Competitive applicants to chiropractic colleges are well rounded and have pursued a wide range of experiences to develop not only their scientific background and skills, but also interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills, and professionalism. Most chiropractic colleges like to see some job shadowing or experience in one or more chiropractic settings so you have some idea what the doctor-patient relationship is like, and have an opportunity to explore and appreciate their unique approach to patient care and managing a clinical practice. But there is no set number of hours required - it’s more about quality than quantity of experience.


Volunteering and community service, whether or not it is in a healthcare setting, demonstrates your commitment to serving others, as you will as a future chiropractor.

Get Involved

Becoming a leader in a student organization, job, etc. gives you experience working with teams, communicating, and working together to share responsibility for accomplishing shared goals.  Consider joining organizations such as HSO or Alpha Epsilon Delta honor society, and working your way toward an executive board or other leadership role.