UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science


Dana Northrup, Academic Advisor, Student Academic Services, Pre-Chiropractic Advisor, (414) 229-4654, northrup@uwm.edu.

UWM offers all of the prerequisite coursework necessary for students to apply to Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) programs throughout the country.  

There are no DC programs in the state of Wisconsin. It is important for a student to explore the DC programs in which they are interested because admissions requirements vary from institution to institution. The pre-chiropractic advisor works with students to make those connections early in their undergraduate years. Many DC programs admit students into their programs after the completion of 90 credit hours as an undergraduate. However, to practice in the state of Wisconsin, students must complete a BA/BS degree prior to starting their DC program OR attend a DC program that offers a bachelor’s degree completion option. 

UWM has guaranteed admission articulation agreements with:

  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Cleveland Chiropractic College
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University

Entrance to a chiropractic program is very competitive. Although specific admission requirements may vary among programs, the following minimum standards are universal:

  • 90 completed undergraduate credits
  • Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • 30+ credits at the 300+ level
  • 24 credits in the natural sciences, half with lab work

Recommended coursework includes:

  • One year (two semesters) general biology with lab (Bio Sci 150 and 152)
  • One year (two semesters) general chemistry with lab (Chem 102 and 104)
  • One year (two semesters) organic chemistry with lab (Chem 343, 344, and 345)
  • One year (two semesters) physics with lab (Physics 120/121 and 122/123 or Physics 209/214 and 210/215)

Other common course requirements include (but are not limited to) the following: anatomy and physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, math statistics, nutrition, kinesiology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, and toxicology.

Due to the variance in admission requirements, it is strongly recommended that students consult with the pre-chiropractic advisor every semester.


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