5 Popular Questions about Chiropractic

A Sherman student discusses chiropractic with a patient at the campus clinic

A Sherman student discusses chiropractic with a patient at the campus clinic

Chiropractic is still a relatively new health care profession, discovered in 1895. And although scientific evidence continues to accumulate regarding its positive impact on health, and public demand for chiropractic is on the rise, a number of questions about its purpose and application persist.

Many Doctors of Chiropractic take on roles as educators. They work at colleges and within their communities to raise awareness about the true nature of chiropractic as a natural, holistic addition to their health care regime.

Considering pursuing chiropractic training to become a D.C.? Read on to discover which questions you might encounter while working with patients – or myths you may even believe yourself!

Question #1. Is the Purpose of Chiropractic to Treat Pain or Symptoms?

No! Many people only visit their chiropractor when they experience pain. Like patients who only seek out a dentist when it’s time for a root canal, these people are missing out on the true purpose of chiropractic, which is to facilitate optimal health by keeping the body functioning at its best at all times.

Chiropractic adjustments – much like regular teeth cleanings, a healthy diet and exercise – help the body perform at its best. Rather than treating any particular ailment or disease, chiropractic helps the central nervous system do what it does best – maintain clear communication with the rest of body’s systems for optimal performance and overall wellness.

Question #2. Is Chiropractic Focused Specifically on Back and Neck Problems?

Many people associate chiropractic with back pain, neck pain and headaches. There is a widespread belief that D.C.s only focus on the back and neck, and that the benefits of care are confined to this area. But there is so much more to chiropractic. Chiropractors locate and correct vertebral misalignments (subluxations) as a means of promoting whole-body health – not to “fix” back problems.

Chiropractic education focuses on the whole body, examining the spine and nervous system and whether or not an obstruction, or interference, exists, resulting in a disconnection in the effectiveness of the body’s own natural (inborn) healing ability. Doctors of chiropractic identify these interferences and apply a gentle, specific, scientific force to help the body restore natural balance and healing.

Question #3. Is Chiropractic Appropriate for Babies and Young Children?

Absolutely! Maintaining good health is a worthy goal at any age. More and more parents bring their children to D.C.s to be checked and, if needed, gently adjusted. Regular checks for newborns, toddlers and teens are a great way to locate and correct subluxations early on and promote overall health during the critical years of physical development.

A Sherman student adjusts a young patient at the campus clinic

A Sherman student adjusts a young patient at the campus clinic

Question #4. Are Chiropractic Adjustments Dangerous?

No – in fact, the preventative and non-invasive nature of chiropractic makes it one of the safest health care applications in the world.

The sound that sometimes accompanies an adjustment may make some patients nervous because they wrongly believe that their bones are being “cracked.”

In truth, the sound comes from the joints between the bones. During an adjustment, the joint is briefly unlocked so that it can return to its optimal and natural positioning. As the joint unlocks, pressure may escape and cause an audible “click”.

Question #5. Do Doctors of Chiropractic Lack Training as Compared to Medical Doctors?

No. Doctors of Chiropractic receive a thorough and rigorous education. Like medical doctors, they spend several years studying human science, and they develop a comprehensive understanding of neuroanatomy, the musculoskeletal system, pathology, and microbiology. They also study ethics and chiropractic philosophy, conduct research, and engage in community service.

Chiropractic college curricula are challenging, and most programs include between 4,220 – 5,265 classroom hours, and a total of three and a half years of education following their undergraduate study.

In addition, institutions like Sherman College of Chiropractic also provide students with a personalized, thorough clinical experience so they can hone their technical skills and build confidence in a professional setting. Graduates of leading chiropractic programs are highly skilled, expertly trained, and have the hands-on experience necessary to launch their own practice directly after graduation.

Are you interested in pursuing a chiropractic career? Visit the Sherman website to see if our college is the right fit for you.

