Academic Programs

Health Science: Pre-Chiropractic

Considering a career as a chiropractor?

Although several professional programs don’t require a bachelor’s degree, most students who attend these programs have previously earned this degree. On our campus, the Health Science or Biology majors are two possible academic paths to prepare for application to these programs. Both these majors offer a curriculum that includes a strong foundation in the physical and life sciences, as well as a significant liberal arts core. This curriculum is designed to give you the content area knowledge and the quantitative problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills required of those working in health care. Additionally, for those students interested in becoming chiropractors, we have an agreement with Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs (Chesterfield, MO) that, allows select students to reduce their total time on our campus while still earning a B.S. in Health Science – this program is known as our "3+3 Logan Chiropractic Program." Students may elect to follow the more traditional path towards fulfilling the entrance requirements into a chiropractic program, and in those cases, a traditional degree in Health Science or Biology is recommended (see those major sheets for additional details). For students able to keep pace and meet the rigorous academic requirements, this agreement offers several advantages including:

  • A streamlined sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a successful transition to Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs’ Doctor of Chiropractic program.
  • Students can reduce their time on the Springfield campus by up to one year, while still earning a B.S. in Health Science from Benedictine University after successful completion of their first trimester courses at Logan College of Chiropractic/ University Programs.
  • Completion of the program at Benedictine University at Springfield includes a practicum experience and campus interviews during their junior year. Students who successfully meet all other criteria for admission to Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs (including core competencies described in the Council on Chiropractic Education’s Doctor of Chiropractic Program Requirements for Institutional Standards) shall be assured a seat in Logan’s program.
What does the 3+3 program entail?
  • Freshman Biology - Introduction to Cell Biology with lab (4 semester hours) and Biological Organisms and Ecology with lab (4 semester hours)
  • Chemistry - two semesters of General Chemistry with lab (8 semester hours) and two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab (8 semester hours)
  • Physics - two semesters of College Physics with lab (8 semester hours)
  • Math - either Trigonometry (3 semester hours) or Calculus I (5 semester hours)
  • Upper-level science elective - a minimum of 18 additional semester hours of specified/approved elective courses
  • Health Science Practicum - one semester clinical experience (required during junior year) working with chiropractors in the area
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher, within three years of enrolling at Benedictine University and must maintain a minimum GPA = 3.25 (cumulative). Eligible students must enter this program as a freshman – see Coordinator of Pre-Professional Health Programs for additional details.
  • Successful completion (grade "C" or higher) of the first trimester in Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs (26.5 credit hours) completes the degree requirements for the B.S. in Health Science
How does the program work?

Students eligible for acceptance into the 3+3 program must officially declare (upon acceptance to Benedictine University at Springfield) themselves as a Health Science major. To be eligible for consideration into this 3+3 program, students must also complete and submit a supplementary application to the Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs prior to completing their first semester at Benedictine University, and once accepted, they will be advised directly by the Director each semester.

Transfer students or those who do not maintain the 3.25 cumulative GPA may still be eligible to earn this degree, but are not assured a seat at Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs. To be eligible for this degree, they must still meet all program requirements and be accepted to Logan’s program; please see the Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs for additional details.