Benefits of a dual degree program - Pre-chiropractic

Future chiropractors get a strong start at PennWest California with our “3+3” dual degree program.

PennWest California’s “3+3” dual degree programs allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology at PennWest California while transitioning into the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program at one of the nation’s top chiropractic colleges.

Earning a B.S. in Biology is important, since many states require chiropractors to hold a bachelor’s degree, in addition to their chiropractic credential, in order to be licensed to practice. Earning both the B.S. and D.C. degrees gives students maximum flexibility as they begin their careers.

The pre-professional program at PennWest California is an efficient and cost-effective first step toward a career as a chiropractic healthcare professional.

Pre-chiropractic Program

PennWest California offers dual degree programs leading to a chiropractic degree in conjunction with three of the nation’s top chiropractic colleges:

  • Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest chiropractic college, with campuses in Davenport, Iowa; San Jose, Calif.; and Port Orange, Fla.
  • New York Chiropractic College, founded in 1919. Since 1991, NYCC has been located in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
  • Logan University in Chesterfield, Mo. A longstanding PennWest California partner, Logan has been offering chiropractic education since 1935.


Students then complete just over two years of study at Palmer, NYCC or Logan to earn the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  Approximately 30 credits earned in their first year of chiropractic study are accepted at PennWest California, completing the requirements for the B.S. in Biology degree.

“The dual degree program saves students time and money by shortening the time it takes to earn a chiropractic degree,” says anatomy professor Dr. Ed Zuchelkowski, of PennWest California’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

Employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 12% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage for chiropractors was $68,640 in May 2017. Graduates with a D.C. degree are prepared for career opportunities as solo practitioners or members of a group practice, as sports team or corporate chiropractors, or as chiropractic educators or researchers.

Get important advantages at PennWest California to start your successful career as a chiropractor. Apply now!

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Chiropractic Dual Degree

Comprehensive. Cost-effective.

PennWest California’s “3+3” dual degree program enables students to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology while transitioning into the Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program at one of the nation’s top three chiropractic colleges.

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Chiropractic Dual Degree – Palmer Chiropractic College

Specialized Study.

 At the first and largest chiropractic college in the nation, students get excellent teaching, comprehensive learning and real-world preparation.

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Chiropractic Career Options

Exciting Opportunities.

Explore many career opportunities, from solo practitioners and members of a group practice to sports team or corporate chiropractors, and chiropractic educators or researchers.

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Top 10 Reasons to Become a Chiropractor

Many Opportunities

Get a closer look at the top reasons to become a chiropractor – and why you’ll get the best start in this dynamic field at PennWest California. 

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