Free Sherman Teleconferences Feature Elite Chiropractic Speakers-August 2015

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Free Sherman Teleconferences Feature Elite Chiropractic Speakers

As a leadership resource for students, alumni and chiropractors in the field, Sherman College of Chiropractic’s weekly “Sherman Connect” teleconference program brings elite guest speakers to anyone with telephone access. Featured Connect speakers present a free, hour-long teleseminar, sharing some aspect of the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic and its successful application in practice.

“These calls give us a great opportunity to bring our students, alumni and other field chiropractors together and provide a valuable resource for our fellow visionaries,” says Sherman President Edwin Cordero, D.C. “It is vital for us to grow the vision of chiropractic’s promise to the world. We invite our colleagues to take advantage of this opportunity to hear top speakers in the profession and renew their enthusiasm for chiropractic.”

Speakers for the remainder of the 2015 Sherman Connect program include Kathy Mills Chang, Joel Kinch, D.C., Lyle Koca, D.C., Shawn Dill, D.C., Jay Korsen, D.C., Troy Dukowitz, D.C., Andy Roberts, D.C., Sherman College students, Bobby Braile, D.C., Lacey Book, D.C., Jason Sabo, D.C., Tedd Koren, D.C., and Angus Pyke, D.C.

A full schedule of speakers for the weekly calls is available at www.sherman.edu/connect. Listeners may join the call live or listen to select archived files on the college web site. Top archived calls from 2012 are available for purchase on jump drive via the college as well.

CALL INSTRUCTIONS
At the scheduled date and time of the conference call, dial the conference line (209-647-1600) and enter the access code (577840#) when prompted. The call itself is free, but if you call from a landline, long-distance charges may apply. Skype can also be used to connect.

Interns Join Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College-July 2015

New Interns at Sherman Health Center Summer 2015August 4, 2015

Interns Join Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College

Twenty-six interns celebrated the entrance of the final phase of their chiropractic education on July 17 during a pinning ceremony at the Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center. The Chiropractic Health Center, located at 2020 Springfield Road in Boiling Springs, is a teaching clinic for chiropractic students in their final stage of internship prior to graduation from the doctor of chiropractic program.

The teaching environment, coordinated by licensed doctors of chiropractic, allows interns to practice chiropractic under close supervision and constant consultation. Because the clinic is open to the public, residents in Upstate South Carolina experience excellent chiropractic care at affordable prices through nearly 30,000 patient visits per year.

During the ceremony, interns took the Pledge of Professionalism. A charge was given by Executive Vice President Neil Cohen, D.C., and the interns’ nametags were officially presented them to be pinned onto their blue clinic jackets.

“Sherman students transitioning into their clinical internship at the Health Center are well prepared to deliver quality and effective care to our friends and neighbors in the greater Spartanburg area,” said Dean of Clinic Operations and Outreach Dwayne Hoskins, D.C. “These students are the future of the chiropractic profession. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Sherman College Health Center, we are proud and excited to welcome the newest class of chiropractic interns.”

In the clinical phase of the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College, interns practice every aspect of patient care, including case histories, physical and spinal examinations, x-ray, diagnosis, report of findings, chiropractic adjustments and case management. Interns are encouraged to work with the research department to advance the profession with evidence based study; they also complete remaining clinical and business courses.

The chiropractic internship also gives these senior students the opportunity to participate in community events, both in the Health Center and off campus – including spinal screenings, health fairs, school visits, and lunch-and-learn programs – to help them build communication, leadership and community relations skills so they are well prepared for practice following graduation.

The Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visits are $15; visits for students, military members and seniors are $10; special rates are available for families. Walk-ins are accepted, but it is best to call 864-578-8777 for a set appointment with any of our interns, including these who have joined the Health Center:

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Tecia J Pitts
Landon P Revord

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Brittany R Seeley
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Casey A Wisniewski
Andrew J Yoder

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For more information, visit www.sherman.edu/hc .

 

Mentos

Mentos experimentWhen I got home to TN from Spartanburg Thursday night (yes, that is right, I have no Friday classes this quarter) my oldest daughter told me that I needed to take her to the store to buy some stuff for the “coolest experiment ever.” She wanted to show me what happens when you put Mentos in Coke. I told her we should make to experiment even better we should get Coke and Sprite to see which works better!

