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Update as of May 23, 2022

Palmer West COVID-19 Update:

There has been a campus surge in COVID-19 cases and exposures. To help ensure the health and safety of the Palmer West campus community and minimal interruption to your education, all lectures will be available both in the classroom and online via BrightSpace from May 24 through June 10, 2022. Students are encouraged to attend online when feasible. Clinic and labs will be in person. Lecture and lab finals are expected to be held on campus as scheduled.

As of May 24:

  1. All students, faculty and staff must complete the online app and provide verification at the security desk as you enter campus.
  2. If you have symptoms or have been exposed, stay home — don’t come to campus.
  3. Masks are required while indoors.
  4. Practice social distancing where possible and maintain good personal hygiene.

 

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow. More information is available on the CDC website.

The Emergency Operations Team is closely monitoring the situation and will keep you updated.

Again, thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community.

The content in this post, dated 5/23/22, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of January 31, 2022

Based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Palmer College is updating its isolation/quarantine protocols effective Monday, Jan. 31.

Palmer Main and Florida: New isolation/quarantine protocols can be found here.

Palmer West: New isolation/quarantine protocols can be found here.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols.

Update as of January 14, 2022

Palmer West COVID-19 Update:

Dear Palmer West Students,

Palmer College staff, faculty and administrators are aware of student concerns related to vaccination mandates imposed by federal, state and local level authorities. These are government mandates that Palmer College of Chiropractic is required by law to follow.

We recognize this is a highly charged issue for some students. In response we’re providing the following options to students who are considering their choices regarding the mandate:

Extension of the “drop date” to Friday, January 21 for Clinic Courses
Students wishing to remain enrolled at Palmer West will be provided an extension of the clinic course drop date to receive a 100% tuition refund of clinic course(s). The new deadline is Friday, January 21.

Important Considerations

  • Students dropping below six credit hours will be reported to the National Student Loan Clearinghouse as less than half-time status, which starts the clock on the six-month grace period for repayment of student loans.
  • International students should consult with their International Student Advisor before dropping any courses.
  • Students receiving VA benefits should consult with their VA certifying official on campus before dropping any courses.
  • Dropping a clinic course will result in an additional term of enrollment.

Tuition Rollover for Withdrawing Students
Students wishing to withdraw from Palmer West will have tuition charges accrued on a prorated basis rolled over to the next term’s tuition charges, so long as they:

  1. Officially withdraw from Palmer West by Friday, January 21; and
  2. Return to Palmer West in Spring 2022; or
  3. Apply to transfer to Palmer’s main campus and enroll in the spring 2022 trimester.

Next Steps

The content in this post, dated 1/14/22, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of January 11, 2022

Palmer West COVID-19 Update:

Dear Palmer West Students and Employees,

Palmer College values choice in health-care decisions. As you’re aware, workplace mandates impacting choice are underway at the federal, state and local levels.

At the federal level, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers with more than 100 employees to establish a COVID-19 vaccine/testing policy. In part, this mandate requires Palmer employees to be fully vaccinated or wear a face mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing if they choose not to be vaccinated.

In addition to the federal mandate, a Santa Clara County Order of the Health Officer mandates that all individuals who work in “higher-risk” settings be fully vaccinated.

What this means for Palmer College
Palmer College of Chiropractic is required by law to follow these mandates. Employers who fail to comply risk steep fines and potential liability for failure to comply with an OSHA regulation and County Health Officer orders.

Santa Clara County Requirements

A. Requirement for All Personnel in Higher-Risk Settings to Obtain Boosters When Eligible.
As soon as possible, but no later than Jan. 24, 2022, all businesses must “…ensure personnel in Higher-Risk Settings who are “fully vaccinated” as of the effective date of this Order, are also up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination.” Per the Order’s definition of “Up-to-Date,” an individual must not only be “fully vaccinated” but must also have “obtained any booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for which they are eligible as authorized by the federal Food and Drug Administration, within 15 days of first becoming eligible.”

B. Requirement for All Personnel in Higher-Risk Settings to be Vaccinated.
As soon as possible, but by no later than Jan. 24, 2022, all business entities must ensure that any personnel who are not already “fully vaccinated” as of the effective date of the Order and who are in Higher-Risk Settings, have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Personnel who are not in compliance may not continue to work in Higher-Risk Settings after February 1, 2022.

C. Record Keeping Requirements
Businesses must maintain records of the following information for their personnel:

  1. Full name and date of birth
  2. Vaccine manufacturer
  3. Date of vaccine administration (for all applicable doses)

D. Cooperation with Public Health Authorities
Businesses subject to the Order must cooperate with the Public Health Department’s requests for records, documents, or other information regarding the business entity’s implementation of the requirements of this Order. Cooperation includes, but is not limited to, identifying all jobs or positions within the organization and describing:

  1. Whether a given job or position is subject to the vaccination requirements
  2. How the business entity determined a job or position is subject to vaccination requirements
  3. How the business entity is ensuring full compliance with the vaccination requirements.

What this means for you

Palmer West students and employees working in the Clinic (Higher-Risk Setting) must be fully vaccinated and up to date by obtaining a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccination for which they are eligible as authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Palmer West students (registered for a Clinical course) and all employees are required to fill out the online form providing vaccination details. The deadline for submission is Jan. 19. This doesn’t apply to students in preceptorships outside Santa Clara County.

We recognize this is a highly charged issue for some students and employees. Please know that Palmer’s Emergency Operations Team researched this issue extensively and concluded that under current language, there are no exceptions that would allow Palmer to avoid implementing federal, state and local mandates.

More updates will follow.

Thank you for helping Palmer College meet these new requirements and for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

 

The content in this post, dated 1/11/22, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of January 7, 2022

Palmer West COVID-19 Update:

There has been a local surge in COVID-19 cases and exposures. To help ensure the health and safety of the Palmer West campus community, beginning Jan. 10, all lectures will be available both in the classroom and online via BrightSpace. Clinic and labs will be in person.

Please continue to do the following:

  1. If you have symptoms or have been exposed, stay home — don’t come to campus.
  2. Practice social distancing where possible and maintain good personal hygiene.
  3. Attendance for lectures will be counted for those in-person or those actively engaged online.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow. More information is available on the CDC website.

Again, thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community.

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Update as of January 6, 2022

Palmer Florida COVID-19 Update:

Welcome back! We’re glad to have you back on campus and look forward to holding our first classes in Building 4 in the coming weeks.

Please keep in mind that COVID-19 and its variants are still a major concern in Florida. While facemasks are optional in our academic buildings, we strongly encourage their use along with the continued practice of good hygiene habits and social distancing where practical.

Facemasks are still required in all Clinic treatment areas. Facemasks are optional in Clinic common spaces, such as the front-desk area, reception area and hallways.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow.

Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

Again, welcome back!

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Update as of January 5, 2022

Palmer Main Campus COVID-19 Update:

There has been a local surge in COVID-19 cases and exposures. To help ensure the health and safety of the campus community, beginning Jan. 6, all lectures will be available both in the classroom and online via BrightSpace. Hands-on learning and labs will continue as normal.

Please continue to do the following:

  1. If you have symptoms or have been exposed, stay home — don’t come to campus.
  2. Practice social distancing where possible and maintain good personal hygiene.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow. More information is available on the CDC website.

Again, thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community.

The content in this post, dated 1/5/22, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Main’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of October 26, 2021

Palmer West COVID-19 Update:

With the onset of Fall and the increased risk of inclement weather, there’s a need for indoor dining options on campus.

Effective Thursday, Oct. 28, procedures for indoor dining are:

  • The two location options are your homeroom class, only when not in use for lecture, club or electives activities; and the Palmer Café.
  • COVID-19 prevention measures remain in place for both locations. Masks must be worn when not eating or drinking, and social distancing of six feet must be maintained.
  • Students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Personal food preparation equipment (microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, etc.) are not allowed in the classrooms.
  • Any food items left behind in the classroom will be disposed of daily.
  • Palmer Café rules:
    • A maximum of one person per table will be allowed.
    • Seating time is limited to 45-minutes to accommodate other students.
    • Students are encouraged to leave the Café once their meal is consumed.
    • Don’t rearrange the tables or chairs.

Following the above rules for indoor dining will allow us to resume some level of indoor dining while staying safe and remaining compliant with our COVID-19 Prevention Program on file with the county. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a return to outdoor dining only, so please act accordingly.

The content in this post, dated 10/26/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of October 15, 2021

Palmer Florida COVID-19 Update:

Welcome back to in-person instruction! We’re pleased to report a continuing decline in COVID-19 cases at the state and local level.

As of Monday, Oct. 18, all instruction will take place on campus. Online classes will no longer be offered. Face masks will be encouraged but not required in our academic buildings.

However, masks will still be required in all Clinic treatment areas. Masks are optional in Clinic common spaces, such as the front-desk area, waiting area and hallways. If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow.

Please continue to practice good hygiene habits and socially distance where practical. Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

The content in this post, dated 10/15/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of October 4, 2021

Palmer Florida COVID-19 Update:

Welcome back! Thank you for adhering to our COVID-19 protocols. We’re pleased to report a significant decrease in positive COVID-19 cases and potential exposures on the Palmer Florida campus, and we’re seeing a decline at the state level. However, Volusia County is still considered a relatively high-transmission region.

With that in mind, the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority. We’ll begin the fall term with a cautious, but progressive return to full in-person instruction.

For the first two weeks, all lectures and active-learning sessions will be online, and all hands-on instruction will be in-person, with a mask requirement in place.

Beginning week three, all classes will resume in-person with the addition of clubs and activities.

We’ll adjust campus safety protocols as necessary based upon state, local and college data.

Palmer College of Chiropractic encourages ongoing personal responsibility. Please be respectful of others who may be at higher risk and those who may have already been affected personally during this pandemic.

We appreciate all students, faculty and staff for adhering to COVID-19 reporting protocols and mask requirements.

Thank you and welcome back!

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Update as of September 15, 2021

Palmer Main Campus COVID-19 Update:

We’ve recently received inquiries from students regarding current COVID-19 case counts at Palmer. Palmer’s Emergency Operations Team monitors the number of cases among students, faculty and staff on a daily basis. We’re happy to report that positive cases have remained below 1% of the campus population throughout the term.

In order to maintain this status, please remember to continue to do the following:

  1. If you have symptoms or have been exposed, don’t come to campus.
  2. Practice social distancing where possible and maintain good personal hygiene.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow. More information is available on the CDC website.

Again, thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community.

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Update as of September 10, 2021

Palmer West students, faculty, and staff:

Vaccination requirement deadline rescinded

The California Department of Public Health issued orders on July 26, 2021 and August 5, 2021 mandating health-care settings must verify vaccine status of all workers (including students), require unvaccinated workers/students undergo weekly diagnostic screening testing, and require all unvaccinated workers/students wear surgical masks or higher-level respirators at all times.

Palmer discovered information outside the orders, also from the California Department of Public Health, specifically excluding chiropractic offices from the orders’ scope. Therefore, Palmer College rescinds its Sept. 8, 2021, communication directing students and employees to comply with the state orders.

We’ll keep you informed as we continue to review and respond to ongoing state and federal mandates.

The content in this post, dated 9/10/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s clinic. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of September 8, 2021

Palmer West students, faculty, and staff:

Effective September 30, 2021, the State of California Department of Public Health will require that Palmer College of Chiropractic must document proof of full vaccination for any employees and students working in any clinical setting in the state of California.

This mandate is a directive of the state of California that Palmer is legally required to follow.

Any individuals who choose not to become fully vaccinated and have a qualified and documented medical or religious exemption have the option to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

Please view the attached flow charts that outline important next steps for interns, faculty and staff who work in the Palmer West Chiropractic Clinics and students on preceptorships or student rotations in the state of California.

Important deadlines:

  • If you are vaccinated or are willing to get vaccinated, you must provide proof of full vaccination by 9/30/21.
  • If you become fully vaccinated after 9/30/21, you will need to provide proof upon receipt and will be cleared from the weekly testing requirement at that time.
  • If you meet exemption requirements and are willing to get tested weekly, you must complete the Declination form and submit your first test result by 10/1/21.
  • Individuals who fail to submit their test results in a timely manner will be restricted from the clinic settings until they do.
  • Individuals who are unwilling to comply with these state mandates should follow the flow-charts for next steps immediately, including the option to do a Clinic rotation on Palmer’s Main campus in Davenport, Iowa.

Palmer College values individual choice. Our students are trained to provide their patients with accurate information about diseases, and the benefits and risk associated with health-care options, while supporting patients’ ultimate right to make an evidence-informed choice.

Palmer remains committed to providing continuity to high-quality education and patient care, while allowing our stakeholders the ability to make personal health-care choices. Unfortunately, as with all health-care providers, Palmer College is now faced with the challenges of operating under government mandates.

The COVID-19 pandemic is dynamic. Palmer is committed to providing the best education, information and options possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact to Student Affairs.

View the State of California Health Care Worker Vaccine Requirement Compliance Algorithm

The content in this post, dated 9/8/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s clinic. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of September 7, 2021

Palmer Florida students, faculty, and staff:

Palmer Florida will begin to transition back to in-person instruction for the fall 2021 term with hybrid learning for the first two weeks of the term and full in-person learning beginning week three.

This transition will allow for close monitoring of Covid-19 cases on our campus, mask compliance, and the opportunity to promote a safe learning environment.

The College will continue to monitor the local and College community and, if necessary, may make changes to course delivery, testing schedules or support offerings. Please continue to monitor the Palmer website for further information.

Instruction and Attendance

  • For weeks one and two, all lecture and ALS class delivery will remain online. All labs (anatomy, technique, and physical exam) will be in-person.
  • Beginning week three, all courses will be delivered in-person in the classrooms assigned based on the fall term curricular schedule, including lecture and ALS classes.
  • Face masks will be required in all common interior spaces not only to protect yourself but others who may face higher risks.
  • Attendance and participation will be monitored according to the College Attendance Policy and each course syllabus.
  • There will be no option for remote instruction.

Course Assessments

  • All makeup exams due to course incompletes and self-remediated exams (SRE’s) will be in-person during week one.
  • Midterm and Final Exams will be administered using Examplify for the fall term.
  • Please review the Student Device Policy that ensures each student provides their own device meeting Examplify’s minimum requirements.

Student Life and After-Hours Activities

  • TOAL and Open Anatomy Lab will continue to require advanced registration.
  • PASS tutoring will be held in-person and/or online with limited capacity and advanced registration required. Contact Kenneth Blankumsee in Student Services for details.
  • Student clubs and Student Council will resume in-person activity on campus. Clubs will have limited capacity with advanced registration required. Contact Dawn Funk in Student Services for details.
  • Center for Business Development will resume in-person activity on campus. Events will have limited capacity with advanced registration required. Contact Kevin Cooper for details.
  • Intramural sports will resume for the fall term. More information will be provided as details are confirmed. Contact Dawn Funk in Student Services with any questions.
  • Library hours remain as previously posted.

Palmer College encourages ongoing personal responsibility not only for yourself, but for others. To help ensure and optimize your health and well-being, the College supports regular chiropractic care, proper nutrition, and daily exercise.

Please be respectful, however, of others who may be at higher risk and those with whom have already been personally affected during this pandemic. Familiarize yourself with the latest guidance from the CDC. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and/or have been exposed, do not come to campus or clinics.

Any student with concerns about attending in-person should contact the Registrar’s Office and/or an academic counselor immediately to discuss options.

The content in this post, dated 9/7/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of August 19, 2021

Palmer Main students, faculty, and staff:

We want to thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we continue to deal with COVID-19. Many people have asked about COVID-19 protocols as we move into the fall. We recognize this is a very stressful time.

We’re pleased to report that while the number of positive COVID-19 cases and exposures in Scott County is increasing, Palmer College has seen only a slight increase. As of today, our positive cases remain under 1% of our total campus population.

Please note, our ability to continue to provide instruction in-person is based on the number of positive cases and exposures. We need everyone to continue to follow our health and safety protocols or we’ll have to return to online instruction.

Our Emergency Operations Team continues to monitor COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff on a daily basis. Please do your part to help maintain a safe and healthy campus environment.

  • If you have symptoms or have been exposed, don’t come to campus.
  • While masks are optional on campus, we continue to strongly support individuals’ rights to take action to protect themselves and others by wearing masks indoors.
  • We encourage you to practice social distancing where possible and continue to maintain good personal hygiene.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow. More information is available on the CDC website.

Again, thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community.

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Update as of August 11, 2021

Palmer Florida students, faculty, and staff:

We can do this. We can safely return to on-campus, hands-on instruction. It’ll begin with elective courses this weekend. And we’ll return to hands-on instruction on Monday, August 16.

This morning’s Orlando Sentinel reported that more than 95% of children who returned to Orange County schools on Tuesday wore face masks. If children can do this, we can do better and follow the mask mandate we have in place 100%.

By its very nature, chiropractic is a hands-on profession and needs to be taught in a hands-on manner. We can do this safely if all involved follow the College protocols of masking and social distancing.

While we have direct supervision over our classroom courses and elective courses, we simply don’t have that degree of faculty supervision over student clubs. Therefore, at this time, in order to maintain maximum safety for all concerned, clubs will not meet. You’ll be notified when we’ve reached a point where clubs can safely resume.

Please remember, it takes all of us in the Palmer Florida community to ensure the safety of not only ourselves but of others. If personal responsibility fails we may be forced to, once again, resume virtual education across the board. Nobody wants this. So, let’s be careful, watch out for each other and learn to be the best chiropractors in the world.

 

Sincerely,

Peter A. Martin, D.C.
Campus President
Palmer Florida

Any student with concerns about attending in-person should contact the Registrar’s Office and/or an academic counselor immediately to discuss options for withdrawing from their course(s).

Academic Adjustments for Qualified Students with Disabilities

Palmer College makes reasonable academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities, as required by law. Any qualified student with a disability who requires a reasonable academic adjustment to perform the academic and technical standards requisite to participation should contact the Disabilities Coordinator to request such an academic adjustment.

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Update as of August 10, 2021

Palmer Florida students, faculty, and staff:

I’m pleased to report that the number of positive COVID-19 cases and exposures on campus is falling. As such, we’ll begin a gradual and progressive return to instruction.

Please note, the return to campus is based on the number of positive cases and exposures. We need everyone to follow health and safety protocols or we’ll have to return to online instruction. Please do your part to help maintain a safe and healthy campus environment.

Electives
Beginning Saturday, August 14, electives will resume as scheduled.

Hands-on classes
Beginning Monday, August 16, hands-on classes and labs will resume as scheduled.

Lecture classes
Lecture and ALS classes will remain online for the time being. We’ll make adjustments when it’s safe to do so.

Clubs
In-person club meetings will remain on hold for the time being.

Please remember:

  1. All individuals on the Florida campus and Clinics are required to wear masks in all common interior spaces. Social distancing is required in all interior spaces.
  2. Clinics remain open, with appropriate PPE and social-distancing protocols in place.
  3. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and/or have been exposed, stay home. Do not come to campus or Clinics.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow.

Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

Sincerely,

Peter Martin, D.C.
President
Palmer Florida

The content in this post, dated 8/10/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of August 4, 2021

Palmer West students, faculty, and staff:

Palmer College of Chiropractic West continues to follow current Santa Clara County and/or state guidelines, whichever is more restrictive, around physical distancing and masking.

As such, effective immediately, the following changes to Palmer West’s COVID Prevention Plan (CPP) have been implemented.

  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a mask while indoors.
  • Face coverings will be cloth or woven material of at least two layers, fit snuggly, have no holes or openings, and completely cover the nose and mouth.
  • A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric or any mask that has an unfiltered one-way exhaust valve.

The following exceptions apply to the masking mandate: 

  • When a community member is alone in a private room/office.
  • When a community member briefly removes the mask to take a drink of a beverage.

Food consumption/dining

  • Food items shall be consumed outdoors. No dining is permitted indoors.

The complete CPP may be reviewed here.

The content in this post, dated 8/4/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of August 3, 2021

Palmer Florida students, faculty, and staff:

I want to thank you again for your flexibility and understanding as we continue to deal with COVID-19. Many people have asked when we’ll return to in-person classes. We recognize this is a very stressful time.

The state of Florida continues to top the list of states with extremely high rates of COVID-19 infection. Last week more than 110,000 new cases were reported. The statewide positivity rate stands at 18.1 percent, and the Volusia County positivity rate stands at 27 percent.

We continue to monitor COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff on a daily basis and will return to in-person instruction once the numbers indicate it’s safe to do so. We look forward to the return of in-person classes, but for now we’ll continue to provide instruction online with the health and safety of our community as our primary focus.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow.

 Please continue to practice good hygiene habits and socially distance where practical. More information is available on the CDC website.

Again, thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community.

Sincerely,

 

Peter Martin, D.C.
President
Palmer Florida

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Update as of August 2, 2021

Palmer West students, faculty, and staff:

Health officials from Santa Clara County announced a mask mandate today requiring face masks be worn indoors in public settings, regardless of a person’s vaccination status. This health order goes into effect at midnight, Tuesday, August 3.

In light of this new mandate, starting tomorrow, August 3, anyone entering the Palmer West Campus will be required to wear a mask while in indoor common spaces.

The content in this post, dated 8/2/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of July 26, 2021

Palmer Florida students, faculty, and staff:

The number of reported COVID-19 exposures and positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise on the Palmer Florida campus.  As a result, we feel it’s in the best interest of the health and safety of the Palmer Florida community to increase COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Effective July 27:

  1. ALL lecture, lab and ALS hours will be delivered online.
  2. Clinics remain open, with appropriate PPE and social-distancing protocols in place.
  3. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and/or have been exposed, stay home. Do not come to campus and Clinics.
  4. Campus remains open. However, all individuals on the Florida campus and Clinics are required to wear masks in all common interior spaces. Social distancing is required in all interior spaces.
  5. Electives, intra-mural soccer and in-person club activities are suspended.

Palmer College continues to monitor COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff on a daily basis. We’ll adjust campus health and safety protocols as needed throughout the term.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow.

Please continue to practice good hygiene habits and socially distance where practical. More information is available on the CDC website.

Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

The content in this post, dated 7/26/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of July 22, 2021

Palmer Florida students, faculty, and staff:

The number of reported COVID-19 exposures and positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise on the Palmer Florida campus.

As a result, we feel it’s in the best interest of the health and safety of the Palmer Florida community to increase COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

      1. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay home. Do not come to campus and Clinics.
      2. Effective immediately, all individuals on the Florida Campus will be required to wear masks in all common interior spaces.
      3. Effective Monday, July 26, all lectures and ALS instruction will be delivered on-line for at least the next two weeks.
      4. Skill-development (technique classes, physical-exam classes and all anatomy labs) will take place on campus with appropriate PPE and social-distancing protocols in place.
      5. Clinics will remain open, with appropriate PPE and social-distancing protocols in place.

Palmer College continues to monitor COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff on a daily basis. We’ll adjust campus health and safety protocols as needed throughout the term.

Personal responsibility dictates following CDC guidelines and precautions.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow.

Please continue to practice good hygiene habits and socially distance where practical. More information is available on the CDC website.

Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

The content in this post, dated 7/22/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of July 21, 2021

Palmer Florida students, faculty, and staff:

Palmer College continues to monitor COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff on a daily basis. Palmer Florida has seen a recent increase in positive cases and potential exposures. We will adjust campus health and safety protocols as needed throughout the term.

Personal responsibility dictates following CDC guidelines and precautions.

At this time, we’ll continue 100% in-person learning. If cases continue to increase, we’ll increase precautions, which could include moving non-hands-on classes to an online delivery model.

Course resources will be made available for students who have to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19.

Masks are required in all Clinic treatment areas. Masks are optional in Clinic common public areas such as the front-desk area, waiting area and hallways.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols. For more information about what do if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, see the COVID-19 Exposure, Testing Workflow.

Please continue to practice good hygiene habits and socially distance where practical. Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

The content in this post, dated 7/21/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of July 19, 2021

West Campus students, faculty, and staff:

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to follow mandates from the state and county in its operations. All students, faculty and staff are expected to follow these guidelines while on Palmer West property. Please see key reminders below.

Face Coverings
Palmer College of Chiropractic West continues to follow California’s mask requirements. On July 16, 2021, Santa Clara County recommended that masks be worn indoors by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status; however, there has been no change in the state masking requirements, and as such, no change in our campus requirements.

Masking requirements for students, employees, patients and visitors (“community members”) are as follows:

  • Masks are not required while outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Community members who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering indoors but should feel free to do so in accordance with Santa Clara County recommendations or for personal comfort.
  • Community members who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask when they are indoors.
  • In the clinic areas:
    • All community members are required to wear a mask in common public areas (front desk, waiting area, clinic hallways, and all treatment areas, including student clinic).
    • In office spaces and the intern work area:
      • Students, staff, and clinicians who are vaccinated do not need to wear a face covering but should feel free to do so in accordance with Santa Clara County recommendations or for personal comfort.
      • Students, staff and clinicians who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask.
  • No community member shall be pressured to remove their mask.
  • Face masks must be made of cloth or woven material of at least two layers, fit snuggly, have no holes or openings, and completely cover the nose and mouth at all times.

Sanitation Requirements

  • Students are expected to disinfect the lab or clinic tables used at the end of class (labs) or after each patient (clinic).
  • Use the sanitation materials provided in these spaces.

We appreciate your compliance with this policy to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all students. You can view the complete Palmer West COVID-19 Prevention Program online.

The content in this post, dated 7/19/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of July 7, 2021

Welcome to summer term 2021! The summer term represents a significant return to normalcy for Palmer West. While preventive measures against COVID-19 are still required by the state and county, they allow for in-person delivery of lectures and labs.

The Santa Clara County Order loosening of public health measures “is made in light of declining cases and widespread community vaccination against COVID-19.”

Palmer College will continue to follow the mandates from the state and county in its operations. A COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) has been developed in compliance with Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards and California’s Mask Requirements. All employees and students are strongly recommended to review the West campus CPP document.

Summer Term Summary

  • All lectures and labs will be delivered on-campus with in-person attendance required unless approved for remote attendance due to a qualifying event through student services. Exceptions to this statement are:
    • First quarter students choosing the online option will remain online for all courses and labs during the term.
    • Fundamentals of Physiology, Gastro & Renal Physiology, and Endocrine & Reproductive Physiology will be taught remotely by Ian Fernandopulle, M.S., M.D. Students may attend from their “home room” through their personal devices.
    • 13th quarter courses Transition to Practice and Development of Chiropractic Practice will remain online only.
  • Course midterms and finals will be held on-campus through either ExamSoft/Examplify or Brightspace Quizzes. Faculty will communicate the platform for the examinations. Assessment processes for online students (1st quarter) and online courses will be communicated to students by the course instructors.
    • All students are required to have a compatible mobile device for examination purposes, in accordance with the Student Device Policy.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask while indoors on campus; those who are fully vaccinated will not have to wear a mask. Anyone who desires to wear a mask may do so. (NOTE: In common public areas of the Clinic such as: front desk area, waiting area, clinic hallways, and treatment areas, all community members are required to wear a mask.)
  • Students will no longer be limited to a consistent partner for labs; however, students who desire to retain a consistent partner may do so when feasible but must communicate this preference to their lab instructors. Face shields are no longer required in labs and clinic.
  • The library will resume normal operations and hours on July 12. Hours of operation can be found here.
  • The cafeteria will resume normal operations on July 12 with packaged grab-and-go items made on site. A self-check-out system will be implemented so guests can scan their purchase, pay with a card and go. This enhancement will shorten wait times and give the staff more time to work on customer service elements and production of food.
  • Student services, admissions and the bookstore will resume normal operations.
  • Student clubs may return to in-person meetings conducted in compliance with the procedures set forth in this document.
  • Student lounge, gym and meditation room will reopen as soon as possible.
  • Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

Sincerely,

Gregory J. Snow, D.C.
Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Campus Administrator

The content in this post, dated 7/7/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of June 10, 2021

Palmer College of Chiropractic has received additional federal money for students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This most recent round of funding was allocated to Palmer in late May with the passage of the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and is known as HEERF III.

Unlike previous guidance, ALL students are eligible for HEERF III funds. Schools are still required by the U.S. Department of Education to prioritize students with exceptional financial need. With the application-based process complete, we are now able to disburse the remaining funds in a block grant format to currently enrolled students to ensure all Palmer students benefit from the HEERF program. With the guidance in mind, award amounts are tiered based on degree program, Pell-eligibility, and citizenship status. Please monitor your Palmer email for award notifications.

A quarterly report with updated data will be made publicly available on Palmer College’s COVID-19 Updates and Announcements page on or before July 10, 2021. Questions can be directed to the Director of Financial Planning or by calling 563-884-5137.

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Update as of May 28, 2021

West Campus students, faculty, and staff:

New COVID-19 Guidelines released by Santa Clara County on May 18 lessen COVID-19 restrictions. Palmer West administration is working to adapt to the county’s new guidelines, and to the anticipated reopening guidelines from the state, which are expected to go into effect on June 15.

In compliance with Santa Clara County guidelines, until further notice, masks are still required on campus for all members of our campus community, including those who are fully vaccinated.

Additionally, all organizations are now required to comply with the “Ascertainment of Vaccination Status,” which mandates that we must verify the vaccination status of all personnel.

To comply with this order, updates have been made to the COVID-19 Daily Screening form. As of Tuesday June 1, 2021 it will include questions regarding vaccination status. This applies to all campus community members including faculty, staff, students and contracted workers. Patients of Palmer West’s outpatient clinic will not have to complete this ascertainment.

The questionnaire will match the county’s suggested verbiage and format found here.

When you arrive on campus, you’ll be required to access the COVID-19 Daily Screening and present your “cleared” status to campus security. You will be permitted access to campus regardless of your vaccination status.

Your responses won’t be shared and will be securely stored on our own network. Access will be limited to Palmer West leadership.

We will not discriminate based on anyone’s vaccination status and support your right to make the health care decision that’s best for you.

The content in this post, dated 5/28/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of May 25, 2021

Main Campus students, faculty, and staff:

The College is pleased to announce its plan for a return to pre-pandemic instruction for the summer 2021 academic term, beginning on July 13, 2021. Course lectures will be held in-person, unless the course is designated as a hybrid or online course (see list below).

Students are expected to attend their courses in person. The Virtual Classroom feature within Brightspace will no longer be utilized to provide a synchronous, remote instruction option. Courses currently posting recorded lectures will continue to do so but only as a supplemental resource.

While masks are optional on campus, we continue to encourage social distancing where possible. If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols.

Summer 2021 hybrid and/or online courses:

4th Tri:

  • Intro to EHR
  • Life Science Review

8th Tri:

  • Financial Management
  • Patient-Centered Communication

9th Tri:

  • Practice Management Strategies

10th Tri:

  • Planning for Practice Success
  • Chiropractic Practice III

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction to Neurology
  • Chemistry – Health Sciences

The content in this post, dated 5/25/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Main’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Florida Campus students, faculty, and staff:

Palmer Florida will return to in-person instruction for the summer 2021 term for all scheduled classes including all labs, lectures, and ALS courses. The College will continue to monitor the local and College community and, if necessary, may make changes to course delivery, testing schedules or support offerings. Please continue to monitor the Palmer website for further information.

Instruction and Attendance

  • All courses will be delivered in-person, in the classrooms assigned based on the summer term curricular schedule.
  • Attendance and participation will be monitored and tracked according to the College Attendance Policy and each course syllabus.
  • There will be no option for remote instruction.

Course Assessments

  • All OSCEs and practical exams (hands-on skills) will continue to be done in-person.
  • There will not be a formal, campus-wide mid-term week (previously Week 5). Mid-term exams will be scheduled according to each course syllabus.
  • Final Exams (Week 11) will be held in person using Brightspace for exam delivery for the summer term.

Student Life and After-Hours Activities

  • TOAL and Open Anatomy Lab will continue to require advanced registration.
  • PASS tutoring will be held in-person and/or online at regular capacity. Contact Kenneth Blankumsee in Student Services for details.
  • Student clubs and Student Council will resume regular operations. Contact Dawn Funk in Student Services for details.
  • Center for Business Development will resume regular operations. Contact Kevin Cooper for details.
  • Library hours remain as previously posted.

The content in this post, dated 5/25/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously stated protocols.

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Update as of May 14, 2021

3:45 p.m.

Main Campus

Effective immediately, masks are no longer mandatory in classrooms and other indoor spaces. Masks are required in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are still encouraged to follow health and safety protocols, including hand hygiene and social distancing where possible.

COVID-19 reporting protocols remain in effect. If you are experiencing symptoms, suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A College representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols.

Palmer Florida

Effective immediately, masks are no longer mandatory in classrooms and other indoor spaces. Masks are required in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are still encouraged to follow health and safety protocols, including hand hygiene and social distancing where possible.

COVID-19 reporting protocols remain in effect. If you are experiencing symptoms, suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A College representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols.

Palmer West

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) released new guidelines stating that in most situations masks are no longer necessary for fully vaccinated individuals.

While this is positive news, please keep in mind that California and Santa Clara County have not yet changed any public health mandates for PPE. As such, Palmer West will continue to require everyone coming on campus to be in compliance with all required PPE and safety precautions currently in place, until otherwise notified.

We’re optimistic that we may be able to begin loosening some restrictions in the near future and will alert the community when that occurs.

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Update as of April 19, 2021

The newest Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocation guidelines require institutions to “prioritize students with exceptional need.” In an effort to identify our neediest students and meet our federal requirements, we will distribute HEERF II grants in two phases:

Phase 1:  An eligible student experiencing outstanding or extreme financial hardship is encouraged to apply in this first phase. Applicants should provide a detailed description of their situation and upload documentation of their expense(s). Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and grants distributed within four weeks of the deadline. Deadline extended to April 23 – Apply HERE

Phase 2:  All eligible students will be sent an email in early May with a direct offer to accept remaining HEERF II funds. No additional documentation or explanation will be required.

To be eligible to apply for a HEERF II grant in Phase 1 or 2:

  • The Office of Financial Planning must have received your 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • You must demonstrate financial need on your FAFSA (cost of attendance minus expected family contribution)
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • You must have been enrolled at Palmer on or after January 19, 2021

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Director of Financial Planning, or call 563-884-5137.

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Update as of April 9, 2021

Main campus students, faculty and staff:

Palmer College of Chiropractic has been closely monitoring on-campus COVID-19 cases this term. Due to our stability of cases and many students electing to attend lectures via the online option, we’ll lessen classroom crowd restrictions beginning Monday, April 12, 2021.

The College will discontinue its scheduled alternating weeks of attendance by Group A & B designations. Starting on Monday, all interested students may now attend lectures currently held in-person. Faculty will continue to utilize Virtual Classroom for those students preferring the remote option or who are uncomfortable in a larger class setting. Courses currently held entirely online will continue online.

Health and safety rules remain in place.

  • Face masks must be worn in all interior public spaces, at all times.
  • Face masks must be worn properly covering your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Face shields, gaiters, face masks with exhalation valves, and bandanas are not permitted as replacements for face masks.
  • Eating and drinking is prohibited in classrooms.
  • Please socially distance in the classrooms as much as possible.
  • Should you experience any COVID-related symptoms, please don’t come to campus for any reason.
  • If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A College representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols.

The desire for a return to normalcy is understandable. We remain cautiously optimistic for a return to in-person classes and hands-on learning without restriction for the summer term.  We’ll continue to monitor the situation and communicate summer term details once they’re available. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding.

The content in this post, dated 4/9/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Main’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Update as of April 8, 2021

New federal funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) will soon be available to Palmer students who demonstrate financial need as determined through their FAFSA.

Many Palmer students will be eligible for this funding. Eligible students will be notified through their Palmer email when the HEERF II grant application is available. We encourage you to review the grant application when it becomes available and reach out to Palmer’s Financial Aid Office to help you navigate this funding and other resources.

You can find more details about HEERF II and other resources here. Please contact Palmer’s Financial Aid Office at (563) 884-5137 with any questions.

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Update as of March 25, 2021

West Campus students, faculty and staff:

Spring has arrived, and with it a sense of renewal and optimism for a reclamation of “normal.” Santa Clara County has entered the “Orange” tier as cases and hospitalizations have dropped dramatically since the new year. While optimism is warranted in California, we are also mindful that many states in the U.S. are currently moving in the wrong direction again. Consequently, it’s important that we all continue to adhere to the risk mitigation strategies of mask wearing, social distancing and regular handwashing to protect our Palmer and local communities, continue the trends of fewer cases and allow the gradual resumption of past normal activities. We are to be congratulated as a community for our efforts to date and the very safe campus environment that has resulted from it – thank you!

As a result of being in the Orange tier, the following changes will be implemented for the spring term:

  • Midterm and final lecture examinations will be conducted in-person on campus and proctored by faculty and/or staff, except for 1st quarter exams.
  • Some classes may be assigned two rooms for their exams to comply with state and county capacity restrictions.
  • All exams will be electronic, primarily through BrightSpace Quizzes platform. Some early adopter faculty may implement ExamSoft testing and should indicate that in the course syllabus.
  • Students taking courses in 10th quarter and below for the spring term are expected to have a device compatible with ExamSoft/Examplify platforms, per the college’s Student Device Policy.
  • Lab content and examinations will continue as they have been, in-person and on-campus, except for 1st quarter.
  • The library will resume limited capacity (35 max) independent study access with hours extended to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times. Please read the updated Return to Campus protocols.

Sincerely,

William C. Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.
Campus President

The content in this post, dated 3/25/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Update as of March 11, 2021

West Campus students:

Student Notification about on-campus electronic assessments, ExamSoft and the device policy
We are optimistic that lecture content assessments (written midterm and final exams) will be conducted on-campus starting in the spring term. Santa Clara County is currently in the Red Tier and poised to enter the Orange tier, which will allow us the capacity necessary for in-person, proctored, examinations.

While we will be returning to campus for lecture exams, we will not be returning to “paper” exams. We will continue electronic assessment through either BrightSpace (Quizzes) or ExamSoft platforms. This will require students to have the compatible mobile devices that they can bring to campus to take these exams.

