Palmer College of Chiropractic 2014-2015 Annual Report

Palmer College of Chiropractic 2014–15 Annual Report

Dennis M. Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.

To the Palmer Community,

It's my pleasure to share some of the many positive achievements of the College during the past year through the Palmer College of Chiropractic fiscal 2014-15 Annual Report.

As you read this "year in review" you'll see significant milestones on all three of our campuses, along with highlights of major events and accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff.

I'm very excited to share some insights from the Gallup-Palmer inaugural report on Americans' perceptions of chiropractic. The full results of this landmark research will be shared at this year's Davenport Homecoming in August.

The Annual Report also includes key charts and graphs that help tell the Palmer story—such as student scholarships; job opportunities and first-year employment rates; the states and countries from which our students come; where our graduates go to practice; chiropractic market share; number of patients seen in our campus clinics; pro-bono patient care offered in our clinics; and National Board of Chiropractic Examiners exam pass rates.

Financial results will be posted after the close of the fiscal year.

I hope you join me in recognizing everyone involved in the outstanding work represented in this report. It illustrates how we advance our role as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education.


Dennis M. Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.

Student Learning and Success

Leading the way

Three $100 bills

Palmer is ranked No. 4 in college loan repayment by the Brookings Institution. A study published in May 2015 lists Palmer in the top four "colleges with highest value added with respect to loan repayment."

Palmer's 2011 student-loan repayment rate is 96.5%. The average repayment rate for chiropractic college students is 93%. The national average for all college students is 86.3%.

Our commitment to student success is demonstrated in a number of ways, including curriculum and facilities enhancements, NBCE pass rates, first-year employment rates, third-party endorsements and student achievements.

Jenny Lane holding a spine while presenting at Talk the TIC competition

Davenport campus student Jenny Lane represented Palmer in the 2014 International Talk the 'TIC competition in Marietta, Ga. She was one of six competitors in the competition, which was won by a student from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

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Strengthening Chiropractic

Advancing Knowledge

Not only are we the world leader in chiropractic research, but Palmer strengthens the profession through the leadership of our administrators, faculty and staff—including conducting the first-ever Gallup-Palmer report on public perceptions of chiropractic.

Palmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., responded to a Wisconsin Chiropractic Association white paper that advocated prescription rights be added to chiropractic scope of care. Continuing his advocacy for the Palmer Identity, Dr. Marchiori contended that prescription rights aren't needed for chiropractors to fulfill their role as primary care professionals for spinal health and well-being.

Furthering our Reach

Health care and service

Palmer students and employees engage our campus communities and profession through service and patient care in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics.

children playing on the jungle gym at Sister Concetta Park

Student-led philanthropy project, Operation Palmer Promotes Play (OP3), raised $65,000 to completely refurbish Sister Concetta Park in downtown Davenport. OP3's fundraising efforts paid for regrading a section of the park and laying sod for an athletic field, adding a new patio/performance space plus landscaping and installing new playground equipment.

The Quad-Cites Palmer Chiropractic Clinics co-sponsored a special screening of the documentary "Fed Up" with the Putnam Museum & Science Center in January 2015. More than 500 people attended and a second screening was added to accommodate demand. Community partners Standard Process, Food Hub and Radish magazine joined Palmer and the Putnam for a health and activities fair before the screenings.

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Building for the Future

Resources and support

The future outlook for Palmer is bright, thanks to judicious use of human and financial resources in support of our mission.

Employment after graduation graph Davenport, 79%; San Jose, 63%; Port Orange, 70%; I work full-time in the field I studied, 40%; I work full-time in a field I did not study, 18%; I have a part-time job, 16%; I'm in graduate/professional school, 15%; I'm currently unemployed, 12%; I have a temporary job, 4%; I have an unpaid internship, 2%
Palmer CareerNetwork averages 2,585 job postings annually

Prospective students can now explore Palmer's three campuses from anywhere in the world! New digital technology brings our campuses to life online with 3-D maps plus virtual tours featuring photos and videos highlighting the unique qualities of each location. Explore our Campus Tours page on the Palmer website today.

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