Electives at Sherman College

Electives at Sherman College

Taking the Scenic Route

Charles Thomas Tucker III, LMT, DC2B
Sherman College Student

intern blog post writer

When embarking on a new journey, would you rather take the road often traveled – the familiar, the norm – or would you rather take the exciting, more rewarding, scenic route? 

At Sherman College of Chiropractic, you get that very opportunity, to not just take the basics, or simply what’s required, but to enhance your experience as a student. The administrative staff and professors here at Sherman believe that students should be provided the best education possible to fulfill their passion and become the best doctors of chiropractic. 

To accomplish this, along with an extensive curriculum, the college offers electives so students can learn more about the philosophy, build their knowledge on the science behind it all, and perfect and enhance the art of chiropractic.

The professional degree program at Sherman College is very demanding, with set course sequence over 14 quarters or three and one-half calendar years. Within those 14 quarters, students are given the opportunity to take electives to supplement the already extraordinary curriculum provided by Sherman College. This wide range of electives includes different chiropractic techniques and methods of analysis to proficiently locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. 

Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph J. Donofrio D.C., ’94, A.C.P., believes that offering courses in different technique and analysis helps build on an already solid foundation, helping students become well-rounded and giving them a wider exposure for clinical decisions. “We want to be known as good adjusters and to be more specific (as chiropractors),” he explained.

“Here at Sherman,” Dr. Donofrio said, “we dig deep into the core techniques and introduce others, so students can consider alternative approaches and ideas. This sharpens their thinking skills.

When asked about adding more techniques or analysis systems, Dr. Donofrio said,“We add classes all the time. In that process, we follow our college’s mission, check to see if there is enough interest among students, and then search to find experts to build and teach the class. Generally, the college needs to be sure it can enroll at least 10 students to keep an elective course viable.

Some of the techniques and analysis systems offered at Sherman College are Gonstead, Blair Analysis, X-ray Positioning and Adjusting, Advanced Knee Chest Technique, Network Spinal AnalysisPediatric Adjusting Technique, Thompson Technique, Pierce Results System, Instrument Adjusting, Torque Release Technique and others.

infant analysis

Popularity waxes and wanes from quarter to quarter, but the most popular elective offered is Pediatric Adjustment TechniqueDonofrio said, followed by Pierce Results System, Network Spinal Analysis, and Torque Release Technique.

Sherman Professor Ron CastellucciD.C.A.C.P., teaches classes like Palpation I and II, and is the instructor of Pediatric Adjusting Technique, along with Dean of Clinical Sciences Armand Rossi, D.C. Both are members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and teach programs for that organization as well.

Dr. Castellucci believes that offering electives like Pediatric Adjusting Technique help Sherman stand out as a college. “Lack of classes like these,” he said, “results in lack of skills necessary within the profession.”

When asked about his Pediatric Adjusting Technique class, Dr. Castellucci noted that class is always full, every quarter. The elective is now offered every quarter instead of every other quarter as it had been in previous years. And In 2016, the college approved integrating much of this popular elective into the core curriculum. “The popularity (of the course) stems from everyone wanting to know how to adjust children and prenatal moms and babies,” he said.

Dr. Castellucci also mentioned that “the class offers Webster Technique, posture analysis of infants and leg checks, all of which are an adaptation of what we already do, but just done with an infant’s spine.

Electives can be taken once students complete courses that are offered in earlier quarters and other prerequisite(s), if any, are completed. Students typically add electives right before entering clinic and while in the clinic. Students are required to complete 55 hours of these classes before graduating.

With classes like Pediatric Adjusting full every quarter, students are obviously eager to add to their skills and knowledge of the profession with other techniques classes and analysis systems. It is clear these classes, along with the regular curriculum, are crucial to the success of students becoming the best chiropractors and fulfilling the college’s vision of “Adjusting the World for a Better Future.

