Special State Licensure Requirements
For information concerning the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners board score requirements and/or undergraduate degree requirements, contact the chiropractic examining board of the respective state in which licensure is desired. This information can also be found on the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards website at www.fclb.org. The University’s Office of Enrollment Services, Student Administrative Services and the Dean’s Office may also be used as additional resources for information. If you have any questions regarding the requirements for a particular State Board including Physio-Therapeutics, you will need to contact that State’s licensing board office for more information. For a directory of state licensing requirements visit the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board.
First Year Experience Course Series
Effective Fall Quarter, 2009, all new students entering the College of Chiropractic must complete the First Year Experience Course consisting of one (1) FYEX course; 1101. See your advisor for more detail. Completion of the FYEX course is a graduation requirement.
This course will cover topics of importance to new Doctor of Chiropractic students at Life University. Students will be exposed to items such as balancing a professional program, communication and relational skills, University policy and procedure, financial management, the Eight Core Proficiencies and the concept of wellness in their own lives. This course will be facilitated online.
College of Chiropractic Exemptions for the FYEX Program:
- Bachelor’s degree with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and the degree is not more than 3 years old
- Master’s degree or higher and the degree is not more than 5 years old
Graduation Ceremony Participation Requirements
Doctor of Chiropractic students may participate in the graduation ceremonies if they have already completed or are scheduled to complete their requirements in the quarter in which they are graduating. Ceremonies will be held four times per year: March, June, September and December.
The Life University degree of Doctor of Chiropractic is presented to students who have fulfilled each of the following requirements:
- Satisfactory completion of at least the equivalent of four and two-thirds academic years (14 quarters) of prescribed study, and must have earned not less than the final 25% of the total credits required from the Doctor of Chiropractic Program conferring the degree
- Satisfactory completion of all required courses and clinic requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
- Recommendations for graduation by the faculty
- Registrar Office requirements:
- File a petition to graduate
- Completion of a formal academic record review no earlier than one quarter before intended graduation
- If federal loans were borrowed, must complete Exit Counseling online at www.StudentLoans.gov
- Freedom from all indebtedness (including library) and other obligations to the University
*NO DIPLOMA OR TRANSCRIPT WILL BE RELEASED UNTIL ALL FINANCIAL OR OTHER OBLIGATIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY HAVE BEEN CLEARED.
Course of Study
Courses are identified by offering quarters, subject/department designation, four (4) digit course number, course title, lecture, lab and credit hours.
The four (4) digit course number is designed as follows; the first digit represents the academic class level freshman = 1 through senior = 4 and electives = 5. The second digit represents the academic level equivalency from 500-800 used by most post baccalaureate programs and higher. The third and fourth digits represent the course identifier including level and sequence. See course descriptions below for additional information.
The numbers in parentheses listed following the course description, i.e. Credit Hours: (2-1-2.5), are explained below:
- The first digit is the number of lecture quarter credit hours for the course.
- The second digit is the number of laboratory quarter credit hours for the course.
- The third digit is the number of credit hours for the course.
A credit hour is a standard measure of the amount of instructional time required to successfully complete a course and is formally defined to conform to accepted practices in higher education and keeping with federal guidelines (See Credit Hour Policy).Two contact hours of laboratory work per week for eleven (11) weeks, or its equivalent, is equal to one-quarter credit hour. A minimum of two contact hours of clinical work per week for eleven (11) weeks, or its equivalent, is equal to one-quarter credit hour. Additional clinical work is expected in professional programs to meet either patient or clinic needs and as directed by clinician of record.
The following represents the current professional course of the study for the Doctor of Chiropractic Program.