3 + 1 Pre-ChiroPractic Program

College of St. Joseph and the University of Western States have established a 3+1 Pre-Chiropractic program. Under the program, students will matriculate at College of St. Joseph for a minimum of 90 semester credits in coursework leading toward a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Acceptance of transfer credits or testing toward the completion of the degree requirements will be determined by current College of St. Joseph policies.

Following completion of course work at CSJ, University of Western States shall accept, for the entrance date of their choice, all students who have successfully completed the Pre-Chiropractic Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and meet all other criteria for admission, including letters of recommendation, personal interview, etc.

Students who earn less than a 3.25 GPA, but at least a 2.75 GPA will be eligible for admission to UWS and will receive appropriate consideration in the admission process for having completed the Pre-Chiropractic Program, but will not receive the assurance of a seat reserved for students earning a 3.25 or higher GPA. Students must apply to the University of Western States one year in advance of the desired entrance date and must complete all required application procedures in a timely manner including submission of recommendation and a satisfactory interview.

Students enrolled in the 3+1 Pre-Chiropractic program who successfully complete all course work in the first three quarters at UWS with C’s or better will be granted the Bachelor of Science from the College of St. Joseph, provided all graduation requirements have been satisfied.

Students will pay the appropriate tuition and fees to each institution for all course work taken at that institution. During the first year of study at UWS, students will not be registered for courses at CSJ but will pay any fees required to maintain their registration toward the baccalaureate degree. Upon completion of the first year of study at UWS, students will be responsible for any fees regularly charged by CSJ for transfer of credits and awarding the Bachelor of Science degree.

3 + 1 Pre-Chiropractic Program Requirements

CourseCreditsDescription
BIO102 Biology II4This is an introductory Biology course covering basic biological concepts including scientific method, cells, genetics, animal development and animal form and function. This course is suitable for health science and radiography majors. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO101. $125 lab fee.
BIO211 Health Science Careers3This course requires students to explore specific aspects of their chosen career. For example, students will research educational requirements, professional licensure requirements, costs, employment opportunities and requirements, potential income, challenges and quality of life expectations. Students will also be required to write a resume and curriculum vita that is appropriate for health professionals. Sophomore standing.
BIO231 Anatomy & Physiology I4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central, unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to the integument and to the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The anatomy and physiology of the integument and the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems will be examined, as will the special senses. Lab coat required. $125 lab fee.
BIO232 Anatomy & Physiology II4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. The anatomy and physiology of the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems will be examined, as will metabolism, fluid electrolyte and acid-base balance and development and inheritance. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO321. $125 lab fee.
BIO241 Genetics4Genetics is a branch of biological science that affects every other biological discipline. Understanding the role that genetics plays in life is essential for any student of biology. This introductory course, required of all Health Science majors, will allow students to obtain the knowledge required to understand the role of genetics in all levels of life, from molecules to ecosystems. Topics discussed in this course will include, but are not limited to, genes, chromosomes, linkage, inheritance, DNA structure and analysis, DNA recombination and replication, translation, mutation, gene expression, genomics, proteomics, cancer, genetic engineering, developmental genetics, quantitative genetics, population and evolutionary genetics, conservation genetics, epigenetics, DNA forensics, genomics and personalized medicine and stem cells. Prerequisite: BIO102.
BIO331 Exercise Physiology3This course studies the physiological changes that occur in the body as a result of exercise. Of particular interest are the long-term effects of exercise programs with respect to cardiorespiratory fitness, health-related physical fitness and sport performance. Specific topics covered will include bioenergetics; exercise metabolism; exercise and the immune, nervous, skeletal muscle, cardiovascular and respiratory systems; exercise and acid-base and temperature regulation; physiology of training; inflammation and chronic disease; evaluation of cardiorespiratory fitness; exercise prescriptions for health and fitness; exercise for special populations; body composition and nutrition for health; training for performance; body composition and nutrition for performance; exercise and environment; and ergogenic aids. Prerequisite: BIO102 and BIO322.
CHE102 General Chemistry II4This is the second of a two-part course on the principles of chemistry. Specifically, the principles of liquids, solids, intermolecular forces, solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, aqueous ionic equilibrium, free energy, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, radioactivity and nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry will be discussed. A major focus of this course is problem-solving skills. Also, science as a way of knowing is emphasized. This course is suitable for Health Science majors. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: CHE101. $125 lab fee.
PHY241 College Physics I (pre-req MAT204)4This is the first of a two-part course on the principles of physics. Specifically, the principles of mechanics, oscillations, waves, and fluids, and thermodynamics will be discussed. A major focus of this course is problem-solving skills and experimental design. Also, science as a way of knowing and direct application of the scientific method is emphasized. This course is suitable for Health Science majors. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: MAT204.
PHY242 College Physics II4This is the second of a two-part course on the principles of physics. Specifically, the principles of electromagnetism, optics and modern physics will be discussed. A major focus of this course is problem-solving skills and experimental design. Also, science as a way of knowing and direct application of the scientific method is emphasized. This course is suitable for Health Science majors. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: MAT204 and PHY241.
CHE421 Biochemistry5This is a one semester course on the principles of biochemistry. Specifically, the principles of water, structure and function of biologically important molecules, metabolism, bioenergetics and biological information flow will be discussed. A major focus of this course is problem-solving skills and experimental design. Also, science as way of knowing and direct application of the scientific method is emphasized. This course is suitable for Health Science majors.

