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Sherman College and AUCCO Develop Upper Cervical Diplomate

JUNE 27, 2001 - 
 Sherman College and the Academy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Organizations (AUCCO) have joined forces to develop a Diplomate Program in the Upper Cervical Spine that will be offered for the first time this fall. The program is designed to certify doctors of chiropractic in a specialty area of upper cervical, subluxation-centered care. Representatives from Blair, Atlas Orthogonal, Orthospinology Specific Knee-Chest, HIO Toggle and NUCCA have also participated in shaping the program.

Sherman College Director of Research Edward Owens, M.S., D.C., is the college’s point person on the project, serving on the Board that has developed the curriculum. He has been responsible for creating the biomechanics, neurology and research components of the program. “In addition to providing training to enable participants to enhance their knowledge and proficiency in providing upper cervical subluxation-centered care, we also hope to advance the body of knowledge and understanding of the upper cervical spine through this specialized diplomate program,” Owens explained.

The college’s Office of Continuing Education is providing continuing education credit for the individual components of the program, coordinating the program implementation and arranging the venues in which the sessions will be held. The kick-off session will be September 8-9 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, GA with Dan Murphy, D.C., on neurological integration. The research component of the program will follow and will be taught in conjunction with the annual Sherman College Vertebral Subluxation Research Conference to be held on our campus October 13-14, 2001. Individuals who do not wish to complete the entire diplomate program can register for any component of the program and also receive continuing education credit for their participation. Plans are also in the works to provide more than half of the courses online so chiropractors will be able to complete many of the modules on their own schedules. In addition, the live courses will be videotaped and available for study through that format.

Diplomates will complete 180 hours of post-graduate training in anatomy, neurology, biomechanics, history and philosophy, and will pass a comprehensive examination. A research component will be completed concurrently along with overviews of several upper cervical techniques. An additional 120 hours of post-graduate training is required from an approved upper cervical technique organization to complete the diplomate. Continuing education credit for relicensure will be offered through Sherman College.

“I am particularly pleased that Sherman College is working very closely with the Academy of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Organizations (AUCCO) and taking a leadership role in developing an upper cervical diplomate program,” commented Assistant to the President Brian J. McAulay, D.C., Ph.D. “This important program will provide outstanding training for those who wish to gain specialized knowledge and abilities in this area,” he said.

Sherman College faculty Sheldon Clayton, Ph.D., professor of basic sciences, Tony Duke, Ph.D., professor of basic sciences, Mercy Navis, M.S., assistant professor of basic sciences, and Laura Greene-Orndorff, D.C., associate professor of clinical sciences, will teach in the program.

For more information about the program and to register, contact Rebecca Clusserath, director of continuing education, at 800-848-8771, extension 1229, via e-mail rclusserath@sherman.eduor via fax at 864-599-4860.

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