Evidence-Informed Q&A

Evidence-Informed Q&A

Evidence-Informed Q&A with Dr. Christopher Kent

Director Evidence Informed Curriculum & PracticeBecause Sherman College recognizes a growing need for focus in the area of evidence-informed curricula and practice in chiropractic education and in the profession, the institution welcomed Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D., to the college’s staff in July 2016. His work as director of evidence informed curriculum and practice addresses the topic both from an educational and practice perspective as well as supports accreditation principles.

Kent is responsible for overseeing and directing the initiation and collaboration of projects and studies with faculty, students, and staff. Which increase the quality and quantity of evidence applicable to the curriculum and practice of chiropractic, with a special focus on the unique approach to the science, art, and philosophy of traditional/principled chiropractic. He is collaborating with academic deans to ensure the inculcation of the evidence into the curriculum and clinical practice.

Sherman Magazine asked him a few questions about his role at the college and how a focus on evidence-informed practice and curriculum can impact the profession.

What exactly is evidence-informed practice?

It is difficult to attend a chiropractic meeting without encountering some discussion of evidence-based practice. The concept is simple and as old as the healing arts. Sackett defines evidence-based practice as “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. … [It] is not restricted to randomized trials and meta-analyses. It involves tracking down the best external evidence with which to answer our clinical questions.”1

Evidence-based practice is giving way to evidence-informed practice. An additional dimension has been added to the equation – patient preferences. As Umscheid noted, “patient preferences are critically important to clinical decision making and patient care.”2

What does this mean to the Sherman College family?

The mission of Sherman College of Chiropractic is to educate and prepare students to become doctors of chiropractic. This mission is based upon the college’s core values and is achieved through activities in the areas of education, research, and service. In particular, the research portion of the mission is as follows: ‘Faculty members engage in research and scholarly activities that contribute to the body of pedagogical and clinical knowledge which advance chiropractic education and the chiropractic profession.’3

What does this process look like on campus?

Evidence-informed practice is a continuous process. Once the concept is integrated into instruction and clinical practice, the objective of the instructor or practitioner is continual improvement through the integration of more and better evidence. Once the process becomes part of the culture of the institution, stakeholders hold one another accountable for staying current, engaging in scholarly activity, and exhibiting the traits of professionalism. Each stakeholder becomes a role model and mentor.

Evidence-informed curriculum and practice is an essential element of implementing these core values.  The process involves the following steps:

  • Evaluate the evidence base for each course. Is the material taught supported by textbooks, scientific literature, individual expertise, or a combination of these?
  • Identify any gaps in the evidence for what is taught.
  • Review the available literature to see which gaps can be filled.
  • This may lead to recommendations for curriculum and policy change, and help develops a research agenda to fill the gaps that remain.

Evidence-Informed Q&AOur constituencies are demanding a higher level of scholarly activity from faculty. The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners will be testing on evidence-informed practice. Accreditors expect best practices in education. Students want evidence to back what they are being taught. Yet, the real reason for doing this is that it is the right thing for professionals to do.

How will this focus on evidence benefit students as they graduate and enter practice?

Graduates will enter the field possessing the skills needed to track down the best available external evidence to apply in the care of their patients. This ability, coupled with their knowledge and skill in locating and correcting vertebral subluxations, will result in developing improved clinical strategies for individual patients.

How will our work in this area impact the profession?

Sherman College has the resources and resolves to lead the profession in developing an evidence-informed model for subluxation centered chiropractic. This involves determining the current evidence, identifying gaps in the evidence, conducting research to fill those gaps, and disseminating the results of that research to students and practitioner.

Sherman College will continue to be the leader in the research and science of vertebral subluxation and in the clinical practice of chiropractic.

Anything else to share?

Our goal is to create a culture committed to the expansion of our knowledge base, and clinical excellence. It involves the integration of academic, clinical, research, and outreach components.


