As you work toward becoming a chiropractor, some peers may develop a particular focus or interest in a specialization, such as pediatric chiropractic. If you haven’t chosen a specialty or focus, don’t panic. You do not have to choose one to earn a doctor of chiropractic degree. After having a solid foundation in chiropractic care and holistic health, many students at Palmer College of Chiropractic pursue a postgraduate program in a field of interest. By knowing about the specializations available, you can determine if a post-graduate program meets your professional aspirations.
Why Choose a Specialization?
The best reason to pursue a focus or specialization after completing your graduate studies is that you have a passion for a particular area of chiropractic treatment. Continuing your formal education advances your knowledge, putting you at the forefront of your field.
Whether you become an associate in a clinic or open your own practice, you have to set yourself apart from the competition. Earning a certification or diplomate status does just that. If an individual seeks chiropractic care because of a sports-related injury, for example, this patient is more likely to seek the services of a certified chiropractic sports physician than a traditional chiropractor. This competitive edge gives you the opportunity to focus on what you love the most about providing chiropractic care.
Postgraduate Programs at Palmer
The post-graduate programs at Palmer vary by location, hours of study, and requirements. If you wish to pursue a specialty, talk to your academic advisor or the registrar’s office at Palmer about continuing education opportunities.
Specializations at Palmer include:
Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP)
CCEP seminars give you an in-depth look at the biomechanical functions of each joint to aid in diagnostics and treatment. You’ll learn how to troubleshoot and treat different types of pain, gait problems and other ailments to provide patients with improved healing modalities. The CCEP program requires around 100 hours of study.
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®)
A certified chiropractic sports physician is a chiropractor who is specifically qualified to work with performance-oriented athletes and handle sports injuries. In general, this specialization is typically a one-year program that requires over 100 hours of postgraduate education. During the seminars, you’ll learn about the causes of sports injuries, emergency procedures, non-invasive treatments and rehabilitation methods to optimize a patient’s nervous and musculoskeletal systems. You will also learn about working in a multi-disciplinary sports care environment with other medical professionals.
A CCSP certification through the American Chiropractic Board of Sort Physicians™ (ACBSP™) is a prerequisite to earning a Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physician certification.
Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®)
The DACBSP program through the ACBSP is an advanced sports chiropractic specialty certification that requires the completion of over 200 hours of postgraduate education. The program gives you hands-on, interactive experiences that teach advanced lessons about the biomechanics of the body’s extremities, soft tissue techniques, assessments, rehabilitation techniques and emergency procedures.
You may take the CCSP and DACBSP programs concurrently. The program also prepares you to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP)
Developed by Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics of the International Chiropractors Association, the DICCP program equips you to meet the unique needs of children and youth. The comprehensive three-year program provides over 300 hours of postgraduate education that includes academic knowledge, clinical applications, observation and training.
Electrodiagnostics Certificate Program
Palmer’s Electrodiagnostics Certification Program provides postgraduate students 150 hours of comprehensive knowledge and training in the respective field. The program covers topics such as neuropathy, radiculotherapy, evoked potentials, needle EMG and nerve conduction studies. You will also learn how to interpret elecrodiagnostic study results.
Neurology Diplomate Program
The Neurology Diplomate Program takes the Electrodiagnostics Certificate Program a step further, providing students with 300 hours of postgraduate education in chiropractic neurology. The innovative comprehensive program blends functional and classical neurology with rehabilitation protocols.
Leading chiropractic practitioners teach the postgraduate seminars and specialty programs at Palmer. You may take the courses upon earning a doctor of chiropractic degree or as a practitioner in good standing who wishes to advance his or her career. Get in touch with Palmer’s Continuing Education and Events department to learn more about the available postgraduate programs.