Doctor of Chiropractic Program

The Doctor of Chiropractic program at Keiser University prepares graduates to truly make a difference by helping  patients’ relieve pain, improve their mobility, and guide them to lead healthier lives. The program combines traditional lectures with small-group learning, weekly conferences and seminars, laboratory and experiential sessions, and clinical training opportunities — all with an emphasis on case-based relevancy for chiropractic practice, a profession dedicated to excellence in spine care.

Program Objectives

The chiropractic program is a rigorous professional program consisting of ten semesters of study which are completed over 40 months.  Throughout the ten semesters of study, a number of cross-cutting themes are embedded within the courses, enabling students to integrate their studies around a clinically relevant framework.

Students are able to integrate their studies within a clinically relevant framework, with cross-cutting themes such as chiropractic sports medicine, chiropractic general practice, and chiropractic geriatrics. Our Doctor of Chiropractic program emphasizes the promotion of evidence-based health care, interprofessional collaboration, and the highest standards of patient care and professional ethics. Our graduates will practice in a variety of clinical environments as team members in the health care system, becoming vital contributors to the well-being of all.

Program Mission and Vision

Our vision is to be the nation’s leading school of chiropractic medicine.  This vision implies a dual charge: to prepare Doctors of Chiropractic to serve the citizens of Florida and beyond, through excellence in care, education and research; and, to provide national and international leadership as an exemplar of chiropractic medical education.  Our vision will be realized to the extent that others follow us.

Our mission is to graduate caring, critically-thinking Doctors of Chiropractic focusing on spine-care, who will serve the needs of Florida’s citizens and beyond, to a diverse global society.  Our graduates are committed to the highest standards of professional ethics; life-long learning; and, inter-professional collaboration as team members in the delivery of health care.  We provide leadership to the chiropractic profession through excellence and innovation in education, research and patient care.

Email us or call the West Palm Beach Office of Admissions at 1-561-471-6000 or toll free at 1-888-534-7379 for more information regarding our Doctor of Chiropractic program!

Graduate Division Courses

Molecules and Cells 2.0 credit hours
Biochemistry 1 3.0 credit hours
Physiology 1 3.0 credit hours
Biochemistry 2 3.0 credit hours
Physiology 2 3.0 credit hours
Gross and Spinal Anatomy 1 8.0 credit hours
Histology 2.0 credit hours
Gross and Spinal Anatomy 2 2.0 credit hours
Gross Anatomy 3 5.0 credit hours
Embryology and Genetics 1.0 credit hour
Neuroscience 6.0 credit hours
Pathology 1 3.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics 1 3.0 credit hours
Principles of Chiropractic Practice 1 1.0 credit hour
Chiropractic Therapeutics 2 2.0 credit hours
Principles of Chiropractic Practice 2 1.0 credit hour
Chiropractic Therapeutics 3 2.0 credit hours
Principles of Chiropractic Practice 3 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development 1 1.0 credit hour
Clinical Case Conference 1 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development 2 2.0 credit hours
Grand Rounds 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development 3 1.0 credit hour
Grand Rounds 1.0 credit hour
Pathology 2 3.0 credit hours
Clinical Microbiology and Immunology 4.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 1 – Examination 2.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 2 – Introduction to Orthopedics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 3 – Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 4 – Orthopedics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 5 – Clinical Laboratory Seminar 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 6 – Neurology 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic Imaging 1 Technique 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic Imaging 2 Technique 2.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics 4 2.0 credit hours
Principles of Chiropractic Practice 4 1.0 credit hour
Chiropractic Therapeutics 5 – Clinical Nutrition 3.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics 6 2.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics 7 – Physiological Therapeutics 3.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics 8 4.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics 9 – Rehabilitation 3.0 credit hours
Clinical and Professional Development 4 2.0 credit hours
Grand Rounds 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development 5 2.0 credit hours
Clinical Practice 1 4.0 credit hours
Grand Rounds 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development 6 2.0 credit hours
Clinical Practice 2 4.0 credit hours
Grand Rounds 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 7 – Orthopedics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 8 – Systems Disorders 2.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 9 – Emergency Care 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 10 – Women’s Health and Chiropractic Pediatrics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 11 – Pharmacology 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 12 – Systems Disorders 2.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 13 – Chiropractic Geriatrics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 14 – Public Health 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences 15 – Topics in Contemporary Healthcare 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic Imaging 3 Technique and Interpretation 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic Imaging 4 Interpretation 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic Imaging 5 – Interpretation 1.0 credit hour
Chiropractic Therapeutics 10 – Nutritional Therapy Seminar 1.0 credit hour
Chiropractic Therapeutics 11 1.0 credit hour
Principles of Chiropractic Practice 5 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development 7 1.0 credit hour
Clinical Practice 3 – Pre-clerkship 2.0 credit hours
Grand Rounds 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development 7 2.0 credit hours
Clinical Practice 4 – Clerkship 6.0 credit hours
Grand Rounds 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development 9 1.0 credit hour
Clinical Practice 5 – Clerkship 10.0 credit hours
Grand Rounds 1.0 credit hour
Clinical Practice 6- Externship and/or Preceptorship 15.0 credit hours

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission to the DC program are required to hold a Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exceptional applicants with three years of undergraduate study (90 semester hours) will be considered for admission if spaces are available. Such students will be required to complete their Baccalaureate degree from Keiser University before graduation from the DC program. Pre-chiropractic coursework must include a minimum of 24 semester hours in life and physical science courses. These science courses will provided an adequate background for success in the DC program, and at least half of these courses will have a substantive laboratory component. The student’s undergraduate preparation must include a well-rounded general education program in the humanities and social sciences. Exceptional students with less than 24 hours in life and physical sciences may be considered for admission under an Alternative Admissions Track Plan, in accordance with the policy of the Council on Chiropractic Education.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university (although exceptional candidates for admission may be considered with 90 undergraduate credits, provided that they complete their baccalaureate degree prior to graduation from the DC program)
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours in life and physical sciences, with half of these having a substantive laboratory component (note – exceptional candidates with fewer than 24 semester hours in life and physical sciences may be considered for admission under the Alternative Admissions Track Plan)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate study
  • Two letters of recommendation from licensed health care providers
  • An interview (in person or by telephone) with the Dean and/or DCP faculty (note – an interview is not granted to all applicants)
  • Meet the technical standards for study in the DC program (with or without reasonable accommodation)

Required Documents for Admission

  • Submission of a completed Chiropractic College Application
  • Submission of official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation from licensed health care providers
  • A one-page personal statement describing intent to pursue the Doctor of Chiropractic degree
  • International/foreign students (other than Canadian) whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL test scores.
  • Successful background check

Keiser University Chiropractic Student Testimonial

Industry-experienced instructors, hands-on learning environment, and a student-first atmosphere – these are just some of the reasons Andrew Calderone chose Keiser University for his Doctorate in Chiropractic program. Watch and let Andrew share his thoughts about how a Keiser University education is preparing him for success.

Accreditation

The Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at the Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine is awarded programmatic accreditation by The Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321, Phone: (480)443-8877, Website: www.cce-usa.org.

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