Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic medicine or chiropractic physicians, diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body’s muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, especially the spine. Chiropractors believe that interference with these systems impairs the body’s normal functions, lowers its resistance to disease, and causes painful skeletal imbalance.

The University of Iowa does not offer degree programs in Chiropractic Medicine, but does offer coursework to help students prepare to enroll in Chiropractic programs elsewhere.


This is a graduate-level health profession that typically requires specific undergraduate courses or an undergraduate bachelor's degree for admission. In addition, acceptance into these programs is usually competitive, and entrance requirements may change from year to year, so research the requirements for the school(s) you are considering to make sure you have the most current information.

Course requirements are primarily in the sciences, including one year each of introductory courses in chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and biology, each with accompanying labs. Also, the mathematics prerequisite to physics is usually required.

An advisor at our Academic Advising Center will help you plan your Iowa coursework. Visit the Academic Advising Center website for more information.

Find out more about Chiropractic Medicine by visiting the Council on Chiropractic Education, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, and the American Chiropractic Association websites.