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Palmer College of Chiropractic offers the Bachelor of Science in General Science (B.S.) degree because many states require a bachelor’s degree for licensure and because many students recognize the value of obtaining a bachelor’s degree for flexibility in their future career paths and educational studies. The B.S. program curriculum complements that of the Doctor of Chiropractic program. It is a completion degree in which 31 credit hours from the D.C. program are applied to the 121 credit hours required to complete the B.S. degree. The remaining 90 credit hours are obtained through the Department of Undergraduate Studies or through transfer credit.
In order to apply to the B.S. program, the student must have completed a minimum of 30 credits and have applied to the D.C. program. The B.S. degree can, however, be started before acceptance into the D.C. program. A B.S. degree cannot be obtained from Palmer College without successful completion of the 31 credit hours from the D.C. program.
The B.S. program also offers students the opportunity to complete their prerequisites on the Davenport campus. Students using these credits towards prerequisites to enter the D.C. program should note that the Department of Undergraduate Studies offers courses in the areas of Business, Communications, Psychology, and Social Sciences/Humanities.
Bachelor of Science Purpose Statement
The Palmer College Bachelor of Science program is dedicated to building a firm foundation on which to meet the challenges of a career in the field of chiropractic. This completion curriculum is designed to complement and enhance the Doctor of Chiropractic program, while providing students with an education committed to preparing lifelong learners.
The Bachelor of Science degree program began as the Division of Liberal Arts in 1962, designed to accommodate the rising requirements for two years of prerequisite courses completed for licensure by various states. In 1965, Palmer Junior College was formed to provide for the expansion of educational opportunities on Palmer College's Davenport Campus. The first candidates to receive B.S. degrees from Palmer College were at the June 1966 graduation exercises. From the fall of 1975 to 1983, a cooperative program was held between St. Ambrose College and Palmer College. The B.S. degree was accredited with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1983. Starting with the matriculating class in October 1983, Palmer College again instituted its own B.S. degree program that continues today.