Palmer College of Chiropractic 2016-2017 Annual Report.

Palmer College of Chiropractic 2015–16 Annual Report

To the Palmer Community,

As chancellor and CEO of the founding and largest chiropractic college in the world, it’s a distinct pleasure to share some of the many positive achievements of Palmer College of Chiropractic through our fiscal 2016-17 Annual Report.

As you read this "year in review" you’ll see why Palmer is The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®. You’ll read about significant milestones on all three of our campuses, and accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff.

One of our milestones was the release of the second Gallup-Palmer report on Americans’ perceptions of chiropractic. We’ve now finished our third study and previewed the results at Davenport Homecoming 2017. A preview of year-three findings was released to the public on Sept. 12 at Gallup headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the full report was released Oct. 3. I’m proud of our leadership in this important research, and pleased with the patient-education materials we’ve developed in response to the findings.

Palmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. The Annual Report also includes charts and graphs that help tell the Palmer story—such as Palmer’s market share; first-year employment rates for our graduates; student scholarships; number of patients seen in our campus clinics; National Board of Chiropractic Examiners pass rates and much more. It’s important to note that many of these data points are preliminary or projected, based on data collected through May 1, 2017. Once finalized, all data will be updated and reflected in next year’s annual report.

I hope you join me in recognizing everyone involved in the outstanding work represented in this report. It illustrates how we advance our role as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®—this year and every year.


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

Student Learning and Success

Leading the way

Our commitment to student success is demonstrated in a number of ways, including student-learning enhancements, scholarship awards, NBCE pass rates, first-year employment rates and student achievements.

Five adults standing behind four children with school supplies in hallway

Students at Madison Elementary School in Davenport were excited to get school supplies from a fundraiser coordinated by the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation and the Philanthropy Club/Operation Palmer Promotes Play. By the end of the drive in early September 2016, more than 2,300 supplies were collected and given to students at this elementary school near campus.

Two people standing in front of booth at career day Students on the Florida campus met with representatives from chiropractic practices and organizations recruiting future chiropractors during the Palmer Center for Business Development Career Day.

Student Scholarships: $3,116,620 for 2014-15; $4,124,628 for 2015-16; $4,491,898 for 2016-17. Download this chart

West campus 11th quarter student Sarah Houhoulis was one of four chiropractic students who received $2,500 scholarships from Standard Process at the DC2017 conference in March 2017. She also finished third in the national SACA’s Got Talent! competition during the conference.

Five people holding giant checks

Strengthening Chiropractic

Advancing Knowledge

Not only are we the world leader in chiropractic research, but Palmer also strengthens the profession through the leadership of our administrators, faculty and staff—including conducting the first nationally representative reports on public perceptions of chiropractic, now in its third year.

Gallup-Palmer year-three survey of Americans’ perceptions of chiropractic

Key findings from the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic year-three study of adult Americans’ perceptions of chiropractic:

  • A majority of Americans think chiropractic care can help with back, neck and joint pain as well as headaches; 81 percent think it can help with back and neck pain
  • A majority of U.S. adults have positive views of chiropractors; 63 percent agree most chiropractors have their patient’s best interest in mind
  • Many Americans don’t know enough about chiropractic care; half of U.S. adults who’ve never been to a chiropractor are uncertain whether chiropractors are trustworthy and whether chiropractic care is dangerous or expensive
  • Chiropractic patients and non-users favor collaboration on care; 68 percent said they would be more likely to go to a chiropractor if they knew their chiropractor would work closely with their other doctors to collaborate on care
  • Americans are slightly more likely to say chiropractic care is more effective than prescription pain medication; 27 percent say chiropractic is more effective than prescription pain medication for significant neck or back pain, compared to 22 percent who believe prescription pain medication is more effective

For links to the full report and other resources, plus patient-education materials, go to

Strengthening Chiropractic through Research

Furthering our Reach

Health care and service

Palmer students and employees engage our campus communities and profession through service as well as patient care in the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics.

Portrait of Dr. Christine Goertz Palmer’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., F.P.A.C., was one of four members recently reappointed to the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI is one of the health-care advisory committees of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). This second term is effective through September 2022. Learn more about the GAO’s Health Care Advisory Committees at

Three people standing at Palmer Chiropractic Clinics booth The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics on the Florida campus partnered with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to bring wellness events to the Port Orange community.

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus hosted a Community Town Hall event with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo on Oct. 17, 2016. The Town Hall program-series is coordinated by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), whose membership features more than 400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers, including Palmer’s West campus. West Campus President William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., Three men in front of Palmer College backdrop F.P.A.C., and Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO/ President Carl Guardino also participated.

Building for the Future

Resources and support

The future outlook for Palmer is bright, thanks to judicious use of human and financial resources in support of our mission, and the support of our alumni and friends.

Three students studying at table

New social seating and standing study stations have transformed the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library at the West campus. These improvements allow students to take breaks from standard tables and chairs while studying.

Palmer Graduates' First-year Employment in Chiropractic Rates for 2016: Average for all Palmer campuses - 78%; Davenport campus - 86%. Download this chart

New trees on Palmer’s Florida campus Damage from Hurricane Matthew led to the replacement of 37 trees on the Florida campus. Drake Elms and Sable Palms replaced Florida Elms and Washingtonian Palms.

In 2016, Palmer began an ambitious renewal of its historic Davenport campus, including: construction of the new R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center; renovation of the Clinic Gardens and West Hall Courtyard; and construction of a new entrance to the north end of campus. These renovations were completed in August 2017.

New north entrance to Palmer's Davenport campus