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Sherman College Stands Against Prescriptive Rights for Doctors of Chiropractic

Sherman College of Chiropractic is announcing its position defending the holistic origins of the chiropractic profession and recommending against an expansion of scope in New Mexico that would allow doctors of chiropractic prescriptive rights.

The college asserts that the expansion of practice scope in New Mexico that would include the right to prescribe pharmaceuticals is a dangerous precedent for the chiropractic profession that would encroach on the practice of medicine and potentially put patients at risk.

“Chiropractic was founded to provide the public with a valuable, distinct service of enhancing life, health and human potential without duplicating any existing services,” said Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C.

“Sherman College of Chiropractic strongly opposes the expansion of the scope of practice in New Mexico. The college remains steadfast in holding to the origins of chiropractic to improve and elevate the well-being of people through the correction of vertebral subluxations. It recognizes that the unique philosophy and art of chiropractic are scientifically grounded in their own right and require no expansion into the act of medical practice.”

In addition, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Paradigm, adopted by most major chiropractic organizations, states emphatically that “chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.”

Expansion of the scope of practice could lead to chiropractic losing its unique service to the public, Cordero explained. This change proposed in New Mexico, he said, would put the public at risk and would likely increase the number of licensure and malpractice complaints in the chiropractic profession.

A full, itemized statement of the college’s objections to scope expansion and prescriptive rights articulated by Sherman College Director of Evidence-Informed Curriculum and Practice Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., has been posted on the college website at

Sherman College of Chiropractic holds the position that the practice of chiropractic remains a service separate and distinct from other healing arts. Its unique clinical objective is to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. Building on this, Sherman College teaches courses to prepare its graduates to practice as portal-of-entry providers in all 50 states and around the world. Sherman College graduates are competent and trained to meet all requirements for licensure and safe application of the unique service of chiropractors.