Top Reasons Students Choose Palmer College

Academic Excellence

As a Palmer student, you will question, explore and do research in a challenging, yet supportive, academic environment. The number of hours Palmer students spend in courses such as anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and neurology are comparable to the hours medical students spend in similar courses.

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, the largest program in the world dedicated to chiropractic research, gives you access to the latest information and research studies.

In addition, Palmer College is the only chiropractic college to offer a Master of Science degree in clinical research.

Palmer College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). Palmer College also is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Associate of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Both the CCE and NCA are accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Small Classes

Small classes give you the faculty attention you need to become a skilled professional. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 15-to-1 or lower. You can even take advantage of opportunities to conduct research alongside a faculty mentor.

Knowledgeable and Experienced Faculty

Our faculty are typically engaged in clinical practice, so they routinely share relevant lessons from their patient-care experiences. Additionally, our faculty are accomplished researchers, many have had papers published in prestigious professional journals and have written authoritative textbooks for chiropractic students at Palmer College and around the world.

Hands-on Experience

Exposure to a wide range of hands-on, real-world experiences will help you gain skills and expand your understanding of the chiropractic profession’s compassion, purpose and service to community. You’ll have direct experience with patients supervised by faculty through the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics, Sports Council, Clinic Abroad Program and chiropractic technique classes, so you will be well prepared to care for patients.

Excellent Job Outlook

Employment for chiropractors is expected to rise by 28 by 2020—much more quickly than for other professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition. Upon graduation, you will be well prepared to succeed in whatever chiropractic career you choose. Career options include:

  • solo practitioner
  • chiropractic group practitioner
  • educator
  • researcher
  • fitness facility chiropractor
  • sports team chiropractor
  • hospital staff
  • multi-specialty group practitioner
  • administrator

Visit "What You Can Do with a Chiropractic Degree" for more information about your opportunities after obtaining a chiropractic degree.

In addition, to help you gain an in-depth understanding of the business side of health care, you may take courses at the Palmer Center for Business Development, the first of its kind at any chiropractic college. Established in 2008, the center offers you professional training, resources and programs in entrepreneurship, practice management, marketing and finance.

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Davenport, Iowa, Campus
(800) 722-3648 

San Jose, Calif., Campus
(866) 303-7939 

Port Orange, Fla., Campus
(866) 585-9677 

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Thomas Souza, D.C.
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Dr. Souza, San Jose, Calif., Campus faculty member and Dean of Academic Affairs, literally wrote the book on differential diagnosis. His textbook, Differential Diagnosis and Management for the Chiropractor, has been in use in every chiropractic college around the globe for nearly two decades.

Hear Dr. Souza talk about Technique education