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D.C. eligibility to perform physicals in Nebraska

11/26/2013 (Archived)

NSAAPalmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., has addressed the Nebraska School Activities Association in response to the review of eligibility of doctors of chiropractic to perform pre-participation physicals in the state of Nebraska. His statement, which was sent to Bud Dahlstrom, the assistant director of the association, can be read below. 

Dear Mr. Dahlstrom,

As chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic, the first and largest chiropractic college, I’d like to extend my support to the efforts of my colleagues in the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges to clarify the scope of practice for chiropractors in Nebraska, specifically regarding pre-participation physical examinations for athletes.

Chiropractors in general, and Palmer graduates specifically, are highly skilled in providing comprehensive health examinations. The Palmer College of Chiropractic Doctor of Chiropractic program curriculum is a five-academic-year post-graduate program including 4,620 total contact hours of instruction. Of these contact hours, 570 are in diagnosis, 300 in radiology procedures and interpretation, and 945 in practical clinical experience in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic system. 

Palmer’s curriculum produces professionals who are highly trained and experienced in assessment and diagnosis as well as clinical-reasoning skills -- and are eligible for licensure in all 50 states. Palmer’s D.C. curriculum is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education, the recognized accrediting body for the chiropractic profession. All three of our campuses are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are members of the North Central Association.

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s main campus is located in Davenport, Iowa. All Iowa high school students participating in sports are required to obtain a pre-participation physical examination. All Iowa school districts in the Quad Cities approve pre-participation physical examinations provided by chiropractors. Our two outpatient clinics in the Quad Cities offer sports physicals throughout the school year with a special push at the beginning of each school year, and have provided 1,555 of these physicals during the last three years. Many parents have commented that these pre-participation physical examinations are the most comprehensive their children have ever received.

I urge you to consider all of these facts as you examine the issue of allowing doctors of chiropractic to perform pre-participation physicals in Nebraska. The young athletes of Nebraska deserve the opportunity to receive thorough physical examinations from licensed and qualified health care professionals, including chiropractors.


Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Chancellor, Palmer College of Chiropractic