Offered by Health Science Programs

A minimum of 90 semester credit hours is required for admission to most colleges of chiropractic. 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. Gaining acceptance into a chiropractic school is a competitive process.  Completion of the pre-requisites does not automatically guarantee admission.

The following curriculum is the recommended course of study for pre-chiropractic students.  However, chiropractic schools do allow for some flexibility in required courses.  Therefore, students should check with the specific school(s) to which they intend to apply to ensure that all requirements are met and see their pre-chiropractic advisor for course planning.

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 to Academic Writing3
ENG 102Special Topics in Academic 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
3+3 Program
The 3+3 Bachelor of Science combined degree program between the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the chiropractic schools listed below was specifically developed for students who intend to pursue a chiropractic education. The program provides qualified students an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Sciences and the Doctor of Chiropractic degree in only six years. Participating Programs: Cleveland Chiropractic College, Logan University, Northwestern Health Sciences University – College of Chiropractic, and Palmer College of Chiropractic. UNK students are granted guaranteed acceptance after three years (90 credit hours) of pre-requisite coursework and completion of all requirements. Each program has a minimum GPA requirement in order to receive guaranteed admission. The first year of chiropractic coursework will fulfill the remaining senior level requirements at UNK. The student may then be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Sciences from UNK at the completion of the first year of professional study at chiropractic school.
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.