  1. Sackett DL. Editorial. Evidence-based medicine. Spine, 1998; 23(10):1085.
  2. Umscheid CA. Should guidelines incorporate evidence on patient preferences? J Gen Intern Med, August 2009; 24(8):988–990.
  3. The Vision of Sherman College. Adjusting the World for a Better Future. https://www.sherman.edu/mission-statement/

Day in the Life of a Chiropractic Student

A Day in the Life of a Chiropractic College Student

Day in the Life of a Chiropractic StudentIf you’re interested in pursuing a rewarding career in chiropractic, you might already know that you’ll need to complete in-depth studies before you can reach your goal. At Sherman College, you’ll need to finish about 4,800 clock hours before you can graduate as a doctor of chiropractic.

You’ll need to learn about the philosophy of chiropractic, how to use cutting-edge digital x-ray technology, and how to perform specific adjustments to help the body correct vertebral subluxations. But that doesn’t mean that studying at Sherman College is only about coursework. In fact, our friendly campus and small class sizes help you feel welcome and supported throughout your studies. You’ll know both your instructors and your peers, and will have plenty of opportunities to participate in school clubs, community sports teams, and many other on campus activities.

But what does that education look like on a day-to-day basis? What would it really be like to be a student at a top chiropractic school? Read this blog to find out!

Start Your Morning at Chiropractic College With in-Depth Classroom Theory

If you were a student at Sherman College, your day might start with a course in neuro anatomy or chiropractic technique philosophy. At Sherman College, you don’t just learn the theory behind vertebral subluxation, you learn the art of performing precise, specific adjustments and the “why,” of chiropractic. You’ll even develop business success and communication skills so that you are prepared to open your very own practice after graduation.

Let’s imagine that your first course of the day is Subluxation Theories. During this class, you might spend the morning discovering the research on the science of vertebral subluxations, and how those theories are an important part of chiropractic. Or perhaps you’d start your day with a course in clinical case management, where you’ll learn how to manage patient cases and perfect your doctor-patient interaction skills.

Take a Break at The Farmer’s Table in Between Classes

After your first class ends, you might have a small break before your next class. You could use that time to ask your instructor a few questions, or maybe pop into Sherman College’s extensive library for a quick study session.


student and teacher assistance

Around lunch time, you might use your break to grab a quick bite with some friends at The Farmer’s Table—Sherman College’s on campus café. At The Farmer’s Table, you could enjoy a tasty meal made fresh using produce from local farmers. You could chat with your friends about an upcoming assignment or discuss the career path you’d like to pursue once you’ve completed your chiropractor training.

Get Hands-On Chiropractor Training at Sherman College’s On-Campus Clinic

Hands-on training is an important part of any Sherman College education. The best foundation for your future chiropractic career is one that teaches you the theory behind chiropractic and the practical skills chiropractors use on a daily basis.

Many of your daily classes will include hands-on work so that you can fully learn the art of chiropractic. But that’s not the only hands-on education you’ll receive. At Sherman College, our upper-quarter students also get hands-on experience working with real patients, right in our on-campus chiropractic clinic. Our newly-renovated student clinic will also play an important role in your chiropractic education, giving you the experience to make a smooth transition into a rewarding chiropractic career.


intern at the health center

As an intern, you’ll work under the close supervision of a licensed doctor, take patient histories, give examinations, and perform the specific adjustments your patients need to maintain health and function at their best.

Enjoy an Evening at Chiropractic College

When you pursue studies at Sherman College, your day doesn’t have to end when classes do. Our thriving campus community is filled with clubs, and other extracurricular activities for students to enjoy. Whether you want to deepen your love of chiropractic at the Christian Chiropractic Club or build up your network by joining the World Congress of Chiropractic Students, there are plenty of opportunities for students to explore their interests.

You might consider listening in on Sherman College’s free chiropractic conference calls every Monday night, or perhaps get some exercise on our beautiful 80-acre campus. The choices are endless for students at a chiropractic college.

Are you ready to begin your education at a top chiropractic college?
Discover why our students love studying at Sherman College by registering a visit to our beautiful and friendly campus.

