Before starting at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, you must first complete a minimum of one year of approved prerequisite study in specific basic health sciences.
If you have not completed university level study in the science field, it is important that you first apply to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic for guidance and approval of these courses.
If you have completed tertiary study in the health and/or science field, you may have met our prerequisite course requirements. To gain approval for these courses, you must apply to the College.
Recommended prerequisite programme
Our recommended prerequisite programme is the Diploma in Applied Science (Pre-Chiropractic Pathway) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
How to apply:
- You need to request an application form
- The College will provide you with a letter of intent after receipt of your completed application form. This is a requirement for your separate application into the AUT Diploma in Applied Science (Pre-Chiropractic Pathway).
- It is your responsibility to apply for the Diploma in Applied Science (Pre-Chiropractic Pathway) and to meet AUT’s entry requirements.
The following subjects make up the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Diploma in Applied Science (Pre-Chiropractic Pathway):
|Principles of Chemistry||CHEM501||15|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I||HEAL505||15|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II||HEAL609||15|
|Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication||HEAL506||15|
|Elective from the Bachelor of Science list of papers|
Where else can you complete prerequisite courses?
You can complete your prerequisite courses at other universities worldwide. In New Zealand, the following programmes cover some or all of the prerequisite courses but you must apply to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic to approve the prerequisite courses.
You can complete our prerequisite courses at most universities. They are usually covered in the first years of a General Science, Health Science or Exercise and Sport Science degree. Please contact us for more information.
What if you have already studied?
If you have previously or are currently enrolled in science courses, you may have met the prerequisite course requirements (see table below). All prerequisite courses must be equivalent to the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) Level 5 or higher.
|Anatomy and Physiology||30 Credits|
|Chemistry (General)||15 Credits|
|Biological Chemistry||15 Credits|
To get an understanding of what the requirements are for the prerequisite courses, please find a detailed breakdown of what each course needs to cover here: View our full list of prerequisite learning outcomes.
Request an application form here. Note that you will need to submit your detailed course descriptors and official transcripts with your application.
Receiving an offer of place
To receive an offer of place, you will have completed our admissions process and reached a minimum admissions score. The admissions process encompasses you having successfully submitted your application including an essay, completed an interview, an online critical thinking assessment and having completed an approved prerequisite study path.
The College has a limited intake and some applications may be put on a wait list. The College has one intake per year in January.