Pre-Professional Pathways are not offered as majors at Western, nor are they at most other universities, but they can be incorporated into or taken alongside any degree-granting major offered at Western.
There is no Pre-Chiropractic major offered at Western. Students prepare for entry to a Chiropractic graduate program by obtaining a baccalaureate degree, completing the prerequisite course work for entry into specific programs, and by obtaining a volunteer clinical experience under the direction of a chiropractor.
Students may complete undergraduate degrees in any area. Science-based majors are popular, but you should choose any major that reflects your interest and in which you will excel and enjoy. Use your college experience to explore academic fields, to develop basic skills and knowledge, and to demonstrate expertise and experience in a field of study (major) of your choice. Western pre-healthcare students have majored in a diverse range of academic disciplines, including Anthropology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biology, Chemistry, Community Health, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Communication Studies, Spanish, and French as well as Fairhaven self-designed programs. Some pursue combined majors, such as Anthropology/Biology, Biochemistry, and Cellular & Molecular Biology.
Beyond the Classroom
Western's Pre-Healthcare Professions Advising Office provides mentoring and advising to students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare professions. The office works with students to enhance their chances of gaining successful admission to the professional school of their choice. Services range from individual academic advisement, to preparing students for the final application process.
Western's Associated Students is home to 200+ clubs, including those for students pursuing healthcare professions.
Careers and Graduate Studies
Eighteen national and three world-wide institutions affiliated with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges offer the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) credential. While three undergraduate academic years (135 quarter credits) are minimally required to be admitted to a chiropractic school, they are increasingly recommending or requiring a Bachelor’s degree. Many states require chiropractors to have a Bachelor’s degree in order to practice.
Selective admission also includes evaluation of academic content and GPA, exposure to the profession, letters of recommendation (typically from one chiropractor and one or two professors), extracurricular and community activities, direct patient care experience, legal and social records, and in some cases GRE test scores.