Application Procedures for the Doctor of Chiropractic Program

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Applications for admission may be obtained by filling out our online form or by writing to:

Office of Admission
Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
P.O. Box 1452
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29304

  1. Return the fully completed application to the admission office with your resume and a non-refundable $35 application fee.
  2. Request official transcripts from all colleges you have attended. Transcripts must be mailed directly to Sherman College from the school of origin.
  3. Include lab documentation to verify your lab experience in all science courses in which less than four semester hours of credit were earned per course. A course description from a college catalog is sufficient.

Application is made only for the term specified on the application form. If a student wishes to postpone enrollment, it will be necessary to remit a second non-refundable $35 administrative fee to secure later enrollment.

After the application form is received, reference requests will be mailed to the individuals listed as references, which should include a chiropractor and another professional person. Relatives cannot be accepted as references.

As a candidate for admission, each applicant is evaluated individually and admitted to the College on the basis of motivation, scholastic achievement, and an honest desire to join a health care profession. In making its decision, the Sherman College Admission Committee reviews each applicant’s academic credentials and personal references. Sherman College admits only applicants who meet all the qualifications for a chiropractic education. Every candidate for admission is given serious consideration and notified of the decision of the College’s Admission Committee once the admission process is complete.

After notification of acceptance for admission to Sherman College, a student is required to pay an advance tuition deposit of $150, which will be credited to the student’s tuition for the enrollment period specified. This non-refundable deposit must be received to reserve a space in the student body.

When to Apply: As class size is limited, applicants are advised to submit their application as early as possible to assure a place in the enrolling class of their choice. Doing this will automatically place the student on the college’s mailing list to be advised of all updates to the Bulletin and to receive various Sherman College publications.

Pre-Professional Academic Requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the Doctor of Chiropractic program is a minimum of 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate credits with a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average. The credits must have been earned in an institution that is accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a college deemed acceptable to the College’s Admission Committee.

Applicants who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better will be considered for “priority” admission. “Priority” applicants will be considered as their applications are received for the quarter of their choice. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance as soon as the admission process is complete.

Applicants who have earned a cumulative grade point average in the 2.25-2.49 range will be placed in an applicant pool. These applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis. The Admission Committee will select candidates from this group who it feels are most likely to succeed. An on-campus interview may be required.

Effective September, 1999, all candidates for admission must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better.

Required Courses

The prerequisite program MUST include completion of the following course work:

English or Communication Skills:
1 Academic Year (two semesters: not less than 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours)
1/2 Academic Year (one semester: not less than 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours)
Social Science or Humanities:
15 Semester Hours (or 22.5 quarter hours)
Biology (with lab each semester):
1 Academic Year (two semesters: not less than 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours)
General (Inorganic) Chemistry (with lab each semester):
1 Academic Year (two semesters: not less than 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours)
Organic Chemistry (with lab each semester):
1 Academic Year (two semesters: not less than 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours)
Physics (with lab each semester):
1 Academic Year (two semesters: not less than 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours)

All required courses listed above must be completed with a minimum 2.0 or better. The biology requirements may include course work in anatomy, physiology or zoology. General or inorganic chemistry should be taken in sequence followed by organic chemistry. All science lectures must have an accompanying laboratory.

Credits earned by C.L.E.P. or other proficiency examinations will be accepted. The credits must be evaluated by and appear on the official transcript of an institution accredited, at the college level, by an accrediting organization listed as nationally recognized by the Secretary of Education of the U.S. Department of Education. No more than 20 semester hours can be earned through C.L.E.P. or other proficiency exams. None of the science prerequisites may be earned through proficiency exams.

Pre-chiropractic Curriculum

Sherman College advises prospective students to follow the pre-chiropractic curriculum suggested below when planning their 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate credit leading to a baccalaureate degree from an accredited liberal arts or science college.

The following is an example of a recommended curriculum of pre-professional study, including all courses specifically required for admission to Sherman College.

First Year

First Sememster Second Semester
English I* English II*
Anatomy/Physiology I*
(or Biology or Zoology)
Anatomy/Physiology II*
(or Biology or Zoology)
General Chemistry I* General Chemistry II*
Mathematics (Algebra) Mathematics (Trigonometry)
Psychology* Social Sciences/Humanities*

Second Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
Physics I* Physics II*
Organic Chemistry I* Organic Chemistry II*
Social Sciences/Humanities * Social Sciences/Humanities *
Social Sciences/Humanities * Social Sciences/Humanities *

* Required Courses

All required courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. The sciences must have related laboratories with each lecture. Students are advised to check with their own college or university regarding mathematics prerequisites for physics and chemistry.

For more information, call the admission office at 800.849.8771, ext. 1221, 1222 or in Spartanburg at 864.578.8770, ext. 1221, 1222.

Contact Information

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