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Biology (BS) + Chiropractic (DC), 7-Year

Students and faculty in chiropractic lab

Start as a freshman and become a chiropractor in 7 years with our dual bachelor's and doctor of chiropractic program.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

As a chiropractic practitioner providing patient-centered care, you'll focus on the treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems as well as a patient's overall wellness using broad diagnostic skills and training in spinal manipulation, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, nutrition, diet, and lifestyle counseling.

The demand for skilled chiropractors is continually growing as consumers seek a more conservative approach to their healthcare. By enrolling in D'Youville College's unique CCE-accredited dual degree program, you'll benefit from our unique evidence-based integrated approach to chiropractic education.

Students can enter our accelerated 7-Year BS+DC program right out of high school. We also offer a 3.5-Year professional chiropractic doctoral program for candidates with bachelor's degrees. 

What You'll learn

You'll graduate with:

  • Substantial knowledge of the basic biological sciences;
  • In-depth understanding of the principles, theories, methodologies and skills distinctive to the practice of chiropractic;
  • The knowledge, understanding and ability to perform a comprehensive history and examination, diagnosis and treatment of a patient, utilizing the principles of patient-centered care; 
  • Ability to assess a patient's general health status; to recognize deviations from normalcy; and to refer or co-manage the healthcare of patients requiring other types of healthcare and supportive services;
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to provide restorative, preventive and wellness care to patients;
  • Understanding of the importance of evidence-based care, along with the experience in providing this care in an integrated setting;
  • Ability to apply research in identifying significant problems, determining appropriate approaches, and in assessing healthcare outcomes.

WHY CHOOSE D'YOUVILLE?

  • D'Youville is the first liberal arts college in the U.S. to offer a professional chiropractic degree program integrated with the traditional healthcare fields.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique Interdisciplinary Education Lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other healthcare majors at DYC - all under the supervision of a skilled instructor. 
  • Unique multi-disciplinary research approach prepares graduates exceptionally well for a variety of healthcare settings, including private practice.
  • You will take classes alongside physical therapy, nursing and other healthcare majors.
  • Your clinical internships will take place in multidisciplinary settings, preparing you to collaborate with other healthcare professionals in your career.
  • If you're interested in honing your business skills, D'Youville offers an accelerated MBA option designed for students enrolled in the professional phase of the Doctor of Chiropractic program. MBA classes are only held on Saturdays, and you'll pay half-price tuition for the MBA degree. 

AUTOMATIC MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

 

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 $4,000  

2.5

Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Chiropractic degree prerequisites for students receiving a B.S. in Biology: 

Courses Required in Biology

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 101/L Introduction to Biology I 4
BIO 102/L Introduction to Biology II 4
BIO 608/L Microbiology 4
BIO 302/L Genetics 3
BIO 312/L Molecular Cell Biology 4
BIO 507L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 1
BIO 508L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1
BIO 603/L Biochemistry 4
BIO 639/L Human Gross Anatomy 6
BIO 659 Intermediate Physiology I 3
BIO 660 Intermediate Physiology II 3

Note: 22 of the 28 credits are completed during the first 4 years of the 7 year track. 

Other Math and Science Requirements

Course Name Course Number Credits
CHE 101/L General Chemistry I 4
CHE 102/L General Chemistry II 4
CHE 219/L Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 220/L Organic Chemistry II 4
MAT 125 Calculus I 4
MAT 126 Calculus II 4
PHY 101/L General Physics I 4
PHY 102/L General Physics II 4

Totals

Requirement Credits
Biology requirements 43
Other math and science requirements 32
Core and elective requirements 48
Total 123

Careers

Careers

The chiropractic profession is one of the fastest growing healthcare specialties in US. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook the profession is expected to grow 15% per year, a faster-than-average pace when compared to all other professions, and this growth is expected to continue as people increasingly seek out non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment and care. For more information about the job outlook for chiropractors, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

A Chiropractor's role

Our program prepares you for general chiropractic practice where you’ll work to maximize the inherent recuperative powers of your patient's body. Through chiropractic adjustments, you'll help them regain normal function.  

