Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Osteopathy, Pre-Podiatry

Offered by Health Science Programs

A minimum of 90 semester credit hours is required for admission to most colleges of chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, or podiatry. However, students pursuing these programs are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the pre-professional program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK general studies requirements and other degree requirements as set forth in the college catalog. These programs do not specify which major a student should pursue in conjunction with his/her pre-professional studies. Chemistry and biology majors are commonly chosen but other science majors, psychobiology, psychology, business or the humanities are acceptable as long as the core science courses in chemistry, biology and physics are included.

Competition for positions in these schools is intense and admission is never guaranteed. Admission is based on scholastic record, MCAT scores (if required), personal recommendations, an interview with members of the admissions committee, shadowing, health care exposure and other extra-curricular activities.

The following curriculum will fulfill the admissions requirements at most chiropractic, osteopathic and podiatry schools. Students should check with the specific school(s) to which they intend to apply to ensure that all requirements are met.

Select one of the following:8
General Biology
and Human Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM 160
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 161
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 360
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 361
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
ENG 101Introduction of Academic Writing3
ENG 102Academic Writing and Research3
MATH 102College Algebra 13
PHYS 205
General Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 206
General Physics II
and Physics Laboratory II
PSY 203General Psychology3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
Electives in the humanities and social sciences are required and may include English literature courses, foreign language, psychology, philosophy, political science, economics, sociology and fine arts courses. Other electives, including upper division biology and chemistry courses, are also recommended. See advisor for suggestions. 2
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
The MCAT is required for admission to osteopathic and podiatry schools and should be taken once all required courses have been completed. See advisor for more information.
Total Credit Hours51

Students who are accepted into chiropractic, osteopathy or podiatry school prior to completing a baccalaureate degree at UNK may be eligible to receive a BS Degree in Applied Health Sciences if they have completed all General Studies requirements and have at least 85 semester credit hours completed in pre-chiro, pre-osteo or pre-podiatry studies.


Students with sufficient preparation may enter the mathematics program at a higher level.


Except courses numbered 188 or 388.

Students should be aware of prerequisites on all courses and plan their coursework accordingly.