Palmer College recently acquired ExamSoft®, an educational assessment solution. A group of Palmer West faculty have begun training and the College is developing a timeline to transition the campus to ExamSoft’s electronic exam management system called Examplify. Examplify enables students to securely take examinations downloaded to their personal mobile device. A Student Device Policy was recently implemented to ensure each student will have a compliant personal device meeting Examplify’s minimum technological requirements. A smart phone is not adequate for testing using Examplify.

The purpose of this communication is to provide advanced notice about this initiative and allow each student to assess his/her individual technology needs to meet the requirements for on-campus electronic assessments for either Brightspace and Examplify. All incoming students and students in 1st through 11th quarter classes during the spring 2021 term are impacted by this requirement. A recent survey indicates most students likely have a compliant device (laptop, Surface, iPad). For those who do not, you may qualify for additional financial aid to cover the costs of a new device. Please reach out to Financial Aid with any question regarding aid eligibility.

Instructional resources are being developed to answer student questions and assist you with downloading, registering, and navigating Examplify. The most impactful step students can take is to participate in the Mock Exam scheduled in one of your courses for Friday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m. Participation in the mock exam will help you check device compatibility and familiarize you with the software features and Examplify experience.

We look forward to the security, reporting and convenience electronic testing will provide. Please stay tuned for updates as this project advances.

Greg Snow, D.C.
Dean of Academic Affairs
Palmer West

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Update as of March 8, 2021

1:15 p.m.

Main Campus students, faculty, and staff:

Welcome to the start of the spring 2021 term. As previously announced, we’ll begin a phased-in approach returning to in-person lectures.

D.C. Program:

  • This first week will be online for large lecture-only courses. Smaller sectioned, hands-on courses and labs will meet in-person this week.
  • Starting Monday, March 15 (Week 2), most courses previously delivered entirely online will begin in-person lectures under crowd restriction to allow social distancing.
  • Groups will alternate and attend their assigned full week of lecture in-person. Students can elect to attend all lectures virtually. These students should notify their instructors of their preference to attend virtually. See the attached for instructions regarding attending a virtual classroom session in Brightspace.
    • Students are alphabetically assigned to their group by last name.
      • Group A (Last names A-K) – Even numbered weeks
      • Group B (Last names L-Z) – odd numbered weeks
    • During an assigned “virtual-lecture” week, students will attend lectures remotely. The expectation is students attend synchronously at the scheduled class time. Lecture will also be recorded and posted to Brightspace.
  • Upper trimester (8th, 9th, 10th) lecture courses will remain entirely online. These trimesters are not split into groups.
  • Hands-on and lab instruction will occur in-person.
    • There is not a remote option for lab/hands-on courses.
  • All written and practical examinations will occur in-person and on-campus.

B.S. Program:

  • Chemistry for Health Practitioners is entirely online, including its lab.
  • Due to small class sizes, all other B.S. course are in-person beginning tomorrow. There will be no virtual learning, recorded of lectures, or splitting into groups for these courses.
  • Other than Chemistry for Health Practitioners, all written and practical examinations will be conducted in-person and on campus.

We look forward to the new trimester. Our ability to provide in-person instruction, including hands-on, continues to rely on adherence to current safety protocols in place. The initial and more detailed announcement for the spring 2021 term is posted online and can be found at  Main Campus Spring 2021 announcement.

The content in this post, dated 3/8/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Main’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Palmer Florida students, faculty, and staff:

The health and well-being of our students, employees and patients are paramount to Palmer College. Due to the safety protocols put in place, Palmer Florida has been able to keep the incidence of COVID-19 positive cases and potential exposures low. The spring 2021 instructional plans have been developed to maintain a safe environment while moving toward a return to in-person delivery. We continue to require enhanced sanitation protocols, physical distancing whenever possible, daily self-monitoring and reporting of COVID-19 symptoms or exposures, and the use of face masks that cover the nose, mouth and chin to enter and while in all interior public spaces.

During the spring 2021 term, course delivery will remain with online lectures and in-person skill development, while some extra-curricular student activities and support services will be expanded to offer more in-person opportunities. The College will continue to monitor the local and College community and, if necessary, may make changes to course delivery, testing schedules or support offerings.

In-person attendance and evaluation are required in all hands-on, skill-based (lab and clinic) courses.

  • For courses with both a lecture and lab/skill component, the lecture will be delivered online during the scheduled class time and the lab will be held in-person, including wet/dry labs.
  • There are not remote options for lab and clinic hands-on or skill components.
  • All OSCEs and practical exams will be conducted in-person and on campus.
  • Below is a table of courses beginning on campus the week of Wednesday, April 7 that require in-person attendance.
  • All course lectures and ALS will be delivered virtually during the scheduled class hour.
    • Attendance, in-person and in real-time virtual classrooms, is expected in all courses.
    • Course lecture recordings will be made available as supplemental educational resources.
    • Quizzes, announced and unannounced, will be administered in-person and/or in virtual classes during scheduled class time.
    • Webcams, microphones and speakers/headsets are recommended for optimal course engagement.
  • Written Midterm and Final Exams will be held during Week 5 and Week 11, respectively.
    • All midterm and final exams will be held on campus / in person and will be delivered through Brightspace unless otherwise stated by your instructor.
    • Students are required to have an electronic device compatible with Brightspace electronic testing. Cell phones are not an acceptable device.
    • Refer to Brightspace to verify your device is compatible with Brightspace electronic testing.
  • Limited, designated space will be available on campus for quiet study and for individual participation in courses.

Any student with concerns about attending in-person should contact the Registrar’s Office and/or an academic counselor immediately to discuss options.

Updates for Spring 2021

  • Faculty will hold on-campus, in-person office hours. Students will schedule in advance.
  • Expanded open anatomy lab hours. Limited capacity and advanced registration is required.
  • Expanded TOAL hours. Limited capacity and advanced registration is required.
  • Library will resume normal hours of operation:
    • Monday- Thursday    7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Friday                           7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday                       8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday                         2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • PASS tutoring will be coordinated by the academic counselors and will include both online and in-person delivery methods dependent on the subject. Capacity and participation will be limited. Contact Kenneth Blankumsee in Student Services for details.
  • Expanded number of students who can attend student clubs and Student Council meetings. Contact Dawn Funk in Student Services for details.
  • Student Services will coordinate with local officials to offer intramural sports options where available. Capacity and participation will be limited.
  • Center for Business Development programs and events will begin to offer some programming in person. Capacity and participation will be limited. Contact Kevin Cooper for details.

Academic Adjustments for Qualified Students with Disabilities Statement

Palmer College makes reasonable academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities, as required by law. Any qualified student with a disability who requires a reasonable academic adjustment to perform the academic and technical standards requisite to participation is to contact the Disabilities Coordinator to request such an academic adjustment.

 

Palmer FloridaCourses Requiring In-Person Attendance – Spring 2021

Technique, Exam, Assessment, Skills, and Radiology Components
1st Quarter CALB51112 Protocol Basics
2nd Quarter Care52122 Cervicothoracic Tech
3rd Quarter CARE53132
Upper Cervical Tech
FNCT53137 Head and Neck Examination
4th Quarter Care 61212 Lumbar Spine and Pelvic Tech
FNCT 61213 GI Physiology and Pathology
Fnct 61215 Spine Biomechanics and Exam
5th Quarter Care62221 Subluxation Analysis & Full Spine
FNCT62224 Cardiopulmonary Integrated Dx
6th Quarter Stru63235 Upper Extremity: Exam/Pathology
FNCT63233 Introduction to Radiology
CARE63231 Extremity Analysis & Technique
7th Quarter Care 71311 Spec. Populations/ Active Care
STRU71312 Integrated Assessment I
Stru71314 Lower Extremity: Exam/Pathology
8th Quarter Care 72321 Ergonomics & Passive Care
FNCT72325 NMS Diagnosis
STRU72323 X-ray Positioning
9th Quarter Care 73332 Health and Chiro for Families
STRU73332 Normal Aging & Development
STRU73333 Ob/Gyn
Anatomy Wet/Dry Labs
1st Quarter STRU51113 Spine, Shoulder and Hip Anatomy
2nd Quarter STRU52123 Basic Neuroanatomy
STRU52124 Cervical Anatomy
3rd Quarter STRU53133 Advanced Neuroanatomy
STRU53134 Head Anatomy
4th Quarter STRU61213 Chest and Abdomen Anatomy I
5th Quarter STRU62222 Chest and Abdomen Anatomy II
6th Quarter STRU63233 Extremities Anatomy
Clinics
9th Quarter CLIN73350 Student Clinic Practice
CLIN73380 OSCE Clinical
CLIN73381 OSCE Radiology
10th Quarter CLIN81425 Patient Management I
11th Quarter CLIN82435
Patient Management II
12th Quarter CLIN83433 Patient Management III
13th Quarter CLIN91520 Practice Development Quarter (PDQ)

The content in this post, dated 3/8/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Update as of February 15, 2021

Main Campus students, faculty, and staff:

While the current numbers of COVID-19 cases are on the decline, we anticipate continued COVID-19 challenges during the upcoming spring term, beginning Tuesday, March 9, 2021. In the interest of movement toward pre-pandemic instruction, along with continued safety for all, this will be a term of transition. We will begin a phased-in approach returning to in-person lectures.

  • For the D.C. Program courses, select lecture-only courses will continue online; however, most courses will return to in-person delivery of lectures.
  • Smaller, sectioned, hands-on, skills-based and laboratory courses will meet fully in-person for all assigned days and attendance is expected.
  • Larger lecture courses will meet in-person with restrictions on crowd size:
  • Students will be alphabetically assigned to either group A or group B, for alternate weeks of attendance.
  • In-person lectures are encouraged but will be optional for students who may be uncomfortable in the larger class settings.
  • Faculty will lecture in-person to the assigned group and will simultaneously use Virtual Classroom for the group that is not scheduled to meet in-person that week, or for those students who are uncomfortable in a larger class setting.
  • Due to smaller class sizes, all Undergraduate Program courses will resume in-person learning.
  • Additionally, all written and practical examinations for both programs will occur in-person and on-campus.

As we begin the transition to in-person lectures, we will continue to closely monitor on-campus COVID-19 cases and respond accordingly. If COVID-19 cases remain stable, the College may lessen crowd restrictions as the term progresses.

If cases increase, we may need to return to virtual lectures for a specific cohort or campus-wide. Therefore, our ability to provide in-person instruction, including hands-on, continues to rely on adherence to current safety protocols in place.

The following health and safety rules will continue to apply to all students, faculty, staff and administration during the spring term.  

  • Face masks must be worn in all interior public spaces at all times.
  • Face masks must be worn properly covering your nose, mouth and chin. The CDC recommends tightly fitted masks and/or wearing two masks.
  • Face shields, gaiters, face masks with exhalation valves, and bandanas are not permitted as replacements for face masks.
  • Try to stay at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people, unless working with a partner in a hands-on/lab course, or a patient in the clinical setting.
  • Eating and drinking is prohibited in classrooms.
  • Avoid gathering in groups on and off-campus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.
  • Should you experience any COVID-related symptoms, please do not come to campus for any reason.
  • If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, or have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately. A college representative will contact you regarding isolation/quarantine protocols.

As future health professionals, we ask that you demonstrate continued respect and concern for your peers, faculty, staff, patients and guests by conducting daily self-monitoring and by holding each other accountable for responsible behavior. Noncompliance with the safety rules above risks an increase of cases within our campus community necessitating a change in how we can deliver education. Failure to adhere to safety mandates will be promptly addressed and may lead to discipline, up to and including suspension/expulsion.

Spring 2021 summary

D.C. courses:

  • The first week of the spring term will be online for lecture-only courses. Hands-on courses and labs will meet in-person.
  • Beginning with the second week, most courses will return to in-person lectures. Large lecture courses will have limitations placed on crowd sizes.
  • Students will be alphabetically assigned to Group A or B and attend alternate full weeks of lecture attendance. Smaller groups provide the possibility for greater distancing within the classroom. Group assignment will be communicated via Brightspace.
  • During a week that a group is not scheduled for in-person attendance, students will attend lectures remotely. The expectation is students attending remotely do so synchronously at the scheduled class time.
  • Students can elect to attend all lectures virtually if they are uncomfortable in the larger class setting.
  • A specific classroom will be designated for larger lectures in each trimester cohort to reduce student movement in the hallways between classes.
  • Select lecture courses will remain fully online. See list of courses below.
  • Smaller sectioned, hands-on courses may now have in-person lectures. This is based on room and enrollment size. Faculty will communicate their lecture format and schedule via Brightspace.
  • Hands-on and lab instruction will occur in-person.
  • There is not a remote option for lab/hands-on courses.
  • Upper trimester (8th, 9th, 10th) lecture courses will remain online (see list below).
  • All written and practical examinations will be conducted in-person and on campus.
  • Limited, designated space will remain available on campus for quiet study and for remote participation of courses. Face masks are required in these spaces.
  • Spaces include classrooms designated as quiet study spaces, open classrooms, the new David D. Palmer Learning Commons, Hagen Student Union, Palmer Café, etc. Utilization of classroom technology for lecture viewing is not permitted.
  • The 2ndfloor of the Bittner Center is not to be used for study and remote learning purposes.
  • Because instructional delivery may quickly change due to the number of COVID-19 cases on campus, students should closely monitor campus announcements and course Brightspace pages for the most up-to-date information.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • “Chemistry for Health Practitioners” is entirely online, including the lab.
  • All other undergraduate courses will return to in-person instruction.
  • Due to small cohort size, all students will attend lectures in-person. There will be no virtual learning or recorded lectures for these courses.
  • Other than “Chemistry for Health Practitioners,” all written and practical examinations will be conducted in-person and on campus.

Student Services:

  • Clinical Enrichment Courses will meet on campus with PPE and social distancing requirements in effect. Contact Student Services for details.
  • Student clubs/organizations and Center for Business Development programs and events will continue to be held in-person with PPE and social distancing requirements in effect.
  • PASS tutoring will be coordinated by the academic counselors and will be mostly held in-person, with adherence to PPE requirements. Monitor the PASS programweb page for the most up-to-date PASS program schedule. Limited in-person tutoring opportunities will be available in the anatomy lab on a pre-registration basis with PPE and social distancing requirements in effect.
  • Any student with concerns about attending in-person should contact the Registrar’s Office and/or an academic counselor to discuss options for withdrawing from the course(s).
  • Academic Adjustments for Qualified Students with Disabilities Statement:
  • Palmer College makes reasonable academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities, as required by law.
  • Any qualified student with a disability who requires a reasonable academic adjustment to perform the academic and technical standards requisite to participation is to contact the Disabilities Coordinator to request such an academic adjustment.

Courses having all lectures remaining online:

3rd Tri

  • Subluxation Analysis (1:55 Friday lecture only)

4th Tri

  • Life Science Review
  • Introduction to EHR

8th Tri

  • Financial Management
  • Legal Issues
  • Chiropractic Practice I
  • Patient-Centered Communication

9th Tri

  • Regulatory Issues
  • Chiropractic Practice II
  • Practice Management Strategies

10th Tri

  • Planning for Practice Success
  • Chiropractic Practice III

Courses having restricted crowd size, in-person lectures (Group A & B):

1st Tri

  • Neuroanatomy I
  • Embryology
  • Chiropractic Philosophy & History
  • Rights & Responsibilities
  • Physiology I
  • Gross Anatomy I
  • Biochemistry I
  • Cellular Physiology

2nd Tri

  • Spinal Anatomy
  • Biochemistry II
  • Chiropractic Theory
  • Fundamentals of Evidence Based Clinical Practice
  • Gross Anatomy II
  • General Pathology
  • Physiology II

3rd Tri

  • Neuroanatomy II
  • Immunology
  • Organ Histology
  • Endocrinology
  • System Pathology I
  • Physiology III
  • Microbiology

4th Tri

  • System Pathology II
  • Foundations of Nutrition
  • Public Health
  • Rad Quality I
  • Movement Science (Lecture attendance is split; all students attend assigned lab sessions each week)

5th Tri

  • Diagnostic Imaging I
  • Passive Care (Lecture attendance is split; all students attend assigned lab sessions each week)
  • Geriatrics
  • Rad Quality II
  • Genitourinary (Lecture attendance is split; all students attend assigned lab sessions each week)
  • Philosophy III

6th Tri

  • Diagnostic Imaging II
  • Active Care (Lecture attendance is split; all students attend assigned lab sessions each week)
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Ob/Peds (Lecture attendance is split; all students attend assigned lab sessions each week)

7th Tri

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Visceral Disorders
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Imaging: Chest and Abdomen

The content in this post, dated 2/15/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Update as of February 8, 2021

Main Campus students, faculty, and staff:

The state of Iowa has lifted its face-mask and social-distancing mandate for businesses and institutions and has encouraged organizations to follow safety protocols that best fit their needs. Likewise, the safety and health of our students, employees and patients are of paramount concern. With that in mind, we will maintain existing COVID-19 health and safety protocols including face-mask usage, social- distancing and other protocols for the time being. Our shared goal is to return to regular operations as soon as safe and practical. Our Emergency Operations and Academic Affairs Teams are monitoring appropriate milestones for our campus community. We appreciate your vigilance and patience to help keep our campus community safe.

 

Update as of January 7, 2021

Dear Palmer West students, faculty and staff,

Happy New Year! We hope your break was safe, restful and restorative, and welcome you back to begin the Winter quarter.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge and California has become a hot-spot in the United States, particularly due to the case load in Southern California. Northern California has also been hard hit, with ICU bed capacity now below 10% in Santa Clara County. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Santa Clara County has been one of the strictest in the nation in issuing proactive public health orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Currently there is a Mandatory Directive on Travel that requires a 10-day quarantine for anyone who has traveled more than 150 miles from the county. Given the current case load, it seems unlikely this directive will be rescinded any time soon.

Due to the Travel Directive and the likelihood that a significant proportion of our community has, or will have, traveled in close proximity to the start of the quarter, we will conduct the first two weeks of all courses online, including lab courses. Our clinic remain open to the public and interns may continue to participate in patient care once they are cleared to do so via the COVID-19 Daily Screening App.

In-person lab instruction will resume starting January 25, 2021. Students unable to attend in-person courses starting January 25th due to being on travel quarantine will receive an unexcused absence for all missed courses. Misrepresentation of travel history through the Daily Screening App is considered a violation of the Student Code of Ethics and may result in ethical misconduct charges and discipline.

It is equally essential that all community members strictly adhere to the Stay-at-Home order during the quarantine period and beyond to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the disease on campus. Our community has done an excellent job in this regard since our return to in-person lab instruction in mid-August, with fewer than 10 cases of COVID-19 in our students, staff and faculty. We have zero cases of spread of the disease from on-campus contact.

It is incumbent upon all of us to take seriously the known mechanisms for reducing the risk of spread of the disease: wear masks, socially distance, avoid gatherings and wash your hands frequently. We must protect our health and others so we can safely resume in-person instruction and allow our students to progress in their educational journey to becoming Doctors of Chiropractic.

While there is light at the end of the tunnel, it will be several months or more before we can resume “normal” operations. Your diligent efforts to stay safe as we forge ahead are greatly appreciated.

