Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA)

Studying Chiropractic

How to become a Chiropractor

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 a Bachelors program which takes a minimum of four years to complete, and thereafter a Masters degree

The qualifications obtained by South African graduates are highly regarded and recognised internationally.

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.

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.”

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.

Chiropractic student information

Admission Scores

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

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.

Module SymbolHigher GradeStandard Grade
C3 2

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

780 - 100%
670 - 79%
560 - 69%
450 - 59%
340 - 49%
230 - 39%
10 - 29%

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.
  • Submission of an assignment.
  • A national Senior Certificate – APS score with minimum requirements as shown below:
Minimum APSLanguage of teaching & learningMathematicsMathematical LiteracyPhysical SciencesLife SciencesAdditional Subject 1Additional Subject 1
2554Not Accepted4444

*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 below in the following way:

Admission Score Table

77 (80-100%)AN/A71N/AAD47
66 (70-79%)BA62N/ABE36
5 5 (60-69%)CB53ACN/A25
44 (50-59%)DC44BDN/A14
3 3 (40-49%)ED3N/ACEN/AN/A3
2 2 (30-39%)FE2N/AD/EN/AN/AN/A2
11 (0-29%)GF1N/AF/GN/AN/AN/A1
CASA Student Bursary

CASA Student Bursary

CASA bursaries are available to students in their 4th, 5th, and 6th year of study at DUT & UJ.

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 allocates points to the symbol obtained either in higher or standard grade.

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:

Two of the following modules:

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