As a graduate of Palmer College, you will be educated to be an independent thinker with the skills to promote wellness, assess health and diagnose and manage your patients’ chiropractic health needs.
The D.C. curriculum includes extensive coursework in the basic sciences, chiropractic technique, chiropractic philosophy and business management. You also will work under the supervision of a doctor to care for patients in a Palmer College outpatient or community outreach clinic.
- A sample curriculum for each campus may be found here.
Length of program
- Three and one-third calendar years
- Size: 2,106
- % Male-Female: 64%-36%
- Average age: 27
- Students entering with bachelor’s degree or higher: 77%
- American Indian: 0.4%
- Asian: 6.9%
- Black: 2.5%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2.8%
- Hispanic: 5.5%
- White: 77.7%
- Other: 2.9%
The list of career directions you can take within the profession is broad ranging and includes solo practitioner, chiropractic group practitioner, educator, researcher, fitness facility chiropractor, sports team chiropractor, hospital staff, multi-specialty group practitioner and administrator.
U.S. employment projections through 2018
Chiropractic employment is expected to rise 20 percent between 2008 and 2018—faster than average employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition.
The median pay for chiropractors in 2010 was $67,200, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov).
Palmer College of Chiropractic follows guidelines established by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for the accreditation of programs and institutions offering the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Palmer also is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (contact information).
The CCE requires students to have earned 90 semester hours with a 2.75/4.0 cumulative grade-point average for admission into a Doctor of Chiropractic program.
Palmer strongly encourages interested students to contact an Admissions Representative. Or begin by completing our Admissions Application.
For students with an undergraduate degree
Palmer College of Chiropractic considers applicants from all undergraduate majors. A few of our most prevalent undergraduate majors are pre-first professional (such as pre-medicine and pre-dentistry), exercise physiology, athletic training, kinesiology, physical therapy, biology, nursing, health science and chemistry.
Palmer values a diverse, broadly educated student body. We encourage all students with an interest in chiropractic to apply to the Doctor of Chiropractic program. A student need not hold a degree in a health- or science-related discipline to succeed. Many students with non-health-science degrees have excelled in the program. Such students hold degrees in disciplines as varied as psychology, marketing, anthropology, management, communications, mathematics, sociology, business, criminal justice, history, liberal studies, engineering, education and religion.
For students currently pursuing or planning an undergraduate education
Palmer encourages students to pursue a well-rounded education with coursework that includes 24 science credits, half with labs, that may include biology (human anatomy and physiology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, cellular biology, exercise physiology, and kinesiology), chemistry (general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology/pharmacology, nutrition and nuclear medicine), and physical sciences (physics, biomechanics and statistics).