Resources at the College Library

3 Resources to Use at Your Chiropractic College’s Library

studying at chiropractic college

The chiropractic college library is a tremendous source of support for students as they progress through their educational journeys. It is a gateway to world-renowned research in the health sciences, a provider of hands-on learning tools, and a haven for quiet study. The library should feel like a home away from home, where materials and personal assistance are readily available, and students feel comfortable exploring and utilizing every resource at hand.

Discover how Sherman College has achieved these objectives, and so much more, through the Tom and Mae Bahan library and online catalog. Accessible on campus and online, the library is dedicated to fostering student confidence, academic success, and career readiness.

Here are just three of the many resources you’ll find at the library when you stop by for a visit, whether in person or online.

1. Visual Resources & Interactive Tools for Learning Anatomy

Research shows that about 65 percent of humans are visual learners and that we process visuals about 60,000 times faster than text. This means we absorb and understand new, challenging material best when it’s illustrated in images like graphs, charts, pictures, and videos. And students at chiropractic college definitely have their hands full with new, challenging material!

For example, the study of anatomy requires students to identify and understand each of the body’s organs, bones, etc. When you consider that the human body contains more than 200 bones, it seems likely that students will need some strategies for remembering these details!

Why not take advantage of the Sherman library’s online visual tools for learning anatomy?

Resources at the College Library

Anatomy.tv offers a comprehensive online database of 3D anatomy images, movies, and animations. If you’re a tactile learner who understands by doing, we recommend Draw It to Know It, an interactive tool that guides students through neuroanatomy with drawing, quizzes, and videos.

2. Thousands of Scientific Journals for Your Chiropractic Research Projects

During the course of their chiropractic education, students complete projects that require access to cutting-edge, peer-edited research. The Sherman Library maintains subscriptions to nearly every major chiropractic periodical currently in publication, as well as a number of current resources related to the health sciences.

Students can access these collections for free and online, for convenient off-campus study. Our resources include:

  • BioMed Central: offering full-text articles in the fields of science, technology, and medicine
  • EBSCOhost: full-text journals covering alternative medicine, health, chiropractic and more
  • MANTIS: the world’s largest chiropractic, osteopathic and related research database
  • Index to Chiropractic Literature: bibliographic records for peer-reviewed literature produced by chiropractic publishers
  • DISCUS (Digital Information for South Carolina Users): 50 databases and resources, including Consumer Health Complete,
  • MEDLINE, Health Source, and Small Business Reference Center

Students are welcome to explore Sherman’s extensive, special collection of “Green Books,” which chronicle the history and philosophy of chiropractic, as developed by B.J. Palmer. Many of these are rare first editions!

3. Expert Assistance & Study Rooms for Chiropractic College Students

Not sure how to use the research databases, having trouble locating a full-text article, or uncertain of how to construct a bibliography? Just ask the experts at Sherman’s Tom and Mae Bahan Library.

The Learning Resource Center staff is dedicated to helping your information search go as smoothly as possible. Assistance is readily available from:

  • 7:30 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm, Monday through Thursday
  • 7:30 am to 4 pm on Friday
  • Noon to 6 pm on Saturday

If you’d like a quiet place to study or collaborate on a group project, the library provides six small rooms and one large meeting area. There is also space dedicated to Sherman’s collection of bones and anatomical models, which students are free to examine at any time.

students at college library

Whether you need help learning course material, completing a research project, or want practical information about launching your chiropractic career—the Sherman library is ready to welcome you. Find us online or drop by for a visit!

Story Behind Sherman College

Starting Your Chiropractor Training? Here’s the Story Behind Sherman College of Chiropractic

Story Behind Sherman College

There are few more rewarding and fulfilling professions to proceed in than chiropractic. In little more than a century, chiropractic has developed into an advanced science and art that has helped people achieve optimal health and body function through a natural, preventative approach to health care.

Chiropractors identify and correct subluxated (misaligned) vertebrae to regain the proper transmission of nerve impulses through the spine and support the body’s innate striving to maintain its own health. Becoming a professional that delivers this important patient care involves a comprehensive education in human biology, anatomy and physiology, clinical techniques and processes, chiropractic philosophy, business management and much more.

