College of Chiropractic Admission Requirements

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:

  • General Biology (or Anatomy, Physiology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Human Biology, Zoology)
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics

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

  • All science prerequisites should have been completed within ten years of the matriculation date at NYCC.
  • NYCC evaluates each case individually, and if necessary, may require refresher courses to help ensure the candidate’s preparation for academic success.
  • For science prerequisites, certification of the grade and of the laboratory is required.

Advanced Placement Courses

  • All college credit earned via Advanced Placement (AP) courses is acceptable toward meeting the entrance requirements, providing the credit was granted by an accredited, degree-granting institution.

Credit Through CLEP or Other Proficiency Examinations

  • Up to 20 semester hours of a candidate’s pre-professional requirements can be earned through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and certain other college proficiency examinations.
  • These credits must be granted by an accredited, degree-granting institution.
  • None of the science prerequisites can be satisfied through examination programs.

Technical Standards for Program Success

New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) is committed to the achievement of academic excellence, leadership, and professional best practices. 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; intellectual conceptual, 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.

  • Evidence of proficiency in the subject matter will be required for course work from professional schools in countries that do not have accreditation systems equivalent to that of the United States.
  • Course work to be transferred must have been completed within five years of the transfer date.
  • Exceptions may be made for candidates holding a first professional degree or an academic graduate degree in related discipline from an accredited institution.
  • To be considered for transfer credit, a course must be equivalent in content and credit hours to the NYCC course for which credit is sought.
  • The student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher, and not have used the course to meet entrance requirements.
  • Basic-science academic courses must have been taken at the professional or graduate level.
  • Transfer applicants must complete all application procedures and must furnish official transcripts of graduate or professional schools attended.
  • Transfer applicants must obtain and complete an application for transfer credit and wait for an evaluation.
  • An offer of transfer credit, if accepted by the candidate, is not subject to further negotiation after transfer to NYCC.
  • In consultation with appropriate department heads and faculty, the appropriate academic dean or director may grant transfer credit under exceptional or unusual circumstances that vary from the parameters defined above.

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 U.S. credits = .5 credits and 6 U.S. 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:

  • Evidence of the ability to read, write and speak English at a level of mastery sufficient to successfully complete the specific degree program;
  • A comprehensive evaluation of educational credentials by an appropriate agency such as World Education Services (WES), International Education Resource Foundation (IERF), or others;
  • Certified English translation of educational credentials; and
  • An Ability-to-Pay statement.

Financial Aid

The NYCC Office of Financial Aid assists students in meeting their financial obligations with the aid of scholarships, work programs, grants and loans. Below you’ll find a listing of sources of financial aid and information about eligibility. You can find further details on financial aid program requirements and eligibility criteria in the NYCC Catalog & Student Guide, or by contacting the NYCC Financial Aid Office.

Loan Programs

Applicable to: Program Academic Year Interest Rate Eligibility Applications

D.C. Program

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan May be awarded up to $33,000, less other aid Variable/Fixed Financial Need Financial aid form, loan application
All Programs Federal Grad Plus May be awarded up to student budget less other aid Variable/Fixed Credit Worthy Loan Application

All Programs

U.S. and International Student Private Loans Amounts vary Varies by loan program Varies by loan program Contact the financial aid office for information

NYCC participates in all of the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan programs. Eligible students needing to borrow funds are strongly encouraged to secure funding through these programs first. The Direct Loan programs have unique deferment, repayment and loan forgiveness options that other student loan programs do not. If you have questions concerning the terms of these loans you may refer to the U.S. Department of Education's Student Loan website, or you may contact the NYCC Financial Aid Office at 1-800-234-6922 ext. 3063 or email

Work-Study Program

Applicable to: Program Annual Eligibility Applications


Federal Work-Study

Varies based on workload and unmet need

Financial need

Financial aid form and NYCC application

Doctor of Chiropractic Program 2019-2020 Academic Year Budget

*These estimated expenses represent two trimesters (one academic year/eight month period) and may vary due to modest increases or individual factors. Please consult the Financial Aid Office on your special individual financial situation such as child care and insurance expenses.

  Seneca Falls Campus
(2 Trimesters)
Health Centers
*Trimesters 7 & 8
Health Centers 
*Trimester 9 & 10
Tuition $25,216 $25,216 $25,216
Fees $680 $680 $680
Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Room & Board $8,240 $9,025 $9,810
Transportation $2,000 $2,232 $2,464
Personal $1,342 $1,421 $1,500
Loan Fees $354 $354 $354
Total Budget $39,332 $40,428 $41,524

The Doctor of Chiropractic program college tuition and fee costs, based on 2019-2020 school year rates, total $129,480.00. Tuition and fees are subject to adjustments authorized by the Board of Trustees. In such cases, due notice will be given.

This Financial Aid information reflects data available at the time of the catalog publication. State and federal legislation may affect the student’s eligibility and the academic year amounts of the award available. Current funding levels and regulations may be requested from the NYCC Financial Aid office.

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Code of Conduct


NYCC Merit Scholarships

  • Incoming Doctor of Chiropractic students who have maintained exemplary academic performance prior to enrollment at NYCC with GPAs between 3.0 and 3.499, are eligible to receive a Merit Scholarship at $1,500.

NYCC High Merit Scholarships

  • Incoming Doctor of Chiropractic students who have maintained exemplary academic performance prior to enrollment at NYCC with GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0, are eligible to receive a Merit Scholarship at $2,500.

Both levels of merit scholarship are paid in equal installments for the first two trimesters of enrollment upon the receipt of all official transcripts.

Chiropractic Legacy Scholarships

  • Available to students who are immediate family members of a licensed doctor of chiropractic. Awarded to qualified students who have chosen to carry on the family chiropractic tradition! Scholarship value of up to $2,500.

 *Immediate family is defined as, spouse, parent, grandparent, brother/sister or child.

Presidential Scholarships

  • This competitive award is open to U.S. applicants (for the D.C. and A.O.M. programs) and is based on a complete application and essay submission. Scholarship amounts vary.

Academic Scholarships

  • Awarded to enrolled D.C. students in each class in trimesters 2-10, scholarship value of up to $300-$500 per trimester.

NYCC Education Opportunity Award

  • Competitive awards for enrolled D.C. students with a minimum GPA of 2.75; financial aid and essay considered. Scholarship value of up to $500 per trimester.

NYCC International Presidential Scholarships

  • Open to students from Canada and countries other than the U.S. based on a completed application. Scholarship amounts vary.

Additional Scholarships and Grants

A variety of additional scholarships and grants opportunities – made possible through the support of NYCC alumni and various professional organizations – are available to NYCC students. Award amounts and criteria for eligibility vary. Ask the NYCC Financial Aid Office for more information.

  • Kenneth W. Padgett/Alumni Scholarship
  • American Specialty Health (acupuncture and chiropractic)
  • Don and Kay Allen International Scholarship
  • International Chiropractors Association Auxiliary Scholarship
  • Chiropractic Education Foundation of New York Scholarship
  • New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association Scholarship
  • Dr. Marvin B. Sosnik Scholarship
  • Dr. Jack DiBenedetto Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. George I. and Frances E. Koenig Scholarship
  • American Black Chiropractic Association
  • Standard Process Scholarship Program
  • Garden State Chiropractic Society Scholarship
  • American Specialty Health
  • World Olympians Association
  • Dr. Herbert Law Memorial Scholarship
  • Council of New Jersey Chiropractors Scholarship