Introduction to the Nervous System

Intro to the Nervous System Before Pursuing a Chiropractic Degree

Introduction to the Nervous System

The purpose of chiropractic care is to help remove interference from the nervous system so the body can perform optimally. As the nervous system controls and coordinates every function of the human body (as it does with other animals), a comprehensive understanding of how it works is an essential component of chiropractic training.

The nervous system is a complex network of nerves and cells that transmit signals from the brain and spinal cord to different parts of the body. Chiropractors examine the body as a whole while assessing nervous system function and potential compromises, or subluxations, in the spine. Students pursuing a chiropractic degree develop a thorough knowledge of human anatomy and neuroanatomy in extensive lecture and laboratory courses, in addition to hands-on courses in chiropractic adjusting techniques.

Here is a helpful introduction to how the nervous system works.

Central Nervous System‘s Role in Chiropractic Science

In vertebrate species, the nervous system consists of the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The major parts of the CNS are the brain and spinal cord, the body’s control center where sensory information is received, processed and acted upon. There are approximately 100 billion neurons in the brain’s gray matter, controlling both higher mental functions (consciousness, memory, voluntary actions) and lower body functions (respiration, digestion, heart rate, etc).

Introduction to the Nervous System

The spinal cord is a long, thin and tubular mass of bundled neurons extending from the brain, comprised of 31 segments, each containing a pair of spinal nerves. Students of chiropractic science understand that these are some of our most important peripheral nerves, acting as on- and off-ramps from the spinal cord to relay nerve impulses throughout the body and integrating reflexes to stimuli.

Peripheral Nervous System in Chiropractic Science

The smallest units in the nervous system are neurons, which are specialized cells that send signals in the form of electrochemical impulses rapidly and precisely to other cells. Long fibers called axons in the peripheral nervous system can form neural circuits and networks that inform our behavior and perception of the world. The PNS consists of somatic nerves that mediate voluntary movement, and the autonomic nervous system, which functions without conscious effort.

Introduction to the Nervous System

Nerves in the somatic system connect the brain and spinal cord with muscles and the skin’s sensory receptors. The autonomic system is further subdivided into the sympathetic, parasympathetic and enteric systems. The sympathetic division responds to stress, emotion, and exercise with changes in respiration, heart rate, stress hormones, and digestion. The parasympathetic works to return these functions to equilibrium when the body is at rest. The enteric nervous system works mostly independently to regulate digestion and function of the digestive organs.

Applying Knowledge of the Nervous System

Correcting and improving the nervous system’s function through regular chiropractic care has been shown to improve function, but more than that, because all body function is controlled by the nervous system, adjustments made throughout your chiropractic career can result in better overall health and wellness. This is because all of the body’s organs, systems, muscles and other tissues require proper nerve flow for them to function as intended. Subluxations in the spine inhibit the central nervous system’s ability to transmit signals to affected areas, which can create imbalances and functional problems elsewhere in the body. Chiropractic adjustments help correct subluxations so the body can function at its best.

Discover why Sherman College of Chiropractic gives students a distinct advantage in pursuing a chiropractic degree!

Patient-Centered Care

Why Patient-Centered Care is an Important Part of Any Chiropractic Career

patient-centered care

If you’re passionate about healthcare, you might have come across the term “patient-centered care.” There’s a good reason for this: as more and more healthcare professionals discover the benefits of putting patients first, the patient-centered approach has become ever more popular. While the focus on patient-centered care might be new in some healthcare fields, it certainly isn’t for chiropractic. In fact, patient-centered care has been an important part of chiropractic since the very beginnings of the profession. Here’s a closer look at why putting the patient first has always been important to chiropractic, and how adopting a patient-centered approach can help you make a difference in your community once you begin your career.

What is Patient-Centered Care?

Before delving into why patient-centered care is important to chiropractic, you’ll need to understand what patient-centered care is. Put simply, patient-centered care is about putting the patient first. It’s about informing the patient and including them in every decision that is made regarding their health.

