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New York Chiropractic College

Doctor of Chiropractic Program

Seneca Falls, NY


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New York Chiropractic College


Doctor of Chiropractic Program at New York Chiropractic College

Founded in 1919, New York Chiropractic College is recognized as the top school for complementary, integrative, and natural healthcare professionals. Every aspect of the college distinguishes it from the ordinary. It embraces high academic standards and emphasizes continual quality improvement. It also offers rigorous programs, like the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), that combine nationally-recognized scientific and academic education with real-word clinical experience.

Honors from top publications and government agencies also demonstrate the college's commitment to excellence. For example, the Chronicle of Higher Education included the college on its  "Honor Roll" from 2010 through 2014. In 2009, the National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded the college the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award for performance excellence. It was the only institution of higher learning to receive the award that year.

Doctor of Chiropractic program

The Doctor of Chiropractic trains doctors who are skilled at providing collaborative and primary care with an emphasis on overall patient wellness and neuromusculoskeletal conditions. This full-time program involves completing 10, fifteen-week trimesters over three years and four months, which is the equivalent of five academic years.

Students grow step-by-step as they learn about core sciences, evidence-based research, and long-established adjustment techniques. They make new discoveries, overcome obstacles, and gain invaluable clinical experience. They become doctors along with peers from diverse undergraduate backgrounds including athletic training, exercise science, kinesiology, and nursing.

The program's curriculum consists of 142 credit hours, which includes 133 credit hours of core courses and 9 credit hours of elective courses.

Clinical education

Clinical education consists of 1,320 hours of rigorous training. It provides a diverse system of multidisciplinary experiences that include increasing levels of patient care.
In the fifth trimester, students apply for assignments at one of the college's four main health centers. Clinical training begins in the eighth trimester during which students gain experience treating a diverse population of patients with a variety of conditions.

Alum achievements

The college's commitment to academic and professional excellence ensures that students--like Rubina Tahir, DC ('05) and Bibo Zhang, DC ('13)--graduate fully prepared to provide high-quality healthcare and excel in their careers. Dr. Zhang practices at the O’Keefe Chiropractic Center in Medford, New Jersey where he treats special populations like children and pregnant women as well as people with acute back pain. Dr. Tahir treats a diverse patient population. She also writes articles about health issues for publications like the Huffington Post Blog, Nail Pro Magazine, Philly Man Magazine, and Readers Digest.

Additional programs

In addition to the Doctor of Chiropractic, New York Chiropractic College offers the following programs:

- Bachelor of Professional Studies
- Master of Science (MS) in Acupuncture
- MS in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- MS in Applied Clinical Nutrition
- MS in Clinical Anatomy
- MS in Diagnostic Imaging
- MS in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction

Experienced faculty

Doctor of Chiropractic faculty members are outstanding teachers and mentors who're actively involved in research or private practice.

William J. Lauretti, DC, an associate professor in the Department of Chiropractic Clinical Sciences, had a private practice for more than 15 years before joining New York Chiropractic College's faculty in 2005. He has published a number of textbook chapters and journal articles about the safety of chiropractic neck adjustments. He's also a spokesman for the American Chiropractic Association. In this capacity, he has provided interviews about chiropractic risks to major news agencies like CNN, Reuters International News Service, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post.

Sandra J. Hartwell, DC, an assistant professor in the Department of Basic Sciences, teaches human gross anatomy and neuroscience anatomy courses. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Hartwell treats patients in her private practice.

Financial aid

New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) offers Doctor of Chiropractic students the following federal financial aid resources:

- Federal Direct Perkins Loan
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Grad Plus
- Federal Work Study

It also awards the following scholarships:

- Academic Scholarships
- Chiropractic Legacy Scholarships
- NYCC Education Opportunity Award
- NYCC High Merit Scholarships
- NYCC Merit Scholarships
- Presidential Scholarships

Students may also qualify for private loans as well as grants and scholarships from alumni and professional organizations.

Student life

Students at New York Chiropractic College can live on campus or in the larger community. They can choose from an extensive array of activities, clubs and organizations, and health and fitness options.

The Health and Fitness Center includes a large gymnasium that accommodates academic, athletic, cultural, and recreational functions. Outdoor recreational options include intramural sports, a driving range, nine-hole golf course, and basketball and volley ball courts. The Delevan Theater hosts lectures as well as comedy, dramatic, and musical productions.

Student activities like the Holiday Dinner, the Late Night Breakfast, NYCC Blue Day, and the OASIS Welcome Dinner foster a close-knit student body and promote a relaxed environment.  Student clubs and organizations enhance learning, provide social connections, and promote wellness. They include the Active Care Club, Canadian Chiropractic Club, East-West Nutrition Club, and Whole Food Nutrition Club.


New York Chiropractic College is located in Seneca Falls in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York, which is situated in the northeastern region of the United States. The low cost of living and high quality of life make Seneca Falls a great place to pursue a college education.

The area provides many recreational options including antique shops, events like concerts and races, nature reserves, an outlet mall, state parks, and wineries.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Internship in health center



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Requirements 24 credit hours of course work in science; 90 credit hours with minimum GPA of 2.5; references; interview

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Recommended TOEFL Paper score: 550

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Scholarship and/or loans


Focus of faculty research: Anatomy, pathophysiology, neurophysiology biomechanics, musculoskeletal pain syndrome, nutrition
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 2360 Route 89, PO Box 800
Seneca Falls, NY  13148-0800
United States
Contact Dr. Karen A. Bobak
Phone: 315-568-3864
Fax: 315-568-3087