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Academic Support Services

About Academic Support Services

Academic Support Services assists you in understanding and adapting to the academic challenges of a chiropractic education. Our goal is to help you develop skills and strategies that contribute to a successful and satisfying educational experience, including:

  • criteria for satisfactory academic progress
  • minimum requirements for financial aid eligibility
  • schedule options that allow you to proceed through the curriculum at a more personalized pace
  • information about on-campus academic support services
  • assistance with general questions regarding the academic program and how to access other department's services
  • advice about preparation and planning for National Board Exams

Academic Support Services also works with you individually to help identify more efficient or effective study strategies. You are welcome to review our online academic support brochures available at the Self-Help Study Skills link.

Student Disability Services

Palmer College values the diverse talents and abilities students bring to chiropractic education. Student Disability Services promotes diversity by striving to provide equal access to qualified students with disabilities. Recognizing that the chiropractic profession will benefit from the skills and talents of persons with differing abilities, and in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Student Disability Services coordinates services for students with documented disabilities. Disabilities covered by 504 and ADA include:

  • learning disabilities
  • medical disabilities
  • psychiatric disabilities

If you have documented disabilities, questions or concerns about eligibility or services please contact the appropriate Disability Services Coordinator on your campus.

Handbook for Students and Applicants with Disabilities and Guidelines for Documentation of Disabilities provides information on college policies, practices and procedures in compliance with Section 504 and the ADA. All students requesting a temporary (injury, surgery, pregnancy, etc.) or permanent accommodation are asked to complete and submit an accommodation request form. Qualified examiners may submit documentation of a student's disability using the Disability Verification Form.

If you are experiencing academic difficulties, we encourage you to consult with the Disability Services Coordinator on your campus to discuss the possibility of a previously unidentified disability and referral options. Various approaches to academic success are also explored.

Reasonable academic adjustments and/or accommodations are designed to provide equal opportunity to students with disabilities.

Requesting Accommodations

Upon review of your documentation materials, your Disability Services Coordinator works with you to design a program of academic and/or testing accommodations. If your documentation is incomplete, the evaluating professional who provided your documentation materials may be consulted for further information with your written consent. The goal of services for students with disabilities is to provide you with an equal opportunity to participate in the educational experience and to demonstrate what you know. All documentation and information is confidential, except for college officials who have a compelling educational need to know. Student files in the Student Disability Services Center are not part of your academic files, and the information is securely kept in Student Disability Services Center. We strictly observe the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Accommodations that may be available to students with supporting documentation includes:

  • a quiet, minimum-distraction environment for exams
  • time and a half or double time on exams
  • a reader and scribe for exams
  • a private testing room
  • assistive listening devices
  • sign language interpreters
  • a text enlarger
  • large monitors (19" and 21") in classrooms and computer labs
  • modification of college policies, practices and procedures as needed under extenuating circumstances
Main campus

Questions or concerns about eligibility or services should be directed to Sonnet Busen, Student Disability Assistant, on the Main Campus at, or visit Student Academic Support Centers in West Hall Suite 128. Accommodation request forms and inquiries will be reviewed by Kevin Cunningham, D.C., Ph.D., interim Student Disability Coordinator.

West campus

Questions or concerns about eligibility or services should be directed to Michael Crump, in Student Services on the West Campus, at 408-944-6122. Accommodation request forms and inquiries should be sent to Michael Crump at or faxed to him at 408-944-6032.

Florida campus

Questions or concerns about eligibility or services should be directed to Victor Hidalgo, in Student Services on the Florida Campus, at 386-763-2780. Accommodation request forms and inquiries should be sent to Victor Hidalgo at or faxed to him at 386-763-2723.

Contact Us

Main campus
Student Academic Support
1000 Brady St.
Davenport, IA 52803-5214

West campus
Student Academic Support
90 East Tasman Dr.
San Jose, CA 95134-1617

Florida campus
Student Academic Support
4777 City Center Parkway
Port Orange, FL 32129-4153
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