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Pre-Chiropractic pathway

Pre-Chiropractic PathwayPre-health advising

You are encouraged to meet with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester to discuss options for careers in medicine, opportunities to gain relevant experience, discussing the best time to apply, the ChiroCAS application and much more. For more information, schedule an appointment with your advisor.


Four-year plan

College year 1


  • Maintain a strong GPA and focus on coursework.
  • Make an appointment with a pre-health advisor to introduce yourself and attend the ASU Pre-Health Fair.
  • Begin to get involved with clubs and student organizations.
  • Begin volunteering and gaining experience.



College year 2


  • While maintaining a high GPA, look into opportunities for experience. Both paid work and volunteer experience in complementary and alternative medicine is helpful.
  • Shadow and observe a practicing chiropractor, as a letter of reference from a chiropractor will be needed during the application process.
  • Build relationships with professors, as they may become letter writers.
  • Attend pre-health meetings, events, and ASU Pre-health Fair.
  • Meet with your pre-health advisor.

Clinical experience

Leadership and community service

Explore schools

Grade point average

College year 3


  • Maintain a high GPA and stay involved with campus clubs/organizations, volunteer opportunities, and clinical experience.
  • Calculate your science and overall GPA to determine your competitiveness.
  • Begin an internship and start prepping for the entrance exams.
  • Apply through ChiroCAS one year prior to when you plan to matriculate.
  • It is important that you are aware of deadlines and complete the supplemental in a timely matter.


JanuaryCalculate your science and overall GPA to determine your competitiveness.
February-MarchBegin collecting letters of recommendation.
AprilTake the GRE (if needed) no later than April
MayDetermine schools to apply to, begin filling out ChiroCAS.
JuneSubmit ChiroCAS as soon as possible.
July-DecemberYou may start receiving supplemental applications or be invited to interview.

Chiropractic College Application Service (ChiroCAS)

The application process may vary between programs and not all chiropractic programs will participate in ChiroCAS.  Chiropractic programs may have different deadlines and may accept applications throughout the year.  It is recommended that you submit the ChiroCAS application one year prior to your desired start.  It is important for you as the student to check with individual programs regarding their application process.

Personal statement

Review of personal statement offered by Pre-Health Office.

Letters of recommendation (LOR)

Identify people who know you well and can firmly comment on your ability as a medical student and future physician.  Chiropractic programs may favor having at least 1 letter of recommendation from a practicing chiropractor (D.C.).  Chiropractic programs will request letters of recommendation after you submit your primary or ChiroCAS application.  Ask in advance and give your letter writers sufficient time to complete and submit.  Also, remember to stay in touch with letter writers who you may also ask in the future!

After you submit your ChiroCAS

After Chiropractic schools have received your primary ChiroCAS application, they may invite you to complete a secondary or supplemental application along with fees. It is important that you are aware of deadlines, complete and submit supplemental applications as soon as possible.

Mock interviews

Schedule mock interview with Pre-Health Office your senior year

College year 4


  • Meet with pre-health advisor to prepare for interviews.
  • If waitlisted or rejected, explore post-baccalaureate options or consider taking a gap year.

Post-bac programs