Chiropractic Science 3+3 | Your future faster

The chiropractic science program allows academically talented and highly motivated exercise science students at Baker to matriculate to the chiropractic program at Cleveland University-Kansas City after three years.

The 3+3 model was developed to allow these students to enter the job market earlier after completing a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Baker and a Doctor of Chiropractic from CUKC in six years as opposed to the traditional seven years. Students will also develop relationships with CUKC professors during their undergraduate experience at Baker. The program reduces the students’ total education costs.

“Cleveland’s academic leadership joins with me in celebrating this articulation agreement, as we have had many of Baker’s exercise science graduates enroll and thrive in the Cleveland Doctor of Chiropractic program. These Baker students come well prepared in the prerequisite sciences, and bring a true appreciation of the importance of proper exercise and joint biomechanics that is so fundamental to chiropractic practice and patient management.”
—Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, CUKC president and grandson of the founders


Baker’s pre-chiropractic advisor will identify candidates early in their Baker career. Students will participate in activities sponsored by Cleveland University-Kansas City and Baker in preparation for the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

BAKER + Chiropractic School

Baker’s liberal arts curriculum develops essential skills for anyone entering the chiropractic profession. Students are able to participate in study abroad programs, summer-long or semester-long externships, and other clinical opportunities that enhance chiropractic science expertise and workplace readiness. Cleveland University faculty and staff will develop mentor relationships with chiropractic science students still attending classes on Baker’s campus.

Major Requirements & Courses

59 credit hours of Exercise Science and Supporting Coursework required


EX180 First Aid and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer (1)

EX181 Introduction to Human Performance (3)

EX245 Human Nutrition (3)

EX247 Public Health Aspects (3)

EX250 Measurements in Exercise Science and Allied Health (1)

EX300 Group Exercise Instruction (1)

EX343 Physiology of Exercise (3)

EX345 Therapeutic Exercise (3)

EX346 Special Populations and Conditions (3)

EX347 Applied Kinesiology (3)

EX494 Exercise Programming: Assessment and Prescription (4)

EX497 Clinical Experience in Exercise Science (12)


BI151 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology lecture (3)

BI151L Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology lab (1)

BI246 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

BI247 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

CH137 General Chemistry I lecture (3)

CH137 L General Chemistry I lab (1)

PY111 General Psychology (3)


90 semester hours of college courses in the following areas:

6 hours of English or Communications

Baker Coursework

QS111 Introduction to Liberal Arts (3)

QS112 Introduction to Liberal Arts II (3)

3 hours of Psychology

Baker Coursework

PY111 General Psychology (3)

12 hours of Humanities and/or Social Sciences courses

Baker Coursework

9 Hours of Baker Understanding Courses from the following areas

History of ideas and civilizations (3)

Social, political, economic or cultural systems (3)

Creative expression and aesthetic values (3)

World Language course 100 level (3)

24 hours of Life and Physical Sciences courses to include:

Baker Coursework

Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology

BI151 Molecular and Cellular Biology (3)

BI151 Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab (1)

BI246 Human Anatomy & Physiology (4)

BI247 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)

General and Organic Chemistry

CH137 General Chemistry I (4)

CH138 General Chemistry II (3)

CH140 Quantitative Analysis (2)

CH251 Organic Chemistry I (4)


The Department of Behavioral and Health Sciences gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Psychology
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Exercise Science
  • Benjamin A. Gessner Award
  • Thomas G. Manson and Frances B. Manson Scholarship
  • Robert L. Miller Scholarship


Your advisor will point you toward undergraduate courses that will prepare you for chiropractic science school, suggest internship possibilities, and provide guidance as you go through the application process.



Chiropractic Science Advisor

Our exercise science majors gain a very good understanding of physical stress, both negative and positive, on the body. Seeing the pride in the students as they explain what they’ve learned and present their work is without a doubt one of the best parts of my job.

B.A. Buena Vista University, M.S. Western Illinois University, Ed.D. University of South Dakota
Office: Mabee Hall 405 | 785.594.8440 |


Jill Franklin
Department Assistant
Applied Health Sciences
Mabee Memorial Hall

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