I love the excitement that children bring to life and discovery. As a chiropractic nerd, I enjoy taking every opportunity I can to educate my daughters on their health and the amazing body that God has made. I think the Coke and Nentos experiment shows the “all or none” principle quite nicely.

When the first Mentos was dropped in the Sprite, a reaction happened and the sprite fizzed over. After the first Mentos, it did not matter how many more where dropped in – there was not enough carbon dioxide left to form a second reaction.

Compare this to the Coke. Yes, the first Mentos made a fountain of fizz, but so did the second and third. There was enough carbon dioxide left to cause a second and third reaction. When your body has enough energy for an action potential your nerves will fire, but there is also a period after a nerve fires that it will be very hard for it fire again because all the energy is used up. Next time I want to try Mountain Dew and see what happens!

How a Website Benefits Your New Chiropractic Practice

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Have you completed your comprehensive chiropractic education and are eager to begin helping people in your community with the skills you have worked to develop? Developing a successful chiropractic practice takes more than the applied technical and theoretical knowledge you have accumulated during your studies. Effective marketing practices are an important part of establishing an accomplished clinic, and today more than ever, that means creating a good website. People use the Internet for nearly everything these days, and an attractive and functional website is a great way to showcase your practice while making it easy for potential patients to find you.

What to Include on Your Website

Your website should be appropriate to your practice, informing new patients about how chiropractic can impact their health, providing general educational content about chiropractic care, and simplifying the process of contacting you for a visit. A website is often a patient’s first introduction to you, so it’s important that your site looks professional and functions efficiently to provide a positive impression that reflects your excellent service. Your website can serve to answer common questions that you would receive at the office, encouraging prospective patients and showing them that you want to help them reach their full health potential for optimal performance.

A chiropractic website doesn’t need to be very complicated – in fact, you’ll want to provide the necessary information in as simple a manner as possible, with clear and succinct content, attractively laid out images and intuitive navigation between webpages. Group content according to well organized sections with subheadings and spacing designed to make it easily readable. Your homepage should emphasize your core messaging with large images, clear menu options and perhaps a video. Popular pages to include on your website include an About section describing your chiropractic degree and licensure  and more about you, as well as frequently asked questions by new patients, testimonials, services and a “contact us” page.

Tips for a More Effective Chiropractic Website

Plenty of web design templates are available online to create your own website, but it might be worth your while to hire a professional if you desire a more innovative and user-friendly design. To be easily found on mobile browsers and Google searches, it is ideal to use responsive design to ensure your site works on all devices. Regularly updating your site with blogs, articles and social media integration will encourage return visits from a loyal clientele while enhancing your search engine optimization (SEO). Never copy content directly from other websites, as it will be penalized by search engines. Test your site when it is ready to go, and launch it with promotion on business cards, ads and social networking sites.

 

Building on an Excellent Chiropractic Education

Fortunately, chiropractic training and comprehensive education at Sherman College will more than adequately prepare you for executing a successful business strategy. Students learn the essentials of practice management and automated office procedures during course work, discovering how to build and maintain a referral practice with an introduction to numerous business strategies that can be leveraged when launching your practice. The 264-hour practice management observation elective offers qualified student extensive field experience in all aspects of office best practices, including developing effective public relations and marketing. Sherman’s Apple Initiative, advanced technology and multimedia tools will ensure you have the business and technological skills to support your new chiropractic practice.

Interested in training for a career in chiropractic? Visit Sherman College of Chiropractic to explore our unique program!

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Get the Most out of Your Readings: Retention Tips for Busy Chiropractic Students

Sherman students hit the books at our campus cafe

Sherman students hit the books at our campus cafe

Whether you’re a recent grad or a returning student, fitting coursework into a busy schedule can sometimes feel like a balancing act.

For chiropractic students with families and other responsibilities outside of school, some degree of strategy is called for when it comes to class readings. Simply skimming a textbook or article and hoping for the best is probably not your safest bet for exam prep – or truly enjoying the learning experience!

Fortunately, a few time-tested tricks can help with reading comprehension, so you can better absorb new material, get the most out of your chiropractic education, and launch your new career with confidence.

Read on to discover four retention tips that really work.

1. Mindmap Major Concepts

For reading-heavy subjects like philosophy and the history of chiropractic, summarizing a paragraph, chapter or timeline with a mindmap can really help with recall later on.

A mindmap is a visual tool that can help you organize concepts and define key terms. The map usually has one key topic or term in the middle –like “vertebral subluxation” or “B.J. Palmer” and then branches out to illustrate its meaning or related ideas. Here’s a quick guide for getting started with mindmaps.

2. Explain Ideas to Make them Stick

Summarizing material in your own words is a great way to check for understanding and ensure that important content sticks in your long term memory. You might discuss readings with your classmates, explain an important concept to a willing friend, or practice condensing and writing what you know.

Find that you can’t fully explain a key idea? You’ll know exactly which part of the reading to review, or what questions to prepare for your next class.

Sherman students talk over course material in the college Atrium

Sherman students talk over course material in the college Atrium

3. Find a Quiz Partner

During the course of your chiropractic education, you’ll find that some courses – like anatomy – require a great deal of memorization. You’ll want to practice terms and quiz yourself, but nothing beats a study partner for improving comprehension and memory.

When you study at a friendly, welcoming chiropractic college like Sherman, finding a quiz partner is easy. Whether by text, in person, or over the phone, creating and completing periodic mini-tests can help verify that both of you understand course material, which means you learn as you go, rather than cramming for exams at the last minute.

4. Read Out Loud to Boost Your Concentration

Studies have shown that we read best when there are no distractions. But, if you’re still having trouble concentrating even in a quiet study environment, try reading out loud.

Reading out loud can help you catch yourself when you’re feeling a bit tired and your mind starts wandering. It’s also a great way to help cement key concepts into your long term memory.

When you look at text, your brain learns through visual channels. When you read out loud, you tap into auditory learning. For some students, the combination of both approaches helps reinforce comprehension and enhance recall.

Are you interested in pursuing a chiropractic career? Discover the benefits of working in chiropractic by exploring our career outlook page.

An Introduction to the Art and Science of Chiropractic Technique

Students learn different adjusting techniques at Sherman College

Students learn different adjusting techniques at Sherman College

Students beginning their chiropractic studies can look forward to learning a wide range of techniques with which to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxations. In addition to understanding the difference between terms like Gonstead and Toggle Recoil, D.C.s-to-be will develop a deep appreciation for the precise art and science of the chiropractic adjustment – the breadth of technical and theoretic knowledge they need to establish successful careers after graduation.

Read on for an introduction to chiropractic technique with insights from Sherman College’s Dr. Ron R. Castellucci, chair of the Chiropractic Technique Department.

Doctors of Chiropractic Use Diversified Technique

“Many chiropractors mistakenly believe Diversified technique to be an assortment of non-specified manual adjustment techniques with no origin” says Dr. Castellucci. “On the contrary,” he explains, “Diversified technique has its roots with BJ Palmer as he was experimenting with various methods of adjusting the spine.”

Diversified technique is as old as the practice itself (although it was later modified and refined by Dr. Otto Reinert of Logan College). It involves short, specific, powerful thrusts delivered by hand that help realign the spine. It is one of the most widely used chiropractic techniques today.

Gonstead Technique Helps Chiropractors Correct Subluxations

The Gonstead Technique was first developed by the famous doctor of chiropractic, Dr. Clarence Gonstead, who was a student and contemporary of B.J. Palmer. During the 1920s, Gonstead established one of the most successful chiropractic practices in history. Working long hours, he saw as many as 300 to 400 patients a day.

During the course of his extraordinary and prolific chiropractic career, Gonstead developed his own technique. Named in his honor, the Gonstead technique emphasizes the importance of the spine’s fundamental alignment. Dr. Gonstead noticed that misalignments caused the body to compensate along other points of the spine, and developed the concept of “primary” vs “secondary” subluxations, which are analyzed and corrected differently.

