Chiropractic Diagram

About the Pre-Osteopathy

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Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine use a unique whole-person approach to help prevent illness and injury.
DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. Emphasizing a whole-person approach to treatment and care, DOs are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well. 

DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.

Osteopathic physicians focus on prevention, tuning into how a patient’s lifestyle and environment can impact their wellbeing. DOs strive to help you be truly healthy in mind, body and spirit—not just free of symptoms.


Responsibilities of an Osteopathic Physician:

  • Assesses a patient’s medical condition by reviewing his or her medical history, listening to the patient’s concerns and performing a physical examination.
  • Look beyond symptoms of illness and disease to examine the whole patient.
  • Partner with patients to help prevent illness and injury.
  • Use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and increase your body’s natural tendency toward self-healing.
  • Advises patients on health and lifestyle issues, such as exercise and sleep habits.
  • Refers patients to other medical specialists if needed.

The 3+3 Dual Degree Program

The combined degree program was specifically developed for students who intend to pursue a chiropractic education. The program provides qualified students an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree and the Doctor of Osteopathy degree in only six years! The combined degree program is between UNK and the following institutions:

  • Logan University
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Cleveland Chiropractic College

How does it work?

UNK students are given guaranteed acceptance after 3 years (90 credit hours) of prerequisite coursework and completion of all requirements. Each program has a minimum GPA requirement in order to receive guaranteed admission. The first year of osteopathic coursework will fulfill the remaining senior level requirements at UNK. The student will then be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree from UNK at the completion of the first year of professional study at chiropractic school.

Average salary: $68,640 per year

12% Projected Employment Growth

from 2016 to 2026 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

1 in 4 physicians in the US are DOs


Data based on cumulative placement data for the last 3 years

100% Accepted


Brandon Brill

"I had an experience with a chiropractor and it sparked my interest.” Dr. Brandon Brill decided on an Exercise Science major and Health Science minor, pursued his interest in a healthcare profession by taking courses that would prepare him for chiropractic school. “UNK professors were great, and classes were interesting to me." Brill interned with Dr. Jerry Milligan of Milligan Chiropractic. "The opportunity showed me a real-world perspective of a chiropractor as I observed how he ran his business."

Brandon Brill

Brill Family Chiropractic, Cozad, NE