Chiropractic students at D'Youville learn to work as part of a collaborative healthcare team through Interprofessional Education Labs.learn more
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.
You'll graduate with:
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.
|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|
|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.
Chiropractic degree prerequisites for students receiving a B.S. in Biology:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|BIO 101/L||Introduction to Biology I||4|
|BIO 102/L||Introduction to Biology II||4|
|BIO 312/L||Molecular Cell Biology||4|
|BIO 507L||Anatomy and Physiology Lab I||1|
|BIO 508L||Anatomy and Physiology Lab II||1|
|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.
|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|
|Other math and science requirements||32|
|Core and elective requirements||48|
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.
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.
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.|
Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following
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.
Students who wish to enroll in D'Youville's Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program must present the following:
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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