The fundamental steps of the admissions process are these:
- Step One: Apply about one year prior to your soonest possible start date.
- Step Two: Send your official transcripts and all other required documents to the admissions department for review. You will send your transcripts to date now, even if you are still taking classes.
- Step Three: Stay in regular communication with your admissions representative to coordinate your file completion and feedback.
- Step Four: Your (completed) file will be sent to the admissions committee to determine if you are eligible for a level of acceptance. You will be notified once you are accepted.
- Step Five: Stay in touch with your admissions rep until you arrive for orientation the Friday before classes begin and you have achieved your final official acceptance.
Check out these steps in detail below:
Step One: Application Process
Students may begin the application process prior to completing the required coursework. We recommend that students apply about one year prior to the intended start term. You may use the online application.
Step Two: A complete application requires the following elements:
- Completed and signed application (paper or online versions accepted)
- A non-refundable application fee of $45
- Personal essay (1 -2 pages) telling us why you want to be a chiropractor
- Official or unofficial high school transcript(s) or a copy of your diploma
- Official college/university transcript(s) from all colleges attended
- Entrance Interview (in person, written or by phone) as decided by Admissions
The deadline to apply is 6 weeks prior to the start of each term.
Step Three: How can you reach your admissions representative?
Use this list to find your assigned representative and stay in touch.
Step Four: Admissions Committee and Admission Decisions
Applicant files are reviewed by the admissions personnel and transcript analyst in order to consider admissibility to the DC program per College and CCE standards. Once a student is considered eligible for a level of admissions the file is submitted to the admission committee for final review and an admission decision.
Life West reviews files weekly and issues the following levels of acceptance on an ongoing basis:
Provisional Acceptance indicates we are missing documentation of your completion of all the coursework needed to begin school. We may also be missing other documents to complete your file.
If a provision acceptance is issued, prior to full acceptance, all admissions requirements must be met and remaining documents must be submitted. In addition, outstanding documents and information must present continued academic and personal success as indicated in the original evaluation.
Full acceptance indicates that the applicant has been evaluated as meeting all admissions requirement; their application file is complete with all final official documents, and that the candidate has demonstrated a positive academic and personal record acceptable to the admissions committee.
For international students, full acceptance is required before Department of Homeland Security/INS application forms can be issued for non-immigrant status.
International Students should familiarize themselves with the additional requirements for international admissions.
Transfer Students will require additional documentation as listed on the Transfer Student section.
Life West expects applicants who have received an offer of admission to enroll in the term for which they applied. In limited cases, students will be allowed to defer to a new term of entry provided that there are compelling reasons for the proposed delay in matriculating. Detailed requests from applicants to defer admission must be made in writing to the Dean of Enrollment.
Should a request be denied, or should a deferral be approved for more than one year from the original term of entry, a new application and application fee must be submitted for the applicant’s new targeted term of entry.