The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic seeks to enroll students in the DC degree program who have an academic background that prepares them for the rigors of a professional doctoral health care degree program and that also reflects personal growth and development in general education and the humanities. Although most of our students pursue a typical pre-professional or sciences degree program in their undergraduate training (e.g., pre-med, pre-dental, nursing, physical therapy, biology, kinesiology, athletic training, exercise physiology, nutrition, etc.), many successful students majored in non-science fields. We appreciate a diversity of experiences in our students and attempt to build each class with a mix of students with varying backgrounds. UBCC admission requirements exceed the standards set by the Council on Chiropractic Education, however individual states may establish unique requirements that prospective students should review prior to admission to UBCC. It is recommended that all applicants carefully review the laws and regulations relating to chiropractic licensure in those states they hope to eventually practice. Links to all of these regulations can be found at the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board's website: http://www.fclb.org/Boards.aspx.
All students admitted to UBCC must have completed no less than 90 semester undergraduate credit hours of coursework towards a bachelor's degree program. A significant portion of this must have been at the upper division level (300 or 400 third or fourth year courses in most schools). Although the vast majority of our applicants have earned a bachelor's degree prior to admissions, students who have only three years of undergraduate education may be admitted. Regardless of how many total credits you have earned, we are most interested in your best 90 credits. Of these, you must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale), and these courses must include the science courses described below. If you have a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0, you may be eligible for admission under the Alternative Admissions Track (see below).
Regular admissions track:
- At least 90 semester credits of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the best 90 credits.
- At least 24 semester credits of coursework in the physical and life sciences, with a grade of no less than a C in any of these courses. At least half of these courses must include a significant lab component.
- At least one course in each of the following areas: biology (can include anatomy and physiology), physics, inorganic (general) chemistry, and organic chemistry. Depending on the student's overall academic portfolio, exceptions to this requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis. These courses may be included in the above noted 24 credits of physical and life sciences.
Physical sciences are those sciences that focus on non-living matter and energy, and include such fields as physics, chemistry, environmental studies, astronomy, and geology. Life sciences focus on living organisms and include such fields as biology, ecology, physiology, anatomy, genetics, zoology, immunology, microbiology, anthropology, and botany. Courses such as kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology and many others may combine elements of both physical and life sciences. For a further list of examples of acceptable courses in the physical and life sciences, please contact an admissions representative.
Alternative admissions track:
- At least 90 semester credits of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better in the best 90 credits.
- At least one course in each of the following areas: biology (can include anatomy and physiology), physics, inorganic (general) chemistry, and organic chemistry. Depending on the student's overall academic portfolio, exceptions to this requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Alternative admissions track students are considered on an individual basis. Accepted students may be required to participate in a pre-enrollment enrichment program to increase proficiency in specific science areas and better prepare the student for success in the first semester of study. Alternative admissions track students may also be required to participate in ongoing tutorial support programs or to be on a modified schedule, as recommended by the Student Progress Committee.
Recommended undergraduate coursework:
All students are encouraged to take courses in their undergraduate education that will prepare them for a rigorous professional degree curriculum and for interactions with future patients, other professionals, public health organizations, the community, and business entities. These courses would include general psychology, statistics, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, English and communication skills, business, humanities and the arts.
Final decisions on admissions are made by the UBCC Admissions Committee and the Dean.