“The decision to attend chiropractic college can be life-changing,” maintains Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C. Providing this education to the next generation of chiropractors is an immense responsibility and one for which Sherman College is uniquely qualified.

Read on to learn about the fascinating story behind one of the pre-eminent chiropractic schools in the world.

Learn Dr. Sherman’s Innovations in Chiropractic Science

Daniel David Palmer‘s initial discovery of the relationship between the body’s vital forces, nerve system, vertebrae and expression of health has become legendary. After successfully performing the world’s first adjustment in 1895, D.D. Palmer’s research and realizations laid the foundation of chiropractic science. It was his son B.J. Palmer who really transformed the profession into a well-developed science and art, introducing several ingenious innovations and developing objective processes for locating, analyzing, and correcting vertebral subluxations.

Chiropractic students continue the research

Besides publishing extensively, he created the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Research Clinic where Dr. Lyle Sherman became his assistant director. Dr. Sherman first became interested in the profession after chiropractic had a positive impact on his wife’s health, inspiring him to study and eventually teach chiropractic. His aptitude for engineering allowed him to develop many important chiropractic instruments and equipment in the clinic that are still in use today.

Dr. Sherman provided significant research contributions and was a sought-after speaker at national and even international chiropractic conventions. Although his pioneering expertise was recognized by awards and appointment to state and national offices, perhaps his most enduring honor is the college of chiropractic that bears his name.

The Founding of Sherman College of Chiropractic

Dr. Sherman’s desire to enter full-time practice and be near mountains and beaches prompted him to move to Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1954. The area attracted both patients and chiropractors from all over. Thomas A. Gelardi, D.C., was one such chiropractor who wanted to be near the expertise of Dr. Sherman. When Dr. Gelardi founded a college to promote and preserve the philosophy of chiropractic in 1973, he named it in honor of his mentor.

With the help of an advisory board that included respected chiropractors, Dr. Gelardi fulfilled his dream of creating an academically and intellectually stimulating environment that remained true to the profession’s goals and objectives. The private, non-profit institution was the first chiropractic school established in the Southeastern United States. It occupied two temporary facilities before building at its current 80-acre campus on Springfield Road.

Sherman College campus

More than 3,000 alumni have graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic. The school has expanded to include multiple buildings, an outdoor low ropes course, and a Chiropractic Health Center, which sees more than 30,000 patient visits each year. With its distinguished faculty and international network of respected doctors of Chiropractic, Sherman College continues to explore, advance, teach, and share the natural health benefits of chiropractic.

Interested in making a powerful difference in the lives of patients and the wider community? Explore the unrivaled chiropractic training offered by Sherman College.

Top Chiropractic Education Stands Out

How a Top Chiropractic Education Stands Out

Top Chiropractic Education Stands Out

When it comes to choosing a chiropractic college, you have many things to consider. The college should provide excellent hands-on training and classroom education on the “how” of chiropractic. But what about the “why” of the profession? Chiropractic is an art, science, and philosophy; without a thorough understanding of each, students would graduate with an incomplete picture of the profession. That’s why a leading chiropractic education isn’t about teaching students the proper adjustments, it goes far beyond that! Here’s a look at what the “why” is, and how the right college can prepare you to be the best chiropractor possible

Vitalism Provides the “Why” of Chiropractic Education

At Sherman College of Chiropractic, students learn the concept of vitalism in their chiropractic philosophy courses.
Vitalism is a “vital” part of chiropractic philosophy (pun intended). Why? Because chiropractic approaches health from a holistic perspective, recognizing the innate intelligence that uses the brain and nervous system to maintain the body’s healthUnlike the mechanical perspective, which sees the human body as a combination of different components and systems, vitalism sees the whole picture.

Vitalism understands the human body is striving for organization and that disruptions to the body’s nervous system, in the form of vertebral subluxations, can be addressed through specific chiropractic adjustments.