Of particular note, please be aware of the following:

  • Due to Santa Clara County’s Mandatory Travel Directive we will conduct the first two weeks of all courses online, including lab courses.
  • Our clinic remains open to the public and interns may continue to participate in patient care once they are cleared to do so via the COVID-19 Daily Screening App.
  • In-person lab instruction will resume starting January 25, 2021. Students unable to attend in-person courses starting January 25th due to being on travel quarantine will receive an unexcused absence for all missed courses.
  • Misrepresentation of travel history through the Daily Screening App is considered a violation of the Student Code of Ethics and may result in ethical misconduct charges and discipline.

Please review the complete West Campus Return to Campus guide.

The content in this post, dated 1/7/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Update as of January 6, 2021

Palmer Main students, faculty and staff,

Effective January 6, 2021, masks are now optional in the R. Richard Bittner Center. However, masks are still required in all other common areas on campus.

Student clubs and organizations will be allowed to meet in-person beginning Monday, January 11. However, masks and all other classroom COVID-19 protocols will be required.

The content in this post, dated 1/6/21, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Main’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Update as of December 22, 2020

Palmer West students, faculty and staff,

COVID-19 is surging across the country, including the Bay Area, which remains proactive in implementing measures to reduce the spread of the virus and keep local hospitals’ intensive care units from being overwhelmed. Currently most of California is in a stay-at-home order which is set to expire on January 4, 2021. Santa Clara County has indefinitely extended the 10-day Mandatory Quarantine for those who’ve traveled more than 150 miles from the county.

If the Mandatory Travel Quarantine remains in place as the winter term starts, it will necessitate the first two weeks of the winter term be delivered completely online. If the Travel Quarantine is ended prior to the start of the term, respective lab courses (as per previous quarter) will be held in-person and lectures will remain online. In either scenario, it’s essential that students, staff and faculty return to the Bay Area by January 10, 2021 to either begin their quarantine to allow in-person instruction starting week 3, or to start in-person labs on January 11.

Palmer’s West campus clinic will remain open during the break as previously scheduled. Faculty, staff and students who are involved with patient care in the outpatient clinic should abide by the county’s stay-at-home order as well as the travel restrictions. Please make necessary arrangements to ensure your patients are properly cared for if you anticipate an absence from the clinic.

Clinic operations will resume normal office hours beginning the week of January 4. Use of face masks and face shields will remain mandatory during direct patient care. Face masks are mandatory at all times in the clinic.

Please plan accordingly. The College will provide an update via email after January 4, when a new order is released.

As a training facility for California’s Critical Workforce Infrastructure, Palmer can hold in-person instruction during the stay-at-home order. Additionally, as part of this workforce, it’s imperative that all Palmer community members respect and adhere to the public health orders in place. Take every precaution to be safe and don’t travel or gather with others outside of your household, especially in the 10 days prior to your return to the local area. Following these precautions will minimize the risk to our Palmer community, families, and friends.

Safely celebrating the holidays at home can still be special. Following masking and handwashing recommendations doesn’t interfere with decorating, baking or playing games. Sending season’s greetings to those outside our immediate household can be done online or by phone. By working together, we can continue to operate safely and provide the in-person instruction essential for the training of Doctors of Chiropractic.

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to welcoming everyone back for the new year.

 

Updates as of December 16, 2020

9:30 a.m.

A Message from Palmer Chancellor and CEO,

With the holiday season nearly upon us, I’d like to wish everyone in our Palmer community a restful and healthy winter break.

As you know, COVID-19 remains a very serious concern. Government health officials discourage holiday travel; however, if you plan to travel over break, keep yourself as safe as possible by following appropriate health and safety protocols.

Thanks to your continued vigilance, the number of positive cases on our campuses remain in the low single digits. Maintaining low positive cases ensures we can successfully deliver our programs and advance your academic progress.

Please be mindful of winter-weather patterns and ensure friends and relatives know your plans. Give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going.

Most importantly, with all that is going on, please try to find some time to connect with your family and friends. Cherish those that love and support you, especially during these special holidays. We look forward to having you connect back with us in the new year!

Best wishes for a safe and healthy holiday break.

Regards,
Denny Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Chancellor and CEO

9 a.m.

Palmer Florida students, faculty and staff,

The safety of our students, employees and patients is paramount to Palmer College. In compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and mandates, and in consideration of the status of COVID-19 in the area, Palmer Florida will offer remote lectures and in-person skill development during the Winter 2021 Term. All safety and sanitation protocols will continue. Face masks are required to enter buildings and must be worn in all interior public spaces. Face masks must cover your nose, mouth and chin.

In-person attendance and evaluation are required in all hands-on, skill-based (lab and clinic) courses

  • For courses with both a lecture and lab/skill component, the lecture will be delivered online during the scheduled class time and the lab will be held in-person, including wet/dry labs.
  • There is not a remote option for the lab and clinic, hands-on or skill component of these courses.
  • All OSCEs and practical exams will be conducted in-person and on campus.
  • Below is a table of courses beginning on campus the week of Tuesday, January 12 that require in-person attendance.

Any student with concerns about attending in-person should contact the Registrar’s Office and/or an academic counselor immediately to discuss options.

**Important Changes for Winter 2021**

  • All course lectures and ALS will be delivered virtually during the scheduled class hour.
    • Attendance, in person and in real-time virtual classrooms, is expected in all courses.
    • Course lecture recordings will be made available as supplemental educational resources.
    • Quizzes, announced and unannounced, will be administered in person and/or in virtual classes during scheduled class time.
  • All Midterm Exams will be held during Week 5 of the quarter.
    • All midterm exams will be held on campus / in person and will be delivered through Brightspace unless otherwise stated by your instructor.
  • Final Exams will be held during Week 11 of the quarter.
    • All final exams will be held on campus/in person and will be delivered through Brightspace, unless otherwise stated by your instructor.
  • Students should refer to their course syllabi for Midterm and Final Exam schedules.
    • The College will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the local and college community and, if necessary, may make changes to the testing schedule or delivery.
  • Students are required to have an electronic device compatible with Brightspace electronic testing.
    • Refer to Brightspace to verify your device is compatible with Brightspace electronic testing.
  • Webcams, microphones and speakers/headsets are recommended for optimal course engagement.

Additional Instructional Information

  • All course lectures, ALS hours and quizzes will be delivered online at their scheduled time.
  • Limited, designated space will be available on campus for quiet study and for individual participation in courses.
  • Open anatomy lab hours will be held with limited capacity and advanced registration required.
  • TOAL will be held with limited capacity and advanced registration required.
  • Students should closely monitor course syllabi, emails, the college website and Brightspace pages for the most up-to-date information and course requirements.
  • Student clubs and Student Council will meet on campus with limited capacity and social distancing requirements in effect. Contact Student Services for details.
  • Student Services will coordinate with local officials to offer intramural sports options where available. Capacity and participation will be limited.
  • Center for Business Development programs and events will continue to be held online, with others potentially on campus. Capacity and participation will be limited.
  • PASS tutoring will be coordinated by the academic counselors and will continue online through Brightspace, Teams, Zoom, etc. CARE tutoring only will be held in-person, as needed, with limited capacity in effect. Contact Student Services for details.
  • The Library will observe the following hours, subject to available coverage.
    • 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Thursday
    • 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday
    • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday
    • 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday

Academic Adjustments for Qualified Students with Disabilities Statement

Palmer College makes reasonable academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities, as required by law. Any qualified student with a disability who requires a reasonable academic adjustment to perform the academic and technical standards requisite to participation is to contact the Disabilities Coordinator to request such an academic adjustment.

Courses Requiring In-Person Attendance

Winter 2021

Technique, Exam, Assessment, Skills, and Radiology Components
1st Quarter CALB51112 Protocol Basics
2nd Quarter Care52122 Cervicothoracic Tech
3rd Quarter CARE53132
Upper Cervical Tech
FNCT53137 Head and Neck Examination
4th Quarter Care 61212 Lumbar Spine and Pelvic Tech
FNCT 61213 GI Physiology and Pathology
Fnct 61215 Spine Biomechanics and Exam
5th Quarter Care62221 Subluxation Analysis & Full Spine
FNCT62224 Cardiopulmonary Integrated Dx
6th Quarter Stru63235 Upper Extremity: Exam/Pathology
FNCT63233 Introduction to Radiology
CARE63231 Extremity Analysis & Technique
7th Quarter Care 71311 Spec. Populations/ Active Care
STRU71312 Integrated Assessment I
Stru71314 Lower Extremity: Exam/Pathology
8th Quarter Care 72321 Ergonomics & Passive Care
FNCT72325 NMS Diagnosis
STRU72323 X-ray Positioning
9th Quarter Care 73332 Health and Chiro for Families
STRU73332 Normal Aging & Development
STRU73333 Ob/Gyn
Anatomy Wet/Dry Labs
1st Quarter STRU51113 Spine, Shoulder and Hip Anatomy
2nd Quarter STRU52123 Basic Neuroanatomy
STRU52124 Cervical Anatomy
3rd Quarter STRU53133 Advanced Neuroanatomy
STRU53134 Head Anatomy
4th Quarter STRU61213 Chest and Abdomen Anatomy I
5th Quarter STRU62222 Chest and Abdomen Anatomy II
6th Quarter STRU63233 Extremities Anatomy
Clinics
9th Quarter CLIN73350 Student Clinic Practice
CLIN73380 OSCE Clinical
CLIN73381 OSCE Radiology
10th Quarter CLIN81425 Patient Management I
11th Quarter CLIN82435
Patient Management II
12th Quarter CLIN83433 Patient Management III
13th Quarter CLIN91520 Practice Development Quarter (PDQ)

The content in this post, dated 12/16/2020, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

 

Update as of December 7, 2020

Palmer Florida students, faculty and staff,

The safety of our students, employees and patients is paramount to Palmer College. In compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and mandates, and in consideration of the status of COVID-19 in the area, Palmer Florida will offer remote lectures and in-person skill development during the Winter 2021 Term. All safety and sanitation protocols will continue. Face masks are required to enter buildings and must be worn in all interior public spaces. Face masks must cover your nose, mouth and chin.

In-person attendance and evaluation are required in all hands-on, skill-based (lab and clinic) courses

  • For courses with both a lecture and lab/skill component, the lecture will be delivered online during the scheduled class time and the lab will be held in-person, including wet/dry labs.
  • There is not a remote option for the lab and clinic, hands-on or skill component of these courses.
  • All OSCEs and practical exams will be conducted in-person and on campus.
  • Below is a table of courses beginning on campus the week of Tuesday, January 12 that require in-person attendance.

Any student with concerns about attending in-person should contact the Registrar’s Office and/or an academic counselor immediately to discuss options.

**Important Changes for Winter 2021**

  • All course lectures and ALS will be delivered virtually during the scheduled class hour.
    • Students are expected to log in to these real-time lectures.
  • All Midterm Exams will be held during Week 5 of the quarter.
    • All midterm exams will be held on campus/in person and will be delivered through Brightspace unless otherwise stated by your instructor.
  • Final Exams will be held during Week 11 of the quarter.
    • All final exams will be held on campus/in person and will be delivered through Brightspace, unless otherwise stated by your instructor.
  • Students should refer to their course syllabi for Midterm and Final Exam schedules.
    • The College will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the local and college community and, if necessary, may make changes to the testing schedule or delivery.
  • Students are required to have an electronic device compatible with Brightspace electronic testing.
    • Refer to Brightspace to verify your device is compatible with Brightspace electronic testing.
  • Webcams, microphones and speakers/headsets are recommended for optimal course engagement.

Additional Instructional Information

  • All course lectures, ALS hours and quizzes will be delivered online at their scheduled time.
  • Limited, designated space will be available on campus for quiet study and for individual participation in courses.
  • Open anatomy lab hours will be held with limited capacity and advanced registration required.
  • TOAL will be held with limited capacity and advanced registration required.
  • Students should closely monitor course syllabi, emails, the college website and Brightspace pages for the most up-to-date information and course requirements.
  • Student clubs and Student Council will meet on campus with limited capacity and social distancing requirements in effect. Contact Student Services for details.
  • Student Services will coordinate with local officials to offer intramural sports options where available. Capacity and participation will be limited.
  • Center for Business Development programs and events will continue to be held online, with others potentially on campus. Capacity and participation will be limited.
  • PASS tutoring will be coordinated by the academic counselors and will continue online through Brightspace, Teams, Zoom, etc. CARE tutoring only will be held in-person, as needed, with limited capacity in effect. Contact Student Services for details.
  • The Library will observe the following hours, subject to available coverage.
    • 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Thursday
    • 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday
    • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday
    • 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday

Academic Adjustments for Qualified Students with Disabilities Statement
Palmer College makes reasonable academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities, as required by law. Any qualified student with a disability who requires a reasonable academic adjustment to perform the academic and technical standards requisite to participation is to contact the Disabilities Coordinator to request such an academic adjustment.

View all West campus courses requiring in-person attendance here.

The content in this post, dated 12/7/2020, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Update as of November 29, 2020

Palmer West students, faculty and staff,

Santa Clara County has announced new COVID-19 quarantine requirements pertaining to anyone who travelled more than 150 miles away from Santa Clara County and is returning after midnight tonight. See the link below for details.

As a result, we’re asking all Palmer West students and employees to complete the updated COVID-19 Daily Screening on the Palmer App TODAY. This will help us determine what, if any impact this will have on our community. Please take a moment to fill out the COVID-19 Daily Screening on the Palmer App as soon as possible today.

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/press-release-11-28-2020-public-health-department-announces-revisions-to-mandatory-directives-amid-steeply-rising-cases.aspx

Thank you!

Bill Meeker, D.C, MPH
President
Palmer West

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Update as of November 20, 2020

A message from Palmer Chancellor and CEO

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to wish everyone a pleasant and restful break.

Please keep in mind that many states have reached record numbers of positive COVID-19 cases. Government health officials discourage holiday travel; however, if you plan to travel, we strongly encourage you to continue to follow the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Currently, the number of positive cases on each of our campuses is less than 1 percent. Maintaining low positive cases, ensures we can successfully deliver our programs.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy holiday.

Regards,

Dennis M. Marchiori, D.C, Ph.D.
Chancellor and CEO

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Update as of November 19, 2020

Palmer West campus Students, Faculty and Staff,

As many are aware, earlier this week there was a change of Santa Clara County to Purple Tier under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan. We have reviewed the guidance provided by the state and county on Purple Tier and have resubmitted our Santa Clara County Social Distancing Plan. Please review and familiarize yourself with the Social Distancing Plan.

Our current operations and educational delivery are consistent with Purple Tier guidance; therefore, there are no plans to change. All labs currently being taught in-person will continue to be taught in-person. Classes being taught online will remain online.

While we have had four positive cases in our community in the past three weeks, none of these have been attributed to on-campus transmission. We strongly encourage everyone to continue to follow the COVID-19 health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of being exposed to and potentially spreading the virus. Compliance to risk mitigation mandates and behaviors, both on and off campus, will allow us to continue the hands-on learning essential to the development of competent Doctors of Chiropractic.

There appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Promising public health initiatives are on the horizon. Until then, let us keep each other safe by wearing masks and by practicing social distancing, the two main preventative measures per the CDC. Please remain diligent about wearing face shields and masks when unable to maintain social distancing in lab classes.

The College Emergency Operations Team and the Executive Administration Team monitor the situation daily. Rest assured, if changes need to be made in the future, our students, faculty and staff will be updated quickly.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.
Campus President
Palmer West

The content in this post, dated 11/19/2020, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer West’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Update as of November 18, 2020

Palmer Florida campus Students, Faculty and Staff,

Despite the marked increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Volusia County and the state of Florida, there are no plans to change our academic-delivery program. All hands-on classes and labs are being taught in-person, and the classes that can be taught remotely are online. There are no plans in place to change our approach at this time.

As of today, our total number of positive cases is less than 0.20 percent of our total campus population. We strongly encourage everyone to continue to follow the COVID-19 health and safety protocols to keep that number as low as possible. The longer we can keep that number low, the less likely we’ll need to adjust our academic delivery.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Promising public health initiatives are on the horizon. Until then, let us keep each other safe by wearing masks and by practicing social distancing, the two main preventative measures per the CDC.

The College Emergency Operations Team and the Executive Administration Team monitor the situation daily. Rest assured, if changes need to be made in the future, our students, faculty and staff will be updated quickly.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Peter A. Martin, D.C.
Campus President
Palmer Florida

The content in this post, dated 11/18/2020, reflects the most up-to-date protocols and guidance for Palmer Florida’s campus. This information supersedes previously-stated protocols.

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Update as of November 13, 2020

Palmer Main campus Students, Faculty and Staff,

With the marked increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Scott County and the state, there are numerous rumors circulating about Palmer College’s academic program. At this time there are no plans to change our academic-delivery program. All hands-on classes and labs are being taught in-person, and the classes that can be taught remotely are online. There are no plans in place to change our approach at this time.

As of today, our total number of positive cases is less than 2 percent of our total campus population. We strongly encourage everyone to continue to follow the COVID-19 health and safety protocols to keep that number as low as possible. The longer we can keep that number low the less likely we will need to adjust our academic delivery.

The College Emergency Operations Team and Executive Administration Team monitor the situation daily. Rest assured, if changes need to be made in the future, our students, faculty and staff will be updated quickly.

Best regards,
Dennis M. Marchiori, D.C, Ph.D.
Chancellor and CEO,

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Update as of November 11, 2020

Palmer Florida Students, Faculty and Staff,

In response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and to be proactive with the upcoming holiday season, Palmer College has revised its requirements regarding the use of face masks.

Effective immediately, face shields, gaiters, and bandanas are no longer sufficient PPE. Face masks are required to enter buildings and must be worn in all interior public spaces at all times. Face masks must cover your nose, mouth and chin.

Students and employees are strongly encouraged to continue practicing social distancing, frequent hand-washing and effective sanitizing practices.

The College’s ability to offer on-campus training relies on all of us practicing safe and responsible behavior. Should you experience any COVID-related symptoms, you should not come to campus. If you suspect you have a potential exposure or you have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately.

Please direct any questions regarding expectations for reporting to the Senior Director of Safety and Security, Mr. Brian Sharkey at 563-884-5147.

Sincerely,

Peter Martin, D.C.
President, Palmer Florida

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Update as of November 6, 2020

Palmer Main Campus Students,

During the past two weeks, 28 Palmer College main-campus students and employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, another 45 have reported direct exposure. All are under quarantine.

In addition, the first-trimester cohort has been disproportionately impacted. As a result, we’ve suspended all in-person labs for the first-trimester cohort from Nov. 9-17. We’re actively monitoring the situation in all trimesters and will respond accordingly.

Due to the increase in cases, effective immediately, Palmer College is requiring that face masks must be worn in all interior public spaces at all times. Social distancing without a face mask isn’t sufficient. Face masks must cover your nose, mouth and chin. Face shields, gaiters and bandanas are no longer acceptable PPE. Failure to comply may result in ethics charges and sanctions.

