The phases of the doctor of chiropractic curriculum are divided into the basic sciences (Phase 1), clinical sciences (Phase 2) and internship (Phase 3). It will take a minimum of four trimesters to complete either Phase 1 or Phase 2 of the curriculum.
We know that the majority of students will successfully handle this rigorous load. However, we recognize that some students may have family, employment or other personal issues that may affect their ability to complete the first two phases in an effective manner. So, National University offers a flexible track option to meet those individual needs.
Rather than completing Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the curriculum in the standard four terms, students may opt for either a five- or six-term track to complete the phase. Each track is designed to follow the required prerequisite sequence of disciplinary courses, as well as the cross-disciplinary corequisites. The total number of credit hours remains the same regardless of the number of terms needed to complete the phase, so there is therefore no additional tuition expense associated with the flexible track. However, once a student starts the term in either the five- or six-term track, they are obligated to complete the entire phase in that track.
If you have any questions about the flexible track option, please contact your admissions counselor.