As a pioneer and innovator, Dr. Gonstead also developed the Hi-Lo and knee-chest tables to help facilitate specific adjustments. “Chiropractors adjust a patient seated in a special chair or lying on his or her side because of the contributions of Clarence Gonstead” Dr. Castellucci explains.

Chiropractors use Toggle Recoil to Align the Bones of the Neck

“Toggle Recoil, developed by B.J. Palmer, is one of the original techniques in the chiropractic profession.” says Dr. Castellucci. It was a technique taught in early chiropractic colleges, and because of its effectiveness, is still an enduring part of chiropractic education today.

“The focus of toggle recoil,” Castellucci explains, “is the upper cervical spine, specifically the atlas and axis (1st and 2nd bones in the neck).”

“The construct is that everything in the body is controlled by the brain by nerves that pass through the spine, yet all of these nerves must exit the skull passing through the atlas and axis. If these two bones are misaligned (subluxated), the entire nerve system will be interfered with and the entire body adversely affected.”

Chiropractors Use Analytical Procedures to Identify Subluxations

Of course, before using any of these techniques a chiropractor must first evaluate the patient carefully to determine which technique will be most beneficial.

Dr. Castellucci explains that “the analysis of a subluxation involves a health history, palpation evaluation, thermograph study, leg checks, and often, x-rays.” This thorough process of assessment involves many different tools for identifying misalignments.

Chiropractors become proficient to use their hands to feel any potential subluxations along a patient’s spine. This is known as a palpation examination.

Another method chiropractors use to identify subluxations is thermography. Thermography shows which parts of a patient’s nervous system and surrounding soft tissue emit the most heat. Any inflamed areas will be highlighted, confirming the presence of a vertebral subluxation.

Doctors of chiropractic also use x-rays when necessary. Dr. Castellucci confirms that “X-rays are used to assess the position of the bony structures of the spine as well as to rule out any reason not to adjust the spine.”

But, Dr. Castellucci emphasizes, “perhaps the most important part of analysis is the post check. This is intended to assess whether or not the correction was made through the spinal adjustment.”

Interested in learning more about chiropractic technique and the Sherman College training program? Why not book a tour of our campus and talk to our professors in person!

4 Benefits of Studying at Sherman College of Chiropractic

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Sherman students enjoy the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the Sherman College campus

At the outset, finding a college that fits well with your learning needs and your profession goals can seem like challenging work! But once you’ve defined which key characteristics to look for, it is much easier to narrow down the list of potential candidates.

Most prospective chiropractic students are looking for a college with three main attributes:

  1. A friendly and nurturing environment where expert instructors encourage students to reach their full potential
  2. Opportunities to get hands-on experience and interact with real patients
  3. State-of-the art facilities in which they will become familiar with the latest tools, research and technique

The best chiropractic colleges strive to provide students with all three of these benefits so they can develop the skills and confidence needed to launch successful careers after graduation – and Sherman is no exception. Read on to discover if Sherman College of Chiropractic has what it takes to be your perfect post-secondary match!

Sherman’s Friendly Environment Nurtures Students toward Professional Success

Whether you’re a recent graduate or a mature student looking to jumpstart a new, satisfying career, making the transition to grad school can feel intimidating. Classes and exams might feel stressful, or – if you’re moving away from home – you might be worried about adjusting to new surroundings.

These feelings are a normal part of adapting to college life, but will subside quickly in a welcoming learning environment that feels like family.

The Sherman College community is close-knit, and we pride ourselves on offering a non-intimidating, nurturing environment. Our curriculum may be rigorous, but each Sherman employee, from our on-campus support staff to our helpful faculty, is committed to helping every student transition from applicant to student to successful Doctor of Chiropractic.

A Sherman instructor helps a student hone his technical skills

A Sherman instructor helps a student hone his technical skills

Sherman’s Clinic Offers Practical Chiropractic Experience

Doctors of chiropractic work with their hands. They use their expert knowledge and training to perform manual adjustments that help enhance patients’ overall health and wellbeing. Although theory plays an important role in their preparation, students also need hands-on experience to prepare for successful chiropractic careers.

