Palmer College of Chiropractic

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A career in chiropractic provides high job satisfaction and a rewarding income. Chiropractors enjoy the respect of patients and society for fulfilling and maintaining the health and welfare of people in their communities.

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Main Campus
Davenport campus
Located in Davenport, Iowa

Branch Campuses
Florida campus
Located in Port Orange, Florida

West campus
Located in San Jose, California

As a doctor of chiropractic, you can make a difference every day. Chiropractic will empower you to help your patients feel their best—without medications or surgery. The only tools required? Your hands.

Chiropractors are health care professionals whose work reflects a simple yet profound philosophy: the human body inherently strives to be healthy. This revolutionary idea was advanced more than 100 years ago by the founders of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

The flourishing wellness movement bodes well for students who study at Palmer. In fact, chiropractic is projected to grow 17% now through 2024, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®, Palmer College of Chiropractic prepares its graduates for careers that make a difference in the world, one person at a time.

Palmer: The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®
Chiropractic began at Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1897 in Davenport, Iowa.

While Palmer College of Chiropractic deeply honors its history, today Palmer remains the largest and most highly regarded chiropractic institution in the world. With three campuses—in Davenport, Iowa; Port Orange, Florida; and San Jose, California—the College houses the world’s largest chiropractic library and the largest chiropractic research program. In addition, Palmer educates nearly one-third of all chiropractors worldwide. Palmer graduates practice in more than 70 countries.

Palmer faculty members creatively lead the profession, authoring textbooks used in many chiropractic schools. In fact, the chiropractic techniques taught in most chiropractic colleges—the same techniques that are used in contemporary practice around the world—are derived from techniques developed at Palmer College.

Chiropractic and you
Palmer understands the future of chiropractic quite literally rests in the hands of its students. That’s why the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program includes more hours in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and neurology than typical medical school programs. In their first year, students learn all about these sciences, as well as chemistry, pathology, and bacteriology. In the second year, students take classes in chiropractic technique, X-ray, and practice management. During the third year, they dedicate their time to patient care in an outpatient clinic setting and prepare for life after graduation.

While the Palmer DC program is rigorous—it’s equal to a five-academic-year program—most students complete it in a little over three years.

But Palmer students don’t spend all their time in the classroom and clinics. Each welcoming Palmer campus provides countless opportunities for students to engage with classmates, connect with the community, and experience all the good things that Palmer has to offer.

Chiropractic careers include:
• Solo practitioner
• Chiropractic group practitioner
• Sports chiropractor
• Children/family chiropractor
• Educator
• Researcher
• Fitness facility chiropractor
• On-site company chiropractor
• Hospital staff
• Multi-specialty group practitioner

Want to discover Palmer for yourself?
Call or e-mail to schedule your campus visit! Clearly the future for chiropractic is bright—and the future for Palmer graduates is even brighter.

Palmer College of Chiropractic
The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education®

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Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
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