When D.D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment on Harvey Lillard, he demonstrated a patient-centered approach. D. D. Palmer carefully listened to Lillard’s concerns and history explained how a precise adjustment could benefit him and ensured that Lillard was informed and included throughout the entire process. There’s a reason why chiropractic history remembers both the patient and the chiropractor that took part in the very first adjustment!

Ensures that Patients are Informed

Informing patients about the benefits of chiropractic is one of the first steps in adopting a patient-centered approach. That’s because only informed patients can confidently make decisions about their healthcare. To ensure that patients understand chiropractic concepts like subluxation and the body’s innate intelligence, budding doctors learn the best techniques for informing patients as they complete their chiropractic training.

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Empower Patients

For many patients, healthcare choices can sometimes seem intimidating. They might not understand why regular preventative care is important, or they may feel nervous about putting their health in the hands of another. But by informing patients and making them a central part of the decision-making process, chiropractors help to ease these concerns. Instead of being passive, their patients are empowered to take control of their healthcare.

Improves Retention Rates

When patients are informed and feel empowered about their health care, they’re more likely to understand the importance of regular chiropractic care. In addition, informing your patients and carefully listening to their concerns can help you build a close rapport. As a result, your patients will be more likely to return to your practice for continued care and to refer new patients to you. Throughout your chiropractic career, you’ll be able to see first-hand how a patient-centered approach leads to high retention rates!

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Often Leads to Better Healthcare

Above all else, the reason why chiropractors adopt a patient-centered approach is that it ultimately leads to better healthcare. As a chiropractor, nothing will feel more satisfying than knowing that you are making a real difference in the lives of your patients.

Are you ready to join this rewarding profession?

Find out how completing your chiropractic degree at Sherman College can put you on the path to success!

Sullivan Joins Sherman College Advancement Office

Roger SullivanSherman College of Chiropractic is pleased to announce that Roger Sullivan has joined the college as senior director of institutional advancement, responsible for donor cultivation, fundraising and public relations.

Sullivan comes to Sherman College with more than 30 years of experience, having served as senior partner with Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, a leading national fundraising consulting firm in Chicago, IL. While with the Panas firm, Sullivan directed campaigns with combined goals of over $450,000,000 for the Universities of Massachusetts and Texas, the Imagine NO Malaria mission of the worldwide United Methodist Church, and numerous other institutions. He also led the national major gifts program of the American Cancer Society Foundation. He most recently served as vice chancellor for advancement at USC Upstate.

“We are eager to welcome Roger to the Sherman College leadership team,” said Vice President for Business and Finance Karen Canup, C.P.A. “He has extensive experience in launching successful campaigns, building philanthropic support, and engaging individuals, foundations, boards and staff. We look forward to his contributions to Sherman College of Chiropractic.”

Locally, Sullivan is a member of the Spartanburg Downtown Rotary and Piedmont Clubs. He serves on the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Development Committee and as a Mentor for the Meeting Street Academy. He serves as a board member for the National Alliance for Mental Health, Spartanburg Chapter, and the York County (ME) Family Fund.

“I am thrilled by this opportunity to assist Sherman College’s ambitious growth plans,” Sullivan said, “to help magnify the healing force of chiropractic care, and to contribute to the evermore healthy goals of Spartanburg.”

Sullivan holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He holds certifications with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Philanthropy Tax Institute and the Institute for Charitable Giving.

Visit Your Future Campus

Visit a Campus Before Starting Your
Chiropractic Training

Visit your future campus

A campus visit can be one of the best ways to see if a chiropractic college is a right fit for you. It’s the perfect opportunity to speak with students and instructors, ask questions, and get a first-hand look at what your future college has to offer. It’s one of the reasons why Sherman offers many opportunities for prospective students to visit our campus. Whether you choose to visit during one of the quarterly Showcase Sherman weekends or for a personal tour at any point throughout the year, Sherman College happily welcomes potential students who might be considering a career in chiropractic.

Why are we so eager to show off our campus? Here are some of the benefits that come with visiting your future chiropractic college campus.