Located right on campus, the Sherman clinic offers cutting-edge technology and the chance for students to hone their chiropractic skills in a professional environment, under the guidance of experienced instructors. That means that once they graduate, Sherman students are already comfortable with patient care, understand how to operate a practice, and can start work right away.

Sherman students use the latest digital x-ray technology

Sherman students use the latest digital x-ray technology

Sherman Students are Motivated by an Inspiring Chiropractic Philosophy

There are several ways Sherman stands out among other chiropractic colleges, and one of the most significant is our philosophy of chiropractic and approach to healthcare. Sherman students are skilled in helping the body heal itself. Rather than merely treating symptoms as they arise, our graduates facilitate optimization and prevention – an approach that can help patients avoid dependence on pharmaceuticals and surgery, and improve their patients’ overall quality of life.

Campus Learning Resources Set Sherman Apart

As students progress through their chiropractic training, they benefit enormously from access to a range of informational resources to complement course material and conduct research.

Sherman’s on-campus chiropractic museum and library offer students the software and research tools they need to become experts in their field. They can conduct online research, write papers, and exchange emails in our multimedia center. And they can examine historic chiropractic artifacts first-hand at the Brown House Chiropractic Museum.

Apple technology in the classrooms maximizes students’ access to course material beyond traditional lecture-based learning and helps prepare students for even greater success in a technologically advanced global society.

A Sherman students gets comfortable at the campus library

A Sherman students gets comfortable at the campus library

Want to find out more about what Sherman has to offer? Why not book a tour of our campus and come see for yourself!

Eighteen Complete Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Sherman College

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Dr. Cordero with June and September Graduates

Eighteen students from around the world received the doctor of chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The commencement was a shared ceremony for June and September 2015 graduates.

Nicole Marie Dearing of New York, recipient of the Milton W. Garfunkel Award, presented the farewell address to her classmates. The Garfunkel Award is the highest award given at graduation. Students receiving this honor must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and in addition, best exemplify those qualities Sherman College would like to inculcate in all of its graduates: love of the profession, an understanding of the philosophy, willingness to share, and service to the college and community.

Dearing also received the Academic Achievement Award. The Academic Achievement Award is given to the individual in each graduating class who maintains the highest grade point average throughout his or her studies at Sherman College.

The Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Lisa Alexandra Blanton of Michigan in recognition of her successful practice in the Health Center. This award is given to an intern who has diligently worked to develop skills in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, maintained an “A” average in the clinical program and exhibited superior overall clinical performance and professionalism.

The commencement address was given by John H. Porter, Jr., D.C., a 1977 graduate of Sherman College of Chiropractic. Porter joined the college faculty in 1979 and is an associate professor of clinical sciences; he was a member of the college’s Chiropractic Health Center faculty from 1982-1985. Porter teaches courses in Toggle Recoil and Full Spine. He received the Service to Sherman College Award in 1992 and was named Faculty Member of the Year in 1994. Porter has maintained a private practice in Spartanburg, South Carolina for the past 34 years, where daughter Princess Porter Fowler, D.C., (also a Sherman College graduate) joined him in 2003.

Claudia E. Seay, D.C., director of student clinics and a professor of clinical sciences at Sherman
College, delivered the charge to the graduates. She has been with Sherman College for 28 years and has served the college in many roles, including dean of clinics and lead faculty doctor. She has coordinated the college’s Clinic Challenge Experience since its development in 2010. Seay has maintained a private practice, Everett Chiropractic Life Center, in Greer and currently Boiling Springs, SC, since 1981. Sherman College has honored her with the Distinguished Service Award in 1988 and the Spirit of Sherman College Award in 2005. She was named Faculty Member of the Year in 1999. In 2013 she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sherman College Chapter of the League of Chiropractic Women.

The doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College requires students to complete more than 4,800 hours (14 quarters) of classroom and laboratory study and also includes an internship in the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. To enter the D.C. program, students must have at least 90 semester hours of college-level courses, including courses in the sciences.