The College’s ability to offer on-campus instruction relies on everyone practicing safe and responsible behavior. Should you experience any COVID-related symptoms, don’t come to campus for any reason.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, or you have tested positive, please submit the Potential Exposure Form and/or the Positive Diagnosis Form immediately, as you’ll be subject to isolation/quarantine protocols. It’s important that everyone follow college policies and directives.

In addition, we understand many students have questions about common symptoms, how to get tested, and how to inform the College if you have symptoms or are exposed. Please see the attached document for guidance.

As future health professionals, we ask that you demonstrate respect and concern for your peers, your faculty and the College community by conducting daily self-monitoring and by holding each other accountable for responsible behavior.

Should numbers continue to increase, the College may have no choice but to suspend all in-person instruction for the remainder of the term. Please help us limit the spread of COVID-19 so we can continue in-person instruction.

Please direct any questions regarding expectations for reporting to the Senior Director of Safety and Security, Mr. Brian Sharkey.

Sincerely,

Dennis M. Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.

Chancellor & CEO

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Update as of October 2, 2020

Palmer West Campus Students,

The health and safety of our students, employees and patients remains of utmost importance as we plan for the fall 2020 term. We continue to actively monitor the status of COVID-19 in the community and comply with federal, state, local guidelines, mandates and best practices. The College’s goal is to safely deliver hands-on instruction and return to in-person lectures as soon as possible.

The ability to continue to provide in-person, hands-on instruction relies on adherence to safety measures in place. We were able to effectively deliver such instruction over the last half of the summer term without a single reported case of campus-transmitted COVID-19. Thank you for your efforts and diligence in following safety protocols and keeping our community safe!

Many experts predict a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the fall as more activities shift indoors and as individuals become tired and complacent about adhering to safety measures. We cannot afford to become lax in adherence to safety protocols if we are to meet in-person for the fall quarter. It is essential that all community members continue to be diligent in washing their hands, wearing masks, maintaining social bubbles, and minimizing or eliminating unnecessary travel.

The cold and flu season will be upon us soon, leading to confusion about the cause of the symptoms. It is crucial that until proven otherwise, those with symptoms that may potentially be the result of COVID-19 infection honestly complete the daily screening app and stay at home until cleared to return. We will continue to broadcast labs to ensure the ongoing education of students approved to participate remotely through submission of their exposure or confirmed case of COVID-19. Everyone is encouraged to take as many steps as necessary to stay as healthy as possible during the cold and flu season.

Noncompliance of safety measures on or off campus increases the risk of cases within the campus community which may necessitate the return to complete distance education and a potential disruption to timely educational progress. Therefore, health and safety requirements communicated in our Return to Campus document must be followed and will be enforced. Failure to adhere to the requirements will be promptly addressed and may lead to discipline, up to and including suspension/expulsion.

A note about “gatherings.” At this time, indoor gatherings continue to be prohibited by the state and county. Outdoor gatherings are also prohibited by the state except under special conditions and only “for purposes of worship services, cultural ceremonies like funerals or weddings (but not wedding receptions, which are prohibited), and protest or political activities.” Until such time as regulations and conditions permit, Palmer-related gatherings must remain virtual.

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Update as of September 30, 2020

Palmer Florida Campus Students,

The health and safety of our students, employees and patients remains of the utmost importance as we prepare for the fall 2020 term. We continue to actively monitor the status of COVID-19 in the community and comply with federal, state and local guidelines, mandates and best practices. While Florida has moved into phase 3, the College’s goal is to continue to operate with the health and safety of our community as its focus.

Therefore, all safety protocols will continue, including remote lectures, in-person, hands-on skill courses, the use of face coverings while in interior common areas, enhanced sanitation, and practicing social distancing whenever possible. Additionally, all safety protocols currently in place in all Palmer clinics will remain as-is.

The ability to continue to provide in-person, hands-on instruction relies on strict adherence to the safety measures in place. We cannot become lax. Noncompliance, both on- and off-campus, risks an increase of cases within the campus community, which may necessitate the return to complete distance education. Therefore, the health and safety requirements outlined below must be followed.

  • Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must not come to campus or a clinic location and/or must leave the site immediately if they begin experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Anyone who has been exposed to, suspects a potential exposure, or has tested positive themselves for COVID-19 must submit the appropriate Palmer form.
  • Protective face coverings are required in all interior common areas.
  • Protective face coverings must be properly worn to cover the nose, mouth and chin.
  • Social distancing should be practiced whenever possible.

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Update as of September 8, 2020

Palmer Main Campus Students,

The health and safety of our students, employees and patients remains of utmost importance as we plan for the Fall 2020 term. We continue to actively monitor the status of COVID-19 in the community and comply with federal, state, local guidelines, mandates, and best practices. The College’s goal is to safely deliver hands-on instruction and return to in-person lectures as soon as possible. The current landscape of the pandemic results in continuing to deliver online lectures with in-person hands-on training, labs, and course assessments for the Fall/Winter term, beginning November 3, 2020.

The ability to continue to provide in-person, hands-on instruction relies on adherence to safety measures in place. We cannot become lax in adherence to safety protocols if we are to meet in person next trimester. Noncompliance risks an increase of cases within the campus community necessitating the return to complete distance education.

Therefore, health and safety requirements, outlined below, must be followed, and will be enforced. Failure to adhere to the requirements will be promptly addressed and may lead to discipline, up to and including suspension/expulsion.

The following health and safety rules will continue to apply to all students, faculty, staff, and administration:

  • Protective face coverings are always required in clinic, classrooms, and labs.
  • Protective face coverings must be properly worn to cover the nose, mouth, and chin.
  • Protective face coverings are required in all campus common areas when six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained – Examples include in Library, skywalk, stairwells, hallways, etc.
  • Non-compliance with the health and safety rules is subject to discipline.

Fall 2020 summary:

  • Lectures will be held online.
  • For courses with both a lecture and lab/skill component, the lecture will be delivered online and the lab/skill component will be held in-person.
  • There is not a remote option for the lab/skill component in these courses.
  • All written and practical exams will be conducted in-person and on campus.
  • Please refer to the accompanying table to determine courses having required in-person attendance.

Additional Instructional Information

  • Limited, designated space will be available on campus for quiet study and for remote participation of courses. Face coverings must be worn when in these spaces unless social distancing is maintained.
  • Students should closely monitor course syllabi and Brightspace pages for the most up-to-date information and course requirements.
  • Clinical Enrichment Courses will meet on campus with PPE and social distancing requirements in effect. Contact Student Services for details.
  • Student clubs/organizations and the Center for Business Development programs and events will continue to be held online through Microsoft TEAMS or Zoom.
  • PASS Tutoring will be coordinated by the academic counselors and will continue primarily online through Brightspace, Teams, Zoom, etc. Limited in-person tutoring opportunities will be available in the anatomy lab on a pre-registration basis with PPE and social distancing requirements in effect.
  • The Library will observe the following hours, subject to available coverage and change.
    • Mon-Thurs: 7:30 am – 9 pm
    • Fri & Sat: 7:30 am -4 pm
    • Sunday 12:30 am – 9 pm
    • Capacity: 50 people max (including hallway soft seating areas and library proper)
  • Any student with concerns about attending in-person should contact the registrar’s office and/or an academic counselor to discuss options for withdrawing from the course(s).

Academic Adjustments for Qualified Students with Disabilities Statement

Palmer College makes reasonable academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities, as required by law. Any qualified student with a disability who requires a reasonable academic adjustment to perform the academic and technical standards requisite to participation is to contact the Disabilities Coordinator to request such an academic adjustment.

View all Main campus courses requiring in-person attendance for here.

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Update as of August 28, 2020

Palmer Florida Students,

The safety of our students, employees and patients is paramount to Palmer College. In compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and mandates, and in consideration of the status of COVID-19 in the area, Palmer College’s Florida campus will offer remote lectures and in-person skill development during the Fall 2020 term. All safety protocols will continue, including the use of face coverings while in interior common areas and practicing social distancing, when possible.

**Important Change for Fall 2020 Course Delivery**

In-person attendance and evaluation are required in all hands-on, skill-based (lab) courses

  • For courses with both a lecture and lab/skill component, the lecture will be delivered online and the lab will be held in-person, including wet/dry labs.
  • There is not a remote option for the hands-on or skill component of these courses.
  • All OSCEs and practical exams will be conducted in-person and on campus.
  • A table of courses beginning on campus the week of Tuesday, October 6 that have required in-person attendance is attached.

Any student with concerns about attending in-person should contact the registrar’s office and/or an academic counselor immediately to discuss options for withdrawing from the course(s).

Academic Adjustments for Qualified Students with Disabilities Statement

Palmer College makes reasonable academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities, as required by law. Any qualified student with a disability who requires a reasonable academic adjustment to perform the academic and technical standards requisite to participation is to contact the Disabilities Coordinator to request such an academic adjustment.

Additional Instructional Information

  • All course lectures, ALS hours, quizzes and written exams will be delivered online.
  • Limited, designated space will be available on campus for quiet study and for remote participation of courses.
  • Students should closely monitor course syllabi and Brightspace pages for the most up-to-date information and course requirements.
  • Student clubs and Student Council will meet on campus with limited capacity and social distancing requirements in effect. Contact Student Services for details.
  • Student Services will coordinate with local officials to offer intramural sports options where available. Capacity and participation will be limited.
  • Center for Business Development programs and events will continue to be held online, with others potentially on campus. Capacity and participation will be limited.
  • PASS Tutoring will be coordinated by the academic counselors and will continue primarily online through Brightspace, Teams, Zoom, etc. CARE tutoring will be held in-person, as needed, with limited capacity and social distancing requirements in effect. Contact Student Services for details.
  • The Library will observe the following hours, subject to available coverage.
    • 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Thursday
    • 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday
    • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday
    • 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday

View all courses requiring in-person attendance for Fall 2020 here.

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Update as of August 13, 2020

Palmer West COVID-19 daily screening tool on Palmer App

Beginning Monday, August 17, all Palmer West students, faculty and staff must complete the COVID-19 screening process each day they come to campus. Palmer College has developed a web form for the Palmer App to make this process easy and efficient. Please read the attached document for details and instructions.

If you haven’t already downloaded the Palmer App, it’s available free on the iPhone App Store or Google Play.

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Update as of August 7, 2020

Palmer West is on track to open for critical face-to-face lab instruction on August 17. Please read the attached document carefully. It contains important updated information for students and employees about safety-protocol requirements, lab schedules and campus accessibility.

Important notes:

  • All midterms (lectures and labs) will be delivered online.
  • 5th and 9th Quarter Radiology OSCE testing will only be available to those attending in person. Students not able to attend in person must email the Registrar, Eliana Nathan (eliana.nathan@palmer.edu), to request withdrawal from the class. Withdrawals will not be reflected on student transcripts.

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Update as of July 28, 2020

Dear Palmer West Students and Employees,

We’re all very pleased that we’re now able to resume critical face-to-face lab instruction. Professional education is the mission of Palmer College, and at the same time, the health of Palmer West’s community is of paramount concern. We’ve been working with health authorities and other experts to put in place campus policies and procedures that will provide the safest learning environment possible. We must all come together as a community to meet this common goal by demonstrating concern for each other and a willingness to each do our part. Failure to adhere to these measures could mean a return to distance education.

The health and safety requirements outlined below must be followed and will be enforced. Failure to adhere to the requirements will be promptly addressed and may lead to discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Be aware that changes to the following may become necessary as regulations and conditions warrant.

Please read, understand and follow the information provided below.  

Returning to San Jose

  • Students not currently residing in the Bay Area are strongly encouraged to return at least one week in advance to allow for a self-quarantine period before returning to campus.
  • Everyone should observe all social distancing and protective measures required and recommended by the state of California and Santa Clara County when outside of their residences to minimize risk of exposure. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/order-health-officer-07-02-20.aspx
  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to form small “social bubbles,” ideally with their housemates and families, and refrain from socializing outside their bubbles to minimize potential for exposure and expedite contact tracing if necessary.

Daily Campus Entry Requirements Apply to All Individuals (per Santa Clara County)

  • All employees and students must complete the COVID-19 screening process each day they come to campus. Palmer is working on a phone app to make this process easy and efficient. Further details will be provided to the Palmer West community as soon as possible. “Cleared” individuals will receive a wristband to indicate their “cleared” status for the day. Those attempting to enter without completing the screening form will not be permitted to enter.
  • All students and employees must enter the building through only the North or South entrances and go through security screening there. Only Clinic staff, Clinic faculty, and patients may enter through the Clinic entrance, where their screening will take place.
  • Individuals not “cleared” by the screening app must stay or return home and observe labs remotely for the protection of the entire community. No one can enter the building if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or recent loss of taste or smell.
  • Face coverings* are required throughout the building and must be properly worn at all times.** All employees and students are required to supply their own masks.
  • Everyone should maintain a safe physical distance of at least six feet from other individuals at all times. (Unless specifically allowed in face-to-face lab settings or the Clinic.)
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds and avoid touching their faces.
  • Everyone should cover sneezes and coughs with a cloth, a tissue or their elbow.
  • Don’t shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
  • In accordance with the recent order from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, a summary of Palmer West’s Social Distancing Protocol can be found here.

Face-to Face Lab Instruction Information

  • Please be aware that the campus is open only for face-to-face instruction and to facilitate distance-learning. Other functions normally associated with the campus will either not be open or they’ll be very limited. Non-classroom related functions should continue to be conducted online.
    • The Palmer Cafe, gym, student lounge and student organization offices won’t be open for use. Classrooms will be locked when not in use.
    • The Library will continue to function as with shelter-in-place restrictions. Library traffic should be limited to checking out or returning books, assistance, and as an overflow area if your homeroom has reached social distancing capacity.
    • Bookstore access will continue to be limited; further details are forthcoming.
    • The Admissions and Student Services offices will be closed to walk-in traffic; however, staff will be available by phone, email, and Teams.
    • Tuition and fee payments and forms can be dropped off in the drop-box in the North Lobby. Receipts will be emailed to students.
  • All lab content will return to small-group in-person instruction effective August 17 except:
    • Fundamentals of Physiology
    • Radiographic Anatomy I, II
    • X-ray Physics
    • Differential Diagnosis I
    • Diagnostic Imaging I, II, III
  • For the summer term only, students unable to return to campus or preferring not to engage in face-to-face lab instruction can opt to remotely observe broadcasts of lab sessions.
    • Students opting out of face-to-face instruction must notify the instructor and associate dean Brian Nook by email.
  • Students wishing to attend in person, but not wanting to have contact with another individual, may have the option of demonstrating on “Bob” models or CPR mannequins.
    • Models will be disinfected between use.
  • Certain higher risk skills, such as evaluation of eyes, nose and throat, and supine adjustments, may be deferred or demonstrated on a mannequin rather than practiced on other students.
  • Break periods between adjacent lecture – lab or lab – lecture sessions have been extended to 20 minutes effective August 17 to allow most students to get to and from campus to attend in-person vs. online instruction.
    • All students who live close to campus should return home.
    • A new class schedule will be sent once finalized.
  • On-campus space will be available for student who need to attend online courses due to insufficient time to return home.
    • Students who are unable to transition in the allotted time should report to their assigned homeroom and use the allocated space provided in each room.  Each room has a set social distancing capacity that can’t be surpassed. If your homeroom has reached capacity, you should then report to the large area of the library to the allocated desk spaces. This will ensure social distancing, minimize contacts and facilitate tracing.
    • Social distancing protocols will remain strictly enforced in these spaces.
  • Labs with more than one instructor performing the same tasks will be split into sub-groups and different rooms to minimize contacts.
  • When feasible, students will be consistently paired with the same partner in lab section or sub-group to minimize the number of individuals contacted.
    • Students in the same lab section(s) living in the same households will be partnered with each other for labs when feasible.
    • Students should determine who their lab partner will be for all labs based on living contact or consistency. Please inform the lab faculty who your partner will be for this quarter. Lab faculty will not require or allow students to practice on multiple partners during this time.
  • Disinfectant cleanser and hand-sanitizer will be available in all lab and homerooms.
    • Tables will be cleaned between partner use by the students in both labs and homerooms.
    • Hand sanitizer should be used after contacting partners.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds after every lab session.
    • Students are encouraged to bring a large towel to cover the table for their use.
  • Make-up hands-on skill labs will start the week of August 17 and continue in the fall term.
    • Attendance is voluntary and many will have limited capacities. Please await further instructions about how to sign-up.
    • Protocols to ensure equitable access amongst students will be communicated.
    • Some make-up sessions will be limited to those students who missed the content during the spring or first half of the summer term.
  • Lab courses’ final exams will be held in-person during week 10, except for those labs that remain online and for first quarter students.
  • All students are expected to be present for in-person labs planned for the fall term.

Additional COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

  • If a person within the campus community tests positive for COVID-19, the following measures will be taken by the College:
    • Immediately remove the individual from the campus and instruct them to go home, isolate for at least 14 days, and seek professional care as appropriate.
    • Notify the Santa Clara County Health Department within four hours of learning about the case.
    • Immediately close the specific location within the campus occupied by the affected individual until decontamination and sanitization is complete.
    • Increase air circulation in any area used by the affected individual.
    • Identify all individuals who had close contact with the affected individual within the last 48 hours. “Close” means within six feet of the affected person for at least 15 minutes.
    • Comply with any case investigation and contact tracing measures by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
    • Exclude all close contacts of the affected individual from campus for at least 14 days and strongly encourage them to be tested for COVID-19.
    • Instruct all others on campus who are not identified as close contacts to carefully self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for helping ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

Sincerely,

 

William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.

Palmer West President

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*Protective face coverings must cover the nose, mouth and chin

**Instructors may lecture without a facemask, for voice clarity, provided they maintain six-foot social distancing

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Update as of July 22, 2020

1:30 p.m.

Return to previous Academic Deadlines and Grading Policies for the summer 2020 term

During the spring 2020 academic term, the College implemented temporary modifications to College policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the College extended course drop dates, college withdrawal dates and implemented a Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option for all courses. The College is returning to its previous academic deadlines and grading practices for the summer 2020 academic term as indicated below:

  • Dropping individual courses and processing complete withdrawals (dropping all classes) for the summer 2020 academic term can be done through the Office of the Registrar through:
    • Main Campus: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
    • Palmer Florida and West campuses: Tuesday, August 28, 2020
  • Each course syllabus will indicate whether an earned letter or Pass/Fail grade scale is used in the course. The option for a student to choose Pass/Fail (P/F) in any class is not available during the summer term.

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9:30 a.m.

Memo to the Palmer West Community

Palmer West is pleased to announce that we will resume most face-to face skill-based courses/labs starting on Monday, August 17. Recent communications from the state of California and Santa Clara County have cleared the way for in-person training of essential workers, including chiropractors. Further information regarding Palmer’s Social Distancing Protocols and lab procedures will be forthcoming.