The spine plays a vital role in helping the body maintain optimal health

In recent years, more and more patients have begun to turn to chiropractic care because it offers a holistic and non-invasive approach. That’s why an understanding of vitalism is such an important part of a chiropractic education, as well as each graduate’s chiropractic career!

Above-Down, Inside-Out: An Essential Part of Any Chiropractic Education

ADIO logo for Sherman college

Another key concept that students explore in-depth at Sherman College is the Above-DownInside-Out (ADIO) approach to chiropractic. How important is ADIO to chiropractic? Important enough to have inspired the Sherman College logo!

The logo of Sherman College of Chiropractic uses arrows to symbolize the Above-DownInside-Out (ADIO) approach to health care. Through this philosophy, students learn that true health begins with the body’s control center, the brain. Chiropractic students know the brain controls the body’s vital functions and relays information from the top down through the nervous system, otherwise known as above-down, inside-out.

Understanding how ADIO works can be difficult for new patients unfamiliar with the benefits of chiropractic. Can you imagine trying to explain ADIO without a thorough chiropractic education? 

That’s why chiropractors need a keen sense of how chiropractic promotes health. It’s not about their own understanding, but about helping and educating their patients to lead healthier lives.

Ready to attend a college with an accredited chiropractic program, a welcoming family atmosphere, and hands-on internship experience? Discover how Sherman College combines all this and more to provide you with a complete chiropractic education that teaches the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic

Military Friendly Chiropractic College

What Does it Mean to be a Military Friendly Chiropractic College?

Leo Levesque fondly remembers the support he received as a student at Sherman College of Chiropractic

Leo Levesque fondly remembers the support he received as a student at Sherman College of Chiropractic

Leo Levesque, a 14-year U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, was first drawn to chiropractic while still overseas. A friend had recommended chiropractic care to help Leo after injuries he’d sustained in combat, and the positive effects were immediate. As Leo remembers, that first visit was a huge turning point.

“My personal experience with chiropractic,” he recalls, “led me to pursue a career that will allow me to continue to serve those who are still serving, those going through what I experienced.”

When he was medically retired from the military in 2011 following an injury in Iraq, Leo turned to Sherman College of Chiropractic because of its ideology and small size. Not only does Sherman provide a unique and comprehensive approach to teaching the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic, but it’s also a Military Friendly School.

What does it mean to be a military friendly chiropractic college? Read on to find out!

How Sherman Earned Military Friendly School Designation

Making it onto Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list is a privilege that only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country achieve. To earn this designation, a college must demonstrate outstanding graduation and employment outcomes, as well as a supportive learning environment for military students.

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” notes Daniel Nichols of Victory Media, an organization dedicated to connecting military and civilian worlds. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills, and training into successful careers after graduation.”

Sherman's supportive environment helps students every step of the way

Sherman’s supportive environment helps students every step of the way

This year is Sherman’s third consecutive year on the list – making it a top choice for veterans looking to learn chiropractic science, art, and philosophy.

Helping Veterans Complete With Yellow Ribbon Program

Sherman College is also a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which supports veterans as they complete their higher education. Under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon Program is a partnership between colleges and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

As a Yellow Ribbon School, Sherman waives a portion of tuition costs for veterans in the form of a scholarship, which is matched by the VA.

“The Yellow Ribbon Program offers a tremendous opportunity to serve and honor our veterans who give so much to our country,” says President Edwin Cordero, D.C., a U.S. Navy veteran himself. “We’re happy to participate in this program and proud to be able to help cover the cost of a college education for people who have served our country. I think it’s especially fitting at Sherman College, as service to others is a major component of our mission.”

Sherman College Supports Veterans

Even outside the classroom, Sherman College supports veterans by offering reduced rates for veterans at the school’s on-campus chiropractic clinic. That welcoming and supportive environment helps veterans at every step of their chiropractor training.

