Jun 25, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


A chiropractor is an independent health-care providerwho views health and illness from a holistic perspective. To maintain health and well-being, chiropractic considers influences and relationships among a variety of structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, nutritional, emotional, and environmental factors.  Chiropractors use “manipulations” to correct spinal alignment and perform non-surgical treatments with massage, heat therapy, and ultrasound, along with nutritional changes, exercise, or support aids.

The pre-chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of three years (90 semester hours) of college coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, social sciences, and humanities, and students are encouraged to obtain the Bachelor’s degree. There is no preferred major.  Students should contact the individual chiropractic school about specific admission requirements and should consult with advisors to help plan a course of study that complies with the requirements for admission to the schools of chiropractic of the student’s choice.  Pre-chiropractic students at USD may use the suggested curriculum for the pre-medicine program as a guide in completing chiropractic prerequisites.  Admission to schools of chiropractic is based upon application, academic preparation, character, and general fitness for the field of chiropractic.  

For more information about Schools of Chiropractic contact: Association of Chiropractic Colleges (www.chirocolleges.org); American Chiropractic Association (http://www.acatoday.org/); Academic & Career Planning Center, 677-5381; Health Professions Advisors, 605-658-6326 or 605-658-6334, or by visiting the following web site: http://www.usd.edu/admissions.

John Dudley
College of Arts & Sciences/Associate Dean for Academics
Arts & Sciences 110

Travis Ahlers, BSEd
Health Sciences/Pre-Professional Advisor
Lee Medical Room 221

Audrey Ticknor, RDH, MA
Health Sciences Major Advisor/Instructor
Pre-Professional Advisor
Lee Medical Room 207
605.658.6326 Office
605.677.6745 Fax