiology usually includes coursework in biomechanics, anatomy, nutrition, and sports physiology, among others.
Obviously, a background in the mechanics of the body is beneficial when it comes to chiropractic, which is why many who study kinesiology are eventually drawn to a higher degree.
3. Exercise Science
Exercise science is another degree commonly found among those seeking to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. Students who are pursuing a degree in exercise science study anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, exercise, nutrition, and strength training. Many times it is a degree earned by individuals pursuing a career in fitness or personal training, but it can also work well as a lead-in to chiropractic.
Going from a B.S. to a D.C.
So, if a career as a chiropractor is your goal, make sure to plan accordingly when earning your undergraduate degree. Any coursework that provides a solid foundation in the sciences will serve you well when you choose to pursue the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree.
As we’ve seen, some degrees provide a particularly useful foundation when preparing for graduate studies as a D.C. student, and the three options reviewed here are a great place to start.
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) offers a B.S. in Human Biology that can be earned at the same time as the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. You’ll first take on the biology coursework, then move into the chiropractic classes and patient interaction. This dual degree can help you start your career in less time.
To learn more about the B.S. in Human Biology or the Doctor of Chiropractic degrees at Cleveland University-Kansas City, contact our admissions advisors so you can get our FREE ebook: Your Complete Guide to the Chiropractic Profession.