Grounded in the sciences of anatomy, physiology, neurology, and biomechanics, chiropractic focuses on a natural approach to health and healthcare that emphasizes stimulating the inherent recuperative powers of the human body. As a holistic and complimentary medical discipline, chiropractic is now practiced in over 40 countries around the world as part of an integrated approach to healthcare.

While many chiropractors practice in either solo or group clinical settings, some specialize in sports injuries, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging. Others pursue careers in research, teaching, and administration.

In addition to general chiropractic practice, some chiropractors specialize in sports injuries, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging.

Many chiropractors are solo or group practitioners who also have the administrative responsibilities of running a practice. In larger offices, chiropractors delegate these tasks to office managers and chiropractic assistants. Chiropractors in private practice are responsible for developing a patient base, hiring and managing employees and keeping records.

Admission Requirements

admission requirements

FIRST TIME freshmen

Freshmen applicants into the sequential B.S. in Biology + Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program must satisfy the following admission criteria:

Freshman Admission Criteria
1. Combined SAT scores of at least 1170 (Math and Verbal) or composite ACT score of 24, and
2. High school average of at least 85 percent or 2.85 on a four-point scale, and
3. Succesful completion of two years of math and three years of science; physics is strongly recommended.

 

Transfer Students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.

DC PROGRAM

Students who wish to enroll in D'Youville's Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program must present the following:

  • A completed bachelor's degree or evidence of having completed at least 90 credits of a bachelor of science degree at an accredited institution.
  • GRE scores (if available)
  • International/foreign students (other than Canadian) whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL test scores.
  • Two letters of formal recommendation, sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
  • International applicants must submit their transcripts to the World Education Service (WES) for a course by course evaluation.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to perform well in a rigorous course of study and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Personal interview with chiropractic faculty. Contact the Chiropractic Department for an appointment.
Prerequisites for Professional Program
  • Students with more than 90 semester credit hours must have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50.
  • Proof of having earned a minimum of 90 semester credit hours with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale which must include a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework in life and physical sciences.
  • Students must also have completed coursework in the following: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.
  • A life science includes any branch of science that study living organisms, their organization, life processes, and relationships to their environment. This would include areas of study such as, biology, ecology, medicine, anthropology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and other similar areas of study.
  • A physical science includes any branch of science that studies the nature and properties of energy and nonliving matter. This would include areas of study such as, physics, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and geology. Included in the list of acceptable science classes are those that combine these areas of study such as kinesiology, exercise science and biomechanics.

Students who have a GPA for these 90 hours of 2.75-2.99 or who have less than 24 semester hours in life and physical sciences will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

Clinical experience turns theory into hands-on practice. As a student in D'Youville's doctor of chiropractic program, you'll spend a total of 1,200 hours in practice experience, to include:

  • Internships at the college's clinics, (minimum of 600 hours of clinical practice skills)
  • Preceptorship placement at community-based institutions and private practices (up to 600 additional hours).

Clinical Internships

One of the most exciting, demanding, and rewarding phases of your Doctor of Chiropractic education will be your internship experience. It’s here where you’ll first put theory into practice as you learn how to take a holistic approach to patient care that addresses the whole person, striving to nurture mind, body, and spirit under the supervision of attending faculty clinicians. You’ll rotate through 4 DYC-affiliated clinics within the Western New York area, providing you with a wide range of patients and valuable experience in diverse healthcare situations and settings.

Internship Locations

Preceptorship

The final phase of your clinical experience will come when you participate in a preceptorship, gaining valuable experience by observing licensed Doctors of Chiropractic in a variety of settings and locations ranging from community-based clinics to large, urban hospitals to rural, solo-practice offices.

Preceptorship Locations

Alumni Successes

Alumni Success

Our graduates have found positions in a wide variety of settings including private solo practices, group practices, hospitals, community-based clinics, multi-disciplinary referral centers, higher education, and management. Read about how D’Youville's unique approach helped these graduates find their niche in chiropractic.

Dr. Matthew Bauman, '12

I have been the Wellness Director at a center for adults with learning differences, part of the Rehabilitation Department at a center for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, MS, and Parkinson’s, and I am also pursuing residency in Family Practice.

Chiropractic is a very rewarding field of study. The professors at D’Youville provided me with an in depth knowledge that allowed me to reach out to a diverse population of patients in my clinical rotations.

