Davenport and Florida Campus Only
The Intern Preceptorship Program is an optional, off-campus educational program for qualified students on the Davenport or Florida campuses in their last trimester or quarter. It allows students an opportunity to gain experience with a Doctor of Chiropractic in the private practice setting. Through a mentorship-type relationship with a licensed chiropractor, students have an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the everyday management of a private practice. Detailed information on this program is available in the Program Handbook.
Depending on the location of the preceptorship, students may perform a variety of patient care procedures under the direct supervision of the licensed chiropractor. In an ideal Intern Preceptorship Program, interns perform chiropractic adjustments, examinations, and X-rays. However, state regulations may limit intern performance to the duties a chiropractic assistant would perform or to observations only.
Intern Preceptorship Program Forms (Pre-Graduate):
Terms to know:
- The word “preceptor,” in reference to this program, means the licensed chiropractor.
- The word “intern,” in reference to this program, means the chiropractic student.
- “Direct supervision” means that the preceptor must be on the same premises as the intern when the intern is performing any patient care procedure. (This definition may vary by state chiropractic regulations.)
- To provide the College with a setting beyond the campus clinics for a highly practical clinical experience as a preparation program for entry-level professionals
- To provide an opportunity for chiropractors in the field to serve the profession and cooperate in the preparation of entry-level professionals
- To provide an avenue of communication between the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics and chiropractors in the field
- To provide students with experiences that will enable them to gain a more complete understanding and development of their clinical skills
- To provide students with a practical experience upon which to plan and build their private chiropractic practice in the future
- To provide students with a professional setting in which to practice (as allowed by state law) the knowledge and skills they have attained during their course and clinical work
- To provide students with a setting for discovering their professional strengths and weaknesses.
Please note that the Intern Preceptorship Program is an educational program, not an employment program. Neither the preceptor field doctor nor the intern should view involvement in the program as an employment situation, and the preceptor should not be dependent upon the intern for office coverage.
To obtain information on the Intern Preceptorship Program as administered on the Davenport Campus, please contact:
Julie A. Schrad, M.S., D.C. Senior Director of Clinic Administration
Phone: (563) 884-5818
Fax: (563) 884-5822
Sonya Willers Administrative Assistant /Clinic Capstone Programs
Phone: (563) 884-5819
Fax: (563) 884-5822
Mailing address: Palmer College of Chiropractic
Clinic Capstone Programs
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803-5287
To obtain information on the Intern Preceptorship Program as administered on the Florida Campus, please contact:
Albert Luce, D.C. Dean of Clinics
Phone: (386) 763-2754
Fax: (386) 763-2716
Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida Campus
Allen Green Civic Center
4705 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Port Orange, FL 32129