Chiropractic medicine is a branch of health care focusing on treating patients without the use of drugs or surgery. This profession advocates a holistic philosophy, which emphasizes prevention and wellness over treating disease and injury.
Chiropractic physicians are trained in diagnosis and treatment of diseases of all body systems with a concentration in the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. In addition to classroom instruction, there are internships and preceptorships leading to the completion of the doctorate degree. Following completion of the necessary doctorate coursework and internships, the student is expected to take the National Board Exam. Individual states differ in their licensing requirements.
Additional information can be found at the following websites:
- Logan College of Chiropractic (LCC)
- Palmer College of Chiropractic
- The Association of Chiropractic Colleges
- American Chiropractic Association
- International Chiropractors Association
Coursework Offered at EIU
EIU offers coursework in preparation for application to chiropractic school. Upon completion of these undergraduate prerequisites, students may apply to the chiropractic school of their choice. The admissions requirements of the programs vary, so it is important to determine the specific requirements of the school of your choice. In general, students should plan to complete a bachelor's degree and must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale — both in the sciences and cumulative. Like other post-baccalaureate health programs, admission is competitive and based on GPA and experience.
Eastern Illinois University has entered into a "3+3" affiliation agreement with Logan College of Chiropractic (LCC) and Palmer College of Chiropractic. This guaranteed admissions program will allow qualified students to attend Logan or Palmer after three years (90 credits) at EIU and finish a doctor of chiropractic degree after three more years at the chiropractic programs.
Under these agreements, Logan or Palmer College of Chiropractic shall accept students who successfully complete the pre-chiropractic program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and meet all other criteria for admission. Upon completion of the first year of studies at Logan or Palmer, a maximum of 34 credits from either program may be transferred back to EIU toward completion of credits required for the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree.
- Advisement checklist and suggested course sequence (PDF) Revised Fall, 2012
- Tentative course offerings
Necessary Undergraduate Coursework
|General Education Requirements||27 Semester Hours|
|Humanities and Fine Arts||9 Hours|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences||6 Hours (3 Hours in Psychology Required)|
|Constitution Course||3 Hours|
|Foreign Language||0-8 Hours|
|Note: Two years with a 'C' grade or better in a single foreign language during high school are required for a foreign language exemption.|
|Major Requirements||66-67 Semester Hours|
|BIO 1100 - General Biology||4 Hours|
|BIO 1200G - General Botany||4 Hours|
|BIO 1300G - Animal Diversity||4 Hours|
|BIO 3100/3101 - Cell and Molecular Biology + Lab||3 Hours + 1 Hour|
|BIO 3200 - Genetics||4 Hours|
|BIO 3800 - Ecology||4 Hours|
|BIO 4984 - Evolution||3 Hours|
|BIO 3520 - Animal Physiology||4 Hours|
|BIO 4750 - Biometrics OR MAT 2250G - Elementary Statistics||3 or 4 Hours|
|CHM 1310G/1315G - General Chemistry I + Lab||3 Hours + 1 Hour|
|CHM 1410G/1415G - General Chemistry II + Lab||3 Hours + 1 Hour|
|CHM 2440/2445 - Organic Chemistry I + Lab||3 Hours + 1 Hour|
|CHM 2840/2845 - Organic Chemistry I + Lab||3 Hours + 1 Hour|
|CHM 3300 - Survey of Biochemestry I||3 Hours|
|PHY 1151G/1152G - Principles of Physics I + Lab||3 Hours + 1 Hour|
|PHY 1161G/1162G - Principles of Physics II + Lab||3 Hours + 1 Hour|
|MAT 1441G - Calculus and Analytical Geometry||5 Hours|
|Electives Taken at Logan or Palmer in Basic Sciences||34 Semester Hours (Transfer Credit to EIU)|
|Total Degree Requirements = 127 Semester Hours|