A Practice-Ready Advantage

Admissions at Life West

Your journey to earning a Doctorate of Chiropractic

Finding the right fit

This is your journey. How can we help you?

Students considering a Doctor of Chiropractic degree tend to come across Life West at different stages in their journey. Whether you know very little about chiropractic and are here to learn more, or you’ve already decided this is your path and you’re working through the logistical details, you’re in exactly the right spot. We’re extremely excited that you’re here, and we want to help in any way we can.

During the pandemic …

We will review transcripts case by case for students who may be affected by COVID-19, shelter-in-place regulations, and campus closures. If you’re looking for information on Life West’s protocols for public health and safety during the pandemic, please see our COVID-19 Campus Update page.


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Dig Deeper

Download the Life West Admissions eBook

Exploring what a chiropractic degree program looks like?  While you'll find answers to all of your questions here on our website, we've consolidated information about the topics we discuss most often in our Admission eBook - everything from a dive into the curriculum to a year-by-year breakdown of what to expect.  Download a copy today.

Front of Life Chiropractic College West in Northern California


You’ll spend 3+ years in a chiropractic doctoral program. Make them count.

Life West’s post-graduate program is designed to create practice-ready graduates who have the hard and soft skills required for long, rewarding and profitable careers as Doctors of Chiropractic.

We are unique in that we allow students to choose an academic track to fit their retention capabilities, their graduation timeline goals and a life/school balance that makes sense for them.

Our program ranges from 12 to 14 quarters, with the final quarter(s) often completed remotely in hands-on preceptorships and internships — allowing critical, in-the-field experience as well as a significant tuition savings to our students.

Why Life West?

A Clinically Driven Curriculum

Life West puts students in the clinical environment earlier than any other program. There are two core benefits to this focus:

  1. Accumulating more hours in a hands-on, clinical setting means that Life West students are better positioned to be practice-ready when they graduate. You’ll have had more hours working on your techniques. You’ll have had more hours interacting with patients. A clinic environment builds both confidence and competence on your path to becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic.
  2. Getting into a clinical environment earlier means you have the opportunity to apply the academic side of your education in real-time. This real-world and real-time application of your course work is an enormous benefit in retaining what you learn.

Learn more about our Clinically Inspired Learning curriculum

Life west students working on a service mission to India

Choosing Life West

What’s Your Bigger Why?

A guiding principle that you’ll hear early and often at Life West: “Give, do, love, serve — from a place of abundance.”  Life West graduates are poised to go on to enjoy long, successful and profitable careers as Doctors of Chiropractic. We hope to root that success in the mindset of giving back and paying forward.

Listen to Life West students talk about their “bigger why”

Life at Life West

Spending 3+ Years in the San Francisco Bay Area

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better location to earn a degree as a chiropractor. The West Coast, and the San Francisco Bay specifically, is an absolute hot spot for chiropractic.

Beyond the educational and professional opportunties, it’s just a really amazing place to live. You’re within day-trip distance of some of the most amazing places on earth:  the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline, downtown San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma Valley, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and so much more.

Learn more about Northern California

The Golden Gate Bridge, representing Life Chiropractic College West location in The San Francisco Bay Area