Chiropractic is a health care science and healing art that emphasizes the relationship between body structure and function. Chiropractic provides a unique contribution to the expanding and changing world of health care. The Doctor of Chiropractic is a primary health care provider serving as an individual practitioner and as a member of a health care team in a variety of settings. The Doctor of Chiropractic is proficient in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and health promotion, and is qualified to co-treat and/or refer to other health care providers for additional care as indicated by the patient’s condition.

Listed below are Saddleback College (SC) courses that have been articulated with selected example universities, and represents lower-division preparation for the major. In addition, students are advised to complete General Education requirements prior to transfer.

NOTE: Students who have not completed a year of high school chemistry should enroll in CHEM 3 prior to CHEM 1A. Also, note that CHEM 3 and CHEM 1A assume knowledge of Algebra I and Algebra II in high school (MATH 253 at Saddleback), and that physics courses require either trigonometry or calculus as prerequisites. Refer to the Saddleback College catalog for prerequisites and co-requisites for all the science and math courses.

Articulation agreements can change without notice at any point during your time at Saddleback College. Please refer to the college catalogs and websites of the transfer schools you are considering. Students are urged to contact a Saddleback College counselor to review this information on a regular basis.


    Applicants for admission must have completed a minimum of 90 semester units leading to a baccalaureate degree in the arts or sciences with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale. These requirements may increase annually, culminating to a bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Science courses must be taken in sequential order and must include laboratories. Thirty (30) semester units of upper-division coursework will be required after transfer. The following course prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better:

    Lower-Division Preparation

    • English: ENG (1A and 1B) or (1A and 15A. 15B, 17A, 17B) or (ENG 1A and 3) or (ENG 1A and SP 1);
    • Psychology: PSYC 1 and PSYC 3;
    • Chemistry: CHEM 1A, 1B, 12A, 12B;
    • Social Sciences and Humanities: select 2 baccalaureate-level courses
    • Biological Sciences: One academic year with lab. Select two (2) courses from BIO 3A, 3B, 3C, 11, 12, 15;
    • Physics: One academic year with lab* PHYS (2A and 2B) or PHYS (4A and 4B). The second semester of physics may be substituted with a semester course in Statistics (MATH 10) or Kinesiology (KNES 52)

    Students are advised to contact the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic at the Southern California University of Health Sciences for further information regarding this program at (562) 947-8755 or (800) 221-5222, and refer to their website at


    • As each college/university has its own orientation to their Chiropractic (Pre-Chiropractic) major, read the entire Chiropractic (Pre-Chiropractic) major section in the catalog of each college/university to which you are considering transferring. Pay particular attention to the upper-division requirements.
    • Contact each college/university that you are interested in. Ask them to send you information about their Chiropractic (Pre-Chiropractic) program; selection criteria, GPA requirements, and other pertinent admissions information. Also, ask for information about their campus, services, housing, etc. Meet with college/university representatives when they visit Saddleback College.
    • Visit each school to which you are considering transferring.
    • Research careers related to your chosen major.
    • For additional transfer information, consult Saddleback College’s Transfer Center.