Major information points for now are:

  • All lecture content will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the summer term.
  • Most lab content will return to face-to-face delivery effective August 17. Some labs, such as Diagnostic Imaging, Radiographic Anatomy and Physiology, are effectively taught online and will remain so for the summer term.
  • For the summer term only, students unable to return to campus on August 17, or preferring not to engage in face-to-face lab instruction, may opt to remotely observe broadcasts of lab sessions online. However, all students enrolled in face-to-face labs must return to campus for lab finals in September. Lab finals will not be conducted online.
  • “Make-up” face-to-face skill labs will also begin the week of August 17, and will continue into the fall term.
  • Breaks between classes will be extended to 20 minutes, effective August 17. A revised schedule will be communicated once finalized. This will allow most students to get to and from campus to attend both scheduled online and face-to-face classes. Campus space will be made available for students needing to attend on-line classes between face-to-face classes.
  • The health of the Palmer West community is of paramount concern. Consequently, the College is working closely with health authorities on a detailed Social Distancing Protocol and other COVOD-19 related procedures in order to provide as safe an educational environment as possible. These will be communicated as soon as possible.

Thank you. Best wishes and stay safe!

Sincerely,

 

William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.

Palmer West President

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Update as of July 15, 2020

Dear Palmer Main and Florida Students and Employees,

The start of the new term includes rules to protect the health and safety of the Palmer community. The College’s goal this term is to safely deliver hands-on instruction. The ability to meet this goal relies on adherence to reasonable safety measures. Failure to meet this goal could mean a return to distance education.

The health and safety requirements, outlined below, must be followed, and will be enforced.  Failure to adhere to the requirements will be promptly addressed and may lead to discipline, up to and including suspension/expulsion.

Please appreciate an outbreak within our faculty could result in the inability to provide instruction.

We must come together as a community with a common goal, demonstrate concern for each other, and the willingness to each do our part.

The following health and safety rules apply to all students, faculty, staff and administration:

  • Protective face coverings* are always required in classrooms**.
  • Protective face coverings are always required in clinic.
  • Protective face coverings are required in campus common areas where six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained — Library, Skywalk, hallways, etc.

The College is taking the following actions:

  • Provide students with one free face mask every 30 days from the Welcome Center
  • Provide face masks for purchase at the Palmer Bookstore
  • Disinfect the campus using EPA-approved disinfectant nightly
  • Clean common and high-touch areas daily
  • Provide hand sanitizers and disinfectant solutions in classrooms and around campus
  • Screen all visitors upon check-in at the Bechtel Center***
  • Screen all patients/visitors entering the Palmer Clinics
  • Require all patients/visitors entering the Palmer Clinics to wear protective face coverings
  • Require all employees and students to self-screen before coming on campus each day

Thank you for helping ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

Sincerely,

 

Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D.

College Provost

 

* Protective face coverings must cover the nose, mouth and chin

** Instructors may lecture without a facemask, for voice clarity, provided they maintain six-foot social distancing

*** Health-screening questionnaire and temperature check

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Update as of July 9, 2020

Summer Term Safety and Curriculum Update

Palmer College is preparing for the start of the summer term next week. Please read the attached document that provides important updates and direction. It will also be posted on the Palmer App and emailed to students.

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Update as of June 17, 2020

The Safety & Security PowerPoint presentation has been updated. References to “Hot Spots” and associated quarantine requirements have been removed.

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Update as of June 16, 2020

Main Campus Students and Employees,

Palmer has developed a plan for student and employee safe return to campus. With crowd restrictions remaining in place and COVID-19 still active in our community, we are unable to fully return to normal operations. The summer 2020 term will be a trimester of transition back to in-person program delivery. Plans for the summer 2020 term include implementation of safety protocols to follow while on campus and temporary modifications to instructional delivery.

General Safety Protocols

  • Prior to returning to campus, all students and employees will complete a one-time COVID-19 Self-Assessment acknowledgement form to ascertain current health status. Individuals must then continue to conduct daily self-monitoring of symptoms before coming to campus. All employees and students must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus. Information will be sent to Palmer emails.
  • Enhanced disinfection cleaning will be done nightly using EPA-approved disinfectant. Common and high-touch areas will be cleaned frequently during the day.
  • Hand sanitizers and disinfectant solutions will be available in classrooms and around campus.
  • Face coverings are required in campus commons areas; cafeterias, hallways; elevators; stairwells; classroom settings; and other campus areas, where six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • All employees and students are encouraged to wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds and avoid touching their faces.
  • All campus visitors will enter through the Welcome Center and complete a health assessment screening.

Please watch the Safety & Security PowerPoint presentation for more details about safety protocols for returning to campus.

Instructional Information

  • The Summer academic term will begin July 14, 2020 with all students returning to campus.
  • All hands-on/lab instruction and assessment will be delivered in-person and on campus.
  • Lecture-only courses will remain online. The College will continue to monitor social distancing guidelines and return to delivering lectures in-person once restrictions permit larger group gatherings.
  • Select classrooms will be designated quiet spaces and reserved for students to study, participate in online courses, and socially distance while waiting for in-person classes.
  • Written and practical examinations will be administered on campus in a proctored environment complying with social distancing guidelines.
  • A schedule of optional, make-up sessions to practice and receive personal feedback on hands-on skill development from the Spring 2020 term will be available to interested students. These sessions will be offered during the curricular day, evenings and on select weekends for convenience of student participation.
  • Students should closely monitor course syllabi and Bright Space pages for the most up-to-date information and course requirements.

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Palmer Florida Students and Employees,

The safety of our students, employees and patients is paramount to Palmer College. In compliance with federal, state and local guidelines and mandates, Palmer College’s Florida campus has developed a plan for the safe return to campus and classes and the transition back to a fully in-person program delivery. Plans for the summer 2020 term include implementation of safety protocols to follow while on campus and temporary modifications to instructional delivery.

General Safety Protocols

  • Prior to returning to campus, all students and employees will complete a one-time COVID-19 Self-Assessment acknowledgement form to ascertain current health status. Individuals must then continue to conduct daily self-monitoring of symptoms before coming to campus. All employees and students must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus. Information will be sent to Palmer emails.
  • Enhanced disinfection cleaning will be done nightly using EPA-approved disinfectant. Common and high-touch areas will be cleaned frequently during the day.
  • Hand sanitizers and disinfectant solutions will be available around campus.
  • All employees, students and visitors will be required to provide and wear a face covering while in interior common areas including classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, etc.
  • All employees and students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds and avoid touching their faces.
  • All campus visitors will enter through the Welcome Center in Building One and complete a health assessment screening.
  • Room modifications will assure appropriate social distancing.
  • The campus will close to students and employees at 9:00 p.m.
  • The Library will observe the following hours, subject to available coverage.
    • 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Thursday
    • 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday
    • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday
    • 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday

Please watch the Safety & Security PowerPoint presentation for more details about safety protocols for returning to campus.

Instructional Information

  • All course lectures will begin July 14 and will be delivered online.
  • All hands-on skill training and assessment will be delivered in-person and on campus.
  • Limited, designated space will be available on campus for quiet study and for remote participation of courses.
  • Students should closely monitor course syllabi and Bright Space pages for the most up-to-date information and course requirements.
  • Spring term make-up skill development sessions will be held after normal class hours and on Saturdays. Specific information regarding schedules and sign-up will be provided to students as they are finalized.
  • No Student Council, clubs, events or activities will be held in person at least through Week 5.
  • Center for Business Development events and programs will be delivered remotely.
  • PASS Tutoring will be coordinated by the academic counselors and will be delivered electronically via Brightspace, Teams, Zoom, etc.

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Palmer West students and employees,

Santa Clara County is in early phase II and Shelter-in-Place orders that prohibit the delivery of face-to-face education remain in place, with no established end date. The county has indicated that orders regarding education “for the fall” will be publicized in early July. Based on this information and a desire to provide students with as much certainty as possible, the following timeline for return to campus has been established.

  • The Summer academic term will begin July 13, 2020
  • All courses (lecture and lab) will be delivered online through July 31, 2020
  • Clinics will continue to operate as they are currently.
  • The target date for resumption of hands-on elements of courses (labs) is August 3, 2020.
  • Confirmation or change of the target date for resumption of hands-on instruction will be provided no later than July 10, 2002.
  • It is anticipated that lectures will remain online for the entire term to allow required social distancing and use of lecture rooms for additional lab and study space. The College will continue to monitor social distancing guidelines and return to delivering lectures in-person once restrictions permit larger group gatherings.
  • Written and practical examinations may be administered on campus in a proctored environment when it can be done in compliance with county social distancing and gathering size orders.
  • A schedule of optional, make-up sessions to practice and receive personal feedback on hands-on skill development missed during the Spring 2020 term will be available to interested students once we are able to resume hands-on instruction. These sessions will be offered during the curricular day (activity and lunch hours), evenings and on select weekends for student convenience.
  • Enhanced safely precautions and social distancing practice will be in place on campus, including classrooms and labs, to safeguard the health and well-being of the campus community.

Please watch the Safety & Security PowerPoint presentation for more details about safety protocols for returning to campus.

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Update as of May 19, 2020

A special message from Palmer Florida Campus Clinic Dean, Dr. Shane Carter, D.C., M.B.A.

Dear Class 211 and Class 212 Clinic Interns:

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating the key academic milestone of your education at Palmer College. Because of the extraordinary circumstances we have experienced associated with the COVID-19 crisis, Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Campus is modifying our usual White Coat Ceremony. We will celebrate the achievements of both our spring and summer 2020 clinic interns while taking appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of the Palmer community.

As the State of Florida is slowly re-opening and has entered the federal “phase one” plan for re-opening, we are developing plans for limited, separate, in-person induction ceremonies on campus for class 211 and class 212. Both ceremonies will take place on July 13, 2020, on campus in the Standard Process Student Center. Attendance will be restricted to the members of the class and a limited number of administrators and faculty speaker. No guests will be permitted.

  • Class 211 ceremony will be at 11 am.
  • Class 212 ceremony will be at 1 pm.

Clinic interns who are unable to attend will be acknowledged during their respective ceremony. The ceremonies will be live streamed on Palmer’s Facebook page, as well as posted on the Palmer website after the event.

Key points:

  1. Each intern will receive a communication from the Dean of Clinics requesting RSVP information.
  2. Specific ceremony details will be available and posted to the Clinic Brightspace pages by June 1, 2020.
  3. No co-presenters and no guests will be permitted at the White Coat ceremonies.

If you’re unable to return to campus for July 13th ceremonies, the College will supply your clinic pin and email a program from the day of the event.

By the end of the term, spring and summer 2020 incoming clinic interns will have faced not only the usual trials and tribulations of attaining a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, but also will have overcome the unprecedented situation of rapidly transitioning to remote learning in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re very proud of all of you, appreciative of your commitment, and grateful for how quickly you’ve adapted to changing circumstances.

Thank you for the great fortitude demonstrated during this crisis.

I hope to see you at the ceremonies!

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Update as of May 15, 2020

5 p.m.

Health and safety protocols required on Palmer College of chiropractic campuses

To Our Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We’ll comply with federal, state, and local guidelines to limit the spread of infectious disease. Palmer College students, faculty, and staff will participate in health screenings, practice social distancing, practice good hygiene procedures, and use personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary.

Our continued expectation is that every individual on our campuses—student, faculty, staff, vendor, or other visitor—will follow College health and safety protocols.

As of now, those required protocols include:

  1. Face Coverings
  • Face coverings are required in all Palmer clinics by both patients and staff.
  • Face coverings are optional for all other campus areas. Exception: If six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained in a workspace or classroom, then face coverings are required.
  • If a student or employee needs a face covering, one reusable, cloth mask can be obtained at the Welcome Center front desk. Individuals may use their own personal face covering.
  • Face coverings should cover nose, mouth, and chin.
  1. Physical Distancing
  • Maintain physical distance (at least six feet) at all times, indoors or out (including in elevators, on stairways, in lines, etc.); and
  • Adapt classroom, office, cafeteria, and fitness center environment to fulfill the purpose of physical distancing.
  1. Hygiene
  • Wash hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds, with soap and water);
  • Apply hand sanitizer regularly, especially after coming in contact with “high-touch” areas (doors, elevator buttons, stair railings, public counters, etc.);
  • Regularly disinfect your high-touch areas (desks, counters, phones, door and drawer handles, etc.); and
  • Follow CDC guidelinesfor care and handling of your face covering.
  1. Concern for the Health of Others on Campus
  • Members of the campus community should check their temperatures before reporting to campus;
  • Members of the campus community should NOT come to campus if they:
  • Have a fever of 100.4 degrees or above;
  • Are experiencing any of the other symptoms of COVID-19(these include shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell); or
  • Have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, tested for COVID-19, or with symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If a member of the campus community has been exposed to COVID-19 or has had a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, they will complete the appropriate reporting form available on the Palmer SharePoint Site.

Regularly review the Palmer College’s website for further updates.

2 p.m.

The Bittner Center will reopen, under limited hours, beginning Monday, May 18. The hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, some restrictions will apply.

Restrictions

  • Occupancy will be limited to 50 patrons at a time
  • Each patron will be limited to 1.50 hours
  • No group activities will be allowed (except pickleball)
  • Patrons should bring their own water – water dispensers for bottle refill will be open, but water fountains will be closed
  • Social-distancing rules will be strictly enforced
  • No more than 10 people at a time will be allowed to wait in the lobby
  • A real-time tally board will be posted online so patrons can see how full the facility is
  • Upon entering the facility, read posted signs for further instructions

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Update as of May 11, 2020

9 a.m.

A special message from Palmer Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C.

Dear Class 201 Graduates and Class 202 Candidates for Commencement:

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating the key academic milestone of your education at Palmer College. Because of the extraordinary circumstances we have experienced associated with the COVID-19 crisis, Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Campus is modifying our usual Commencement exercises. We will celebrate the achievements of both our winter and spring 2020 graduates while taking appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of the Palmer community.

As the State of Florida is slowly re-opening and has entered a light version of the federal “phase one” plan for re-opening, we are developing plans for limited, separate, in-person commencement ceremonies on campus for class 201 and class 202. Both ceremonies will take place on June 19, 2020, on campus in the Standard Process Student Center. Attendance will be restricted to graduates and a limited number of administrators and faculty. No guests will be permitted.

  • Class 201 will graduate at 11:00 am.
  • Class 202 will graduate at 2:00 pm.

Graduates who are unable to attend will be acknowledged during their respective ceremony and may choose to participate in the September 25, 2020 Commencement. The June graduation ceremonies will be live streamed on Palmer’s Facebook page, as well as posted on the Palmer website after the event.

Key points:

  1. Each candidate will receive a communication from the Dean of Students requesting RSVP information.
  2. Specific graduation details, including information on graduation clearance, will be available and posted to the Palmer Portal by May 18, 2020.
  3. There will be no graduation banquet for either graduating class.
  4. No co-presenters and no guests will be permitted at the graduation ceremonies.
  5. Caps and gowns will be available on campus June 15-18 and the day of the graduation ceremonies.

If you’re unable to return to campus for June Commencement, the College will send you a package that will include your diploma, diploma cover, honor cord, honor plaques and certificates, and a commemorative program that recognizes your achievements while at Palmer.

By the end of the term, both winter 2020 and spring 2020 graduates will have faced not only the usual trials and tribulations of attaining a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, but also will have overcome the unprecedented situation of rapidly transitioning to remote learning in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re very proud of all of you, appreciative of your commitment, and grateful for how quickly you’ve adapted to changing circumstances.

Thank you for the great fortitude demonstrated during this crisis.

I hope to see you at the ceremonies!

President Peter Martin, D.C.

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Update as of May 7, 2020

2:15 p.m.

A special message to Main Campus students from Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer College Chancellor and CEO

Dear Palmer Students:

I want to thank you for your patience and support over the past few months as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all looking forward to things returning to normal as quickly as possible. I want to make you aware of what we’re planning.

Coursework

  • All course instruction and written examinations will remain online for the remainder of the spring term.
  • Earned grades in all courses will be issued at the end of the spring term. You’ll be academically complete, even though all your instruction was remote.
  • As previously communicated, you have the option of receiving your earned letter grade or requesting a Pass/Fail grade in any class completed during the spring term.
  • Faculty are using remote instruction and/or review of videotaped submissions to provide feedback for hands-on skill development. We want to assure you we’ll be providing additional, optional opportunities for practice and in-person feedback when we return for the summer term.
    • These structured skill-development sessions will be scheduled to allow practice of Adjusting/Technique, Examination Procedures and Radiographic Positioning.
    • There will be no additional charges or fees to participate in the development sessions.
    • These development sessions will be delivered by one or more assigned faculty.
    • These experiences are intended to provide students extra practice and formative feedback for developing important hands-on skills.
    • These sessions will be offered multiple times according to student needs, schedules and faculty availability. Options may include during the day, as schedules permit, after the curricular day (late afternoon/early evening), and/or on select weekends.
    • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling practice time will be developed.
  • Our goal is to have students return to campus for the summer term, understanding there may be new or ongoing public-health standards in place.
    • Students will return to campus for in-class lectures and/or hands-on training effective July 14, 2020.
    • If social-distancing and crowd-size limits are in place, we’ll allow as many students to attend in-class lectures as the restrictions permit, with the remaining students engaging remotely. However, all students will need to be in the area to participate in hands-on training.
    • An equitable system will be developed to best meet students’ desires for in-class lecture attendance.
    • Arrangements will be made for all students to participate in hands-on training.

Clinics

  • As soon as federal, state and local rules permit, we’ll open clinics for patient care with student participation. Hours of operation may be expanded as needed.
  • Student participation during the summer break is voluntary.
  • Palmer College will require student attendance effective July 14, 2020.
  • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling floor hours will be developed.

Financial implications

Health, safety and well-being

  • Counseling and other support services are available. See the COVID-19 FAQ for a full list of resources.
  • When you return, you’ll see appropriate protocols are in place for your continued safety.

We recognize these are times of considerable uncertainty; however, we want to share our plans for this and next term knowing that external forces will continue to impact our decisions. On behalf of our faculty and staff, we are incredibly proud of your continued commitment to learning and professional development during these difficult times and appreciate your patience and flexibility.

We remain fully committed to providing the highest standard of education that has always distinguished Palmer College.

Be safe, support one another, and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Sincerely,

Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Chancellor and CEO
Palmer College of Chiropractic

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PALMER FLORIDA

A special message from Palmer Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C.

Dear Palmer Florida Students:

I want to thank you for your patience and support over the past few months as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all looking forward to things returning to normal as quickly as possible. I want to make you aware of what we’re planning.

Coursework

  • All course instruction and written examinations will remain online for the remainder of the spring term.
  • Earned grades in all courses will be issued at the end of the spring term. You’ll be academically complete, even though all your instruction was remote.
  • As previously communicated, you have the option of receiving your earned letter grade or requesting a Pass/Fail grade in any class completed during the spring term.
  • Faculty are using remote instruction and/or review of videotaped submissions to provide feedback for hands-on skill development. We want to assure you we’ll be providing additional, optional opportunities for practice and in-person feedback when we return for the summer term.
    • These structured skill-development sessions will be scheduled to allow practice of Adjusting/Technique, Examination Procedures and Radiographic Positioning.
    • There will be no additional charges or fees to participate in the development sessions.
    • These development sessions will be delivered by one or more assigned faculty.
    • These experiences are intended to provide students extra practice and formative feedback for developing important hands-on skills.
    • These sessions will be offered multiple times according to student needs, schedules and faculty availability.
    • Options may include during the day, as schedules permit, after the curricular day (late afternoon/early evening), and/or on select weekends.
    • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling practice time will be developed.
  • Our goal is to have students return to campus for the summer term, understanding there may be new or ongoing public-health standards in place.
    • Students will return to campus for in-class lectures and/or hands-on training effective July 14, 2020.
    • If social-distancing and crowd-size limits are in place, we’ll allow as many students to attend in-class lectures as the restrictions permit, with the remaining students engaging remotely. However, all students will need to be in the area to participate in hands-on training.
    • An equitable system will be developed to best meet students’ desires for in-class lecture attendance.
    • Arrangements will be made for all students to participate in hands-on training.

