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The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®

Students in the Doctor of Chiropractic program take courses in life sciences, technique, philosophy, diagnosis, radiology, and business management. Here, students learn the science, art, and philosophy of chiropractic.

View sample curriculum schedules for each of the campuses.

Your Academic Success

Palmer’s Doctor of Chiropractic degree program is here to help you meet the challenge of becoming a great Doctor of Chiropractic.

Our academic support services help you develop the skills and strategies to adapt to any challenge you face. Need help studying? Our Palmer Academic Student Success (PASS) program’s peer tutors are here to help. Are you dreaming of opening your own practice after graduation? In addition to Palmer’s business curriculum, our Center for Business Development brings in experts from the outside world to provide additional free mentorship to prepare students for success in practice. And, our 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensure you’ll build lasting relationships with professors who are passionate about your success.

Palmer Techniques

Palmer College offers a wide variety of hands-on technique courses designed to prepare students to successfully address nearly any clinical situation they may encounter in practice.

All Palmer students become proficient in “Palmer Package” which includes Diversified, Gonstead, Toggle Recoil, and Thompson techniques. In addition, Palmer students may choose to enroll in any of more than a dozen elective technique courses offered by the College. To ensure your success, Palmer technique instruction begins early in the curriculum and we provide many faculty-supervised hours of hands-on instruction outside of the curriculum in our learning labs. 

Anatomy and Learning to Care for the Human Body

Understanding anatomy and movement science is critical to becoming a successful Doctor of Chiropractic. Here, movement science is integrated into your anatomy education from day one.

You’ll receive hands-on anatomy education in wet labs with human cadavers, supported by state-of-the-art dry labs featuring anatomical models and virtual and augmented reality learning environments.

To help you study, you’ll have free unlimited access to Complete Anatomy, a virtual and augmented reality learning platform that’s accessible from your device, anytime and anywhere from the day you matriculate to the day you graduate. 

Palmer students have unlimited access to Complete Anatomy (shown here), an augmented reality learning platform that’s accessible from your device, anytime, anywhere. With Complete Anatomy, students have access to more than 17,000 interactive structures, radiological images, full-body skeletal maps, interactive cross-sections, detailed videos, lectures and quizzes.

From Classroom to Practice

As a Palmer student, you’ll learn and practice chiropractic techniques, patient examinations, and record keeping from the start. And learning doesn’t stop in the classroom. Students have the option to hone clinical skills learned in the classroom during extra-curricular lab hours and student clubs, all under the guidance of faculty members.

You will be well-prepared as you enter the capstone of the Doctor of Chiropractic Program, direct patient care in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic system.

Palmer Chiropractic Clinics provides students with a wide range of experiences to prepare them for practice. Those include:

  • Diverse patient body: Approximately 170,000 patient visits are delivered annually at Palmer Chiropractic Clinics – the world’s largest chiropractic clinic network. Working under the supervision of licensed faculty members, student interns care for patients of all ages, ability levels and backgrounds. In addition, Palmer Chiropractic Clinics provides more than $4 million in pro-bono care annually to active-duty military, veterans and their families, and individuals facing economic hardship.

  • Clinical Capstone experiences: Upon completion of clinical requirements, students may choose to finish their program at one of the College’s more than 6,000 approved preceptorship experiences. Qualified students may also apply to finish their clinical program at one of the College’s 50 VA/DoD/Multidisciplinary Rotation programs. Learn more about our DoD/VA Student Rotation Program.

  • Records management: Palmer Chiropractic Clinics uses a premier electronic health records (EHR) system called eClinicalWorks. Students gain skills in clinical documentation, quality control, and regulatory guidelines. You will begin eClinicalWorks training early in the curriculum and have a full year of experience with the EHR system prior to entering the clinic system. eClinicalWorks is used by more than 850,000 health-care professionals worldwide. 

  • Sports Injury & Rehabilitation Residency Program: Our Sports Injury & Rehabilitation Program is the longest-standing program in the profession. Here, you’ll learn from the best. Students will provide care to athletes under a team of chiropractors who have extensive experience caring for high-level athletes. Learn more about our Sports Injury & Rehabilitation Residency Program.

Start your chiropractic education at Palmer College. Request more information, schedule a campus visit, or apply today!

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D.C. Program

D.C. Program
Explore our Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Program, including a sample curriculum, campuses, clinical experience programs and more.

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Curriculum

Curriculum
Get all the details about the D.C. curriculum, including required competencies and skills as outlined by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

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Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience
Clinical training and experience is a huge part of earning your D.C. degree. At Palmer, your training is hands-on from the very beginning.

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Campuses

Campuses
You can find Palmer in Davenport, Iowa (main campus); San Jose, California and Port Orange, Florida. Determine which campus suits you best!

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Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar
Review the academic calendar for all three Palmer campuses.

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Faculty

Faculty
Get to know the world-class faculty at Palmer’s three campuses.

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Bookstore

Bookstore
From text books, note sets and lab supplies to new and used chiropractic equipment for your practice, you’ll find everything you need at the Palmer Bookstore—your resource for success.

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David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library
You’ll find a wealth of information and resources on our website in a user-friendly, and easy-to-find online environment.

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VALUE OF A PALMER EDUCATION

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