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Palmer College of Chiropractic

The Big Idea of Chiropractic
In 1895, Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer of Davenport, Iowa, had a “Big Idea.” He believed that good health could be sustained naturally without drugs or surgery through a new approach to health care. He called it chiropractic. Since then, D.D. Palmer’s Big Idea has grown to become the nation’s second largest licensed health care profession.

The first chiropractic school was founded by D.D. Palmer in 1897, two years after he performed the first chiropractic adjustment of modern times only blocks away from the current campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic, which is known throughout the world as “The Fountainhead” of chiropractic education.

Palmer College of Chiropractic is accredited by both the Council on Chiropractic Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized by both the International Chiropractors Association and the American Chiropractic Association.

The Community
Davenport, Iowa, is the largest of the municipalities known collectively as the Quad Cities, clustered on the Mississippi River. With a population of approximately 400,000, the greater Quad-City area constitutes the largest metropolitan area between Chicago and Des Moines. The Quad-City area offers students low cost of living, available housing, abundant opportunities for part-time employment, outstanding school systems, large shopping malls and other attractions, along with a host of entertainment possibilities.

Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
The college is currently on the trimester system. The ten trimester Doctor of Chiropractic program can be completed in three years and four months if the student enrolls in three terms each year. Trimesters begin in October, February and July. Course work at Palmer College of Chiropractic is divided generally into three areas. Basic science courses include anatomy, physiology, pathology and chemistry relevant to the study of the healing arts. Preclinical subjects cover the X-ray, diagnosis, and chiropractic technique necessary for understanding the clinical application of the principles of health care and chiropractic. Clinical training in a practical real-life setting rounds out the professional education of the student at Palmer. A persistent theme throughout the program is an emphasis on the philosophy of chiropractic. This important aspect of Palmer’s education provides the unifying link between all components of the curriculum. Palmer College also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in general science. The degree is conferred independently of (but in conjunction with) the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

Facilities and Resources
Palmer College sits “high atop Brady Hill” in Davenport, its dozen buildings occupying seven city blocks. The campus, with its many courtyards and nooks leads to a sense of community among the students providing an intimate feeling. Rich in a sense of the history of chiropractic, classroom and laboratory facilities include state-of-the-art learning technology. The largest chiropractic college library in the world, the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library, has extensive clinical and basic science holdings as well as the largest collection of chiropractic publications. Palmer operates several clinical facilities; on average, more than 500 patients come through the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics every day, providing student externs with invaluable exposure to a variety of health problems and circumstances. The Campus Center houses a cafeteria and student recreation center along with offices for staff and student organizations. There is a gymnasium/auditorium, which also includes a fitness center. Historic Lyceum Hall has been the site of Palmer graduations and other special events.

The Faculty
The college currently employs 125 full-time faculty members. Approximately three quarters of the faculty members possess a D.C. degree; 35 percent have master’s degrees, and 18 percent hold a Ph.D. The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research currently has eight full-time Research Fellows who carry out their own programs of research and oversee student-based research projects.

Helping Others, Challenging Yourself
Palmer College has three main clinics that provide excellent professional care to the college community and general public, and give you the opportunity to use your knowledge and skills. Palmer also provides quality health care to disadvantaged, homeless or low-income patients through the Palmer Chiropractic Community Outreach Clinic. The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics give students an opportunity to make a marked difference in the wellness of thousands of patient’s lives.

The Clinic Abroad Program offers you the opportunity to travel to developing countries and under-served areas of the United States to provide care for people in need. The program expands your clinical and educational knowledge while extending a needed service to people around the world.

The Palmer Chiropractic Clinic’s Sports Council provides care to athletes of all levels, both on campus and off. The Sports Council offers care for local teams, sporting events and visiting professional teams and has a strong focus on regional youth athletics.

Expenses and Aid
The tuition is $9,455 per trimester for the academic year.

The cost of living in the Quad Cities metropolitan area is well below the national average, varying according to individual lifestyle. Students should expect to spend an average of $700 to $900 per month for a two-bedroom apartment (including utilities) in a clean, quiet Quad-City neighborhood.

Financial Aid
Palmer College offers students assistance in financing the cost of their education through its Office of Financial Planning. Financial assistance may be obtained in the form of Federal Pell Grants, Federal Unsubsidized or Subsidized Stafford Student Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students, Federal Work Study awards, Educational Assistance for Veterans, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Iowa Tuition Grants and Iowa Forgivable Loans (Iowa residents only), Palmer College scholarships, and a variety of scholarships offered at the state or association level.

How to Apply
The typical student enters Palmer College with more than 100 undergraduate semester hours and a “B” average. The college’s 1,797 students represent all 50 states; about 10 percent of the students are from 26 other countries. The average age of students is 27, and approximately 28 percent are women. Applications should be submitted as early as possible, up to one year in advance of the trimester of desired entrance. Interested students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information or apply on-line at admissions.palmer.edu.

Who to Contact

For more information, contact:

Office of Admissions
Palmer College of Chiropractic
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803
Phone: (563) 884-5656
Toll Free: (800) 722-3648
Fax: (563) 884-5414
E-mail: pcadmit@palmer.edu
Web site: www.palmer.edu

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