Sherman's on-campus clinic offers reduced rates for veterans

Sherman’s on-campus clinic offers reduced rates for veterans

“From the beginning of my inquiry,” says Leo Levesque, “the people at Sherman College went out of their way to ensure my success. The needs of a service member are as unique as the environment that Sherman College of Chiropractic possesses. This is recognized by the instructors, the administration, as well as the president, a former member of the U.S. Navy.”

Are you a veteran considering enrolling at chiropractic college?

Discover the Sherman College difference by visiting our website or speaking to one of our friendly advisors.


Chiropractic Practice Management

Chiropractic Practice Management

Chiropractic Practice Management:

Advice for Future Entrepreneurs

Sherman's partnership with TLC4Superteams trains students so they can start their own practices after graduation

Sherman’s partnership with TLC4Superteams trains students so they can start their own practices after graduation

Thinking back to when he first began his chiropractic career, Dr. Edwin Cordero, president of Sherman College, recalls: “One of the main things I realized when I entered the profession is that when I graduated, I didn’t have the necessary skills to open a practice. That made it very challenging.

While he rose to the challenge and managed a successful practice for 19 years, those first years were a difficult adjustment.

Now, as the fifth president of Sherman College, Dr. Cordero is working hard to ensure that future graduates can make a smoother transition into the world of practice management. His goal is “to offer our students the opportunity to develop that business acumen that I had lacked, to receive the entrepreneurial skills they need to run their own businesses because a practice is truly a business.

How is he achieving that goal? Read on to find out how Sherman College’s newest initiative helps prepare chiropractic students for practice management success.

Sherman Partners with TLC4Superteams: Practice Management

To help students graduate with a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of managing a practice, Sherman has partnered with the chiropractic coaching company TLC4SuperteamsTogether, they have developed an innovative new Practice Success Program. After five years of careful planning and piloting exchanges, the first formal sessions are now being integrated into Sherman’s curriculum.

Sessions take place during the first two days of each academic quarter. The classes bring in top industry professionals, each one focuses on different aspects of starting, maintaining, and building a successful chiropractic business practice. Topics range from what type of practice to open, to what steps to take during the 12 weeks prior to opening that new clinic.

Sherman students will complete the program with a clear understanding of how to market their skills as entrepreneurs, and successfully launch their brand-new practice.

Visualization & Self-Reflection to Map Professional Goals

During their first session with TLC4Superteamsstudents learn the steps of planning a successful chiropractic practice. They begin by creating a personal storyboard in order to visualize their greatest joys as prospective chiropractors, future goals for their practice, and their own individual paths to success.

The storyboard helps students articulate their professional goals and create a roadmap to success

The storyboard helps students articulate their professional goals and create a roadmap to success

The session, aptly named “The Practice of Your Dreams, Part 1: Your Toolboxes to Growth,” guides students through completing a portfolio, performing a self-assessment to determine strengths and weaknesses, and which type of practice would suit them best.

Learn to Budget for Practise Management Success

After building their success “toolbox,” students move on to the next phase their chiropractic practice management success program.

The second session, “Budgeting to Success,” is led by a TD Bank professional who teaches students the ins and outs of careful financial planning. Among other things, students learn how to manage their loans while in college, so by the time they graduate, they are positioned to launch their own practice.

chiropractic practice management

Sherman students learn the ins and outs of building good credit and other essential practice management skills

Equipped with best practices in patient care AND a fundamental understanding of business management, Sherman students are well on their way to launching chiropractic practices build for long-term success!
Wondering what other skills doctor of chiropractic students build in the practice management sessions?

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Graduates and Sustainable Success in Chiropractic

Moving Graduates Toward Sustainable Success in Chiropractic:

Sherman Partners with TLC4Superteams for Practice Success Program

Graduates and Sustainable Success in ChiropracticBelieving that chiropractic college graduates deserve to excel by generating revenues through successful practices centered on chiropractic adjustment, Sherman College of Chiropractic and TLC4Superteams have partnered to create the Practice Success Program at Sherman College.