1. See School Facilities

One of the first things you might experience during a campus visit is the campus itself. Visiting your future campus offers many advantages—especially for students who want to begin their chiropractic training. During a campus visit at Sherman, for example, you will have the opportunity to check out our classroom settings, our learning resource center, and library, and maybe even our chiropractic museum!

You’ll also want to ensure you have a good look at our on-campus chiropractic clinic. That’s because if you enroll, you’ll spend time working there as a student intern. And with upcoming renovations set to take place, you’ll likely see a new and improved outpatient clinic by the time you begin your studies.

By seeing the facilities of your future campus up close, you’ll get a better understanding of what our college has to offer. You can see which resources you can use throughout your studies, and where to find them.

2. See Classes in Action at Chiropractic School

A chiropractic career is anything but your typical 9-5 job; it’s a hands-on healthcare profession, which is why you’ll need hands-on training to prepare for it! Many chiropractic colleges offer hands-on classes, clinic experience, and other opportunities for students to learn the precise art of adjusting patients.

But to be sure that the training you get is exactly what you’re looking for, it’s a good idea to sit in on a class or two. That’s where a campus visit can come in handy. If you attend during a Showcase Sherman weekend, you will take part in a sample palpation class. If you visit Sherman when classes are in session during a weekday tour, you may get the chance to sit in on one of our philosophy, science or hands-on technique classes. In fact, you may even get to see for yourself how our students get the hands-on experience they need to succeed after graduation.

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3. Know the City Where You Complete Your Chiropractic Training

Moving away to graduate school can be an intimidating experience. You might be leaving home for the first time, living in a new state, or even traveling to a new country. That’s a big change, which is why for many students, knowing a bit more about the city and school they’re moving to can make a big difference.

When you visit the Sherman campus, we recommend that you also take some time to visit Spartanburg. If you come for Showcase Sherman weekend, we’ll take you on a Spartanburg Living Tour of downtown, as well as a visit to several area apartment complexes to prepare you for relocation. If you come on an individual visit, we will give you all the information you need to explore the area. We’ll even help you secure a discounted accommodation rates if you decide to stay in Spartanburg for any nights in addition to the one(s) covered by the college.

4. Meet Students Currently Completing their Chiropractic Training

Of course, one of the best ways to know if a chiropractic school is right for you is to talk with its students. That’s because students can offer you answers to questions like “What do you enjoy most about your chiropractic education?” “What are instructors really like?” and even “How’s the food in the café?”

Visit your future campus

By speaking with students, you get a clear sense of just how welcoming and friendly your future campus will be when you enroll.  Say hello, introduce yourself, and get to know Sherman students! At Sherman College, we pride ourselves on our wonderful family environment.

Contact Sherman College to speak to one of our friendly advisors today to set up a visit to your future chiropractic school!

Better Together –Kyle and Courtney Geer

Kyle and Courtney Geer with Spine

Togetherness has been a theme for Kyle and Courtney Geer since they met at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) during their undergraduate studies. They went through the exercise science degree program together, dated and got engaged, graduated together, married, and then moved on to the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College together. And they graduated together for a second time on June 18.

The Geers discovered their passion for chiropractic during an externship experience at UNCC, where they had the opportunity to observe doctors of chiropractic in the Charlotte area. “We knew then it was definitely what we wanted to do,” Courtney says.

The couple toured chiropractic colleges looking for a program with personal attention and a family feel, similar to their small undergraduate program. “We had been in class with the same people each day and really liked that,” Courtney explains. “We didn’t want to be a number.”

They found that environment at Sherman College, with the bonus of being relatively close to their families in Charlotte; Courtney is from Charlotte, while Kyle was born in South Africa, grew up in New Jersey and transplanted to the Charlotte area Kyle and Courtney Geer Studyingduring college. The couple graduated from UNCC in May 2012, got married that November, and wasted no time before enrolling at Sherman in January 2013.

