Dr. Bill Moreau plus other Olympic alumni

Dr. Bill Moreau plus other Olympic alumni

Spring/Summer 2016

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Fifty Years of educating the best C.T.s

Then-Palmer President David Palmer, D.C., places the hood on one of the graduates of the first class of the chiropractic assistant program in 1967.
Dr. David Palmer, dressed in ceremonial gown, places hood on a graduate in 1967

In 1966, Palmer began a fledgling program to train assistants to work in chiropractic offices. Fifty years later, more than 2,000 students have graduated from Palmer’s program, now known as the Associate of Applied Science in Chiropractic Technology (A.A.S.C.T.) program. The first group of students took courses from Drs. Virgil Strang, Donald Kern and Galen Price in philosophy and other chiropractic topics. Radiographic training was emphasized.

In 1969, the three-year-old progra m was formalized as the School of Chiropractic Assistants after receiving a government grant to help women develop job sk ills leading t o pos ition s in chiropractic practices. Dr. Dave Palmer asked Drs. Roy Hildebrandt and Edith Cronk to set up the curriculum. The 1,440-hour curriculum consisted of clerical, health and radiology classes.

Recently, the C.T. program increased the number of classes in insurance and Electronic Health Record documentation. The C.T. students must complete 120 hours of clinical experience, usually in a field doctor’s clinic. The Palmer C.T. is trained to manage patient schedules and build relationships with patients; take histories and radiographs; perform physiotherapy and exams; handle coding and billing; manage the front office; help build a practice; and reinforce patient education— making the program the most comprehensive staff training program available.

For more on the C.T. program, go to www.palmer.edu/news.

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Celebrate 50 y ears of Palmer’s com prehensiv e, high-level C.T. program at this year’s Davenport Homecoming, Aug. 11–13.

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