Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology: Pre-Chiropractic

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Build a strong foundation to launch your Chiropractic career

Mercy College’s Pre-Chiropractic track of the Bachelor of Science in Biology program prepares students to become a certified chiropractor. As a healthcare professional, chiropractors focus on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Usually, chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients. Chiropractors also educate patients on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics, and other therapies to treat back pain.

As part of an articulation agreement with Logan University, students in the Pre-Chiropractic track are able to complete their education and start their careers quickly. This agreement allows the student to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Mercy College and a Chiropractic degree at Logan in six years. Once their Chiropractic degree is complete, graduates are certified to practice Chiropractic medicine.

The program requires students to take their first three years of Mercy College courses at Mercy College. The fourth year of courses is taken at Logan University. Courses completed at Logan University transfer back to Mercy College for the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. This fourth year of courses is also counted as the first year of credit toward the Chiropractic degree. It’s an efficient, accelerated pace for students interested in a 6-year chiropractic degree program and curious about the world of chiropractic medicine.

I know that I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for Mercy College and I am extremely grateful for the great education I received.

I knew right from the start that the professors were there for the students. After graduating, I attended graduate school at Logan College of Chiropractic and graduated in 2019. I'm currently starting my own chiropractic practice. My professors connected with me personally and professionally and I look forward to making that similar connection with my patients.”

Adam Black, Doctor of Chiropractic

Bachelor of Science in Biology ‘17

The Biology program's flexible design supports each student's individual career goals. The curriculum incorporates courses covering a range of maths and sciences. In each course, expect personal attention and 1:1 support from experienced faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook: Employment of Chiropractors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. People across all age groups are increasingly becoming interested in integrative or complementary healthcare to treat pain and to improve overall wellness. Chiropractic care is appealing to patients because chiropractors use nonsurgical methods of treatment and do not prescribe drugs.

Salary Range

2018 Median Pay for Chiropractors was $71,410 annually.

Admission Requirements

Any Mercy College student in good standing can declare a biology major. High school science courses (Biology and Chemistry with a lab) or their college equivalents, must be taken within the past seven years with a “C” or better prior to the first semester. For a student to progress to semester III of the program, the mathematics pre-requisites must be met. (High school courses or their college equivalents within the past seven years with a "C" or better include Algebra I; Algebra II and Trigonometry or Pre- Calculus or an integrated sequence of advanced math courses (Statistics, Business Math, and/or computer courses will not fulfill this requirement). All program courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; a grade of “B” or higher preferred, to progress through the program and for graduation.

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Professional Organization

  • External LinkAmerican Chiropractic Association (ACA)

    The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States. ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor.

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