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Health Sciences – Chiropractic

There are 206 bones in the human body, all connected in a delicate system of muscles and ligaments. What happens when that system is out of alignment? How can you help others maintain it? Begin your journey into Chiropractic studies today.

Degree Types
Major , Specialization
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Professional Development

The Chiropractic specialization in the Health Sciences major is a comprehensive launch pad into a chiropractic career. Besides foundational courses in health and anatomy that will benefit further education, students will have the opportunity to engage in experiential opportunities related to their ideal career pathway.

Guidance for Graduate School

Many students in the Health Sciences major with a specialization in Chiropractic pursue graduate studies, and McDaniel College prepares them to jump right in. Allied health advising can begin as early as the first semester on campus or whenever a student first decides to pursue a health-related career. Advisors work individually with students to build their McDaniel Plan.

Distinctive Courses

BIO 2211 - Human Physiology

A study of the functions of the human organism: digestion, circulation, respiration, excretion, nervous control, endocrine regulation, and muscle action. 

KIN 3222 - Exercise Physiology

The principles and concepts of physiological function will be discussed as they apply to human movement. Included with the principles and concepts will be selected methods and techniques of assessing physiological function under varied performance conditions.

PHY 1104 - Introductory Physics I

This is the first course in the two-semester, algebra-based, introductory physics sequence. Topics include: The fundamental ideas that govern kinematics and dynamic motion for both linear and rotational systems, equilibrium and elasticity, concepts of energy and momentum, and thermodynamics and fluids. The laboratory component of the course is aimed at developing data collection and analysis skills through a series of experiments in mechanics and thermodynamics. 

BIO 1120 - Human Anatomy

A study of the anatomical structure of the human body. The basic concepts of anatomy: gross, microscopic, developmental, and clinical - will be studied by organ systems. Form-function relationships will be emphasized. This functional anatomy approach will explain how the shape and composition of the anatomical structures allow them to perform their functions.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Students on treadmills in Gill Center.

New labs and classrooms open in Gill Center

The newly renovated Gill Center bustles with activity. After all, this is the epicenter of McDaniel’s study of movement — the place Health Sciences students and faculty alike call home. Three classrooms, three labs, nine faculty offices and a seminar room were newly built inside Gill Center to support a program that prepares students for careers as health professionals, coaches, athletic trainers, physical education teachers, personal trainers and others whose work centers on the science of physical activity and movement.