If you are interested in the growing field of chiropractic medicine, a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education is the best preparation for a graduate program in chiropractic. Central students succeed in securing acceptance into chiropractic programs with help from an on-campus pre-health adviser, internship coordinator and academic advisers.

Central College has a transfer agreement with Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, which allows Central biology majors to earn both a bachelor’s degree and the doctor of chiropractic degree.

Central students will take three years of required courses for the biology major at Central. After transferring to Palmer for one year, credits from Palmer will transfer back to Central and students will then earn their bachelor's degree from Central. Students who transfer to Palmer College also have options for how quickly they complete the doctor of chiropractic degree: 1) five academic years of eight months at Palmer College or 2) three and one-third consecutive years of continuous coursework at Palmer.

The Real World


Successful Careers

  • Chiropractor/Owner, Dr. Taylor Family & Sports Chiropractic, Ames
  • Chiropractor, ADIO Chiropractic, Des Moines
  • Chiropractor, Gonstead Family Chiropractic, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Chiropractor, Browne Family Chiropractic, Pella


  • Biology Club
  • SCATE (Students Concerned About The Environment)
  • Tri-Beta (national biological sciences honor society)
  • Health Professions Club
  • CAAT (athletic training club)
Central College student

Graduate Placement

  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University, Minnesota
  • Life University, Marietta, Ga.


Students interested in the chiropractic program are able to shadow local professionals for limited hours. Shadowing opportunities are available across the state including Van Wyk Chiropractic, Pella Regional Health Center and Broadlawns Medical Center.

Courses & Faculty

Students planning to transfer to Palmer College after three years at Central must major in biology. Students planning to graduate from Central before attending another chiropractic program may major in any discipline that fits with personal and professional life goals. Regardless of major, students are required to successfully complete a series of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, social sciences and English.

The Central College Career Center provides the following activities to help pre-health students narrow career options: individual appointments to identify career options in the health field, job shadowing opportunities with local professionals or Central alumni, assistance with finding and applying for internships and summer opportunities, help with graduate school applications and much more.

Meet the faculty:

David Pavlat, B.S., M.S., Ed.D. Associate Professor of Exercise Science, interest areas include: physiology, kinesiology

John Roslien, B.S., M.S. Associate Professor Exercise Science, interest areas include: professional leadership

The Central Difference

Individualized Attention

Thanks to Central's small class and laboratory section size, faculty can provide each student with individualized attention and the opportunity to develop skills necessary for graduate school. Our faculty members also provide personalized advising that ensures students meet the coursework requirements for graduate school. And to help students get into graduate school, faculty provide letters of recommendation that make a vital difference in the decision process for acceptance into medical programs.

Heartland Global Health Consortium

Central College is a founding member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium whose mission is to establish and expand multidisciplinary educational, research and service opportunities to inspire and equip students to become leaders in global public health. The consortium provides additional opportunities for students to participate in educational, global research and global medical service experiences.

Hands-On Research

Central faculty provide students with many research and professional development opportunities, of which students are encouraged to take full advantage while on campus. Opportunities include undergraduate research and presentations at scientific meetings, internships, shadowing programs, targeted service-learning opportunities related to career goals and much more.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago or Washington, D.C. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Learn More

Want to find out more about Pre-Chiropractic at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.