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Doctor of Chiropractic

Doctor of Chiropractic
A rigorous, 14-quarter Chiropractor Degree Program

At its core, Chiropractic is a philosophy of health, a science of the nervous system and spine, and an art of helping people regain their health naturally. The Mission of the College of Chiropractic is to educate, mentor and graduate contemporary and compassionate Doctors of Chiropractic, based on a model of Vertebral Subluxation. The College establishes an environment demonstrating the expression of University core values; to embody Vitalism, nurture the standard to live an exceptional life of Integrity and be of service to the world.

The combination of sciences, philosophy, practice management and real-world clinical applications in Life University’s Doctor of Chiropractic program gives students an engaged curriculum that one could only describe as exceptional.

Life University’s Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree is a rigorous, 14-quarter program that typically takes students four years to complete. Students begin their chiropractic studies learning the foundational aspects upon which the profession is built – the history, philosophy and science of Chiropractic.

As they progress beyond the first two quarters, students study the basic sciences while also beginning to learn about chiropractic analysis, techniques and examinations. Once students reach the Eighth Quarter of the program, they enter the clinical phase of study and apply their lessons to real-world situations. Students nearing graduation take practice management courses and clinical application, working in outpatient settings.


Life University Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) students now have access to the William M. Harris Center for Clinical Education. This is an educational center that was completely remodeled in 2017. It houses a 23-room Assessment Center with state-of-the-art LearningSpace Technology. Life University has switched to Anatomage tables in the Virtual Anatomy Lab for anatomy classes. The Anatomage tables allow students the option to hit “reset” on their work and to learn at their own pace. Life U currently has more Anatomage tables than any institution on the planet.

National Board Information (NBCE)

The entire application process is electronic via the NBCE website at Click on “My Account.” Then either click to set up an account or log in to your previously used account.
The National Board’s rules allow applicants/examinees enrollment in one *qualifying course at the time of application for either part of the board. The other qualifications for “certification-of-eligibility” are listed below.


Part 1 Eligibility

You must have completed all basic sciences and related courses through the fifth quarter. Registration for one qualifying course is allowed.

Part 2 Eligibility

You must have completed all courses through ninth quarter. Registration for one qualifying course is allowed.

Assembly, clinic practicums, research & electives currently are not considered.

Part 3 Eligibility

NBCE requires that you must have passed all parts of Part 1 before applying and that you are within nine months of graduation before examination time.

You will be approved if you:

  • have satisfactorily completed all classes through tenth quarter
  • have a passing grade for CLIN 3710,
  • qualify by either eligibility option 1 or 2 below

Eligibility Option 1: – Standard Graduation Plan Registered (with prerequisites completed) or have passed CLIN 4801 (12th OSCE)

Eligibility Option 2: – Utilizing a plan with double clinic. Or will be able to qualify for a double clinic the quarter after next. (either CLIN 4813 and CLIN 4814 or CLIN 4834)

*The options are based on NBCE’s required “within nine months ….” * and the DCP new double clinic policy.

PHT Eligibility:

NBCE requires applicants must have passed and completed a minimum of 120 hrs. PT Coursework. (Life University must certify hours) Life University certifies eligibility if the following courses PUBH 3684, PUBH 5541, & PUBH 5543 (or the MSHS equivalents) is complete. Registration for one qualifying course is allowed.

Part 4 Eligibility:

NBCE requires successful completion of all parts of Part I, and the applicant is within six months of graduation before taking the test. Life University requires the applicant to be Part 3 eligible at the time of application. (For the May exam, the applicant must be able to graduate by the following September and for the November exam, the applicant must be able to graduate by the next March).

The requirement is that students be registered for or complete the appropriate, recommended, board-related, 11th quarter classes: CLET 4840, CLIN 4711, and PUBH 4747.

If you have any questions about the eligibility requirements, please contact your academic advisor.

* A qualifying course is a required course(s) necessary to take the exam for which the applicant is applying.

Click here to view Life University’s National Board Eligibility Worksheet.

Career Opportunities

Whether they choose to practice in fast-paced urban environments, create comprehensive community wellness centers or team up with nonprofits to bring chiropractic care to underserved communities, graduates of Life University’s College of Chiropractic will emerge as:

  • Skilled doctors who enjoy meaningful, purpose-driven careers that help people receive personalized care and achieve new levels of health.
  • Entrepreneurial professionals equipped with the techniques and skills to be practice-ready before graduation, whether they work in clinical settings, pursue careers in research or start their own practices.
  • Vitalistic visionaries and whole-body health advocates who seek to impact how society views health and wellness.

Degree Overview

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Fast Facts

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 11% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. People across all age groups are increasingly becoming interested in integrative or complementary healthcare as a way to treat pain and to improve overall wellness.

From Chiropractic Economics: The average annual salary for a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2019 was $102,444.

From The median average salary for chiropractors in Atlanta, Georgia is $153,100.

From USA Today: Chiropractic was ranked as the No. 16 profession for best job security.

From the number one rated Chiropractic program in the country.


Xavier Ortiz Valle, D.C. Alumnus
“A friend told me about LIFE Leadership Weekend, so I came to one to hear about the school and its philosophy, but I also saw the passion and commitment that everybody had. I made the decision right then and there to come to Life University. Life University has surpassed all of my expectations. I came here with an idea of what Chiropractic was, and I’ve learned that it is so much more than that. I thought of Chiropractic as a way to serve my community, but I see now that you can not only serve your community, but also create a really big and impactful change.”

Franklin Cannon, D.C. Student
“I decided on Chiropractic because when I look back at how it truly benefited me personally, I would love for everybody else to experience it. Life University’s philosophy is all about genuine love and positive energy; having passion for what you do and for the people you’re helping; and committing to live a better life to make the world a better place. If someone has a passion for health and alternative treatments, then Life U is the school for you. There are so many opportunities here and connections that you can make. It’s been a breath of fresh air to be here and be so accepted and reassured.”