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Admission Requirements

Chiropractic Program Admission Information

Admission Requirements

For all categories of applications, the Office of Enrollment (Admissions) maintains communications and files. Recommendations for admission status are sent directly to the Dean of the College of Chiropractic or to the Admissions Committee. The Dean of the College confirms recommendations for admission status, including denial.

The College of Chiropractic strives to admit a diverse student population. It is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee and/or the Dean to set additional conditions or stipulations for the acceptance, if deemed necessary.

The study of the philosophy, art and science of Chiropractic is comprehensive, challenging and demanding. Every chiropractor is expected to be a professional leader and an example of good character and goodwill in the community. The University, therefore, has set standards for admissions.


Doctor of Chiropractic Admission Requirements

Life University’s College of Chiropractic (COC) is committed to following the accepted standards of professional ethics, especially with respect to student recruitment and public information. The College of Chiropractic’s Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP) supports and is in compliance with the Standards of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) in regards to admission requirements.

The Doctor of Chiropractic Program has specific prerequisites as follows: Prior to beginning your chiropractic education, you must have completed a minimum total of 90 semester credit hours or 135 quarter credit hours of non-duplicate coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

A minimum of 48 semester credit hours or 72 quarter credit hours must be credits in the coursework listed below.


Required Coursework

(each course must be earned at a 2.0 GPA or higher)

CategorySemester HoursQuarter Hours
English Language Skills34.5
College Algebra (or higher)34.5
Social Sciences34.5
Additional General Studies812
Biological Sciences*69
Additional Life/Natural Sciences*1218

*At least half of these courses must have a substantive laboratory component.

Survey, or non-major courses, may not be accepted. Check with your Enrollment Specialist at (770) 246-2884.

In each of the distribution areas above, if more than one course is taken to fulfill the requirement, the course contents must be unduplicated. In situations in which one or more courses have been repeated with equivalent courses, the most recent grade(s) may be used for grade point average computation and the earlier grade(s) may be disregarded.

Credits Earned via Examination: Applicants may earn a portion of the required/pre-requisite credits through examination or means other than formal coursework, but only if these credits are identified by an institution accredited by a nationally or regionally recognized agency and if the institution has formally accepted or awarded such credits. Admission to the Doctor of Chiropractic educational program may be contingent upon receipt of such evidence of earned credits by the Admissions Department.


Alternative Admissions Track

Students who have not met the standard requirements for admissions may be considered for the Alternative Admissions Track if they:
1. have a GPA of 2.75 – 2.99 for the required 90 semester credit hours/135 quarter credit hours OR
2. have completed a bachelor’s degree and have a GPA of 2.75 – 4.0 for the required 90 semester credit hours/135 quarter credit hours but do not possess the minimum CCE criteria for regular admissions.

All science courses used towards admissions must be completed with a grade of C or higher and at least half should have a substantive laboratory component. All students eligible for admission under the AAT will be considered on an individual basis based upon their educational transcript evaluation. Final decision for admission rests with the Dean of the College of Chiropractic.

Interested in learning about various pathways to studying Chiropractic at Life University and/or not sure how your credit hours line up with Life University degree requirements? We’re here to help. Call one of our Enrollment Specialists at 1-800-543-3202 or 770-426-2884 or send an email to We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have and get you started with your career in Chiropractic.