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.
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
For more on the C.T. program,
go to www.palmer.edu/news.
Celebrate 50 y ears of Palmer’s com prehensiv e, high-level
C.T. program at this year’s Davenport Homecoming, Aug. 11–13.