Yes, absolutely, your background in physical therapy will help you in your journey toward becoming a chiropractor. Whether you’re a licensed physical therapist or a PT student, the knowledge that you already have will complement the new information you’ll learn. Plus, the courses that you already completed may meet chiropractic school prerequisites. The fact that you want to advance your education to help others improve their health makes you a great candidate for chiropractic school. By knowing the similarities and differences between the two professions, you can make an educated decision regarding the profession that’s best for you.
Money should never be a barrier to obtaining higher education. At Palmer College, we’re committed to your success and strive to make the financial aid process simple to understand. By knowing what college financial aid options are available, you will take strides in minimizing your debt, creating a realistic budget and having a firm financial plan upon graduation.
Financial FIT Program
At Palmer, we believe that financial wellness is about more than navigating student loans and scholarships. It’s about knowing how to manage your finances now and in the future. For this reason, we encourage all our students to participate in the FinFIT program. This program works closely with the financial aid department and the Palmer Center for Business Development to help you effectively manage your resources from the moment you step foot in a classroom.
It’s an exciting time to be a chiropractor. Growing demand for natural medicine has led major health plans to cover chiropractic care for more patients. Cutting-edge research is nudging the profession forward a little more each day.
For those who’ve studied chiropractic history, chiropractors have come a long way from their early struggles to gain acceptance within the medical community. “Chiropractic did not spring into existence fully grown, but has been evolving and unfolding for more than a century,” wrote chiropractic historian Joseph C. Keating, Jr.
As the world’s first chiropractic school, Palmer College of Chiropractic has played an instrumental role in shaping that existence. Known as “The Fountainhead,” our inception is so deeply entwined with the founding of the chiropractic profession that it’s hard to talk about one without talking about the other.
I’m Dr. John Artis, I’m a chiropractor. I turn the power on for my patients by adjusting the spine, by inspiring them to lead healthier lives. I change lives, what do you do?
I was in the pharmaceutical industry and I saw what it was doing to the body. A friend of mine referred me to a chiropractor and hence the journey began. I went to a chiropractor and I saw my body change literally in front of my eyes and when it did I decided to go visit chiropractics and see what chiropractic school was all about and then I ended up at Palmer.
So my experience at Palmer was amazing because it was to the point where I learned so much about the body, I had some of the best professors and it was amazing to see the books that they’d written and actually sit in their classes. Just what I learned and just how the body heals, it just put a spark in me to want to go out and spark the world. What motivates me the most and keeps me going, really gets me inspired is seeing people blossom, like lights turn on. When they actually understand how their body is designed to heal and they don’t need drugs to do it and all they need is a simple adjustment that actually turns the power on in the body and when that turns the power on in the body healing takes place. Doctor, to be me is teacher, if I could teach them how their body is supposed to heal and actually assist them in the process with adjustments that motivates me to get out of bed every day.
Palmer Chiropractic College offers you the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career in the chiropractic field. To get the most out of your time at Palmer, we recommend that each of our students takes full advantage of the academic support services that are available to them. Students will find a wide range of support resources outside of the classroom, from tutoring to study skill development tools. Here are the essential academic support areas that students may want to keep in mind:
Hi, my name is Kacy Winans, and I’m from Scottsdale, Arizona, and this is my chiropractic story. At a very young age I was diagnosed with asthma and I was on Albuterol for many years but it was after my first adjustment by Dr. Joshua Axe that I was relieved from Albuterol and all medication and it made me interested in chiropractic. After my first adjustment I was able to run again without wheezing, without any asthma attacks and that meant a lot to me. So outside of chiropractic being a holistic approach I believe it’s my way of giving back to the world. It’s a way of giving back brain to body connection, full function of brain and cellular activities so that really means a lot to me and I believe that is the key to life.
For business professional Taylor Rabbetz, walking away from a successful career in business to become a chiropractor wasn’t easy. But he couldn’t ignore his growing passion for helping patients.
“I love what I do: being a chiropractor and helping patients achieve optimal health,” he said.
He’s not the first chiropractor who came to the profession later in life, with no previous health-care experience. In fact, mid-life career changes are becoming increasingly common, and many of today’s chiropractic graduates come from diverse career backgrounds.
Now that the official Social Security retirement age has climbed to 67, some of us can expect to spend 40 years or more in the workforce. That’s a long time to follow just one career path—so many people are choosing not to.
The average Baby Boomer has held 11 different jobs by age 46. Individuals in Gen X envision changing jobs even more than their parents, with three out of four anticipating a return to school during their working years. And 91% of Millennials expect to switch jobs every three years.
Caring for patients is just one of the ways chiropractors can make a difference in the world. While most students use their chiropractic training to launch a clinical practice, many others choose to advance the profession by pursuing a career in academia or research.
“The best part of my job is the interaction with students—learning from them, learning with them, in addition to being able to teach them a thing or two here or there,” said Michael J. Tunning, D.C., an associate dean of Clinical Sciences at Palmer College’s Davenport campus. . “Basically seeing how far advanced our students are is really the reason that I come here every day.”
Palmer students in their senior year of chiropractic training who are considering a focus on academia or research can lay the groundwork for success by participating in our Clinical Teaching Assistant (CTA) Program. By assisting faculty clinicians, clinic administrators or other interns within a patient care setting, clinical teaching assistants receive on-the-job training for a career as a professor or chiropractic researcher.
Chiropractors rarely limit themselves to chiropractic techniques alone. In fact, many choose to broaden their practice by incorporating other holistic healing methods and alternative forms of therapy.
It makes sense. Chiropractic treatment rests upon the understanding that the spine’s ability to function impacts all of the body’s systems—which in turn influence the spine’s health. In addition to studying chiropractic treatments, many students pursuing a doctorate in chiropractic also express an interest in using nutrition, exercise and lifestyle modification to improve overall patient health.
Which therapies are appropriate to incorporate into a chiropractic practice, and which aren’t? While the answers will depend on each practitioner’s personal interests and target patient base, most chiropractors agree that exercise and nutrition play a critical role in chiropractic care across the board.
Pursuing a career in chiropractic can open up a new world of opportunities, but before you begin earning your degree you must ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements. We know this process can be stressful and often overwhelming, due to the breadth of information that’s involved. That’s why we’ve created this admissions checklist that future Palmer students can use to help them through the enrollment process.
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VERIFY THAT YOU MEET THE PREREQUISITES.
To be accepted to the Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP) at Palmer College, students must meet specific academic
requirements, pending official transcript review. Here are the necessary prerequisites you must achieve in order to gain acceptance: