Which Palmer Campus is Right for Me?

When you’re studying to become a chiropractor, the school you choose can make a big difference in how your career will ultimately unfold. Which campus is right for me?

There are plenty of chiropractic schools from which to choose. At Palmer alone, you’ll find three distinct campuses throughout the United States that cater to different interests, needs and learning styles.

When you’re researching chiropractic colleges, it helps to consider what you want to focus on in your career as a doctor of chiropractic. Schools often emphasize different areas of specialty. For example, is it your dream to help athletes improve their performance, or have you always wanted to work with kids? Are you interested in advancing the profession through research, or are you more drawn to the philosophy of chiropractic? All of these factors can affect which Palmer campus is the best choice for you.

All of Palmer’s campuses offer a top-notch chiropractic education with immediate hands-on activity built into the curriculum, from taking a patient’s history to practicing palpation techniques. Each campus structures its curriculum around three essential phases:

  • Basic sciences—anatomy, embryology, pathology, physiology, etc.
  • Clinical sciences—radiology, technique and diagnosis
  • Clinical practice—outpatient clinics, business management and professional development

From there, our campuses diverge into three distinct schools, each of which appeals to students for different reasons. Here’s a breakdown of what our different campuses have to offer:

Davenport, Iowa: The First College of Chiropractic

Of the world’s chiropractic colleges, our Davenport campus is the oldest—it’s the wellspring from which the chiropractic profession originated. With 14 buildings occupying seven city blocks, it’s our most expansive campus and home to the largest chiropractic research center in the world. It also houses the impressive David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. Davenport, Iowa

Despite the size, it’s a close-knit environment where students can connect to their chosen profession’s history and philosophy. The curriculum is delivered in lecture and lab-based courses, with sectioned labs for hands-on learning and close contact with the instructor.

The Davenport campus tends to attract students who:

  • Are drawn to chiropractic philosophy
  • Have a family
  • Want to pursue chiropractic research
  • Interest in sports chiropractic, pediatrics or geriatrics

 San Jose, Calif.: Sports Council

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, our San Jose campus gives students the opportunity to develop their chiropractic skills in state-of-the-art laboratories as well as an on-campus outpatient clinic. Like in Davenport, this campus delivers instruction using the lecture-and-lab model. The diverse location provides a great multicultural backdrop for learning. San Jose, California

Its crowning glory, however, is the Sports Council Program, a student organization that provides unparalleled opportunities to explore a career in sports chiropractic. With the experience and network gained from serving on the Sports Council, Palmer students have gone on to provide chiropractic care to Olympic athletes and professional sports teams. Learn more about pursuing a career in sports chiropractic by watching this video of Dr. Michael Miller, a Palmer graduate and team chiropractor for the New England Patriots.

The San Jose campus might be a great fit if you:

  • Plan to pursue sports chiropractic.
  • Prioritize diversity.
  • Are interested in chiropractic research.

Port Orange, Fla.: Integrated Learning

Specifically designed to provide chiropractic students with the latest technology, our three-building Port Orange campus remains one of the nation’s most technologically advanced chiropractic schools. Instead of the traditional lecture-and-lab instructional model, this campus takes a more integrated approach, with curriculum master courses arranged in tracks focusing on specific areas of instruction linked by common subject matter. Port Orange, FL

Consider our Port Orange campus if you:

  • Learn best in an integrated learning environment.
  • Want access to the most up-to-date technology available.
  • Are drawn to sports chiropractic, nutrition or pediatrics.

For students interested in a career as a doctor of chiropractic, schools with hands-on learning opportunities and up-to-date technology have the most to offer—but a good fit is also important. Determining your academic goals in advance will help you find the best chiropractic college for you.

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