Students aspiring to be chiropractors generally share the following characteristics:
- Care deeply about other people, their problems, and their pain;
- Use their skills and knowledge to help people;
- Enjoy learning and gaining new understanding;
- Are interested in how the human body functions;
- Are intrigued by the ways in which medicine can be used to improve life.
Curriculum and Career Planning
- Timeline - Students should refer to Alfred University's Pre-health Timeline and Checklist to assist them in career planning.
- College Major and Required Courses - There is no specific major that is required, or that is "best" to pursue. Chiropractic schools are looking for well-educated and well-rounded individuals.
- Extracurricular activities are a very important part of the applicant's materials. Most chiropractic schools place emphasis on volunteer community service. Some volunteer experience in a medical setting is a must. Undergraduate research is a plus.
- It is important to get to know faculty members so that they can write appropriate letters of recommendation. The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee at Alfred University can prepare a Pre-medical Committee Letter for students.
Most medical schools accept applications through the American Medical Colleges Application Service. This application should be submitted in the summer before your last year in college and can be downloaded from the AMCAS website.