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Doctor of Chiropractic

History of Chiropractic Care and General Philosophy
Taken from the Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015
Chiropractic is concerned primarily with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and general health. The writings of Hippocrates (460-370 BC) and Galen (130-200 BC) and even ancient manuscripts of the Egyptians, Hindus and Chinese reveal many principles common to chiropractic. Its place in modern health care is largely attributed to Dr. Daniel David Palmer, who founded the first chiropractic college, in Davenport, Iowa, in 1897.

The tenets of chiropractic hold that a human being’s nervous system is essential to health, and that interference with this system impairs normal body functions and lowers the body’s resistance to disease. The study of chiropractic includes the various ways in which the nervous system can be irritated or impeded, resulting in pain or illness, as well as techniques to correct these problems.

Chiropractic is also based on the premise that the body can achieve and maintain health through its own natural recuperative powers, as long as it receives the right food, water, adequate rest, exercise, clean air, adequate nutrition and has a properly functioning nervous system.

The specific focus of chiropractic practice is known as the chiropractic subluxation or joint dysfunction. A subluxation is a health concern that manifests in the skeletal joints, and, through complex anatomical and physiological relationships, affects the nervous system and may lead to reduced function, disability or illness. Typically, symptoms of subluxation include one or more of the following:

  • pain and tenderness
  • asymmetry of posture, movement, or alignment
  • range of motion abnormalities
  • tone, texture and/or temperature abnormalities of adjacent soft tissues.

A doctor of chiropractic may detect subluxations through standard physical examination procedures, specific chiropractic assessments or special tests.

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  • Suggested Timeline
  • Prerequisite coursework:
    • Minimum of 24 semester hours in life and physical sciences to include at least 12 lab hours, typically. (Source: Palmer)
    • A well-rounded general education includes required coursework in life and physical sciences; humanities; social and behavioral sciences; and communications and languages. Coursework in each of these domains may include:
      • Life Sciences:
        • Biology (human anatomy, physiology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, cellular biology, exercise physiology, kinesiology),
        • Chemistry (general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology/pharmacology, and nuclear medicine)
      • Physical Sciences: physics, biomechanics, statistics
      • Humanities: literature, history, philosophy, art, theater, music, religion, physical education
      • Social and Behavioral Sciences: psychology, sociology, political science, business, economics, geography, anthropology, computer science
      • Communication and Languages: oral communication, written communication, digital communication, foreign languages
  • Electives
    • While there are several courses that may be beneficial for your academic progress and success, the following courses are options that will help you to prepare for the academic rigor that Chiropractic School entails:
      • CHM2210, CHM 3217 or CHM2212
      • CHM2211 & CHM2211L, CHM3217 & CHM2211L or CHM2213
      • BCH4024 or CHM3218 &CHM4300L
      • MCB3020 & MCB3020L or MCB3023 & MCB3023L
      • APK2100C
      • APK2105C
      • PHY2053 & 2053L or PHY2048 & PHY2048L
      • PHY2054 & 2054L or PHY2049 & PHY2049L
      • MAC2311
      • STA2023
      • English (6 credits of ENC coursework)
      • PSY2012


  • BCP/BCPM GPA Information
    • Typically, a minimum of 3.0 GPA to be considered for admission.
    • You are encouraged to check each schools’ website for specific information regarding admissions criteria
  • The resources listed below are just a handful of those that are available to you. Please do some exploration on your own to see what options may be available. Extracurriculars are not necessarily a requirement for admission to Chiropractic School. However, engaging in these activities can aid in demonstrating you are a holistic applicant and providing you with a competitive edge
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There are no Specialty Programs at the University of Florida for Chiropractic Medicine at this time.