They say the college experience has been better together. “The chiropractic program rigorous, and it’s nice to have someone who understands exactly what you’re going through because that person is sitting next to you all day,” Kyle said of the couple’s experience. “It helps you to stay motivated to study. It pushes you to do better – not just to ‘get through’ classes but in trying to master as much information as possible and understand as much as possible.”
Courtney says having Kyle with her helped expand her focus to the end goal. “I would get down a rabbit hole of studying everything and trying to know everything,” she said of her tendency to concentrate on the now. “But Kyle kept me focused on applying that knowledge later.”

The couple has also taken advantage of the college’s specialized intern programs, gaining extra knowledge and experience in x-ray, patient Kyle and Courtney at Graduationeducation and mentoring their peers. “It really helps solidify everything,” Courtney says, “and it’s nice being able to help other students get through the clinical experience.”
Courtney says the highlight of her clinic experience was adjusting a six day-old baby in the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. It’s inspired her to focus on caring for families and kids. Kyle has enjoyed working with athletes, both on his own and through the college’s partnership that offers care to student athletes at Spartanburg Methodist College.

The couple plans to open a practice – together, of course – in the Charlotte area to be close to their families. They’ve recently learned that they’re carrying on a family tradition. Courtney and Kyle found a photo of her great grandfather with his 1926 graduating class from the now-closed Pennsylvania School of Chiropractic. “There’s chiropractic in my blood,” Courtney says.

Considering Starting your Chiropractic Degree? Here’s Why Chiropractic is a Growing Field

Many career experts agree—there has been no better time to start a chiropractic career than now. A combination of factors, including a growing understanding and appreciation of chiropractic’s wide-ranging health benefits and a population seeking natural and preventative solutions, make chiropractic one of the very best career options available today. Chiropractic has grown from its uniquely American roots to become a truly global force, with doctors of chiropractic practicing in more and more countries.

Chiropractic Ranked Profession with Best Job Security

In an article released earlier this year, MarketWatch named chiropractic as the number one profession for job security, with a mere 0.1% unemployment rate—the lowest among all professions reviewed. For the article, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed unemployment rates, estimated employment growth, median wages and more data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) among 564 occupations.

According to the BLS, the projected job growth for chiropractors through 2020 is twice as high as the 14 percent average for all U.S. occupations combined. It isn’t only the growing awareness and flourishing popularity of chiropractic resulting in such numbers. Chiropractors are also actively expanding the field by furthering innovative research, pursuing advanced training and creating specialized practices, by focusing on athletes, children and families, or even animals.

Why Chiropractic is a Growing Field

As the baby boomer generation ages, there is a growing population seeking health care to help them function at their best possible level. At the same time, increased interest in non-invasive approaches is motivating patients to choose alternatives to pharmaceuticals and surgery. Chiropractic care given by graduates of colleges with accredited doctor of chiropractic programs can help restore a patient’s proper nerve flow and ability to self-regulate and heal.

A chiropractic degree opens doors to a world of careers

A chiropractic degree opens doors to a world of careers

As more satisfied patients spread the word about chiropractic’s ability to help improve patients’ lives and health, doctors of chiropractic are finding that demand for their services is steadily rising. A growing body of knowledge available on the internet and other sources regarding the vitalistic approach to attaining and maintaining health and self-healing  is leading to greater recognition and popularity of chiropractic. According to the BLS, larger states and those with the most retirees, such as Florida, California, Illinois and Texas, have the highest employment levels for chiropractors.

Career Opportunities with a Chiropractic Degree

Growing demand for chiropractic means that graduates with a degree from an accredited chiropractic program have more options than ever to pursue their careers. The majority become sole practitioners, generally working in chiropractic offices and clinics. Some may work on wellness teams, at colleges or universities, at fitness facilities or with athletic organizations.

There are also career opportunities for chiropractors at various types of institutions working in education or research. As a result of increased acceptance from the World Health Organization and national health care systems around the world, there are more opportunities than ever for qualified doctors of chiropractic to serve their communities.

