Pre-Chiropractic

The DBU Pre-Chiropractic Program equips students for Chiropractic School in a variety of ways:

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Determining Your Calling to Chiropractic School

We want to work with you as you gain clarity on what God might be calling you to as a career. Sit down with professors and advisors to determine whether you are being called to a career in chiropractic and seek advice on where that could lead.

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Preparing You Academically for Chiropractic School

As you prepare for advanced chiropractic programs, DBU’s pre-chiropractic program gives you the foundation you need to be successful in future chiropractic programs. Through focused coursework, student organizations, and internships, students will leave DBU equipped with the skills needed to pursue a career in chiropractic.

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Preparing You Personally and Professionally for Chiropractic School

Engage with other students on similar career paths through our student organizations or through service opportunities. Gain real-world experience through internships and shadowing opportunities that help enhance your learning.

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Preparing You for Advanced Chiropractic Programs

Gain the knowledge needed to prepare you for advanced chiropractic programs. Whether through conversations with other students, guidance from your advisor, or advice from a professor, students will leave the program at DBU equipped with the tools needed to pursue a career in chiropractic.

DBU Pre-Chiropractic Advisor

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Office: Ebby Halliday
adamr@dbu.edu 
214-333-5937

Dr. Adam Ross

Chair, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Kinesiology

Dr. Ross serves as the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, as well as the Director and advisor of the BS Health Sciences and BA/BS Kinesiology degrees. Dr. Ross has 12 years of professional experience in the world of athletic performance development working for Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Baylor University, the Houston Astros Baseball Organization, Florida State University, and Dallas Baptist University.   

Pre-Chiropractic Concentration

The degree in Health Sciences is offered by the Department of Kinesiology through the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The purpose of the Health Sciences Program is to serve as a degree that is focused on pre-professional preparation for entrance into graduate programs. This program, specifically through an identified area of concentration, will help students recognize and meet specific entrance requirements for health-related degree programs at the master's or doctoral level. Students should meet with their advisor to discuss their concentration and steps after graduation.
 

 

Through the BS Health Sciences degree program at Dallas Baptist University, along with many degrees, students have the opportunity to gain practical experiences through both for credit and not for credit internship and observation experiences. Students are able to meet with their advisor to find a location that best fits their professional pursuits, location, and personal interest. These experiences are critical in the exploration and confirmation of your future career and calling to be a Chiropractor.

Chiropractors are professionals that are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of many problems or dysfunctions within the neuromuscular system. Chiropractors utilize methods of treatment such as joint adjustments and manipulations as well as other more specific interventions in order to help their patient’s pursuit of injury recovery, athletic performance, and overall health and wellness. The path to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) requires an advanced degree as well as state licensure. With an expected job growth rate of 4% through 2029 and an average median salary of $70,340 (bls.gov, 2020), this is certainly an expanding field where you can exercise your calling to serve others through the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders and dysfunction. For more information on this profession follow the links below.

Although Dallas Baptist University will not be your final stop on your journey to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) we are well-equipped to provide you everything you will need in order to feel confident as you apply to these accredited advanced degree programs during your final semesters of your undergraduate preparation.

Further Advanced Degree Preparation

As you pursue your undergraduate degree, it would be wise to focus on building tools to prepare you for applying to your advanced degree program. Application to a Doctor of Chiropractic program often focuses on the following components:

  • Academic Record (GPA and Pre-Requisites)
  • Extracurricular Preparation and Observation Hours
  • Letters of Recommendation

Pre-Requisite Courses

To aid in your preparation for applying to your advanced program, DBU has a directed BS in Health Sciences degree that has a concentration in Pre-Chiropractic aiming to provide a Christ-centered education as you complete your pre-requisites and earn your undergraduate degree. In this degree, you will be immersed in study emphasizing the science and application of the principles of human movement among many other sub-disciplines to create a greater depth of understanding.

Extracurricular Preparation and Observation Hours

As you prepare for a career in chiropractic, there are many experiences that would be very valuable to engage in to aid in the development and demonstration of skills in leadership, communication, service, and familiarity with the profession. These extracurriculars could include but are not limited to student organization membership and leadership, engagement with community service projects, and observation hours at chiropractic clinics. Prioritizing your academic work will ultimately trump these experiences, however, these experiences would prove to be very beneficial to your preparation! Within our directed Health Sciences degree program here at DBU, there are required service-learning experiences as well as many other opportunities to develop in these areas such as participation in our internship program.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic metropolitan areas in the United States. This population growth brings a great need in many career fields, one of which is careers in health science-related disciplines. Studying for your preparation in occupational therapy in the DFW area creates an excellent opportunity for experiential learning through volunteering, scheduled observation hours, or structured internship programming. All of these are critical to the Dallas Baptist University Health Sciences degree programming and your successful application to your terminal degree program as you seek to serve in the field of Chiropractic Care. The BS in Health Sciences degree at Dallas Baptist University has an intentional approach to experiential learning as we have practical experience built into your course requirements. In your pursuit of this degree, you will find yourself living, learning, and serving in one of the most dynamic areas in the United States as you prepare to act out God’s call for your life.