The College’s CCSP and DACBSP certificate programs draw Palmer
chiropractors as well as graduates from other chiropractic colleges.
Specialty programs in chiropractic are more popular than
ever with practitioners looking for a clinical niche in practice.
One of the most in-demand programs in Palmer’s CE program
“I had a situation with a 15-year-old athlete,” recalled Ron
Shepherd, D.C., DACBSP, Davenport ’94, a candidate for the
Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Physicians
(DACBSP) through Palmer. “He had a very serious atypical
condition—neuropraxia paresthesia motor deficit—that
others failed to recognize, but I did, only because I had
learned about the condition in the sports program.”
Palmer has produced some of the top-trained sports practitioners
in North America with its 100+ hours Certified Chiropractic
Sports Physician (CCSP) certificate program and the DACBSP,
which provides an additional 200+ hours to the certificate program.
Both are taught through a live/online hybrid that saves
money and time away from the office.
“Our learners boast some of the highest pass rates in sports
programming,” said Senior Director of Continuing Education
Laurie Mueller, D.C., Davenport, ’97. “We’ve hosted doctors
from a variety of chiropractic institutions and welcomed them
into the program.”
Western States Chiropractic College alumna Kelly Shockley,
D.C., CCSP, for one, feels that having the CCSP credential has
opened doors for her. “It gave me instant credibility,” she said.
“I have been taking care of the local high school athletes and
have worked with athletes from other high schools, as well.”
Specialty programming, from sports to pediatrics or orthopedics,
often serves as a springboard for chiropractors to do the type of
work they most love. Diplomates can expect more interactions via
interprofessional and cross-disciplinary referrals and partnerships,
and gives them preparation for roles such as team physicians,
insurance examiners or expert witnesses for cases in litigation.
“Enrolling in the sports programming certification courses provides
much more than modern methods of instruction,” said Bill
Moreau, D.C., Davenport ’81, who coordinates Palmer’s CCSP and
DACBSP programming. “Learners build lifelong friendships with
fellow doctors who also aspire to expand the knowledge and skills
required to provide the best class of chiropractic care.”
Palmer’s CE Department currently plans to offer CCSP programs
in Virginia, Iowa, and on the West Coast beginning in the Fall
of 2009. For more information, visit www.palmer.edu/ce or call