Clinics

  • As soon as federal, state and local rules permit, we’ll open clinics for patient care with student participation. Hours of operation may be expanded as needed.
  • Student participation during the summer break is voluntary.
  • Palmer College will require student attendance effective July 14, 2020.
  • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling floor hours will be developed.

Financial implications

Health, safety and well-being

  • Counseling and other support services are available. See the COVID-19 FAQ for a full list of resources.
  • When you return, you’ll see appropriate protocols are in place for your continued safety.

We acknowledge we remain in times of considerable uncertainty, but I wanted to share our plans at this time, knowing that external forces will impact our decisions. We remain committed to providing the highest standard of education that has always distinguished Palmer College. We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Peter Martin, D.C.
Campus President
Palmer Florida

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PALMER WEST

A special message from Palmer West Campus President William Meeker, D.C., MPH, FPAC

Dear Palmer West Students:

I want to thank you for your patience and support over the past few months as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all looking forward to things returning to normal as quickly as possible. I want to make you aware of what we’re planning.

Coursework

  • All course instruction and written examinations will remain online for the remainder of the spring term.
  • Earned grades in all courses will be issued at the end of the spring term. You’ll be academically complete, even though all your instruction was remote.
  • As previously communicated, you have the option of receiving your earned letter grade or requesting a Pass/Fail grade in any class completed during the spring term.
  • Faculty are using remote instruction and/or review of videotaped submissions to provide feedback for hands-on skill development. We want to assure you we’ll be providing additional, optional opportunities for practice and in-person feedback when we return for the summer term.
    • These structured skill-development sessions will be scheduled to allow practice of Adjusting/Technique, Examination Procedures and Radiographic Positioning.
    • There will be no additional charges or fees to participate in the development sessions.
    • These development sessions will be delivered by one or more assigned faculty.
    • These experiences are intended to provide students extra practice and formative feedback for developing important hands-on skills.
    • These sessions will be offered multiple times according to student needs, schedules and faculty availability.
    • Options may include during the day, as schedules permit, after the curricular day (late afternoon/early evening), and/or on select weekends.
    • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling practice time will be developed.
  • Our goal is to have students return to campus for the summer term, understanding there may be new or ongoing public-health standards in place.
    • Students will return to campus for in-class lectures and/or hands-on training effective July 13, 2020.
    • If social-distancing and crowd-size limits are in place, we’ll allow as many students to attend in-class lectures as the restrictions permit, with the remaining students engaging remotely. However, all students will need to be in the area to participate in hands-on training.
    • An equitable system will be developed to best meet students’ desires for in-class lecture attendance.
    • Arrangements will be made for all students to participate in hands-on training.

Clinics

  • As soon as federal, state and local rules permit, we’ll open clinics for patient care with student participation. Hours of operation may be expanded as needed.
  • Student participation during the summer break is voluntary.
  • Palmer College will require student attendance effective July 13, 2020.
  • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling floor hours will be developed.

Financial implications

Health, safety and well-being

  • Counseling and other support services are available. See the COVID-19 FAQ for a full list of resources.
  • When you return, you’ll see appropriate protocols are in place for your continued safety.

We acknowledge we remain in times of considerable uncertainty, but I wanted to share our plans at this time, knowing that external forces will impact our decisions. We remain committed to providing the highest standard of education that has always distinguished Palmer College. We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

William Meeker, D.C., MPH, FPAC
Campus President
Palmer West

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Update as of April 30, 2020

4:15 p.m

Below is a special message from Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer College of Chiropractic Chancellor and CEO, regarding June 2020 commencement for Main Campus.

Dear Spring 2020 Candidate for Commencement:

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating the key academic milestone of your education at Palmer College. Because of the extraordinary circumstances we’re experiencing this term associated with the COVID-19 crisis, Palmer College is modifying our usual Commencement exercises. We’ll celebrate the achievements of our spring 2020 graduates while taking appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of the Palmer community.

If Commencement were held this week, it would be a virtual ceremony. At this point, based on Iowa and Scott County directives, we’re prohibited from holding any event of greater than 10 people. However, we remain hopeful that Iowa will move Scott County into an “opening phase,” which will allow us to host a limited in-person ceremony on Friday, June 19 at 11 a.m., in Vickie Anne Palmer Hall. Attendance will be restricted to graduates, two guests per graduate, and a limited number of administrators and faculty.

Graduates who are unable to attend will be acknowledged during the ceremony and may choose to participate in the October 23, 2020 Commencement. The June and October ceremonies will be live streamed on Palmer’s Facebook page, as well as posted on the Palmer website after the event.

Key points:
1. Each candidate will receive a communication from the Office of the Registrar requesting RSVP information.
2. On June 5, based on guidelines for Iowa and Scott County, a decision will be made on whether we’ll proceed with the desired in-person June 19 ceremony, or if we’ll need to shift to a virtual Commencement.
3. On Thursday, June 18, regardless of the graduation type (virtual or in-person) a campus photographer and I will be available for photo opportunities. Campus locations and times will be made available at a later date.
4. Specific graduation details, including information on photo opportunities and graduation clearance will be available and posted to the Palmer Portal by May 15, 2020.
5. The graduation banquet scheduled for Thursday, June 18 is cancelled. Awards customarily presented during the banquet will be presented during the Commencement ceremony.

If you’re unable to return to campus for June Commencement, the College will send you a package that will include your diploma, diploma cover, honor cord, honor plaques and certificates, and a commemorative program that recognizes your achievements while at Palmer.

By the end of the term, spring 2020 graduates will have faced not only the usual trials and tribulations of attaining a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, but also will have overcome the unprecedented situation of rapidly transitioning to remote learning in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re very proud of all of you, appreciative of your commitment, and grateful for how quickly you’ve adapted to changing circumstances.

Thank you for the great fortitude demonstrated during this crisis.

I hope to see you at the ceremonies!

 

View the PDF letter: June 2020 Commencement Letter

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Update as of April 28, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Much has been communicated recently in the national media and social media about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). In short, the HEERF is a federal program established to provide emergency funding for higher-education students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re pleased to report that Palmer College applied for funds and received notice on April 26 that our application was approved. Palmer is now required to go through an additional process to gain access to those funds. If everything goes as planned, we expect to receive $404,695 to be disbursed among eligible students. Only U.S. students who have completed their FAFSA and receive U.S. Federal Student Aid will be eligible for HEERF funds. Eligible students who have not filed the FAFSA and have not been awarded a Federal Direct Loan must file a FAFSA to be considered for this assistance.

Our Financial Planning Office is working on plans now for disbursement of the funds, once received. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. We look forward to providing these funds to our students. If you have questions, please consult the websites linked above, or contact the Financial Planning Office.

Palmer continues to search for substantial financial and academic resources to assist our students during these uncertain times. We look forward to being able to share more good news with you very soon.

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Update as of April 22, 2020

3:15 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 within the regions of our campus communities. We appreciate your understanding and support during this very fluid situation. We understand students have a lot of questions during this time and will continue to communicate with you as new guidance becomes available.

When will in-person classes resume?

Online instruction at Palmer’s three campuses will continue through at least May 15. If new guidance from regional, state and federal officials becomes available, we’ll adjust this date and communicate with the entire Palmer community immediately.

When a decision is made to resume in-person class instruction, we’ll make every effort to announce the start date at least five business days prior.

How will I receive the hands-on training needed to develop my clinical skills?

Faculty are using BrightSpace to provide didactic lectures, including demonstration of hands-on skills. To the extent possible, they’re offering opportunities for video feedback of skill demonstration to ensure students are progressing in their clinical skill development. Additionally, Academic Affairs is developing plans to deliver condensed hands-on experiences when we’re able to return to campus.

Will graduation be impacted?

At this time, we’re planning to hold graduation ceremonies, pending government restrictions on group gatherings and venue availability. The Office of the Registrar is researching alternative options should restrictions on mass gatherings remain.

How will my tuition be impacted?

Tuition for the 2020 summer term will not increase. While online instruction is a new and different environment for much of our curriculum, Palmer College remains committed to providing a high-quality educational experience. Tuition is necessary to provide that education. The College continues to provide course delivery, academic advising, peer tutoring, counseling referral, library services, and student organization support, in addition to our usual IT, registration, financial aid and admissions operations.

View the Palmer College COVID-19 FAQ and Updates for details about student support resources available through Palmer College.

Resources

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Update as of April 9, 2020

4 p.m.

Palmer College has partnered with Innovative Educators to provide students free access to Preparing for Online Learning until May 15th.  Check out the orientation for online learners workshop and the student success workshops designed to help you become a successful online learner.

Directions For Students

To access online resources, visit www.go2ie.com/onlinelearningstudent and follow the next steps:

  • Create an account
  • Fill out the information about who you are and where you study
  • Start utilizing online orientation and student success workshops

Here’s a screencast that shows you how to log in and what’s included in the site: Screencast

Innovative Educators will not contact you for any reason.

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Update as of April 7, 2020

Temporary Changes to Academic Deadlines and Policies for Students

Deadlines will be extended for course drops and withdrawal requests, as follows:

The course drop date and college withdrawal date have been extended from the term mid-point to the last day of scheduled courses for the spring 2020 academic term. Dropping individual courses and processing complete withdrawals (dropping all classes) for the spring 2020 academic term can be done through the Office of the Registrar through the last day of classes:
Main Campus: Thursday, June 11
Palmer Florida and Palmer West: Friday, June 12

Optional alternative grading will be added for the spring 2020 academic term:

An additional Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option has been adopted for all courses taught during spring 2020 academic term. Students will choose to receive either the earned letter grade recorded by the instructor, or a P/F designation for each of their courses. The deadline to make this choice is 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. If a P/F designation is not requested by this deadline, the student’s academic record will reflect the earned letter grade.

Details regarding these temporary changes to academic deadlines and policies are available on the Palmer Portal, Student Resources.

A detailed update and FAQs are available online.

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Update as of April 4, 2020

Click on the link below for a special message from Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer College of Chiropractic Chancellor and CEO.

https://vimeo.com/404134305/9a156ea172
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Update as of April 2, 2020

COVID-19

1 p.m. (EDT)

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

The following information is specific to Palmer Florida.

The state of Florida has announced a stay-at-home order.

Key notes:

  • The stay-at-home order is effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, April 3 and will remain in place until at least April 30.
  • People, particularly seniors and vulnerable populations, are advised to leave their homes only to take care of essential errands.
  • Hospitals, grocery stores, banks and pharmacies will remain open.
  • All non-essential gatherings of 10 or more people are banned.

Palmer College status

  • In light of these developments, the Palmer Florida campus is open only for purposes of facilitating distance learning and other essential functions.
  • Only essential personnel should report to campus for work.

Resources

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Update as of April 1, 2020

3:30 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities. We appreciate your understanding and support during this very fluid situation.

Based on updated guidance, Palmer College has extended online instruction and remote work through at least May 1.

Palmer College is limiting the number of people on campus to adhere to national and state social-distancing recommendations. The majority of employees are working remotely.

Palmer College’s campuses are open only for purposes of facilitating distance learning and other essential functions. When a decision is made to resume in-person class instruction, we’ll make every effort to announce the start date at least five business days prior.

Based on state and federal guidance, the following is a summary of where we are today on all three Palmer College campuses.

Main Campus

  • The state of Iowa is asking all Iowans to continue to practice social distancing.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least May 1.
  • April 10 and 13 are campus holidays and the campus will be closed.
  • Palmer’s main clinic remains open for non-routine emergent care. Hours are posted online and at the clinic entrance. Faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Palmer Florida

  • Online instruction will continue through at least May 1.
  • The new term begins April 7 and instruction will take place online.
  • New-student and clinic orientation will take place online on April 6.
  • The state of Florida also is asking people arriving in Florida from Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York to self-quarantine for 14 days. Details are online.
  • April 10 and 13 are campus holidays and the campus will be closed.
  • Due to unavailability of required personal protective equipment (PPE), the Palmer Florida clinic is closed. However, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Palmer West

  • The San Francisco Bay Area (including Santa Clara County) “stay-at-home” order has been extended to May 3. New guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health is more restrictive than the previous order. Updates can be found online.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least May 1.
  • The spring term begins April 6.
  • The campus will be closed April 10 for spring holiday.
  • Due to unavailability of required personal protective equipment (PPE), the Palmer West clinic is closed. However, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.
  • Palmer West Homecoming scheduled for May 1-3 has been canceled.

Resources

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Update as of March 23, 2020

3:45 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities. We appreciate your understanding and support during this very fluid situation.

When a decision is made to resume in-person class instruction, we’ll make every effort to announce the start date at least five business days prior.   

Based on state and federal guidance, the following is a summary of where we are today on all three Palmer College campuses. 

Main Campus

  • Through at least April 13, 2020, Palmer College is limiting the number of people on campus to adhere to national and state social-distancing recommendations for the health and safety of our campus communities. The majority of employees are working remotely.
  • No group of more than 10 people should gather in a public space. Social distancing should be practiced.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least April 9. April 10 and 13 are campus holidays and the campus will be closed.
  • Palmer’s main clinic remains open for non-routine emergent care. Hours are posted online and at the clinic entrance. Appropriate screenings, personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety practices are in place. Student interns should not report for assigned shifts. All routine clinic appointments are being rescheduled. In addition, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.
  • All food service is suspended.
  • The Palmer Bookstore is open 8-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Library hours are reduced. Hours are posted online and at the library entrance.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.
  • Palmer Family Residence tours are canceled.
  • The Bittner Center is closed.

Palmer Florida

  • Through at least April 13, 2020, Palmer College is limiting the number of people on campus to adhere to national and state social-distancing recommendations for the health and safety of our campus communities. The majority of Palmer employees are working remotely.
  • No group of more than 10 people should gather in a public space. Social distancing should be practiced.
  • The Florida campus will be closed to students during break, March 30-April 3.
  • The new term is scheduled to begin April 7 and will continue via online instruction through at least April 9. April 10 and 13 are campus holidays and the campus will be closed.
  • The Palmer Bookstore is open 8-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Due to unavailability of required personal protective equipment (PPE), the Palmer Florida clinic is closed. However, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.
  • All food service is suspended.
  • Library hours have been reduced. Hours are posted online and at the library entrance.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.

Palmer West

  • California is on an indefinite “stay-at-home” order.
  • Palmer West is open only for purposes of facilitating distance learning and other essential functions.
  • Rules for social distancing are being maintained.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least April 9. The campus is closed April 10 for spring holiday.
  • The Palmer Bookstore is closed. Plans are being developed to provide supplies to current students when they return from break.
  • Due to unavailability of required personal protective equipment (PPE), the Palmer West clinic is closed. However, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.
  • Palmer West Homecoming scheduled for May 1-3 has been canceled.

Resources


 

12:11 p.m.

Palmer West

Palmer West Homecoming, scheduled for May 1-3, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with California Department of Public Health guidelines.

Palmer College of Chiropractic offers additional ways for you to earn continuing-education credits. Visit https://palmercc.brightspace.com/ to view all online offerings.
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Update as of March 22, 2020

2:40 p.m.

Click on the link below for a special message from Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer College of Chiropractic Chancellor and CEO.

https://vimeo.com/399487027/84a435372d

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Update as of March 19, 2020

5 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

Based on recent state and federal guidance, the following is a summary of key changes as of today regarding the Palmer Clinics.

Palmer West

  • Due to unavailability of required protective equipment, the Palmer West clinic is suspending operations as of 2 p.m. today. The personal protective equipment is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. Student interns should not report for assigned shifts. All Palmer Clinic appointments are being rescheduled. Faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Palmer Florida

  • Due to unavailability of required protective equipment, the Palmer Florida clinic is suspending operations as of 2 p.m. today. The personal protective equipment is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff.  Student interns should not report for assigned shifts. All Palmer Clinic appointments are being rescheduled. Faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Main Campus

  • Palmer’s main clinic remains open for non-routine emergent care. Hours are posted online and at the clinic entrance. Appropriate screenings, personal protective equipment and safety practices are in place. Student interns should not report for assigned shifts. All routine clinic appointments are being rescheduled. In addition, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Resources


 

2:45 p.m.

Main Campus

In light of the current situation, Palmer College is offering free van transportation to local grocery stores to pick up essentials for those students who don’t have transportation. Based on interest, vans will leave campus every Tuesday and Friday at 11 a.m. from the Palmer Visitor Lot. Please RSVP by 9 a.m. each Tuesday or Friday by emailing lora.schroeder@palmer.edu or heather.wright@palmer.edu. This service will begin on Friday, March 20. If you have questions, call Student Services at 563-884-5838, or 563-884-5857.

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Update as of March 17, 2020

4:30 p.m.

Based on recent state and federal guidance, the following is a summary of key changes as of today on the Palmer campuses.

Palmer West

  • Palmer West is closed due the Santa Clara County shelter-in-place order issued on March 16. This order is in place until at least April 7.
  • Students should not report for Clinic shifts. All routine Palmer Clinic appointments will be rescheduled.
  • National board (NBCE) examinations have been rescheduled for May 2 and 3. Any student signed up for boards should have received notification from NBCE.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least Thursday, March 26.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.

Palmer Florida

  • All food service is suspended.
  • Clinic hours will be reduced. Hours will be posted online and at the clinic entrance. Student interns are not required to report for assigned shifts. All routine Palmer Clinic appointments will be rescheduled.
  • Library hours will be reduced. Hours will be posted online and at the library entrance.
  • National board (NBCE) examinations have been rescheduled for May 2 and 3. Any student signed up for boards should have received notification from NBCE.
  • No group of more than 10 people should gather in a public space.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least Friday, April 3.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.
  • All unused facilities on campus will be sanitized and sealed, allowing custodial to increase sanitation on open campus spaces.

Main Campus

  • All food service is suspended.
  • Clinic hours will be reduced. Hours will be posted online and at the clinic entrance. Student interns are not required to report for assigned shifts. All routine Palmer Clinic appointments will be rescheduled.
  • Library hours will be reduced. Hours will be posted online and at the library entrance.
  • National board (NBCE) examinations have been rescheduled for May 2 and 3. Any student signed up for boards should have received notification from NBCE.
  • No group of more than 10 people should gather in a public space.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least Friday, April 3.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.
  • All unused facilities on campus will be sanitized and sealed, allowing custodial to increase sanitation on open campus spaces.
  • Palmer Family Residence tours are canceled.
  • The Bittner Center is closed.

 

12:05 p.m.

Upcoming in-person CE events canceled

Palmer cares about your health and about your continuing education needs. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, and to abide by federal guidelines and state restrictions, we’re canceling the live seminar scheduled for March 28, 2020: Clinical Care of the Chiropractic Patient, Part II and the live seminar scheduled for April 25, 2020: Sports and Chiropractic Symposium.

