Reimagining the Student Learning Experience
Palmer College’s master plan for capital improvements and enhancements is driven by our strategic plan, a high-level action plan that addresses the comprehensive needs of the College. In the leadership phase of Daring & Driven: The Campaign for Palmer College, donors have helped complete many of the following projects that impact our campaign pillars: Student Success, Learning Innovation, and The Palmer Experience.
While we have completed many renovations and new buildings aimed at further enhancing student learning, health care delivery, and resources and support, we are not finished yet.
Palmer Main Campus Renovations
Paul & Donna VanDuyne Hall
Paul & Donna VanDuyne Hall opened in the fall 2022 and provides 115 units that can accommodate up to 139 students. The space features multiple study areas, a meditation area, multi-purpose rooms and lounges, free on-site laundry and parking, and a fire pit and grilling area.
Charles & Hildegarde Keller Terrace
The Charles & Hildegarde Keller Terrace provides a beautiful outdoor space for students to study and learn in the very place where chiropractic education began almost 125 years ago. The space opened to students in fall 2022.
William J. & Mary A. Kiernan Hall – Anatomy & Technique Center
The William J. & Mary A. Kiernan Hall – Anatomy & Technique Center, which opened in March 2022, allows students to move seamlessly between Palmer’s anatomy classrooms, wet and dry labs and technique classrooms. It features five technique labs with 20 stations for hands-on work, and two new anatomy labs.
David D. Palmer Learning Commons
The David D. Palmer Learning Commons is a 22,000 square foot student learning space that opened in 2021. The Learning Commons encompasses the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library, the Evan & Cynthia Beane Learning Lab where students hone their technique, more than 75 enclosed group and individual study spaces, Dave’s Coffee Corner and a monumental staircase inspired by spinal anatomy.
The Learning Commons is located in the same space that once housed the B. J. Palmer Clinic, giving Palmer students the unique experience of studying in the same space where the founders of chiropractic practiced.
NCMIC Center for Business Development
The NCMIC Center for Business Development opened in 2021. The newly-renovated space delivers students and alumni business skills and resources to help them create a strong chiropractic practice. The Center’s programs are uniquely designed to meet the needs of chiropractors and incorporate instruction, mentoring and hands-on applications.
Bruce & Bethel Hagen Student Union
The Bruce & Bethel Hagen Student Union opened in 2020, providing a space for students to unwind and have fun. It features gaming pods set up for video-game tournaments, large-screen televisions with comfortable seating for viewing movies, a pool table, shuffleboard table, arcade games, golf simulator and the Campus Grounds coffee shop. Take a virtual tour of the Bruce & Bethel Hagen Student Union.
Trevor V. Ireland Student Clinic
The Trevor V. Ireland Student Clinic opened in 2019. With the opening of the Ireland Student Clinic, all student clinical experiences on Palmer’s Main Campus are centralized under one roof, offering a contemporary place for education and care. The Ireland Student Clinic features 25 rooms for patient care, a top-flight radiology suite containing 100-inch monitors that allow for an immersive image-review experience for students.
R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center
The R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center is a 46,000 square-foot, leading-edge fitness facility that opened in 2017. It features two athletic courts, a three-lane track, cardio equipment with internet and Preva, athletic equipment including free weights, resistance machines and functional fitness equipment, and a digital fitness room where users can select from on-demand fitness programming. Learn more about the Bittner Center.
Recreation & Athletic Field
The new recreation and athletic field is located adjacent to the new student housing. The space serves as a multi-sport practice and recreation field where club and intramural sports teams such as rugby, softball, baseball, and soccer can practice.
4th Academic Building
To meet rising enrollment demands, a fourth academic building was opened in January 2022. The new 47,000 square-foot building features four high tech lecture halls, four state-of-the-art chiropractic technique classrooms, and space for more than 100 new students. Also featured is a patio overlooking the pond, providing a beautiful space to study or relax.