The Practice Success Program is designed to provide the best of what the Sherman College faculty and TLC4Superteams bring to students. At the beginning of each quarter, TLC4Superteams sends experienced doctors to Sherman to work alongside faculty and provide intensive training for students. In the classes, they cover everything from the foundational disciplines of practice and balanced living to “pro-motion” and attracting people to chiropractic.
Every aspect of patient care, including care plan development, decisions on what type of practice to open, and steps that should be taken in the 12 weeks before opening a new clinic, are covered in the program. This innovative approach is aimed at preparing students to cope with the financial aspects of succeeding in business.
 Faculty hep students succeed
Though the program is in its infancy, Sherman College President Edwin Cordero, D.C., is encouraged by the strides being made. “In the short time since we instituted the Practice Success Program, we’ve realized it not only presents a phenomenal opportunity but that we are the only school doing this to this level,” he said. “I’m excited for the students and the college. We want to give our students the best experience possible. We want them to be purposeful, make different choices. It’s clear that other colleges that want to be competitive will have to follow.”
Dean and Jen DePice, D.C., who run TLC4Superteams, agree. “These seminars will point students toward the target of becoming doctors of chiropractic equipped to obliterate their student loan debt within three to six years of graduation,” the couple explains. “This is an outcome never before tackled, and we are confident that this unique curriculum will surpass the expectations set and will result in setting Sherman College apart from all the other chiropractic colleges. We are molding today’s chiropractic students into tomorrow’s chiropractic leaders and changing the world together. It’s an exciting investment in the future of our profession.”

Green Books and Your Chiropractic Career

The Importance of the Green Books for Your Chiropractic Career

Green Books and Your Chiropractic Career

Step into the Tom and Mae Bahan Library at Sherman College and you can explore one of the most comprehensive collections of chiropractic books in the southeast U.S. Browse shelves packed with books on chiropractic, biology, and even business practices. Sherman’s website offers students entrance to 10,000 open-access scientific journals, 400,000+ records on chiropractic, and full-text access to more than 60 databases and resources.

Still, can’t find what you’re seeking?

Sherman’s inter-library loan services link students to more than 5,000 other libraries across the globe. While those resources are impressive in their own right, one of the big showstoppers for students is still Sherman’s prized collection of “Green Books.”.

What are the Green Books?

What are the famed Green Books of chiropractic? They can actually be a bit hard to define. To start with, not all of the green books are green or all written by the same author. What many chiropractors agree on is that these books – first published between 1906 and 1961 – are among the early foundations of chiropractic science, art, and philosophy.

The Story Behind Early Chiropractic Research and the Publication of the Green Books

When D.D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, he quickly became fascinated by this new non-invasive approach to healthcare. D.D. Palmer began extensively researching the science behind chiropractic and documented many of his early insights.

D.D. Palmer’s work laid the foundations for chiropractic science, art, and philosophy

Those early writings were published in books with green binding  which is where these historical volumes get their name.

Although D.D. Palmer wrote some of the foundational green books, his son B.J. Palmer actually wrote the majority of them. He continued his father’s research as the philosophy and science of chiropractic evolved throughout the twentieth century.

Other green books were written by prominent faculty members of the Palmer School and other Palmer family members, with B.J.‘s blessing.

Top Green Books to Read While You Complete Your Chiropractic Degree

In total, there are 41 official green books. If you don’t have time to read all 41 volumes, take a look at some of the most influential ones to provide valuable context to your studies.

A Sherman student enjoys an afternoon at the Tom and Mae Bahan Library

The Palmer father-son team wrote the first of the green books. It’s titled “The Science of Chiropractic: Its Principles and Adjustments” and discusses the differences between chiropractic and osteopathy during the early days of chiropractic when the public often confused the two.

If the history of chiropractic piques your interest, read the 1961 green book “The Glory of Going On”, detailing the story of B.J. Palmer’s chiropractic career and legacy. Alternately, if you’d rather read early accounts of chiropractic adjustments in B.J. Palmer’s own words, read volume 18: “The Subluxation Specific  The Adjustment Specific.”

Have you read any Green Books while completing your chiropractic degree?

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