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We generally offer required core courses in the same trimester each year. We offer electives as needed or as faculty are available. Here's the typical schedule of the core courses.
Year One –
- Take required coursework.
- Create a professional development plan.
- Begin Practicum #1.
Year Two –
- Take elective coursework. You may focus on areas of interest to you, including clinical biomechanics, clinical neuroscience or experimental clinical research.
- Finish Practicum #1.
- Begin and finish Practicum #2.
We Will Help with Your Development Plan
Palmer faculty forms a Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) just for you. You will select a clinical research faculty member as your primary mentor to chair your GAC. Then, together, you will choose at least two additional members to serve on your GAC. The entire committee then guides you in creating a professional development plan. They will also help in registering for core courses, planning additional coursework to support your research emphasis, and developing your research practicum projects.
Research Practicum Projects
You must successfully complete two practicum projects. These projects are patient-oriented research. They'll be based on your interests and your faculty mentor's interests.
You will be directly involved in clinical research and working with patients as you collect, analyze and interpret their data. Your Graduate Advisory Committee approves your projects based on an initial plan and final written and oral reports. Scholarly products, such as publishable-quality manuscripts, are desirable.
Your two practicum projects may be:
- Part of a larger research question being explored by the faculty mentors
- A separate exploration all together
- Related to one another as part of an overall project or unrelated.