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D.C. Curriculum

D.C. Curriculum:

The D.C. curriculum blends theory with hands-on clinical skills designed to prepare you for success in your professional practice. You will take courses in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, chiropractic technique, chiropractic philosophy, and business management. After learning the basics, you will also care for patients in the Palmer College Clinic System under the supervision of a licensed doctor of chiropractic. The D.C. curriculum is offered throughout the calendar year, which allows you to complete the program in just three and one-third years.

The Palmer Abilities focus the chiropractic curriculum on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to prepare you for licensure and success in clinical practice. As a D.C. student at Palmer, you will learn the following:

  • Chiropractic History and Philosophy
  • Taking a Patient’s History
  • Physical Examination
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Examination
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • Diagnostic Studies
  • Diagnosis/Clinical Impression
  • Case Management
  • Adjusting the Patient
  • Emergency Care
  • Case Follow-up and Review
  • Record Keeping
  • Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • Professional Issues
  • Public Health and Wellness
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Non-adjustive Therapeutic Procedures
  • Nutrition
  • Patient Education
  • Business Management
  • Information Literacy

Curriculum overview

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