Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Pre-Chiropractic 2007-2008

Doctor of Chiropractic

American Chiropractic Association

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Required Courses

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

Biology, including related labs

BI 211 Principles of Biology &

BI 231 & 232 Anatomy & Physiology (recommended)

Students may also take BI 211 & 212 & BI 231

Or  BI 231, 232, & 233

Chemistry – At least 3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits of inorganic chemistry

3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits of other chemistry

At least 6 semester or 9 quarter credits of organic/biochemistry

At least 6 semester or 9 quarter credits must include laboratories

Inorganic and “other” chemistry 9 credits:

CH 221, 222, & 233 General Chemistry

Organic/Biochemistry 9 quarter credits:

CH 241 & 242 Organic Chemistry

CH 243 is also recommended

CH 211 Intro to Biochemistry is also accepted






Physics & Related Studies- At least 3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits of physics with related laboratory

At least 3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits of physics, biomechanics, exercise physiology, related kinesiology, or statistics

Physics: PHY 201 & 202  General Physics

PHY 203 is also recommended

Physics, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology,

Related Kinesiology, or Statistics:

Choose from: PHY 203 General Physics or

MTH 243 or 244 Statistics I & II







Social Sciences and Humanities-

At least 24 semester or 36 quarter credits in the humanities and social sciences, including the specific requirements below:

6 semester or 9 quarter credits of English composition or speech communication

3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits of psychology

English Composition 9 quarter credits:

WR 115 Intro to Expository Writing or higher

Any SP course

Choose 1 additional WR or SP course

Psychology 4.5 quarter credits:

Choose any PSY courses

*16 Additional credits in Humanities & Social Sciences












*The remaining credits may be earned by taking courses in the following areas: sociology, economics, literature, history, political science, art or music appreciation or history, religion, foreign language or philosophy.

WSCC recommends a full-year sequence of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics as the best preparation for the chiropractic curriculum. No grades below a 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale may be accepted for admission.

Based on the experiences of previous entering students, WSCC prefers that at least one-half of the biology and organic chemistry course work be completed within five years of entry into the D.C. program. When age of course work is an issue, consideration is given on an individual basis. Job-related experience in biology or organic chemistry may be viewed as a compensating factor.

This is a graduate program. Students must complete 135 quarter credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. It is recommended that 45 of the 135 quarter credits be completed at a 4-year institution. Grades in the sciences must be at least a C average.

Candidates should contact the Western States admissions staff to review individual questions about course selection and overall background.

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Last updated: November 1, 2007