Are you interested in pursuing a chiropractic degree?

Visit Sherman College of Chiropractic to learn more about our integrated educational program.

What Top Colleges Teach Students about Chiropractic Science

At Sherman College, students learn about the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic. They learn the art of precisely adjusting patients and the philosophy that guides chiropractors to provide excellent patient care. But what about the science of chiropractic? To become a top chiropractor, you’ll need to know all three.

Fortunately, the right chiropractic college can help you gain the in-depth knowledge you need to become a doctor of chiropractic. At Sherman College of Chiropractic, for example, students delve deep into topics like anatomy, neuroanatomy, and many other crucial subjects so that they graduate with a thorough understanding of the science behind chiropractic.

Here’s a closer look at what you’ll learn about chiropractic science as you complete your studies, and how that knowledge will help you become the best chiropractor you can be.

Chiropractic Training Teaches Students Human Anatomy

Once you start your chiropractic studies, you’ll soon learn about the body’s innate intelligence, which is the body’s ability to heal itself and promote a state of optimal health. This is one of the core pillars of chiropractic philosophy, but you’ll also need a firm grasp of chiropractic science to fully understand all of the underlying components at work.

Introduction to the Nervous SystemAs you begin your chiropractor training, you’ll learn how the human body operates as a whole. Beginning with courses like Anatomy I, II and III, you’ll learn the gross and surface anatomy of each and every region of the body. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the musculature, osteology, and surface anatomy of the human body.

Neuroanatomy is a Crucial Part of Any Top Chiropractor Training

Of course, no understanding of chiropractic science is complete without a thorough understanding of neuroanatomy. Throughout your studies, you’ll learn that this is because the brain is central to regulating many of the body’s functions.

The brain carefully maintains a state of homeostasis throughout the body. It receives signals on everything from body temperature to blood oxygen levels and then responds to that information in order to maintain homeostasis, which is the optimal state at which the body functions best.

Students learn about the Axon Terminal during one of their classes at Sherman

Learning how the nervous system’s countless neurons and receptors work to maintain health takes time, and to many students it can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, professors at top colleges like Sherman teach small classes, and they are dedicated to answering student questions and providing support if ever you should need additional help during your studies.

Chiropractic Training Includes Courses on Pathology and Microbiology

If you’re passionate about chiropractic, you might already know that for doctors of chiropractic, preventative healthcare through natural and non-invasive means is the ideal approach to healthcare. Rather than simply wait for painful symptoms to arise, chiropractors provide regular, preventative care so that the body can work its best and heal itself.

But even if optimal health is the goal, a thorough education on the science of chiropractic also includes the study of pathology and microbiology. From cellular morphology to inflammatory changes, students at top chiropractic colleges gain a thorough foundation on which to build further knowledge in chiropractic technique, which leads to lasting, rewarding careers in chiropractic.

Ready to start your education at a top chiropractic college?

Discover Sherman’s commitment to patient care, excellent education, and chiropractic research by visiting our website or speaking to one of our friendly advisors.

2 Things You’ll Learn About Homeostasis During Your Chiropractic Training

As you begin your chiropractic training, you’ll learn how chiropractic helps keep patients healthy through the use of preventative and non-invasive care. That’s why regular chiropractic visits are so important—they help promote health before a symptom arises.

At the center of this preventative and natural healthcare model is the concept of homeostasis. What is homeostasis and why will it be an important part of your chiropractic education? Read on to find out.

1. Homeostasis is Important for Maintaining Health

If it was a warm summer day and you were outside enjoying the sun, your body might feel warm. In order for your body to bring its temperature back to an optimal level, it might begin to sweat, or perhaps signal thirst. However, if you were outside on a cold day, your body’s temperature would also be out of its ‘normal’ range and perhaps become cold. You might shiver, or want to bring your arms close to your body to keep warm. In both cases, your body is trying to bring your temperature back to normal levels—which is homeostasis in action.

Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to maintain a stable state within an optimal range of values.

