Chiropractic Curriculum

Courses include biochemistry, anatomy, embryology, histology, immunology and microbiology, neuroscience, pathology and physiology. These courses help build a strong foundation for the rest of the chiropractic curriculum.

Courses in chiropractic principles and philosophy provide students with the history of the chiropractic profession. Students take chiropractic methods classes including lecture and labs, physiology therapeutics, exercise and rehabilitation.

A full six trimesters are devoted to the skills of making a diagnosis. Courses include:

  • Clinical skills which prepare students to obtain a medical history and perform a physical exam.
  • Clinical pathology
  • The diagnosis and management of a variety of health and chiropractic problems.
  • Lectures, small groups, labs, self-directed study and online learning.

These courses introduce students to the unique needs of pregnant patients, infants and children, women and the elderly. Additional courses cover how chiropractic plays an important role in public health, health promotion and wellness.

This sequence begins with Trimester 1 and covers the role of imaging technology in diagnostic decision-making. Students begin with courses covering normal radiographic anatomy. Later courses include interpretation of advanced imaging and the diagnosis of chiropractic and medical pathologies.

Students deliver progressive levels of patient care at the direction of professional mentors-preparing them for competent and successful clinical practice following graduation from chiropractic school. Students also train in Northwestern's public clinic systems and with chiropractors working in community-based private practices.

Achievement of a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) requires:

  • 10 trimesters (seven 15-week and three 17-week trimesters) of year round school.
  • Completion time of 3.5 years (This would be about 5 semester years).
  • 230 credits (about 23 credits a trimester) and 4,300 contact hours.
  • Passing of 4 National Board Exams.