If you need continuing education hours to meet license renewal requirements and your state accepts online or distance credits, Palmer College does offer online continuing education courses. Current course offerings can be found here: https://palmercc.brightspace.com/search#palmer-online-calendar

If you have questions regarding continuing education, please email us at palmerce@palmer.edu.


 

11:45 a.m.

The following information pertains to Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus only.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced the following this morning.

The following restrictions will go into effect in the State of Iowa effective at noon today, March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2020:

  • Restaurants and bars will be closed to the public. Carry-out and drive through services will be allowed.
  • Fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms and aquatic centers are to be closed.
  • Casinos and gaming facilities are closed.
  • Any gatherings of greater than 10 people are prohibited in public spaces.
  • Senior citizen and adult daycare facilities closed.

As a result:

  • Palmer College’s R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center will close at noon today.
  • All food service close as of 12:30 (CDT) today. (This also applies to Palmer Florida and Palmer West).
  • Library services remain open, but will be limited to no more than 10 people at time.
  • NBCE Exams scheduled for this weekend are canceled. NBCE will communicate with students registered for the exam. (This applies to all three Palmer campuses).

 

11:15 a.m.

A message from Dr. Marchiori

Dear Members of the Palmer Community,

I want to thank you for your extraordinary flexibility, understanding, patience and cooperation as we respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Each member of our Palmer community is being called upon during these difficult and rapidly changing circumstances to make individual sacrifices for the benefit of others. I’m especially grateful to the many employees who are working tirelessly to continue essential college operations and safeguard our community and mission.

Our community strength is more palpable than the anxieties that threaten us. There is, of course, more uncertainty on the horizon as current circumstances challenge us professionally and personally, but please remain confident that we will get through this together. Challenging times, like those faced by previous generations of Palmer communities, will ultimately strengthen us.

Please continue to monitor college alerts, emails, and web posts for updates. The College’s leadership team, under the direction of our Board of Trustees, has established guiding principles to navigate the challenges of this worldwide crisis.

Our decisions are guided by the advice of national, state and local authorities with the following outcomes in mind:

  • Safeguarding the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and patients
  • Ensuring continuity of our educational programs
  • Maintaining the college’s research program and other operations
  • Joining the collaborative efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19

Operationally, much has changed over the last week. We’ve modified our course instruction and patient care, limited campus gatherings, and restricted travel.  Additional measures will be taken as needed and we will learn as we go.

We are working with state and national accreditors to help ensure continuity of our educational programs. Our Human Resources department is developing short-term plans to help managers and employees navigate staffing issues.

Through these changes, we remain committed to the highest standard of excellence that has always distinguished Palmer College.

We encourage all members of the college community to self-monitor for symptoms and adopt best practices to maintain your health and vitality.

Please be safe!

 

Regards,

 

Dennis Marchiori

Chancellor and CEO

Palmer College of Chiropractic

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Update as of March 16, 2020

4:20 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

The following information is specific to Palmer West.

California public health officials today announced “shelter in place” status for six California counties including Santa Clara County. We recommend that all members of the Palmer West community follow the shelter in place guidelines announced today. Counties included: San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Key points:

  • The shelter-in-place order becomes effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 17 and will remain in place until at least April 7.
  • People, particularly vulnerable populations, are advised to leave their homes only to take care of essential errands.
  • Counties are shutting down all but the most critical operations.
  • Hospitals, grocery stores, banks and pharmacies will remain open.
  • All “routine medical appointments” and elective procedures are to be canceled or rescheduled.
  • All non-essential gatherings of any size are now banned.

In light of ongoing developments regarding the COVID-19 virus, Palmer West is taking the following measures:

  • All in-person lab finals are cancelled, effective immediately.
  • Lab testing will be done online.
  • More details will be forthcoming.
  • Students should not report for Clinic shifts. All routine Palmer Clinic appointments will be rescheduled.

Continue to take necessary precautions

The CDC continues to encourage everyday precautions including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 ft.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol content.

If you experience the symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your health provider.

Resources


 

10 a.m.

MAIN CAMPUS Update

The following update is specific to Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus.  

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

Given recent developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus classes and labs are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, 2020.

Classes and labs will resume online through Brightspace beginning Wednesday, March 18. We expect all instruction to remain online through at least April 3, 2020.

Classes will be delivered online in real time (synchronous) and/or recorded (asynchronous).

During this time, your instructors will use Brightspace for course communications. They will continue to post course materials like important emails, assignments, lecture notes, readings, discussions and possibly referrals to outside materials within Brightspace. It is imperative for students to monitor Brightspace for important communications.

Although classrooms and labs will be closed, the campus remains open. In accordance with CDC recommendations, crowd and activity restrictions are in place in the Bittner Center, library and other campus spaces.

Palmer Quad Cities Clinics remain open. To comply with social-distancing and reduce facility crowding, student intern attendance is voluntary.

Key points:

  • All in-person classroom and lab instruction are suspended until at least April 3, 2020.
  • Courses will be delivered online beginning March 18, 2020.
  • All classroom and lab spaces are closed; however, the campus remains open.
  • Students with disabilities and accommodations who may need additional support should reach out to the Coordinator of Disability Services for assistance.
  • Students without home access to the Internet can use the wi-fi on campus.
  • Students should monitor email and Brightspace for course information and updates.
  • Students may access IT assistance by submitting a help-desk ticket, emailing support@palmer.edu or calling the IT Help Desk at (563) 884-5300.
  • The Main campus will remain open for National Board testing. A notification will be sent to scheduled examinees by the National Board should there be changes to the scheduled exams.

The College administration will continue to monitor the situation. Further announcements will be posted to the college website and sent via e-mail.
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Update as of March 15, 2020

9:45 p.m.

MAIN CAMPUS Update

Given Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ announcement tonight and escalating concerns about COVID-19 in the state of Iowa, Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus classes and labs are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, 2020.

An announcement will be made tomorrow to provide further information about the length of closure and alternative methods of instruction.

Although classrooms and labs will be closed, the campus remains open. In accordance with CDC recommendations, crowd restrictions will be in place in the Bittner Center, library and other campus spaces.

The Quad Cities Clinics will be open, but student interns are not required to report for assigned shifts.

All employees are required to report to work as usual.


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2:40 p.m.

PALMER FLORIDA Update

The following update is specific to Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus. Stay tuned for further updates from the Main and West campuses.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

Given recent developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 in the Palmer Florida community, the Florida campus will be immediately suspending all in-person classroom instruction through April 3.

Key points:

  • All in-person classroom and lab instruction is suspended immediately.
  • All classroom and lab spaces will be closed; however, the campus will remain open.
  • Final exams will be delivered online at the times published in the final exam schedule on the Palmer Portal.
  • Students with disabilities and accommodations who may need additional support should reach out to the Coordinator of Disability Services for assistance.
  • Students without home access to the Internet can use the wi-fi on campus.
  • Students should monitor email and BrightSpace for course information and updates.
  • Students may access IT assistance by submitting a help-desk ticket, emailing support@palmer.edu or calling the IT Help Desk at (563) 884-5300.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to work on campus as usual to ensure continuity of services.
  • Palmer Florida Clinics remain open. To comply with social-distancing and reduce facility crowding, student intern attendance is voluntary.
  • Palmer Florida’s Commencement scheduled for March 27 is cancelled to comply with recommended crowd restrictions.
  • The Florida campus will remain open to National Board testing. A notification will be sent to scheduled examinees by the National Board should there be changes to the scheduled exams.

The College administration will continue to monitor the situation and will develop a plan for resuming instruction with the start of the spring term. As the plan is developed, further announcements will be posted to the college website and sent via e-mail.
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Update as of March 13, 2020

7 p.m.

PALMER FLORIDA and PALMER WEST Update

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local public health officials concur that the next month will be critical to containing the spread of the virus, which the World Health Organization has declared a worldwide pandemic.

Our primary focus is student and employee health and safety. Given the current conditions in northern California and central Florida, the College will transition all classroom teaching to on-line instruction at the West and Florida campuses. This change will extend from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, 2020 for Palmer West and end of day Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 3, 2020 for Palmer Florida. All instruction will continue as usual at the main campus. The conditions in Iowa and advice from the Iowa Department of Public Health and local officials will guide any similar administrative actions at the main campus should they be necessary. Further announcements will be posted to the college website and sent via e-mail.

Florida and West Campuses

Summary Information

  • All classroom instruction will be delivered on-line through Brightspace.
  • All classroom spaces will be closed.
  • All campuses will remain open and all services available.
  • Palmer Chiropractic Clinics will remain open and interns are expected to attend their scheduled shifts.
  • Faculty and staff will report as usual, adopting best hygiene and social distancing practices.
  • Students may access their professors through phone, email, chat and virtual office hours through Virtual Classroom.
  • Students may access IT assistance by submitting a help-desk ticket, emailing support@palmer.edu or calling the IT help desk at (563) 884-5300.
  • Any academic questions should be directed to the course faculty or campus academic administration.
  • The campuses will remain open to National Board testing. A notification will be sent to scheduled examinees by the National Board should there be changes to the scheduled exams.
  • All in-person laboratory exams scheduled for the week of March 16, 2020 will proceed as scheduled at Palmer West, unless otherwise communicated.
  • All Palmer Florida students and faculty should closely monitor email for any changes to course or testing schedules.
  • We are considering online administration of final examinations during the scheduled dates and times. Additional communication will be shared soon.

Campus Hours and Services Available During Remote Delivery

Our campus’ facilities will remain open as usual to support employees and serve students, including libraries, computer labs, financial aid, disability services and advising offices. Faculty will maintain office hours. Classrooms will be closed to conform to public health guidelines of limiting groups of people to fewer than 50. Other restrictions may become necessary to support this goal.

Access to Technology and Support for Online Delivery

Students without home access to the internet are welcome to use campus computer labs and wi-fi. Students with disabilities and accommodations may need additional support, and we encourage you to reach out to the coordinator of disability services at your campus for assistance.

We know some students have concerns about online delivery. We understand those concerns and want you to know that faculty and staff are committed to your success and are available to help you during this transition. We encourage you to take advantage of the people and online resources available to you during this time. We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we work to provide a safe environment to continue providing high-quality education focused on your success.

Continue to take necessary precautions

The CDC continues to encourage everyday precautions including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol content.

If you experience the symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your health provider.

Resources

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Update as of March 12, 2020

4:30 p.m.

The following message was sent to all Palmer alumni

Palmer College of Chiropractic is postponing all alumni in-person events, on and off all three of our campuses, through April 6, 2020. If you registered for an upcoming event, you’ll be contacted directly with more information. For updates, please visit our website and Alumni Social Events Calendar.

We deeply appreciate the ongoing interest of our alumni to stay connected to Palmer and to support the College. Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation.
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Update as of March 11, 2020

1:45 p.m.

Palmer College’s Emergency Management Team is actively monitoring the progression of COVID-19.

Update:

  • Effective immediately, all non-essential Palmer-sponsored travel by faculty and staff is suspended. Vice chancellors and department heads will evaluate travel needs on a case-by-case basis.
  • All scheduled College activities/events will proceed as planned at this time.
  • We’re aware that a number of colleges and universities have moved to online learning during this time. As this situation continues to evolve, the College is making preparations in the event we need to shift to online learning for those classes that can be delivered online.
  • We’re working closely with custodial services to increase sanitation protocol.

We’ll continue to provide updates to the Palmer campus community as this situation continues to evolve. The safety of our students, faculty, staff and patients is our top priority.
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Update as of March 10, 2020

8:15 a.m.

PALMER WEST Update

Palmer West’s winter 2020 graduation will take place Thursday, March 12 at 4 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center. If you have friends and family who won’t be able to attend, let them know that the graduation will be recorded and posted to Palmer West’s Facebook page and Palmer’s YouTube channel by the end of the day on Friday, March 13.


4:10 p.m.

Recommendations for Managing Distress Related to the Novel Coronavirus

Self-quarantine and travel restrictions, news reports, and concerns for our own and loved ones’ health may contribute to increased mental and emotional health distress. Please reach out to our office or your clinician if you are experiencing any
of the following listed below:

  • Excessive worry, fear, and/or feelings of being “stressed out” or overwhelmed.
  • Persistent sadness, tearfulness, and/or loss of interest in hobbies and pleasurable activities.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or dread about the future.
  • Unexplained physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach, increased heart rate, nausea, fatigue, etc.
  • An increase in the frequency or severity of the symptoms of your diagnosed physical or mental health condition(s).
  • Increased anger, irritability, agitation, and/or disruptive behaviors.
  • Significant changes in your daily habits (sleep, hygiene, meals, etc.) and self-care.
  • Social isolation or withdrawal.
  • Fear or avoidance of classrooms, clinic, campus, and public spaces.
  • Thoughts about death, dying, and/or suicide.
  • Impulsive, reckless, or risky behaviors including, but not limited to, substance
    abuse and self-harm.

Read More: Recommendations for Managing Distress Related to the Novel Coronavirus
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Update as of March 9, 2020

Steps for washing your hands during flu season.
(Courtesy of the Iowa Department of Public Health.)

4:30 p.m.

As of March 9, there are no confirmed cases of this virus at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

We have a staff member who was traveling via ocean cruise and another who was traveling in Italy. Both are under quarantine out of state. We also have a student returning from travel in the Middle East and another student arriving from South Korea. Both students are under self-isolation for 14 days.

On March 8, the U.S. Department of State issued a statement advising U.S. citizens against traveling by cruise ship as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread. As a result, Palmer is canceling its 2020 Annual Alumni Travel Event (cruise), scheduled for later this month.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. We’re preparing for the possibility that the coronavirus will cause a public health threat to the Palmer College community. Palmer’s Emergency Management Team is closely following communication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the California Department of Health, the Florida Department of Health, and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Per the CDC and state department of health guidelines, the College is requiring students, faculty, and staff returning to campus from highly impacted regions (China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea) to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

To mitigate the risk of increased personal and communal viral exposure to COVID-19, the college has suspended all college-sponsored international travel involving students, faculty and staff.

The Office of the Provost, Academic Affairs and faculty are preparing to deliver classes online, if the need should arise.

Custodial personnel continues to deep clean common areas and restrooms on an accelerated schedule.

While no scheduled large-scale campus events have been canceled or postponed, the College is monitoring developments and will make modifications accordingly as required by the appropriate state department(s) of health.

Hosting an Event? The College requests that you post signage that asks your guests to avoid physical contact. These signs are available in the Print Shops on all three campuses.

Human Resources emailed all supervisors a set of protocols regarding employment issues, such as self-quarantine and developing readiness for business continuity should the campus need to close for an indefinite period.

Student Services has gathered recommendations for managing distress related to coronavirus. An announcement will be posted on the Brightspace homepage.

The Office of Admissions is communicating with students and families planning to visit Palmer.

Students who self-isolate are asked to contact the Registrar’s Office to report your status and receive further instructions.

Main campus
563-884-5654
registrar.ia@palmer.edu

Palmer Florida
386-763-2785
registrar.fl@palmer.edu

Palmer West
408-944-6065
registrar.ca@palmer.edu

Palmer employees who self-isolate are asked to contact Human Resources to report your status and receive information about attendance policies, etc. Please also contact your supervisor.

Main campus
(563) 884-5258
hr.dept@palmer.edu

Palmer Florida
(386) 763-2665
hr.dept@palmer.edu

Palmer West
(563) 884-5258
hr.dept@palmer.edu

Find up-to-date information on COVID-19:

Centers for Disease Control

To view the latest updates from the Center for Disease Control, click here and follow them on Facebook.

California Department of Public Health

To view the latest updates from the California Department of Public Health, click here and follow them on Facebook.

Florida Department of Health

To view the latest updates about COVID-19 from the Florida Health Department, click here and follow them on Facebook.

Iowa Department of Public Health

To view the latest updates about COVID-19 from the Iowa Department of Public Health, click here and follow IDPH on Facebook.

Palmer College is working with the state and local public health departments to monitor COVID-19. Please remember that this is the cold and flu season. The prevention measures for influenza and COVID-19 are the same.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Stay home if you’re ill

The following message was sent to Palmer alumni and guests who were booked to take part in Palmer College’s Annual Alumni Travel Event.

Dear Alumni and Guests,

Palmer College of Chiropractic is monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation closely. On March 8, the U.S. Department of State issued a statement advising U.S. citizens against traveling by cruise ship as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread.

With this in mind, we feel the best course of action for everyone’s health and safety is to cancel our 2020 Annual Alumni Travel Event. This includes Continuing Education (“CE”) courses as well as planned social events that were to take place on the cruise. Norwegian Cruise Line is not canceling the cruise at this time.

We understand this is an inconvenience and know many of you were planning to take part in our Continuing Education programming while on board. If you registered for the CE course on the cruise, you have already received a complete refund for any CE fees paid. If you still need CE credits and your state offers distance credits, you might want to take one of Palmer’s Online CE classes.

Travel during this time of relative global certainty about this particular health situation is a personal decision. You may choose to participate in this cruise regardless of this cancellation. Please be aware that no Palmer staff will be on the cruise. Should you choose to make changes to your travel plans, please contact Susan Glover at Favorite Place Travel to discuss cruise refund options that may be available. Her phone number is 708-966-2344. If you booked your travel through another agency you’ll need to contact them directly. You also can contact Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. And we appreciate your understanding. We look forward to seeing you on future Palmer Alumni Travel Events.
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Update as of March 5, 2020

11:30 a.m.

Coronavirus Update: Self-Isolation Recommendation

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the situation closely. Palmer College will provide updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state departments of public health, as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) information comes available.

In line with the CDC, California, Florida and Iowa Departments of Public Health recommendations, Palmer College is asking its students, faculty and staff to self-isolate for 14 days if they are returning from the following areas:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Students who self-isolate are asked to contact the Registrar’s Office to report your status and receive further instructions.

Main campus
563-884-5654
registrar.ia@palmer.edu

Palmer Florida
386-763-2785
registrar.fl@palmer.edu

Palmer West
408-944-6065
registrar.ca@palmer.edu

Palmer employees who self-isolate are asked to contact Human Resources to report your status and receive information about attendance policies, etc. Please also contact your supervisor.

Main campus
(563) 884-5258
hr.dept.ia@palmer.edu

Palmer Florida
(386) 763-2665
hr.dept.fl@palmer.edu

Palmer West
(563) 884-5258
hr.dept.ia@palmer.edu

Find up-to-date information on COVID-19:

Centers for Disease Control

To view the latest updates from the Center for Disease Control, click here and follow them on Facebook.

California Department of Public Health

To view the latest updates from the California Department of Public Health, click here and follow them on Facebook.

Florida Department of Health

To view the latest updates about COVID-19 from the Florida Health Department, click here and follow them on Facebook.

Iowa Department of Public Health

To view the latest updates about COVID-19 from the Iowa Department of Public Health, click here and follow IDPH on Facebook.

Palmer College is working with the state and local public health departments to monitor COVID-19. Please remember that this is the cold and flu season. The prevention measures for influenza and COVID-19 are the same.

          • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
          • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
          • Stay home if you’re ill