Your body’s innate intelligence helps it heal cuts and maintain health

Homeostasis is in many ways a key to health and even life. Whether it’s the body’s kidneys regulating the amount of potassium, sodium, and phosphorus in the blood, or perhaps the liver ensuring that blood glucose levels remain consistent, the body is constantly striving for balance. In chiropractic science, the human body’s ability to maintain health and balance is often referred to as its innate intelligence.

2. Chiropractic Training Helps Ensure that Subluxations Are Corrected Before they Can Interfere with Health

From fighting off infections to keeping cool on a warm day, homeostasis helps ensure that the body stays healthy. But how does the body know to maintain these optimal levels? Through its nervous system, of course!

As the human body’s ‘command center’ the brain helps to regulate each organ and body function. Messages from the brain are carried through the spine and nerves to each part of the body, helping to maintain homeostasis. But if an interruption occurs along that system, it might not be able to maintain that balance as well as it should.

Professionals with chiropractic training know that subluxations can interfere with normal nerve function, making it harder for the body to maintain homeostasis. A subluxation occurs when vertebrae in the spine move out of position and put pressure on the nerves passing through. This pressure might be too small for a patient to feel, but it can interfere with the brain’s ability to communicate effectively with the body’s organs and maintain an optimal state of health.

Fortunately, when a chiropractor locates and corrects these subluxations, normal function can return and the brain can continue to maintain homeostasis—helping to prevent symptoms or dis-ease before they even occur.

Students learn to locate and correct subluxations during their chiropractic training

In this way, chiropractors work with the body’s innate intelligence to keep patients healthy and safe.

Are you interested in pursuing a chiropractic career and performing meaningful chiropractic research?

Contact Sherman to learn more about our Research Department and our Doctor of Chiropractic program!

3 Patient Education Tips to Use Once You Start Your Chiropractic Career

When it comes to attracting new patients, retaining current patients, and helping your community stay healthy, few options are as effective as patient education. That’s because informed patients understand the benefits of regular chiropractic care. They know why it’s an important part of living a healthy life, and they might even explain those benefits to their friends and family—helping to grow your practice and spread the benefits of chiropractic to even more patients.

But while the benefits of patient education might be well known, sometimes it can be tricky for chiropractors to understand the best approaches for explaining chiropractic without using too many intimidating or scientific terms. That’s why top chiropractic colleges include patient education classes right into their curriculum so that you graduate with the skills you need to smoothly introduce patients to the health benefits of this growing healthcare field.

If you’re a current student or are considering a career in chiropractic, your education will provide you with the patient education strategies you need to succeed. But if you’d like to get a head start on your studies, here are a few quick tips for you to keep in mind.

1. Include Patient Education Information on Your Website Once You Begin Your Chiropractic Career

In today’s digital age, one of the best and easiest ways for chiropractors to educate their patients is through their practice’s website. Why? As it turns out, many patients will often turn to the web when seeking medical advice. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, “72% of internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year.” That means that if you want to expand the knowledge of both your patients and the general population, online tools might be your best bet.

Many patients search for healthcare information online

Once you begin your chiropractic career, try adding in a patient education section to your practice’s website. You could include a quick page of frequently asked questions about chiropractic, where patients could find the answers to many of their top questions. You could even include a blog where you delve into more complex topics like the body’s innate intelligence and the science behind subluxations.

Through these blogs and web pages, your current patients (as well as potential future patients) can quickly learn about the benefits of chiropractic—and begin their journey to a healthier life.

2. Use Social Media Throughout Your Chiropractic Career

To help attract viewers to your blog and website, you might want to create a social media account or two after completing your chiropractic education. That’s because according to recent statistics, as many as “40% of consumers say that information found via social media affects the way they deal with their health.”

On top of that, “90% of respondents from 18 to 24 years of age said they would trust medical information shared by others on their social media networks,”—especially if that information comes from a trusted source like a doctor of chiropractic.

Patients often use social media to learn more about healthcare

As a result, social media is one of the easiest ways for chiropractors to educate many patients and prospective patients at once.

