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Texas Chiropractic College

  • Pasadena, TX
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 45%55%
    student ratio
  • 291
    total students
  • $30,900 | $30,900
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


The Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Texas Chiropractic College

Excellence in teaching, research, and patient care form the foundation of the nationally-recognized Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program at Texas Chiropractic College. This renowned program prepares students for distinguished careers in the field. In fact, 90% of the program's students start their own practices or join existing practices within one year of graduation. Other graduates pursue advanced study, take teaching positions, or become involved with research.

Scholarship Opportunities at Texas Chiropractic College

Texas Chiropractic College has the largest scholarship program among the chiropractic colleges. It offers several scholarships including the Pathway to Excellence Scholarship and Academic Honors Award.

The Pathway to Excellence Scholarship provides eligible incoming students with $2,000 per trimester for a total of up to $20,000 during the 10-trimester program. All incoming students who have at least a 3.5 GPA receive the initial scholarship award.

The Academic Honors Award provides one-time $2,000 scholarships to incoming students who have GPAs between 3.25 and 3.49.

Lastly, The Legacy Scholarship provides a one-time $1,000 award to a student immediately related to a TCC graduate.

Doctor of Chiropractic Curriculum Overview

The Doctor of Chiropractic program integrates scientific and evidenced-based theory with hands-on training in "modern clinical practice." It also provides a thorough education in human health sciences and physiology.

The program's curriculum focuses on three elements: clinical and technical competence, approach to chiropractic practice, and professional competence. It consists of 225 credits of courses that can be completed in 10 trimesters. It also includes four internships that build on the knowledge learned in class and in each internship.

Prerequisite Courses

The Doctor of Chiropractic program requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Within those hours, students must have at least 24 hours of life and physical sciences and half of those must include corresponding lab work.

Suggested coursework includes: General Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Zoology, General or Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology.

Students must have a well-rounded education in the social sciences and humanities. Additional consideration of coursework and GPA is provided by the Office of Admission.

Meaningful Clinical Education at Texas Chiropractic College

Texas Chiropractic College has more than 100 years of experience providing hands-on learning that helps students acquire clinical and practice management skills, as well as develop networks of colleagues in the health care industry.

It provides four experiential learning programs: clinical internships, preceptorships, the Hospital Rotation program, and numerous community-based programs.

Supervised Clinical Internships

Clinical internships, which begin in the seventh trimester of the program, allow students to examine, diagnose, and treat patients. They take place at the college's Campus Health Center and Moody Health Center.


Unlike clinical internships, preceptorships are voluntary. Students complete up to 15 weeks of field practice under the supervision of licensed Doctors of Chiropractic.

Students receive personalized instruction in real-world environments. As a result, they gain experience with managing a medical practice including consulting with patients, reviewing patient histories, providing diagnoses, examining and treating patients, and managing billing and insurance processes.

Hospital Rotation Program

This innovative program gives interns the opportunity to participate in rotations at nearly 30 hospitals and clinics in the Houston area such as the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Currently, there are 21 different observational rotations for students to choose from.

Students observe patient care alongside residents from many medical disciplines. Consequently, they gain knowledge in a wide variety of specialties including anesthesiology, family medicine, neurosurgery, and pain management.

Rice Athletics Rotation Program

Students in the Rice Athletics Rotation program spend four weeks working with trainers in the Rice University Department of Athletics. They use their clinical skills and medical knowledge to help prevent and treat injuries among Division 1 athletes.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

The costs of attending Texas Chiropractic College include tuition, fees, books, and off-campus housing. The college offers several financial assistance programs including grants, scholarships, loans, and employment opportunities.

Dedicated and Experienced Faculty Members

TCC's faculty members are dedicated teachers and accomplished researchers who are committed to providing and facilitating patient-centered health care. They are board certified chiropractors and medical experts who hold the highest degrees in their fields.

Furthermore, most of them maintain practices in clinical medicine, nutrition, radiology, and sports medicine. For example, Dr. Kimary Farrar has more than 25 years of practice experience and 20 years of teaching experience in the field.

Dr. Jesse Coats, an alumnus of TCC, has taught students for 22 years and practiced community pharmacy for 33 years. Dr. Alan Adams -- whose career has included chiropractic education, practice, and research -- has authored and co-authored more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Additional Programs at Texas Chiropractic

In addition to the DC program, TCC offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Biology degree completion program to individuals who have completed lower division coursework at accredited colleges and universities. The program's 64-credit curriculum is part of the course of study for the first 4 trimesters of the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

The college also offers, in conjunction with the University of Houston-Clear Lake, a joint-degree program that leads to both the Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Science (MS) in Fitness and Human Performance or a Master of Science (MS) in Biology.

The program enables Doctor of Chiropractic students to acquire advanced knowledge and practical experience in fitness, exercise, nutrition, and human performance. Moreover, it only adds an additional trimester to the 10-trimester DC program.

Texas Chiropractic College

Established in 1908, Texas Chiropractic College is a non-profit, professional college that offers students distinguished programs in the chiropractic, human biology, and fitness and human performance fields. The esteemed college has a reputation as one of the nation's "finest producers of skilled, thoughtful, ethical Doctors of Chiropractic."

It is located in the Houston suburb of Pasadena, Texas, which is in the southwestern region of the United States. TCC provides state-of-the-art educational and training facilities, recreational facilities, many extracurricular activities, and a variety of events.

In addition, the college's close proximity to Houston -- an exciting and culturally diverse city -- ensures that students can enjoy a multitude of shopping, entertainment, outdoor, sports, and cultural activities.

Location & Contact

Texas Chiropractic College

5912 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX 77505-1699
United States

Lee Canales

Director of Admission

Phone: 281-487-1170
Fax: 281-991-5238

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Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$30,900
    • Out-of-state tuition *$30,900
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,192.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students243
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students243
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported




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