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  College to 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 subluxation-centered chiropractic.
  • 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 classroom.
  • 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 Center.
  • 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 practice.
  • 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 success.