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Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers

The Sherman College Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers is a one-year course designed to enhance the understanding, depth and breadth of chiropractic philosophy. The Academy is committed to helping you become the writer, thinker and speaker you desire to be and that the profession needs.

Candidates will complete a scholarly 100-hour program exploring classical to modern-day philosophy. The program is divided into five live sessions and five distance learning modules. Read the Course Description (pdf).

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August 2015
– July 2016

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July 2015
– August 2016

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The sessions will challenge the thinking process and the application of philosophy in the chiropractic profession. Successful completion of the program leads to membership in the prestigious Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP).

Note: The ICA Council on Philosophical Chiropractic Standards accepts the successful completion of the ACP for 100 hours towards its Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards.

The Sherman College graduate program in chiropractic philosophy is designed for those seeking to deepen their understanding of chiropractic. The one-year course will challenge and inspire you to learn and think more than ever about chiropractic philosophy and its relationship to the above-down-inside-out world view.

“I took the ACP program at Sherman when I had already been in practice for 20 years. I found it to be the single most fulfilling program I have ever participated in as a chiropractor. It served to sharpen my thinking, made me a better communicator and brought a whole new vitality to my practice.”
— Felicia Stewart, D.C., 1988 Sherman College graduate

“Enrolling in the ACP program was the most important decision I have made as a chiropractor. The in-depth analysis of our philosophy and history has given me incredible certainty that has resulted in improved communication of the principles with my practice members and other chiropractors. Do it for yourself, your practice members and the profession.”
— Steve Tullius, D.C., 2002 LACC graduate

Diplomate in Philosophic Chiropractic Standards



The crown jewel of the Council is the 300 hour Diplomate in Philosophic Chiropractic Standards (DPhCS).  This program has produced some of the finest philosophic minds in the profession.  This course is an intense study of Chiropractic theory and its application to practice and patient care. The pride these graduates show in their depth of understanding of how to apply our unique philosophy is well earned.  This program is the only one of its kind and is lauded by both practitioners and educators as the preeminent postgraduate course in Chiropractic study.  ERussell@parker.edu. Contact the Council Chair by email.

The 300+ hour course is an intense study of Chiropractic theory and its application to practice and patient care. Chiropractors who have completed Year 1 and have their LCP through Palmer College or ACP through Sherman College are eligible to start Year 2-3.  

The One-Year Program 

The first year of the Diplomate is actually a stand-alone program of its own.  Like the Diplomate, it is offered through sanctioned chiropractic colleges.  It entails 100 hours of live and online coursework.

The course is designed to fit your busy lifestyle and enhance your practice by solidifying your understanding through philosophy.  The culmination of this program is the writing of a thesis.  The thesis may be on any topic in Chiropractic philosophy.

There are currently over 100 graduates from across the globe.  This course has received glowing endorsements from its graduates without exception!


Council on Chiropractic Philosophy
1110 N. Glebe Rd, Suite 650 Arlington, VA 22201
Phone (800) 423-4690 Fax (703) 351-7893
Eric G Russell, DC, DPhCS (Chair) ERussell@parker.edu
(972) 438-6932 x. 7351
©The ICA Council on Philosophical Chiropractic Standards


DCs: $2195 or $1095 Students
*Sherman reserves the right to cancel the program should minimum registration requirements not be met.

Featured Topics to include:

Vitalism vs. Mechanism
Science & Philosophy Do Work Together
Principles of Practice
Adaptability: A Sign of Life
…and much more!
Read Course Description

Email jkersh@sherman.edu for more information or contact Director of Continuing Education Jillian Kersh , 864-578-8770 x 229

ACP Handouts for Writing

 The world has changed considerably in the past 100 years.

  • Study the validity of the 33 principles even with many developments in science and technology and examine them for relevance.
  • Re-visit the reasoning process and compare mechanistic and vitalistic thought.
  • Evaluate their relevance and application as you listen, question and synthesize current thinking in biology, chiropractic research, adaptability, ethics and professional identity in the practical application of chiropractic philosophy.
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