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Academic Programs

Pre-Chiropractic

If you're interested in applying to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport after completing undergraduate work, you can major in Biology, Exercise Science, or Human Performance and Fitness and your pre-requisites will be covered as part of the major. Classes are listed below.

The following is a course sequence as agreed upon between St. Ambrose University and Palmer College of Chiropractic (PCC), Davenport Campus. This sequence does not apply to other chiropractic schools.

On General Education/Electives: Of the 90 total hours taken at St. Ambrose University to meet PCC entrance requirements, 24 credits (36 quarter hours) in life and physical science courses must be included. These science courses will provide an adequate background for success in the Doctor of Chiropractic Programs (DCP) and at least half of these courses will have a substantive laboratory component.

The student's undergraduate preparation – of which three such programs are outlined below – also includes a well-rounded general education program in the humanities and social sciences and other coursework for students to successfully complete the DCP curriculum.

The minimum number of credits required to graduate with a bachelor's degree from St. Ambrose University is 120 credits.

If you are currently a student at Palmer and wish to transfer into St. Ambrose University, please get in touch with one of our Transfer Advisors.

Biology Major with pre-Health Professions Concentration

Learn about the Biology program

All classes below are 4 credits unless otherwise noted
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (or BIOL 199 General Biology I)
BIOL 232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (or BIOL 200 General Biology II)
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
CHEM 207/209 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 208/210 Organic Chemistry II
PHYS 203 College Physics I
PHYS 204 College Physics II
TOTAL: 32 credits

General Electives/Other Electives
See your advisor for course selection to ensure you meet degree and graduation requirements.

TOTAL: 58 credits

Exercise Science Major

Visit the Kinesiology page for Exercise Science

BIOL 199 General Biology I, 4 credits
BIOL 200 General Biology II, 4 credits
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 credits
BIOL 232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 credits
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I, 4 credits
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II, 4 credits
PHYS 203 College Physics I, 4 credits
PHYS 204 College Physics II, 4 credits
KIN 341 Exercise Pharm and Sport Nutrition, 3 credits
KIN 350 Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning, 3 credits
KIN 215 Basic Athletic Training, 2 credits
KIN 260 Motor Learning, 2 credits
KIN 282 Exercise and Aging, 3 credits
WI-KIN 340 Nutritional Concepts, 3 credits
KIN 149 Wellness Concepts, 1 credit
KIN 206 First-Aid/CPR, 2 credits
KIN 361 Kinesiology, 3 credits
WI-KIN 390 Exercise Physiology, 4 credits
KIN 406, 440, 441, 4 credits
KIN 258, 275 or 392, 2 credits
TOTAL: 68 credits

General Education/Other Electives
CHEM 207/209 Organic Chemistry I, 4 credits
CHEM 208/210 Organic Chemstry II, 4 credits
Electives - See your advisor
TOTAL: 22 credits

Human Performance and Fitness Major

Visit the Kinesiology page for Human Performance and Fitness

BIOL 199 General Biology I, 4 credits*
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I, 4 credits*
KIN 260 Motor Learning, 2 credits*
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 credits*
BIOL 232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 credits*
PSYC 105 Intro to Psychology, 3 credits
STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for Sciences, 3 credits*
KIN 149 Wellness Concepts, 1 credit
KIN 206 First-Aid/CPR, 2 credits
KIN 215 Basic Athletic Training, 2 credits
KIN 282 Exercise and Aging, 3 credits
WI-KIN 340 Nutritional Concepts, 3 credits
KIN 350 Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning, 3 credits
KIN 361 Kinesiology, 3 credits
WI-KIN 390 Exercise Physiology, 4 credits
KIN 363 The Law in Sport, PE, Exercise Science and Leisure, 2 credits
KIN 406 Exercise Prescription and Program Design (or KIN 440/441), 3-4 credits
KIN 418 Internship, 6-8 credits
TOTAL: 63-66 credits

*Counts toward the 24 semester hours in Life and Physical Sciences

General Electives/Other Electives
See your advisor for course selection to ensure you meet degree and graduation requirements.