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What is Palmer College of Chiropractic?

Palmer College of Chiropractic is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning founded in 1897 in Davenport, Iowa, making it the founding college of the chiropractic profession. Palmer College offers a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and a Bachelor of Science in General Science degree.

Who founded Palmer College of Chiropractic?

The College was founded in 1897 by Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer, who developed the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic and performed the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa.

Where are the Palmer campuses and what are they like?

The Palmer campuses are located in Davenport, Iowa, San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange, Fla. Each campus has its own unique culture and environment, while still maintaining the high standards of academic excellence and thorough education in the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic that are hallmarks of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s main campus in Davenport, Iowa is a unique blend of heritage and innovation, where chiropractic history meets state-of-the-art educational facilities like the Harold & Marie Bechtel Center, opened in 2007. Palmer College of Chiropractic West, in San Jose, Calif. is a smaller campus where students are exposed to many different chiropractic philosophies and approaches and encouraged to choose the one that best fits their individual outlook. At Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida, in Port Orange, Fla. students participate in an innovative curriculum delivery that meshes small group active learning sessions, laboratory and clinical experiences with lectures designed to synthesize learning objectives.

What is Palmer’s student body like?

Students attending the Palmer campuses are a diverse group from many different backgrounds, including about 10% who come to Palmer from outside the United States. Their average age is 26 years old at matriculation, but they range in age from early 20s to those in their 60s. Many have a scientific background, but others come to Palmer from careers ranging from teaching to agricultural business. Students at each campus are a tight-knit, supportive community of learners.

Palmer students have one thing in common: a passion for learning the healing art of chiropractic and helping people to live healthier lives. They are devoted to life-long learning and community service, and demonstrate these traits during their time at Palmer by learning about various techniques through clubs and seminars, or volunteering for community organizations and health-oriented activities.

What is Palmer’s faculty like?

The Palmer faculty is a group of experienced, highly educated and credentialed men and women dedicated to providing the best possible chiropractic education to their students. Among their ranks are a number of highly published scholars and researchers who have presented their work at prestigious national and international conferences and have written textbooks in use at chiropractic colleges. They serve not only as teachers, but also as mentors who guide students through the chiropractic education process and infuse them with excitement for their chosen profession. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15-to-1 or lower, depending on the particular Palmer campus.

What makes Palmer unique?

A Palmer College of Chiropractic education is unique in chiropractic because, simply put, it is thorough and focuses on all three aspects of chiropractic: science, philosophy and art. Rather than focus on just one area, Palmer College trains students in the philosophical foundations of chiropractic, the science behind it, and the art of adjusting. Palmer is the first and largest chiropractic college, and only Palmer provides an opportunity to learn from renowned, highly experienced and credentialed faculty as well scientists at the largest research facility at a chiropractic educational institution. In addition, Palmer is the only chiropractic college offering a choice of three different campus environments in three very different regions of the U.S.

How does Palmer contribute to chiropractic research?

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) is the largest of any research facility at a chiropractic college, with the largest budget and most research faculty. The PCCR has garnered significant federal funding—a total of nearly $30 million in grants have been awarded to the PCCR in the last 10 years from such prestigious agencies as the National Institute of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Agency. In addition, PCCR faculty collaborate with many other universities and healthcare facilities, including the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Fla., Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, and many others. Clinical research trials currently underway at the PCCR include studies to determine the effect of chiropractic care on conditions such as high blood pressure, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and low back pain.

What is Palmer’s clinical training like?

Students at all three of Palmer’s campuses undergo extensive clinical training under the close supervision of a faculty clinician in Palmer’s outpatient clinics during the last year of their educational experience. The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics feature a unique mentorship model of education, where the faculty clinician supervises patient care and is closely assisted by the student intern. This approach is nurturing and supportive, and focuses on collaborative, patient-centered care with input from the patient as a member of the healthcare team. In addition, students have the opportunity to use the latest technology in electronic patient records and digital radiology during their clinical training experience.

What does Palmer offer in terms of business education?

In addition to business classes within the curriculum that teach students how to create a business plan and operate a successful practice, Palmer offers a unique, co-curricular business program through the Palmer Center for Business Development.

The Palmer Center for Business Development is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs that bridge academic training, clinical skills and business. The Center’s educational programs are supplemental to what students learn in the Doctor of Chiropractic curriculum, and are offered at no charge to current Palmer students and alumni. The Center incorporates instruction, mentoring and support from outstanding chiropractors, business professionals and business school faculty, as well as from outside professionals with expertise in new business development. Courses in entrepreneurship that explore new venture design, finance structuring and business plan creation are just a few of the workshop options. Students will become successful chiropractors because they have been given the opportunity to explore, engage and excel along a path that nurtures their unique strengths. uses cookies for advertising. You may disable them in your browser settings. Privacy Statement
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