3. Keep Brochures Handy at Your Chiropractic Practice

Even though online searches are becoming more and more popular, that doesn’t mean doctors of chiropractic can ignore more traditional patient education tools like brochures and posters. Once you begin your career in chiropractic, one good way to inform patients is to provide them with brochures. You can circle important information, and also include contact details so that they won’t forget to book their next appointment. They might even pass their brochure to a friend or family member, which can help educate even more people on the benefits of chiropractic.

Want to begin your chiropractor training so that you can educate patients on the benefits of chiropractic?

Visit Sherman to discover our well-rounded and hands-on chiropractic program.



3 Scholarships You Could be Eligible for as You Complete Your Chiropractic Degree

3 Scholarships You Could be Eligible For Today

Alumni success stories

It’s no secret that chiropractic is an in-demand field, and that future doctors of chiropractic can look forward to both a good salary and good job security. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” That increased demand for chiropractors comes from an increasing awareness of the benefits of chiropractic, as patients search for preventative and non-invasive options.

“People across all age groups are increasingly becoming interested in alternative or complementary healthcare,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chiropractic care is appealing to patients because chiropractors use nonsurgical methods of care and do not prescribe drugs.

This means that pursuing a chiropractic degree is a sound investment—not just in the health of your community, but in your future financial health as well. However, finances can sometimes be a source of stress for students completing their chiropractic studies. They might know that a bright future lies in store for them, but still, want the peace of mind that comes with financial security as they study. That’s why the scholarships available to Sherman College students can make a big difference to those completing their chiropractic training.

What type of financial aid might you be eligible for once you start your chiropractic studies? Read on to discover three of the many scholarships offered at Sherman.

1. The Beane Family Scholarship: A Touching Legacy in Honor of a Dedicated Family

When it comes to leaving a lasting legacy, many families choose to create a scholarship fund. Scholarships such as these can help future generations of chiropractors make their mark in the world, and the benefits of these generous gifts continue reverberating throughout each new generation.

At Sherman College, we are lucky to be part of such a generous and forward-thinking community. That’s why many of our students can benefit from scholarships like the Beane Family Scholarship.

Dr. Ercil and Maxine Beane worked tirelessly to bring their passion for chiropractic to the world. They traveled across the globe, inspiring new generations by teaching them about the benefits of chiropractic care and encouraging them to enter the field of chiropractic. In fact, some of Sherman’s very own professors were first introduced to chiropractic by the Beanes!

2. The Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship: A Lasting Gift to the Field of Chiropractic Science

Many Sherman scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional community service—and there’s an important reason for that. These scholarships honor the exceptional commitments of stellar members of our community, like Samuel and Sandra Berkowitz.

During the 1990s, the benefits of chiropractic were less known than they are today, many chiropractic colleges faced an uncertain future. However, with the support and help of its supporters, particularly including Dr. Sam and Sandra Berkowitz, Sherman was able to weather these tough times. That generosity hasn’t been forgotten and as Sherman thrives today, so too does the Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship.

Receiving this top scholarship isn’t just a helpful financial boost for a student, it’s also an important honor.

3. The Legacy Scholarship: An Opportunity for the Study of Chiropractic Science to Transcend Generations

Many students at Sherman College first discover their passion for chiropractic science through a friend or member of their family. It’s no surprise that this is often the case since chiropractic is a tight-knit and caring community.

If you have a parent who is a Sherman alumnus, that might mean that you are eligible for the Legacy Scholarship. This scholarship can be renewed for the entire duration of your studies—as long as you maintain a full course load and suitable grades.

And if you don’t have an alumnus parent, don’t worry. Sherman also offers both a family discount and a marriage discount. So if you have a family member or spouse enrolled at Sherman, you can both receive a discount on your tuition.

scholarships you could be eligible for

Is your spouse a student at Sherman College? If so, you might be eligible for our marriage discount.

Speak with one of our friendly advisors to find out how we can help you begin your chiropractic education on the right foot.