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Special Report
November 23, 1964

Requirements for Admission to Schools of Chiropractic

JAMA. 1964;190(8):763-764. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070210069012

WHAT ARE the admission requirements for schools of chiropractic? During the summer of 1963 a study was undertaken to evaluate chiropractic claims that "Today's prospective doctor of chiropractic cannot enter upon his professional training without having had basic general education through high school."1 To verify such claims, attempts were made to gain admission to various schools of chiropractic through the use of fictitious applications.

Study Design  The selection of the specific schools for inclusion in the study was guided by a desire to apply to the supposedly better schools, and at the same time achieve a balanced geographical distribution for the applications.In this study, letters of inquiry were sent to seven of the 15 chiropractic schools in the United States. At that time (1963), the schools were accredited by either the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) or the National Chiropractic Association (NCA). Since that time, the NCA has changed

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