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What Courses to Study to Become a Professional Chiropractor

What Courses to Study to Become a Professional ChiropractorThis is a guest post by: Shannon Barnes who is a freelance writer, columnist, and experienced blogger, frequently contributing to education websites such as Shannon specializes in writing within the field of chiropractic methods.

For those who are seeking to become a professional chiropractor, a number of courses must be undertaken during your undergraduate studies. While earning your degree to become chiropractor, it is generally a rule of thumb in most states that you acquire a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate work.

Below is a list of recommended areas of study you should focus on:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Histology
  • Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Anatomy

The general nature of undergraduate study entails that you study these particular areas before you are able to choose a specialized field that interests you. In this case, areas such as human anatomy are vital to understanding the anatomical design of the human body; while chemistry provides students with essential knowledge in how chemical agents interact with living tissues. Below is a breakdown of the more fundamental areas of knowledge that prospective students will gain from undertaking these courses, and how it relates to the field of becoming a chiropractor.

Human Anatomy

The study of chiropractic methods relates to the nervous system being the central region that dictates or co-ordinates all other surrounding organs. The study of human anatomy would then allow students to gain a greater understanding of how the sensory organs, along with the brain and spinal cord, all communicate together to control the human body. For example, in relation to soft tissue damage, chiropractic methods can aid with the healing process by stimulating positive reinforcement in joint motion and the related neurophysiology.


The study of chemistry provides an overall introduction to students’ understanding of human nutrition, societal aspects and advancements in technology. It is a broad avenue that affects many aspects of being a chiropractor, for example, it is very common for chiropractors to provide nutritional information to patients as a result of changes in their body during the healing process.


The study of biology provides students with a broad overview of behavioral patterns among organisms, along with their evolutionary and ecological aspects. Particular topics that chiropractors may wish to study include Biology in Aging (which focuses on changes to the body as a result of aging and its connection to human disease), Fundamentals of Biotechnology (the study of biology and chemistry and how it relates to advancements in technology) and Principles of Biological Science (the study of chemical organization, genetics, metabolism and much more).

Overall, these fields of study are strong focus points for prospective students, as they will help prepare them for specialized study in the field of chiropractic.

Additional resources:

What is Chiropractic?
What Courses Should I Take to Become a Chiropractor?
Basics of becoming a Chiropractor

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