What Topics are Covered in the Palmer Curriculum?

Palmer College of Chiropractic offers a comprehensive education that covers a wide range of core skills, techniques and competencies that you’ll need throughout your chiropractic career. We give you the opportunity to not only receive the knowledge and skill-sets that’re necessary for professional success, but hands-on experience and support to enrich your educational experience. The checklist below provides a broad overview of the topics that’re covered by our highly-skilled team of accomplished instructors.


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These courses are the foundation of our chiropractic school curriculum, which explores the basic sciences, chiropractic techniques and philosophy, and business management. We strive to offer each of our students the tools and information they need to provide the best possible care to their patients, as well as manage a thriving chiropractic practice. The Doctor of Chiropractic program centers on 14 key areas of clinical core competencies, which are set forth by the Council of Chiropractic Education (CCE), in addition to 6 areas that we believe are vital for your professional training.

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Does Palmer Offer Job Placement Assistance?

Long before graduation, chiropractic students start tackling some big questions. Will you open your own practice, or seek a job? Would you prefer to practice solo or work in a group? What types of patients do you want to focus on?job placement

Transitioning from chiropractic training to practicing as a doctor can be daunting, but chiropractic students have plenty of options. The chiropractic field is growing faster than average for all occupations, with an expected 17 percent job growth between 2014 and 2024. And chiropractors enjoy more job security than any other profession, with just a .1 percent unemployment rate.

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How Can Research Advance a Career in Chiropractic?

Today’s chiropractors work within a health-care system that increasingly demands evidence-based medicine, or the use of the best available research evidence to guide patient care. Palmer_Research

With insurance companies controlling the purse strings and deciding what types of treatments will be covered (or not covered), it’s more important than ever for chiropractors to be able to draw upon a robust body of research that proves the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment. Insurance coverage for chiropractic services peaked in the mid-1980s, when insurance equality laws leveled the playing field between medicine and chiropractic. Although most major health insurance plans available today provide some chiropractic care, patients report paying progressively higher out-of pocket costs.

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Financial Aid Checklist for Future Palmer Students

Making certain that you have met the requirements for enrollment is essential, such as taking the right courses and submitting the necessary paperwork. Getting all of the financial aspects of your education in order is also a top priority, especially if you may need assistance with tuition costs and other college fees. Here is a detailed list of every step in the financial aid process that future Palmer students can use to stay organized and on-track. Palmer_financial_aid

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Make certain that you have an accurate account of the fees involved, such as the cost of tuition, books, supplies, transportation, and other living expenses. If you are obtaining a federal loan, you will also need to calculate the origination and/or interest fees into your expenses as well. Develop a personal budget that outlines all income and expenditures so that you can determine how much of your college tuition and fees still needs to be covered by financial aid.

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Does Palmer Provide Access to Professional Mentors?

Having a mentor plays a vital role in the success of any aspiring chiropractor. mentors

An experienced mentor can share wisdom, point out the pitfalls of setting up a practice and help students make career-advancing connections that can lead to pivotal opportunities.

At Palmer College, our interest in our students’ welfare doesn’t end once they walk across the stage at graduation. We’re committed to helping them establish vibrant careers and become valuable members of the chiropractic community. The chiropractic training we provide is renowned, but we don’t stop there; we also work hard to connect students with alumni mentors and career advisors who are invested in your success.

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Is it Possible to Work on an Undergrad Degree while Attending Palmer?

Earning a chiropractic degree takes a lot of work.

Most chiropractic schools require at least three years of undergraduate work, and an increasing number now require a bachelor’s degree for admission. Add to that another three to five years to obtain a doctor of chiropractic degree, and you’re looking at nearly a decade of study.

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It’s a long time to wait when you’re eager to go forth and heal.

For students who want to fast track their chiropractic education, Palmer offers several benefits. For starters, we operate on a year-round schedule, allowing students to become doctors of chiropractic in just three and one-third years. And while we recommend obtaining an undergraduate degree before entering our program, it’s not required.

Some state licensing boards do demand a bachelor’s degree before practicing chiropractic, however, and some students want the accomplishment regardless. Those who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree without spending an extra year in college can take advantage of our 3+1 program to finish their undergraduate work while also working toward a chiropractic degree.

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What is the Value of a Palmer Education?


For many patients it’s the single most influential factor in choosing a provider. One study found that patients exhibit a clear preference for chiropractors who are known for their technical skills—even over those with stellar bedside manner.

That’s why, when it comes time to choose a chiropractic college, prospective students need to ask two critical questions: will this school give me a solid technical foundation to build on? And will it enhance my reputation as a chiropractor?

Value of a Palmer Education

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Palmer College of Chiropractic offers both. With campuses in Iowa, California and Florida, it’s the largest accredited chiropractic school in the United States, responsible for educating more than 20 percent of the nation’s chiropractic students. Nearly a third of all practicing chiropractors are Palmer graduates.

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Preparing for your Chiropractic Degree: Recommended Courses for Future Palmer Students

Choosing the right college courses can pave the way to a successful and rewarding chiropractic career. Knowing which recommended coursesclasses can help you prepare as an undergraduate may be challenging, however, since most universities don’t offer a curriculum just for future chiropractors. This checklist features the top recommended classes that you should consider when enrolling in an undergraduate program.

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Palmerpalooza & Prospective Student Summer Events

Your chiropractic education will shape your healing career for decades to come, so make it a good one. Choosing the right chiropractic school requires you to ask some tough questions.

Will you have the opportuniImage-9477322-219450396-2-WebLarge_0_a9685d54a28b86c6787b54423efcf475_1ty to master a variety of chiropractic techniques, which will become the cornerstone of your profession? Will you learn the real-world business skills you need to open a successful practice? Does the school’s chiropractic philosophy resonate with your own? Will you walk away with hands-on clinical experience?

You won’t necessarily get easy answers from a college brochure or website. But there is one place you can: Palmerpalooza.

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Break time!

It’s summer break on all three of our campuses right now, but we’re still open for business! You can visit our campuses in Davenport, Iowa, Port Orange, Fla., and San Jose, Calif., just about any time (though we will be closed July 3 for Fourth of July weekend).

We also have big campus visit events coming up later this summer:

  • July 18: San Jose, Calif. – PalmerPalooza 2015 prospective-student event, San Jose campus. Open to all students considering a chiropractic career.
  • July 18: Port Orange, Fla. – Prospective Student Summer Event, Port Orange campus.
  • Aug. 14: Davenport, Iowa – Prospective Student Homecoming Event, Davenport campus.

You can register for one of this visits on our Campus Visit page or contact the Admissions Office for more information.

We hope to meet you soon!