Being a student at a chiropractic college can seem like a juggling act on its own. When you mix in family, work, social activities, eating, sleeping and other commitments, completing years of postgraduate education might look like a feat for an organizational guru. The truth is that it’s possible to receive an education and have a life. When you understand the time commitment required of you at chiropractic school, you’ll be better prepared to make the necessary adjustments to your routine.
Sample Chiropractic College Schedule
To earn a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree, you’ll complete about eight months of classroom work per year for almost three and a half years as a full-time student. Examples of classes that you’ll complete cover topics such as:
- Assessment and diagnosis
- Disease prevention
- Ethics and philosophy
- Emergency care
- Adjusting techniques
- Patient education
- Case management
- Business and practice management
During chiropractic school, you can expect your day to begin as early as 7:30 a.m. and end as late as 5:30 p.m. or later if you take an evening course. Keep in mind that schedules differ depending on the campus and term.
During your first quarter or trimester, your mornings could be filled with embryology, spinal anatomy and physiology lab courses, followed by labs and anatomy and philosophy classes. In general, students complete between two and four classes before lunch.
After lunch, you may continue the anatomy lecture, as well as attend neurophysiology classes, histology and cellular physiology classes, and labs. As you advance in your studies, you will also work in a clinical setting to gain hands-on experience.
When you create your schedule, you might find yourself with blocks of free time in the middle of the morning or afternoon, as well as school days that begin and end earlier than others do. Take advantage of these breaks to study, meet with friends, spend time with your family, workout and take care of errands.
You can find examples of student schedules for each Palmer campus here.
Juggling Chiropractic School and Life
It’s simple to dive in headfirst and fill your schedule with as many courses as possible. This is a recipe for burnout. In addition to your core courses, it may be a good idea to add electives that you enjoy. Also, participate in one or two extra-curricular activities of interest. While Palmer has a variety of great clubs and activities, they should complement your schedule, not take away from your studies.
It’s also wise to develop a routine. A student, for example, might take part of the weekend to complete several of the smaller assignments due during the upcoming week, allowing him/her to focus more on studying a bit each day, completing larger projects and maintaining a healthy sleep routine during the school week. A routine should also have downtime that doesn’t include school-related matters, such as evening walks with the dog, family dinner on Sundays, movie night on Fridays or coffee with friends on Tuesdays.
Resources at Palmer
You can access several resources available to students at Palmer. One of the best resources available for creating a course schedule that works with your life is your academic advisor. Advisors know what classes you need to take to stay on course and can help you come up with creative solutions that allow you to tend to your various responsibilities.
You can also take advantage of Palmer’s Academic Success and Wellness services, which provide advising and tutoring, classes to improve study skills, and also wellness services to help you manage the stresses of life in a healthy way.
Housing and Family Life
Postgraduate students at Palmer live off-campus. To make your commute to school simpler, we’ve compiled a list of housing options near each campus, as well information regarding the surrounding school districts.
While Palmer does not have childcare facilities on campus, there are a variety of near-by childcare options, such as the ones listed here. Your fellow peers are great referral sources, too.
To help you pay for your living expenses, Palmer’s Student Employment Program matches you with flexible job opportunities on and off campus that work around your schedule. Several employment services are also available to those who may not qualify for the work-study program. Contact the Student Services department to learn more about these and other resources available to Palmer students.
Attending chiropractic college is a big step in your life. The daily commitments will soon lead to a fulfilling career that will reward you and the patients you heal.