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Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), 3.5-Year

Dr. John Taylor consulting on xrays with students

Earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 3.5 years and join one of the fastest growing healthcare specialties.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Doctors of Chiropractic focus on the treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems using their broad diagnostic skills and training in therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, nutrition, diet, and lifestyle counseling. Our unique chiropractic program is the first in the country to combine a solid foundation in the liberal arts with rigorous, integrated training with traditional healthcare fields.

Our CCE-accredited program offers two pathways for you to earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree:

  • A Doctor of Chiropractic program for students who have already earned their bachelor's degree or are transferring from another DC program. You'll graduate in 3.5 years or less, depending on your previous coursework.
  • A seven-year sequential program where you enter as Freshman, earn your BS degree in Biology and then go directly into the Doctor of Chiropractic program provided you maintain program requirements. If you’re interested in this option, please visit the Freshman to Doctorate program page.

WHY CHOOSE D'YOUVILLE?

  • We're one the first Doctor of Chiropractic programs in the country that’s fully integrated with traditional healthcare fields. Because D’Youville offers graduate programs in nursing, occupational therapy, dietetics, pharmacy, and physical therapy, you’ll be immersed in a learning environment that practices — and values — a truly integrated approach to healthcare.
  • Our multidisciplinary clinic provides you with an opportunity to gain direct clinical experience with an integrated team that includes physical therapists, surgeons, and chiropractors.
  • You’ll learn how chiropractic can impact community health by providing care to underserved populations in area clinics.
  • Our hands-on, supportive, nurturing approach to chiropractic education means that you’ll enjoy small classes, interactive lectures, and lab settings with a 10:1 student/instructor ratio (or less).
  • Our graduate faculty are all licensed practitioners who bring their own practical experience to what they teach in both the classroom and laboratory.
  • 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.
  • The graduate curriculum includes a research core that provides a foundation that will benefit your clinical practice and prepare you for further study should you decide to pursue a research-based degree.

Curriculum

curriculum

Biology courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 507L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 1
BIO 508L Anatomy and Physiology Lab II 1
BIO 603 Biochemistry 3
BIO 603L Biochemistry Lab 1
BIO 607 Pathophysiology 3
BIO 608 Microbiology 3
BIO 608L Microbiology Lab 1
BIO 610 Immunology 3
BIO 639 Human Gross Anatomy 6
BIO 639L Human Gross Anatomy Lab 0
BIO 659 Intermediate Physiology I 3
BIO 660 Intermediate Physiology II 3
  Subtotal 28

Research courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
GRA 600/HSA 600 Theory Development 3
GRA 601/HSA 608 Research Methods and Design 3
  Subtotal 6

Project Option Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHR 626 Project Seminar 2
CHR 627 Project Advisement 1-3
  Subtotal 3-5

Thesis Option Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
GRA 610 Thesis Seminar 3
GRA 629 Thesis Advisement 3-6
  Subtotal 6-9

OR you may take:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHR 670 Professional Communication 2
CHR 671L EIP I Library Research, Resources & Information Literacy Lab 1
CHR 672 EIP II Research Methods, Design and Statistical Interpretation 3
CHR 673 EIP III Chiropractic Principles: Evidence-Informed Practice 3
CHR 674L EIP IV Journal Club Seminar 1

Supportive courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
HSA 612 Culture, Health & Health Care 1
CHR 634 Epidemiology & Public Health for Chiropractors 3
PHI 609 Ethics in Health Care 3
  Subtotal 7

