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Chiropractic Admission Standands
Lowest among Health Professionals

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

A survey comparing U.S. chiropractic colleges with five other types of professional schools has found that chiropractic schools had the lowest standards. Publications and telephone inquiries were used to compile information on (a) the percentage of the previous year's entering class with a bachelor's degree, (a) the minimum grade point average (GPA) required for admission, and (c) the average GPA of the previous year's enrollees. The researchers noted that although the degree of undergraduate success may reflect the potential for professional success, further research would be needed to confirm this. The study found:

Type and Number
of Schools

% with
Bachelor's Degree

 Avg. Minimum
GPA Required

 Avg. GPA of Enrollees
Medical (17)

99.35%

3.16

3.56
Optometry (16)

76.88%

2.55

3.30
Osteopathic (16)

97.00%

2.68

3.26
Dental (15)

66.87%

2.79

3.13
Podiatry (7)

89.40%

2.76

3.06
Chiropractic (16)

42.25%

2.38

2.90

Reference

  1. Doxey TT, Phillips RB. Comparison of entrance requirements for health care professions. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 20:86-91, 1997.

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This article was revised on December 24, 1999.