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Why should I choose Palmer?

As the original chiropractic college, we have more than 100 years’ experience as the trusted world leader for the profession. However, we are not content to rely on our rich history. We continue to shape the future of chiropractic through our academics, clinical research, publishing and professional support programs. Join us and make a difference.

How long is the D.C. program?
  • We hold classes throughout the year, compressing what you might typically experience in five academic years elsewhere.
  • Most students complete the program in three and one-third years.
  • Our Davenport, Iowa, Campus program is 10 trimesters long.
  • Our San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange, Fla., Campus programs are 13 quarters long.
How much is tuition?

The average cost is $33,000 per year. Talk to us about how to make this affordable for you.

Is there a fee to apply?

Yes, there is a $100 nonrefundable application fee.

When do classes start?
  • Davenport, Iowa – March, July, November
  • San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange, Fla. – January, April, July, October
What are the prerequisites for admission?
  • A minimum of 90 undergraduate semester hours
  • A concentration in science, social sciences and humanities classes
  • A minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average
What degree do I need to enter the D.C. program?
  • We recommend a bachelor’s degree prior to entering the program. We offer flexible solutions for studying in undergraduate and D.C. programs.
  • In order to practice, you may need a bachelor’s degree to meet state licensing boards’ requirements. (see What degrees do I need to practice?)
  • A specific major is not required. Many of our students come to us with majors in health disciplines. However, we see a wide variety of majors ranging from business, mathematics, engineering and liberal arts.
  • Our Port Orange, Fla., Campus gives priority seating to those who have completed their undergraduate studies. A bachelor’s degree is required for graduation from the D.C. program on this campus.
Where should I go to get my prerequisites done?
  • We are happy to consider any number of programs. Check with your Admissions representative.
  • We recommend you look at one of the nearly 1,200 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada where we’ve developed a detailed pre-chiropractic curriculum.
  • You can study with us, too. Our Davenport, Iowa, Campus offers a Bachelor of Science in General Science for those bound for the D.C. program. In fact, you can enter both programs with our integrated class schedules.
Which Palmer campus is right for me?
  • There is no wrong choice with a Palmer degree.
  • All of our campuses offer the three phases Palmer curriculum: basic sciences, clinical sciences and outpatient clinic/business management/professional development.
  • No matter which location you choose, you will get the all-important hands-on experience through palpitation techniques, cadaver dissection, and patient history and observing in the clinic setting.
  • The Davenport, Iowa, Campus and San Jose, Calif., Campus use lecture and lab-based courses. Both campuses have sectioned labs for a more hands-on approach and contact with the instructor. The Port Orange, Fla., Campus has curriculum mastery courses set up in “tracks,” which focus on specific areas of instruction and are linked by common subject matter.
  • Learn more about life on the Davenport, Iowa, Port Orange, Fla., or San Jose, Calif., Campuses. 
Is financial aid available?

Yes. We can help you investigate the options to make your education affordable.

What is the average class size?
  • Davenport, Iowa – 100 to 200
  • San Jose, Calif. – 20 to 50
  • Port Orange, Fla. – 30 to 80
What is the curriculum like?

We provide 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.

How difficult is the D.C. program?

You can expect an intense, graduate-level, first-professional program. We actively support you in the program through academic counseling. Talk with us about whether a reduced schedule or another form of assistance will help you reach your goal of becoming a chiropractor.

Is Palmer accredited?

Yes. View our accreditation information. All three campuses are accredited by two organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)
  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
What can I earn right out of school?

Based on choices of how and where to practice, you will find that incomes of recent graduates vary widely. Palmer graduates find that our culture ensures a solid path to career success. One data point that illustrates this success: Our graduates are able to pay back their student loans.

  • Palmer graduates have one of the lowest student default rate in the U.S. among all colleges and universities—not just chiropractic schools.
  • Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the latest salary information: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
What degrees do I need to practice?

Some states require doctors of chiropractic to prove that they hold a bachelor’s degree for licensure.

  • Seek out information from the licensing bodies in the state(s) where you plan to practice
  • Actively check and review the requirements.
  • Find licensing bodies: www.fclb.org 
Does Palmer offer job placement assistance?

There is no simpler way to say this: We care deeply about our graduates’ success. We have built a strong Palmer network to assist you during your education and throughout your career.

The Palmer CareerNetwork:

  • Helps students/graduates secure associateships, externships or partnerships.
  • Helps practices find associates or externs.
  • Helps practices find a buyer.
  • Offers list of used equipment for sale.

Palmer Center for Business Development: 

  • Prepares students for successful careers as clinic associates.
  • Educates chiropractors to successfully own and manage a private practice.
Can I practice anywhere I want?

If you have a practice location in mind, it’s never too soon to do the research and understand the requirements. We suggest you do so even before you enter Palmer College.

  • Board Exams: Every state and many countries have licensing boards that require applicants to pass individual state board exams. In the U.S. there are four sections of National Board exams. Many states require a passing score on these exams to obtain a license to practice.
  • Background checks: Some states, including Florida, require a background check prior to licensure. Palmer College also requires a background check as part of its admission process.
  • Research the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board: www.fclb.org 
OK, I’m ready to commit. What are my next steps?

Congratulations! We’re excited that you have made the decision to join us at Palmer College. We suggest these as your next steps.

  • Visit with a Palmer graduate. Find out more about what being a chiropractor is really like. Email us and we’ll put you in touch with a D.C. in your area.  
  • Visit one or more of our campuses. Our campus visit program is nationally-recognized for giving you a best-in-class view of what college life will be like.
  • Call us. We have Admissions representatives who can answer your specific questions.
    • Davenport, Iowa, Campus (800) 722-3648
    • San Jose, Calif., Campus (866) 303-7939
    • Port Orange, Fla., Campus (866) 585-9677
     
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