University description (as per official university website)
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession based on the principle that the body has an inherent striving to maintain and restore its own health. This fundamental approach to wellness mirrors a new and changing attitude toward health care. More people are seeking natural ways to cooperate with their bodiesí own abilities to cope, adapt, heal and thrive.
Becoming a doctor of chiropractic can give you the lifestyle of your dreams, and the profession is growing. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2006-2007 Edition from the U.S. Department of Laborís Bureau of Labor Statistics, chiropractic employment is expected to increase between 18 and 26 percent through the year 2014 as consumer demand for alternative health care grows.
Chiropractic was rated number four of the top 25 best jobs for 2005, according to Fast Company magazine.
The Palmer curriculum is a graduate-level program that is typically completed in a little more than three calendar years but is equivalent to a five-academic-year program. It leads to a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Students may earn a D.C. degree at all three Palmer campuses. Palmer College of Chiropracticís Davenport Campus also offers several other degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in general science (earned in conjunction with a D.C. degree), Master of Science degrees in anatomy and clinical research, and an Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology degree.
Students in the Palmer D.C. program take more hours in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and neurology than those in typical medical school programs. During your first year, you will learn all about the basic sciences that are the foundation of chiropractic, such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, diagnosis and neurology, along with pathology and bacteriology. In the second year of the D.C. curriculum (link to catalog), courses in chiropractic technique, X-ray and practice management are added. The third year is devoted to caring for patients in an outpatient clinic setting as well as business preparation.