Studying Chiropractic

Chiropractic can be studied at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) or the University of Johannesburg (UJ). It is a six-year course consisting of two years of basic sciences followed by four years specialising in chiropractic.

The qualifications obtained by South African graduates are highly regarded and recognised internationally. Continuing professional development is a lawful requirement for registration with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) giving the profession local and international credibility with other health professionals.

Chiropractors are required to take the Chiropractor’s Oath, in line with the Hippocratic Oath, which is one of the oldest binding documents in history and from which is quoted: “I will stand ready at all times to serve my fellow being without distinction of race, sex, creed or colour.”

All practising chiropractors in South Africa are required to register with the AHPCSA  in terms of the Allied Health Professions Act 63 of 1982. Chiropractors in South Africa are regarded as Allied Health Professionals.

Full membership to Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA) is open to all duly qualified chiropractors who are registered with the AHPCSA.

Chiropractic Subject Requirements

Compliance with the minimum programme admission requirements does not guarantee a place in the programme. The General Academic Regulations of the University applies in each case.

The Faculty of Health Sciences uses the M-score and APS rating scale during its selection process. The M-score scale allocates points to the symbol obtained either in higher or standard grade.

Award yourself points for each Grade 11 or Grade 12 subjects that you have passed according to the table provided below.

Calculate the values that you have achieved to determine your M-score.

Different departments include different minimum M-score values (see rules of access and admission requirements per department).

Points are awarded for the six best symbols on the Grade 11 (N-score) or Grade 12 (M-score) report according to the scale below. A maximum of six subjects will be used to calculate either the N-score or M-score, with a maximum M-score of 30.

Senior certificate / grade 12 M-scores are calculated as follows:

Module Symbol

Higher Grade

Standard Grade

A

5

4

B

4

3

C

3

2

D

2

1

E

1

0

The Academic Point Score (APS) scale allocates points to the percentage obtained for each subject. Calculate your APS score as follows:

APS

%

7

80 – 100%

6

70 – 79%

5

60 – 69%

4

50 – 59%

3

40 – 49%

2

30 – 39%

1

0 – 29%

Rules of Access & Admission Requirements

A senior certificate with matriculation exemption or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard as determined by a Status Committee, with the following:

Two of the following modules:

  • Mathematics with at least a Higher-Grade D or Standard Grade C symbol.
  • Physical Science with at least a Higher-Grade D or Standard Grade C symbol. Biology with at least a Higher-Grade D or Standard Grade C symbol.
  • M-score: 14

APS: 27

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on:

Academic merit (M-score: 14 or APS score of 25). Applicants with Physical Sciences or Life Sciences with be considered based on academic merit.

A personal interview.

Letters of recommendation from at least two practising Doctors’ of Chiropractic.

A national Senior Certificate – APS score with minimum requirements as shown below:

Minimum APS

Language of teaching & learning

Mathematics

Mathematical Literacy

Physical Sciences

Life Sciences

Additional Subject 1

Additional Subject 2

25

5

4

Not Accepted

4

4

4

4

*A minimum rating in Physical Sciences

**A minimum rating in Life Sciences

Admission scores for other types of school-end certificates such as the HIGCSE, the IGCSE, the A-level, the O-level, the AS-level, the IB and the IEB are calculated as above in the following way:

ADMISSION SCORE TABLE

APPS

NATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL

NSC

SC HG (M-SCORE)

SC SG (M-SCORE)

IEB

HICSE/NSSC (HL)

IBCSE/NSSC (OL)

AS LEVELS

A LEVELS

IB (HL)

IB (SL)

10

A

7

9

B

6

8

C

5

7

7 (80-100%)

A

7

1

A

D

4

7

6

6 (70-79%)

B

A

6

2

B

E

3

6

5

5(60-69%)

C

B

5

3

A

C

2

5

4

4 (50-59%)

D

C

4

4

B

D

1

4

3

3 (40-49%)

E

D

3

C

E

3

2

2 (30-39%)

F

E

2

D/E

2

1

1 (0-29%)

G

F

1

F/G

1

School-end certificates not included in the above score card is dealt with on an ad-hoc basis within departments.

CASA Student Membership Application

Chiropractic Internship Programme

Benefits of CASA Student Membership

  • Discounts on congress attendance fees;
  • Free attendance of regional meetings;
  • Free access to online lectures which count towards internship hours;
  • Free participation at SUSA events;
  • If a student is a member of CASA within the first 2 years after graduation, they will receive a 50% discount on membership fees;
  • Free access to CASA classifieds;
  • Access to the CASA mentorship programme;
  • Ability to apply for a student bursary through CASA; and
  • CASA will donate up to R40 000.00 per institution per year depending on the percentage of senior students registered as CASA student members.