General Education Core

ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens3The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens3This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.
INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community3This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part I1Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course.
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part I1Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course.
Math Elective 3MAT204 required for Physics Courses
History Elective 3The 3 + 1 Pre-Chiropractic Program requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101World Civilization I HIS102 World Civilization II HIS103 US History I
HIS104 US History II
English Elective3The 3 + 1 Pre-Chiropractic Program requires students to take one of the following:
ENG210 British Literature
ENG211 American Literature
ENG212 World Literature
Fine Arts Elective 3The 3 + 1 Pre-Chiropractic Program requires students to take three Fine Arts credits.
PSY102 Intro to Psychology3This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both psychology majors and others interested in the field of psychology.
BIO101 Biology I4This is an introductory Biology course covering basic biological concepts including scientific method, evolution, the diversity of life, plants and ecology. This course is suitable for health science and radiography majors and counts toward the natural science component of the College Core Curriculum. Lab coat required. $125 lab fee.
CHE101 Chemistry I4This is the first of a two-part course on the principles of chemistry. Specifically, the principles of matter, atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, chemical equations, laws of mass action, aqueous reactions, gases, thermochemistry, atomic quantum mechanics, periodic properties of elements and chemical bonding theories will be discussed. A major focus of the course is problem-solving skills. Also, science as a way of knowing is emphasized. This course is suitable for health science majors and counts toward the natural science component of the College Core Curriculum. Lab coat required. $125 lab fee.
REL206 Faith Traditions3This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
MAT202 Statistics3 Applies statistical procedure to different areas of life. Course examines descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, binomial and normal distributions, regression and correlation. Sophomore Standing.
PHI301 Ethics for the Professional3An examination of the most general goals, ideals, rules, and principles governing the individual and professional within the conceptual framework of responsibility to the client, the profession, and society. Students will be introduced to the subject matter of ethics and a variety of ethical theories. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the professional, professional/client relationships, and issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, and deception. The course will utilize case studies from a broad variety of professions. Junior standing required.

General Electives

General Electives4/5The 3 + 1 Pre-Chiropractic Program requires students to take four General Elective credits.
Health Science Elective3-4Pre-approved electives include: BIO201 Medical Terminology; BIO310
4 4 3 4 4 4 5
4-5 credits 3-4 credits
Nutrition; BIO341 Cell Biology; BIO410 Advanced Physiology; BIO412 Immunology; BIO420 Medical Microbiology; BIO422 Neuroscience;

Transfer Credits

Electives taken at UWS in the Basic Sciences30The 3 + 1 Pre-Chiropractic Program requires students to take 30 Electives at UWS in the Basic Sciences.
Total 120