Join a growing healthcare profession that’s helping patients stay healthy without drugs or surgery.

Each year, an estimated 50 million Americans see a chiropractor to reduce pain, increase movement and support overall health and wellbeing.

Through UNI’s unique Chiropractic 3+1 program, you can fast-track your chiropractic career – saving you time and money.

As part of this program, the UNI Department of Biology has partnered with Palmer College of Chiropractic, Logan University, and Cleveland Chiropractic College to offer students a pathway to chiropractic school.

Students will complete three years at UNI, meeting UNI's liberal arts core requirements, Department of Biology foundational science courses, and the chiropractic school's prerequisites. Students will then complete one year at a partnering chiropractic school of their choice. At the end of the four years, students will be awarded a BA in Biology from UNI. The student can then complete the three additional years of required chiropractic coursework to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) from the cooperating program.

It is important to note that Chiropractic 3+1 is not an academic major; rather, a suggested program of study that prepares students for professional school upon completing their undergraduate degrees. Students wishing to join this program would declare a BA Biology major

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Admission Rate

Our Chiropractic 3+1 students are consistently admitted to chiropractic programs with over 90% success rates.

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High-Demand Field

Employment for chiropractors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

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Fast-Track your Education

Through our condensed program, students can fast-track their chiropractic career, saving them time and money.


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Department of Biology
University of Northern Iowa
144 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421

Phone: (319) 273-2010

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Looking for more information?

Each program is slightly different so you are encouraged to contact the Department of Biology Academic Advisor, Linda Reardon-Lowry and the admissions staff at the chiropractic school of interest.