I believe D’Youville has so much to offer, from its state of the art anatomy labs, to many very unique clinical placements. One of my best memories as a student was the chiropractic department taking us to various health fairs and health related events. It allowed me to see firsthand what the general impression of chiropractic was in the community, and also provided an opportunity to help others understand what chiropractic is and how it works.

The doctor of chiropractic degree provided me with a wide range of options coming out of the program. While most decide to go into private practice or join an integrative group, there are so many other alternatives available. You could go into research, apply for a residency, teach, and also pursue leadership roles in the business end of healthcare as an expert in wellness. Personally, I have had a number of doors open once I graduated. I have been the Wellness Director at a center for adults with learning differences, part of the Rehabilitation Department at a center for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's, MS, and Parkinson’s, and I am also pursuing residency in Family Practice.

My job responsibilities vary from providing wellness analysis and interventions via nutritional and activity modifications, to the restoration of movement through soft tissue and joint dysfunction treatment. In everything that I do, I educate patients and clients as thoroughly as possible, a trait I acquired from the professors of the chiropractic program at D’Youville.

Dr. O’Dane Brady, ’08 & ‘12

I currently reside in Mahalapye, Botswana where I now serve as the director of Botswana clinics with a non-profit organization known as World Spine Care.

Initially, it was the chiropractic program at D’Youville that drew me in but after taking a tour of the campus and meeting with an admissions counselor everything just felt right. The small class size and the support the faculty members and administrators provide are just some of the things that I enjoyed during my time at D’Youville.

I believe the opportunities that I’ve had as a student and as a D’Youville alum have been extremely rewarding. During my second year of college, I became an orientation assistant and I believe that was what sparked my involvement in other areas on campus and organizations off campus. Being a student ambassador for five years was also a great experience. The school was an “easy sell” to make to potential students and parents as my time spent was really enjoyable.

Apart from the educational opportunities afforded to me during my tenure at D’Youville I believe that the message of service to others resonated just as strongly and it stayed with me after my graduation. In fact, I currently reside in Mahalapye, Botswana where I now serve as the director of Botswana clinics with a non-profit organization known as World Spine Care (WSC).

There are two location from which I work, a district hospital in Mahalapye and a small clinic in the nearby village of Shoshong. I also work as a consultant for a managed care organization in developing clinical policies for the management of musculoskeletal disorders. As a chiropractic physician here in Botwana I provide evidence based care to presenting patients. My responsibilities include: performing a thorough history and physical examination of each patient, ordering diagnostic tests if clinically indicated, providing chiropractic care to presenting patients, following up and referring to other specialists.

While I was still a student at D’Youville, I had the great opportunity of interning at the Buffalo Spine and Sports Institute in Williamsville, NY and I was also part of clinical rotations at five clinics throughout the greater Buffalo area. I am really grateful that I am able to successfully use my clinical training and knowledge of health services in my current position in Botswana. I was so fortunate to have been part of the D’Youville community. Aside from my educational experience, the relationships, friendships, and connections I have made will last a lifetime.

Dr. Alykhan A. Jamal, ‘10

I am originally from Toronto, Canada and I am currently the Clinic Director at Toronto Spine & Sports Clinic. My responsibilities are very diverse as I am also the owner of the clinic: I am a chiropractor, a spinal decompression provider, and a strength and conditioning specialist amongst others.

One of the best features of the chiropractic program at D’Youville is the requirement to complete an internship prior to graduation. I feel that my internship provided me with valuable skills to put my clinical knowledge into practice and with the necessary tools to establish my own practice.

I am very happy with the education and experience I received at D’Youville. If you are a prospective student considering the D’Youville College Chiropractic Program I can tell you that the value of the education you receive is interconnected with the information that is presented to you by experienced faculty and staff. At D’Youville, I was lucky to benefit from that one-on-one time with my professors, because of the small class size and their genuine willingness to help. The classes became somewhat of a little family away from home. I still keep in touch with many of my former classmates, who I am now proud to call colleagues.


A chiropractic student participating in the Interdisciplinary Education Lab.

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Chiropractic students at D'Youville learn to work as part of a collaborative healthcare team through Interprofessional Education Labs.

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John Taylor examining xrays with chiropractic students

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"I work extensively with interns and clinicians regarding the interpretation of diagnostic imaging studies." 

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