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begin new curriculum in January ---------------------------------------------------------
For the past two years, Sherman
College faculty and administration have been extensively reviewing the
chiropractic curriculum at the college and have made some notable updates
reflecting the needs of today’s chiropractic student. The result is a
streamlined, 14-quarter curriculum with improved course sequencing and more
student-focused, active learning approaches.
The college utilized data from alumni success surveys on the competencies needed
most for success in practice and on student surveys regarding their ideas to
improve the curriculum to guide many of the improvements. The college will
implement the curriculum revisions beginning with the incoming class of January
2004, but presently enrolled students will not be affected by the changes.
“Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Laura Weeks and the Curriculum Review Committee
have worked diligently to re-shape and improve the college’s academic program,”
said Sherman President Jerry L. Hardee, Ed.D. “Curriculum review and resulting
curriculum revisions are part of the college’s ongoing assessment procedures and
are a necessary aspect of responsible higher education. We look forward to
implementing the revised course sequencing designed to assist students in their
learning and success in the program,” he said.
Here are some highlights of the revised doctor of chiropractic degree program:
A solid commitment to
providing a doctor of chiropractic degree program dedicated to vertebral
Course sequencing aimed at
streamlining the students’ learning. Concepts between courses are sequenced to
build upon one another for more immediate reinforcement and preparation for
patient care responsibilities.
Utilization of more active
learning and learner-centered instructional approaches in and out of the
Eligibility to sit National
Board of Chiropractic Examiner (NBCE) examinations will no longer coincide
with clinic entrance assessments. Students will sit for Parts II and III well
after they have begun providing patient care in our Chiropractic Health
Eligibility to take NBCE
Part IV before graduation, which facilitates the student’s ability to become
licensed and practice right after graduation.
The final year of the
program focuses solely on the clinical experience and preparation for
Fourteen quarters provides a
little “breathing space” within a very rigorous degree program. Students often
choose to voluntarily slow down the pace within the current 13-quarter
program. An additional quarter allows us to build extra space into the
curriculum while adding courses geared toward board preparation and practice