Pre-Chiropractic with Palmer

Doctor of Chiropractic

IW has a 3+1 agreement with Palmer College of Chiropractic. The student will complete a minimum of 90 credit hours before transferring to Palmer. During the fourth year, the student will be completing both the last year of undergraduate coursework and the first year of the program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree on the campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic. 30 credit hours will be transferred from Palmer for a completion of the B.S. degree in Biology from IW.

A major in the biological sciences prepares students for communication of scientific knowledge, research and advanced study in the life sciences. Topics are studies in learning communities as students examine theories and ideas with an experimental inquiry. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamental concepts of the biological sciences at
    an in-depth level.
  2. Appreciate scientific literature.
  3. Demonstrate a broad knowledge related to laboratory and field techniques.
  4. Perform scientific investigations and interpret scientific data.
  5. Demonstrate scientific writing skills.
  6. Relate problem-solving to scientific learning.
  7. Apply critical thinking skills to biological questions.
  8. Demonstrate preparation for entry and success in science related post graduate training programs, graduate and professional schools, industry or laboratory and field programs.

Career Outcomes


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Biology Degree

The pre-licensure program is designed for the student who has an interest in a career in nursing. The first year of the program is foundational, building on the liberal arts and sciences, with subsequent nursing courses offered in years two through four.

BIO 201 General Botany
BIO 211 General Zoology
BIO 241 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 302 Plant Morphology
BIO 312 Animal Development and Diversity
BIO 350 Microbiology
BIO 355 Genetics
BIO 499 A Biology Seminar I
BIO 499 B Biology Seminar II
BIO 498 Internship

Complete all of the following:
CHEM 175 General Chemistry I with lab
CHEM 176 General Chemistry II with lab
MATH 171 Elementary Statistics

Pre-Chiropractic Courses

Complete all of the following:
BIOL 201 Botany
BIOL 211 Zoology
BIO 241 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
BIO 242 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
CHEM 175 General Chemistry I with Lab
CHEM 176 General Chemistry II with Lab
Math 171 Elementary Statistics
PHYS 210 General Physics I

BIO 302 Plant Morphology
BIO 312 Animal Development and Diversity
BIO 355 Genetics

BIO 360 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 355 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 356 Organic Chemistry II
PHYS 220 General Physics II

Pre-Professional Programs

Students may choose to take courses at Iowa Wesleyan that prepare them for continued study at another school. Students interested in Physical Therapy, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine usually complete four years of study at Iowa Wesleyan and earn a Bachelor of Science degree. These students usually complete a biology major with the corresponding concentration area. The programs of Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science, Chiropractic, and Law that involve transferring to another school to finish the degree requirements are described in the Transfer Programs section below.


Special transfer programs exist in three fields: Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science, Chiropractic, and Law. The following information applies to these special pre- professional transfer programs.

To receive a degree from Iowa Wesleyan in one of these programs that involve completing coursework at another institution, the student must meet the following REQUIREMENTS:

  • Complete at least 90 semester hours at Iowa Wesleyan; and
  • Complete at least one year of acceptable coursework at the professional institution so that a total of at least 120 semester hours has been earned; and
  • Satisfy all Iowa Wesleyan graduation requirements. The major will be Biology for students transferring to Medical Laboratory Science or Chiropractic.  Students transferring to complete a Law degree may complete any major at IW, although Criminal Justice or English are commonly chosen.


Students who are interested in a chiropractic career complete courses at Iowa Wesleyan and at an approved chiropractic school. Iowa Wesleyan has an affiliation agreement with Palmer University of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. This 3+3 articulation agreement was specifically designed for students intending to pursue a chiropractic education who want to receive a bachelor’s degree from their undergraduate institution. During the fourth year, the student will be completing both their last year of undergraduate coursework and the first year of the program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  After that fourth year of study, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa Wesleyan.

Students who are in their junior year may be able to transfer to Palmer and earn dual credit in your first year of study at Palmer. Palmer has 3+1 agreements with Iowa Wesleyan University, allowing students to save a year’s worth of time and tuition.


  • Pursuant to Palmer’s Bachelor of Science completion program or 3+1 policy, an applicant must be in his or her junior year at an undergraduate institution with which Palmer College of Chiropractic 3 +1 agreement.
  • Applicants must also meet his or her undergraduate institution’s criteria for eligibility. Each undergraduate institution determines which majors and programs are eligible for participation.

More information can be found at Palmer College of Chiropractic

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All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for degree requirements