Chiropractic courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHR 600L Introduction to Chiropractic Lab 2
CHR 610 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle 3
CHR 611 Nutrition and Health 3
CHR 612 Diet Therapy 2
CHR 613 Pharmacology I 3
CHR 614 Pharmacology II 3
CHR 621 Physiologic Therapeutics 3
CHR 621L Physiologic Therapeutics Lab 2
CHR 623 Clinical Internship I 7
CHR 624 Clinical Internship II 7
CHR 625 Clinical Externship 7
CHR 631 Chiropractic Biomechanics 3
CHR 633 Clinical Nutrition 2
CHR 635 Spinal Anatomy 4
CHR 636 Sports & Emergency Care 1
CHR 636L Sports & Emergency Care Lab 2
CHR 637 Chiropractic Rehabilitation 2
CHR 637L Chiropractic Rehabilitation Lab 3
CHR 638 Psychology for Health Care Professionals 3
CHR 639 History & Physical Examination 3
CHR 639L History & Physical Examination Lab 2
CHR 640 Clinical Diagnosis 6
CHR 640L Clinical Diagnosis Lab 1
CHR 641 Chiropractic Principles: A Historic Foundation 1
CHR 642 Chiropractic Principles: Historical Chiropractic Philosophic Theories and Evolution of the Profession 1
CHR 643 Chiropractic Principles: Evidence Based Chiropractic 3
CHR 644 Business/Entrepreneurship 4
CHR 646 Geriatric and Special Needs Population 2
CHR 647 Pediatrics and Women's Health 2
CHR 647 Pediatrics and Women's Health 2
CHR 647 Pediatrics and Women's Health 2
CHR 647 Pediatrics and Women's Health 2
CHR 650 Adjustive Techniques 1
CHR 650L Adjustive Techniques Lab 2
CHR 651 Adjustive Techniques II 1
CHR 651L Adjustive Techniques II Lab 1
CHR 652 Adjustive Techniques III 1
CHR 652L Adjustive Techniques III Lab 1
CHR 653 Adjustive Techniques IV 4
CHR 653L Adjustive Techniques IV Lab 3
CHR 654 Adjustive Techniques V 4
CHR 654L Adjustive Techniques V Lab 3
  OR for CHR 654 & CHR 654L:  
CHR 675 EIP V Evidence-Informed Clinical Management 4
CHR 675L EIP V Evidence-Informed Clinical Management Lab 3
CHR 655 Adjustive Techniques VI 4
CHR 655L Adjustive Techniques VI Lab 3
CHR 657 Applied Neurology 3
CHR 657L Applied Neurology Lab 2
CHR 661 Diagnostic Imaging I 3
CHR 661L Diagnostic Imaging I Lab 1
CHR 662 Diagnostic Imaging II: Bone Pathology 4
CHR 662L Diagnostic Imaging II: Bone Pathology Lab 3
CHR 663 Diagnostic Imaging III 4
CHR 663L Diagnostic Imaging III Lab 3
CHR 664 Diagnostic Imaging IV: Regional Review of Musculoskeletal Imaging Capstone Course 4
CHR 664L Diagnostic Imaging IV: Regional Review of Musculoskeletal Imaging Capstone Course Lab 3
CHR 665 Diagnostic Imaging V 2
CHR 665L Diagnostic Imaging V Lab 1
CHR 656 Clinical Neuroscience 4
CHR 656L Clinical Neuroscience Lab 1

Strongly Recommended

Course Number Course Name Credits
HSM 203 Medical Terminology 1

Electives

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHR 633 Clinical Nutrition 2
CHR 645 Soft Tissues Techniques 1
CHR 645L Soft Tissues Techniques Lab 1

Careers

Careers

The chiropractic profession is one of the fastest growing healthcare specialties. 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.

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.

Clinical Internships

Clinical Internships

As a student in the Doctor of Chiropractic program, you'll gain invaluable experience through internships at D’Youville College's clinics and through preceptorships at community-based institutions and in private practices. Students spend a minimum of 600 hours in each, turning the knowledge, skills, and principles that they learn in the classroom into hands-on, practical experience through direct, patient care supervised by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic that emphasizes supporting your growth as a practitioner and preparing you to pursue a variety of career pathways in chiropractic.

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 Success

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.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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.

D'Youville's Chiropractic Doctoral Degree

In this video, Maxine Stewart, DC, RN, a clinical assistant professor, explains why D’Youville’s graduate program is a great choice for students searching for an education in this fast-growing healthcare specialty.

 
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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