The Clinic Abroad Program is a short-term clinical education opportunity for senior-level students. Teams of faculty, field doctors, and students from all three Palmer campuses travel together to various international and domestic locations to provide chiropractic care to populations generally underserved in terms of healthcare options. Students also have opportunities to learn about the culture through scheduled activities, including group dinners with local contacts and tours of various sites. Fundraising is an important aspect of the program with students donating money and goods to local schools, orphanages and other groups in need of assistance.

Current locations include:
  • Brazil: Bahia, Manaus and Salvador
  • Fiji
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Madagascar
  • Morocco
  • Vietnam
 Clinic Abroad Trip Schedules

Trips are approximately 12 to 20 days in length and take place during the February, March, June, September, and October recesses depending on the Palmer College academic calendar. 

Trip application deadlines

An announcement will be posted regarding applications and deadlines at the appropriate time during your term.


 When can I go on a trip? Students must be in the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at Palmer College and in the clinical phase of their education to be eligible. Exact requirements vary by campus location.  Please refer to the program handbook.

Will I need a passport?  Yes.  For all trips outside of the United States, a passport is required.


Palmer alumni as well as alumni of other CCE-accredited chiropractic colleges may participate in the program as supervising doctors. Anyone interested must submit an application. Applications are due approximately six months prior to the trip.

For information on how to apply, please e-mail the Clinic Abroad Office.


When can I go on a trip?Palmer employees are welcome to apply for all trips. However, there are limited slots available and employees with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree may be given preference. 

When do I apply?Palmer employees will be notified of application timeframes via Palmer Communications electronic messages.

How to become an on-site coordinator/propose a new trip location

If you are an alumnus living in a location outside the United States or in an underserved area within the United States, and you would like to consider becoming involved with the Clinic Abroad Program by hosting a Palmer team of faculty and students at your location, you are welcome to submit a proposal. For more information, please e-mail the Clinic Abroad Office.

Ways to donate

The Clinic Abroad Program welcomes your contributions of equipment or monetary donations. Contact the Clinic Abroad Office at (563) 884-5813 or to inquire about the donation process.

Contact Us

Davenport, Iowa, Campus
Academic Affairs
(563) 884-5466

San Jose, Calif., Campus
Academic Administration
(408) 944-6021

Port Orange, Fla., Campus
Academic Affairs
(386) 763-2760