These days, more chiropractors are seeking
graduates of Palmer’s Chiropractic
Technology (C.T.) program than the program
can supply. “Usually, the people who
refer an individual plan on hiring that person
after they graduate,” said Lisa Gisel,
Associate of Science in Chiropractic
Technology admissions representative and
“I was already enrolled in the Palmer D.C.
program when I referred my friend,” said
Mark Morningstar II, D.C., Davenport ’02,
who hired Darin Weeks, C.T., ’01, to assist
with his practice.
The C.T. program encompasses all front
and back office training for chiropractic
practices, with the exception of performing
adjustments and conducting reports of
findings. Students also take a chiropractic
philosophy and history course, and must
complete 120 hours of unpaid externship
in a chiropractic practice.
“The main thing D.C.s need to know is
that we are coming to them already
trained,” said Mr. Weeks, who joined Dr.
Morningstar’s clinic in 2002. “We can
walk into their office and start right up.”
Graduates of the C.T. program sit for the
American Chiropractic Radiographic
Registered Technologist (ACRRT) exam,
which upon successful completion, allows
them to take X-rays in approximately 30
states. In 15 other states, graduates are
required to pass state-administered exams
similar to the ACRRT exam.
“I would recommend a new graduate who
decides to open his or her own office to
get a C.T. from Palmer,” said Dr. Morningstar.
“They can step right into the office
from day one and take X-rays, supervise
patient rehabilitation and perform financial
consultations with patients.” To refer
a student to the C.T. program, call Lisa
Gisel at (563) 884-5743 or e-mail her at