NYCC Admission Requirements

Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)

Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at New York Chiropractic College. Should you have any questions regarding your academic preparedness please contact the Admissions Office at 800-234-NYCC (6922).


Academic Requirements for Admission

In order to be admitted into the Doctor of Chiropractic program, candidates must have completed the equivalent of three academic years of undergraduate study (90 semester hours) at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency with a grade point average in these designated 90 hours of not less than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The 90 hours will include a minimum of 24 hours in life and physical science courses and must include at least 1 course in each of the following topics:

These science courses will provide an adequate background for success in the program and at least half of these courses will have a laboratory component.

Candidates who have a grade point average of 2.75 to 2.99 in the designated 90 semester credit hours along with a component of life and physical science coursework may be considered for admission under NYCC’s alternative admissions criteria consistent with the Council on Chiropractic Education’s guidance. Students admitted under these criteria will be provided an individual education plan designed to optimize their opportunity for success.

The Admissions Office will provide a free transcript evaluation to aid in determining a candidate's preparedness. For contact information please visit our admissions team page.

Applicants should also be aware that individual state licensing boards may have slightly different educational requirements for licensure.

Recency of Prerequisite Course Work

Advanced Placement Courses


Credit Through CLEP or Other Proficiency Examinations


Technical Standards for Program Success

New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) is committed to the achievement of academic excellence, quality patient care, and professional leadership. In support of NYCC's vision, a candidate for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program must have abilities and skills in five areas: observation and participation; communication; motor; intellectualconceptual, integrative and qualitative; and behavioral and social. These guidelines specify the attributes that NYCC faculty consider essential for completing these degree programs. Because these standards describe the essential functions that students must demonstrate to meet the requirements of a first professional degree program, they are pre-requisites for matriculation, continuation, and graduation. Click here for detailed information on these five areas.

NYCC is fully committed to equal opportunity in educational programs for all otherwise qualified individuals without regard to handicap or disability, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In addition to meeting academic standards, candidates for these programs must also meet the following technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations throughout the full course of their education at NYCC.

These standards ensure patient safety and that all candidates are otherwise qualified. Reasonable accommodations can be made in some of these areas provided that they do not require fundamentally altering the applicable degree program. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be reviewed on a case by case basis; however, candidates for admission and enrolled students should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of an intermediary that would, in effect, require a student to rely on someone else's power of observation and/or communication will not be permitted. NYCC reserves the right to rescind admission or continuation to any candidate that is unable to meet all technical standards with reasonable accommodations. Any candidate should evaluate his/her ability to meet all technical standards prior to submission of an application.


Transfer Applicants

In addition to meeting NYCC’s current entrance requirements, transfer applicants must have met the NYCC entrance requirements in force at the time they enrolled at the health-profession institution from which transfer is sought.


Outcomes Assessments

A knowledge and skills assessment of every doctor of chiropractic who graduates from New York Chiropractic College is performed throughout the course of study to ensure that they have acquired the proper skills for professional success. They are first measured through tests and performance evaluations in each course, up to and including final examinations. In clinical settings, the broader outcomes of the learning experience – including the ability to retain, integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired over the entire program – are measured at regular intervals.


International Applicants

If your University uses a half credit or full credit system, the following equivalencies apply

3 US credits = .5 credits and 6 US credits = 1 credit

NYCC welcomes applications for our D.C., M.S.A., M.S.A.O.M., M.S.A.C.N. & M.S.H.A.P.I programs from international candidates. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must meet the same entrance requirements as U.S. citizens, or be qualified via a CCE-recognized, non- U.S. equivalency program. International candidates must complete the same application procedures as all others, and must additionally provide the following: