Pre-Professional Education for Chiropractic Study

If your dream is to be a chiropractor, SAU makes it easier with three, top-notch and approved undergraduate programs that can help you reach your goals. You choose your major and we will help design your plan of study.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Articulation Agreement with Top Chiropractic College
  • You Choose Your Major
  • Small Classes, Outstanding Faculty

The Davenport campus, our undergraduate Biology, Exercise Science, and Human Performance and Fitness programs include your prerequisites. On top of that, SAU provides a very big, additional advantage: we don't prepare you for one career, but two.

More Information on our Pre-Professional Chiropractic Program

What are some potential career opportunities?

The road to become a Doctor of Chiropractic is a long one. If you discover that chiropractic care isn't your passion – and that's what college is for! – your SAU undergraduate degree will prepare you for so many professions.

Qualified biologists find positions in:

  • research and development
  • healthcare
  • state and federal government
  • zoos and aquariums
  • museums
  • conservation agencies
  • national and state parks as educators or
  • conduct research for pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations.

Some of our Biology graduates work at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, MedTox Laboratories, and Davenport Police Department.

Exercise Science majors can work as an exercise physiologist, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist, and researcher. Some of our graduates work at Trinity Regional Health System, Army Wellness Center, Alliance Rehab, Illini Restorative Care, Rock Valley Physical Therapy.

There are possibilities of working as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, employee fitness director, group exercise instructor, recreation program director, and health and fitness club manager. Some of our graduates work at Quad Cities Acceleration, Feldman Performance, Unity Point Health, and Pleasant Valley High School.

Why should I Pursue Pre-Professional Training at SAU

At SAU, you will get a well-rounded education grounded in the Liberal Arts and within a campus community that works for social justice in the spirit of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

You will develop critical thinking skills, an awareness of the world outside the classroom, and knowledge that spans beyond your major. These aspects of your education will strengthen you professionally – and personally.


On General Education/Electives: Of the 90 total hours taken at St. Ambrose University to meet Palmer College of Chiropractic 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 should also include a well-rounded general education program in the humanities, social sciences, 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.

Scholarships and Grants


For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Scholarships (2018-19)

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Menke Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation form (pdf) to be completed by your pastor.

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year.

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Institutional Aid

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Criteria: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership
Award: $12,500/year for new transfer students, renewable each year up to eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Out-of-State Grant

Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000/year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000/year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Award

Criteria: accepted diverse student
Award: $1,000/year on-campus; $500/year off-campus

Athletics Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability
Marching band scholarships also available
Award varies

Fine Arts Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability in art, music, theatre
Audition or portfolio required
Award varies

Dual Admission Scholarship

Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $5,920 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study Award

Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant

Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: @{Iowa-Tuition-Grant}

Carver Scholarship

Criteria: Iowa resident and entering junior, visit for eligibility details, deadline April 1.
Award: $7,600 maximum

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

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Admissions Office
Admissions and Welcome Center
310 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!