Sherman College of Chiropractic President Dr. Edwin Cordero and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico President Dr. Jorge Iván Vélez-Arocho at the agreement signing. Back row, second from left is PUCPR Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Leandro A. Colón Alicea; third from left is Sherman College Director of Hispanic and Presidential Initiatives Miguel Hastings; and third from right is PUCPR Vice President of Student Affairs Freddi Martínez Sotomayor.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico (PUCPR) and Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, have signed a Three-Plus-One agreement to accelerate student admission into the doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College and help students earn both their bachelor’s and doctor of chiropractic degrees faster.

As part of the agreement, which was signed on January 30, pre-chiropractic students will complete their first three years toward a bachelor’s degree at PUCPR prior to admission to Sherman College. Then, upon successful completion of the first year at Sherman College, students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree from PUCPR. This agreement will allow PUCPR students to go from high school to doctor of chiropractic degree a year faster, completing both the undergraduate and first professional degree in just 6½ years.

Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero says the agreement presents an attractive option for PUCPR students who hope to reach their career goals faster and enjoy a career that plays a significant role in health promotion. “Sherman College is excited to welcome PUCPR students who are looking to join a health care career that will allow them to bring principled chiropractic care to their communities and make a difference in the lives of others,” he said. Also representing Sherman at the agreement signing was Director of Hispanic and Presidential Initiatives Miguel Hastings.

“This agreement, unique in Latin America, will revolutionize the field of chiropractic in Puerto Rico,” said PUCPR President Dr. Jorge Iván Vélez-Arocho. Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Leandro A. Colón Alicea and Vice President of Student Affairs Professor Freddi Martínez Sotomayor also represented PUCPR at the signing.

At Sherman College of Chiropractic, students learn from experienced faculty in a hands-on, highly individualized learning environment that makes for extraordinary success among graduates. The three-and-a-half year program is focused and rigorous, including two years of internship experience in college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. Chiropractic students engage in all aspects of patient care to develop clinical competency and prepare for practice.

Sherman College continually works to establish articulation agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with undergraduate institutions around the world to facilitate admission to its doctor of chiropractic program. For more information on such agreements, contact the Sherman College Admission Office or call 800-849-8771, ext. 221, email or go to