Knowledge of a chiropractic school’s requirements, deadlines, and overall standards are important keys to a successful application to the school of your choice. First and foremost, you will need to know the academic prerequisites for enrollment in a particular chiropractic school. These requirements tend to vary based on the location of the school. While some schools require a four-year bachelor’s degree to proceed to a D.C. degree program, others require as few as two years of undergraduate education. In addition, some chiropractic schools offer bachelor’s degree programs within their schools, and others provide integrated bachelor’s/D.C. degree programs. You should research these requirements extensively, based on your current level of education and your aims.
It is also important to adhere to all deadlines and guidelines provided by the chiropractic school you wish to attend. You should be sure to submit your application at least six months prior to your intended start of classes, and also supply the school with any requested documents, transcripts, and test scores.
Familiarizing yourself with the emphasis of a particular school, and acquiring experience in those areas is another wise choice for potential students. For example, if a school values certain types of extracurricular activities, interests, or internships, it may behoove you to acquire these experiences for application purposes. If you are an undergraduate, it is also important to keep your grades high, particularly in the sciences. Majoring in a science field is also likely to be to your advantage.
For most chiropractic school applications, you will need to supply letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a licensed chiropractor. If you seek out your chiropractor or a local practitioner and discuss your goals, he or she will most likely be willing to write the letter. You should check with each individual school for letter requirements, as they vary between institutions.
Some schools require that you go to the campus for an in-person interview. Although you may feel some anxiety about such an interview, you should keep in mind that it is only one part of the application process, and is usually not formal. Prior to your interview, you should think about your life experiences and your personality, and how these traits and experiences make you suited to a chiropractic career. Often, the interview will progress in a casual, conversational way, during which you can explain what draws you to the profession. Discussion of your background and any relevant experience or education is helpful.
You should also be willing to discuss any of your shortcomings, if asked. In this situation, it is best to discuss these areas openly, but with the objective of improving and learning. You should not present yourself in a defensive or boastful manner, nor should you seem overly apologetic or insecure. You can discuss some ways in which you have transcended these weaknesses or compensate for them.
You should be knowledgeable in general about the science of chiropractic medicine, and in particular about the school to which you are applying. It always shows initiative and interest to ask a few questions about the school.