Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Health Professions (Pre), Chiropractic Medicine (Pre) Emphasis Area, AS

Location(s): Scottsbluff

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The pre-professional health areas of emphasis are designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities associated with medical schools. The following program models provide students with the first two years of study and are reflective of the University of Nebraska and University of Nebraska Medical Center preparatory programs for the first two years of course work at those respective institutions.

It is important to note that the road to becoming a professional in any of these fields is a long one, requiring upwards of eight or more years of study. These programs are merely the beginning of that journey.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the mastery of course work considered fundamental to the training of a medical professional. Required competencies may include the accumulation of knowledge in general biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, ecology, genetics, evolution, chemistry, and physics.
  • Research program requirements at transfer institutions and implement into the planning of their programs, courses and activities appropriate for transfer to four-year institutions to continue their chosen field of study.
  • Demonstrate the ability to transfer into an equivalent program at a four-year institution specifically for continuation and study of a chosen field.
  • Use knowledge of basic principles of medical science to summarize and support a critical analysis of current scientific advances (primary literature and popular accounts), legislative issues, environmental issues, biotechnological advances, and demonstrate knowledge of contemporary social and ethical issues related to science and the professional responsibilities of a medical professional.
  • Understand the relationship between science and other subject areas, including interdisciplinary approaches to global issues and the relationship of core concepts from chemistry, mathematics, and other disciplines to scientific concepts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to find, read, and critically evaluate appropriate scientific literature and resources.
  • Be able to function successfully within laboratory and field settings, including use of basic equipment (microscopes, measurements devices, and computer technologies); developing and utilizing appropriate safety protocols; and putting into practice conceptual understandings of the research process illustrated by the scientific method.
  • Utilize a variety of skills to communicate scientific information effectively, including gathering of data/information; oral and written communication skills clarifying concepts and confirming understandings; and utilization of computer resources including computer presentation.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the College’s general education requirements for the AS degree.


  • Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should consult their faculty and transfer advisors early in their WNCC career to determine a curriculum to best suit their transfer goals.
  • Dependent upon the choice of electives, it is possible that the total credits earned for the AS degree will exceed 60 credit credits.
  • Students should understand that the courses included in the lists of core requirements and recommended electives will be required by receiving institutions at some point in their journey to the bachelor’s or professional degree.

Chiropractic Medicine (Pre) Emphasis Area

AS.5101 (61 credits)

The pre-chiropractic medicine emphasis area is modeled after several such programs across North America. The recommended plan of study represents 60 of the minimum 90 prerequisite credits necessary to be eligible for application to an accredited chiropractic school. Of the 61 credits earned toward the Associate of Science degree, 48 of them include required coursework as established by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and are accepted by the member institutions of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (AAC).

This program includes the required coursework in the sciences. The program naturally contains considerable flexibility regarding the recommended coursework. It is important for a student to consult with their advisor as well as transfer institutions early to formulate a plan for the completion of all 90 credits required for application to chiropractic school. Complete information concerning prerequisites and application to chiropractic schools can be found at the respective websites of the CCE and AAC.


  • Students should check with their advisor to determine which humanities and social science offerings qualify for admission into a certified chiropractic program.
  • Social science and humanities credits will constitute 18 credits of the 90 credits required for admission into a certified chiropractic program.
  • Students should check the Association of Chiropractic Colleges’ website to get a complete listing of all chiropractic colleges in North America as well as check detailed listings of requirements for admission to Doctor of Chiropractic programs. The potential for adjustment to the recommended program would exist within the first two years although the ultimate requirements for admission to a chiropractic program would not. For example, Organic Chemistry could be delayed until the third year of coursework but relevant substitutions (i.e., science classes) would need to be made in the second year at WNCC to complete hour requirements. Know that at some point Organic Chemistry would still need to be taken by virtue of the fact it is a requirement for admission to a certified chiropractic program.
  • Please also note that many of the chiropractic schools are now requiring a Bachelor of Science degree for admission.

Program Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements for the AS degree, 32 credits of core courses and nine (9) credits of electives are required for the pre-chiropractic medicine emphasis area. A total of 61 credits are required for the Associate of Science degree in this emphasis area.

AS General Education Core: 33 Credits

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  • Written Communication Credits: 6
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Humanities Credits: 3
  • Math Credits: 3 *
  • Lab Science Credits: 4 *
  • Personal Development Credits: 3
  • Social Science Credits: 3

* A total of 15-16 combined math/science credits are the minimum requirement for an AS degree. This must include a minimum of three (3) credits of math and four (4) credits of science from BIOS, CHEM, or PHYS options.

Note: Some general education requirements may be satisfied by program requirements. Please consult with an advisor for details.

Recommended Electives or Courses for Transfer: 9 Credits

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Recommended Plan of Study

Total Semester Credits: 17

Total Semester Credits: 14

3rd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

4th Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total AS Credits: 61

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