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Chiropractic Curriculum

Curriculum by Quarters (printable Standard Schedule by Quarters pdf)

Sherman College offers the first professional doctor of chiropractic degree (D.C.) – preparing students for chiropractic licensure as fully qualified health care providers who specialize in the area of vertebral subluxation through the achievement of the college’s curriculum and expected educational results.

The program is very demanding,  including  4,824 clock hours in a set course sequence over 14 quarters or three and one-half calendar years – comparable to that of the other doctor of chiropractic programs in North America, which range from 4,220 – 5,265 contact hours.

Students spend as much as 35 hours per week in class, and need to allow for additional study time, especially in quarters where they prepare to take National Board Exams.

classroomClassroom Study

During the first six quarters of the program, students study basic sciences and chiropractic philosophy. They start with gross anatomy, studying each body system,  as well as technique, x-ray and diagnostic courses. In eighth quarter, students enroll in Pre-Clinic concurrently with supporting technique and analysis courses to put the knowledge into practice.

palpation classClinical Program

In the clinical program, students practice every aspect of patient care including case histories, physical and spinal examinations, x-ray, diagnosis, report of findings, chiropractic adjustments and case management. Students are encouraged to work with the research department to advance the profession with evidence based study.

Interns practice chiropractic skills on student patients both in the classroom and in the student clinic under the supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic. During the remainder of the clinical program, students also complete remaining clinical science courses and business practices courses.

For Course Descriptions, See the current College Catalog

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Mentoring and Advisement

intern and case doctor discuss xray findings.

Faculty advisors, known as "mentors," meet with their assigned students to assist and encourage students in:

  • Transitioning into a rigorous doctor of chiropractic program
  • overcoming academic challenges
  • developing social and self-responsibility
    setting and achieving professional goals

The registrar assigns a faculty mentor to all entering students. New students meet their faculty mentors during New Student Orientation.

Personal Instruction

intern and doc

Sherman faculty take the time to get to know each student personally. They treat students like colleagues and are committed to helping them become experts in chiropractic.

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