Transfer Students - College of Chiropractic

Application process

Step 1 – Complete the application

Follow the instructions on How to Apply

Step 2 - Submit references and transcripts

Faculty references

At least two of your references must be faculty members at the college of chiropractic you previously attended.

Additional transcripts

In addition to the transcripts required for the application, have any other chiropractic institutions you attended send official transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions.

Step 3 – Provide letter of good academic standing

Have the Registrar from the chiropractic institution you attended send a letter directly to the Office of Admissions indicating you are in good academic standing and could continue studies at that institution.


Transfer policy – College of Chiropractic

  • The institution where you completed your transfer course work must be accredited and recognized by the Council on Chiropractic Education and the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Courses may transfer to Northwestern if you have received grades of C or better.
  • You will not be allowed to transfer to Northwestern if you are on academic probation or have any other academic restrictions.
  • Transfer courses must have similar course content, name, length and objective, and correspond to courses within Northwestern’s chiropractic curriculum. The college Dean, Associate Dean or designee at Northwestern will determine comparability.
  • All courses submitted for transfer must be applied for and posted to your Northwestern academic record prior to your enrollment.
  • You must complete a minimum of five trimesters of resident study at Northwestern prior to graduation.
  • Excessive student debt may be a factor in your ability to transfer.
  • Approval of transfer course work for the College of Chiropractic does not guarantee transfer of the same courses for another academic program at Northwestern.
  • Transfer policies are subject to change.

Advanced Placement – College of Chiropractic

Advanced placement gives a student credit for a Northwestern course based on work completed before enrollment at Northwestern. Advanced placement requires completion of a competency examination written by the faculty and provided by the chairperson of the appropriate department.

Applicants may sit for competency examinations if their official transcripts show:

  • Work in the subject area in addition to that required for admission and taken in upper-division courses
  • Coursework completed with a grade of C or better
  • Coursework taken within a period of five years
  • A request to take the examination filed no later than two weeks before entering Northwestern

Transfer students from an accredited chiropractic, osteopathic or medical college are given transfer credit and actual contact hours up to those equivalent to Northwestern standards. Advanced placement is not granted for only one part of two-part basic science courses such as Physiology 1 and 2. Questions about advanced placement should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

Unless otherwise announced, examinations will be given the Friday before the first day of classes. This is the one and only chance to apply for advanced placement. Credit cannot be granted for any clinical-level courses taken in a college of liberal arts and sciences.

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