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Palmer College of Chiropractic

Known as The Fountainhead, Palmer College of Chiropractic is a private post-secondary school that specializes in chiropractic education. The school was founded by Daniel David Palmer in 1897 as the Palmer School and Cure. It was the first chiropractic school in the world, and most schools that came after were established by alumni of Palmer College. The main campus is located in Davenport, Iowa, but the school also has campuses in San Jose, California, and Port Orange, Florida. In 1995, the school founded the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research which is the largest and most well-funded research center in the chiropractic education community.

Educational Programs

Palmer College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education to award undergraduate and graduate degrees. The school has also been approved by the Iowa State Department of Public Instruction of Veteran Affairs to train veterans. The degree programs available at Palmer are:

  • Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in General Science
  • Master of Science in Clinical Research
  • Doctor of Chiropractic

The school also awards post-graduate diplomas and certificates in several courses of study:

  • Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
  • Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians
  • Electrodiagnostics Certificate
  • Certified Chiropractic Wellness Specialist
  • Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics

In addition to a comprehensive education in chiropractic, entrepreneurial-minded students can develop business skills by taking classes offered by the Palmer Center for Business Development. The courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to open and manage their own chiropractic offices. Some courses can be completed online.

The school has a Campus Health Center, community outreach centers, and outpatient clinics where students can get real-world clinical experience. In addition to that, the school has partnerships with other organizations to provide students with internships and preceptorship opportunities. For example, students can work for the Sports Council taking care of athletes during sporting events.

Palmer’s Clinic Abroad Program is a great way for senior-level students to put their education to good use while traveling around the world. The school has programs in Brazil, Fiji, Honduras, India, Madagascar, Morocco, and Vietnam.


The admissions criterion for each program is different. To enter the Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology program, you must have a high school diploma or GED certificate, a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and at least one year of English, Math, and General Science. Students must also have taken a biology course in high school or college within the previous five years.

To be eligible to enter the Master of Science in Clinical Research, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited post-secondary school, a professional degree from a health professions institution, and a 3.0 GPA.

Students that wish to enter the Doctor of Chiropractic program must have at least a 2.75 grade point average and have earned a minimum of 90 semester hours in an undergraduate degree program. A $200 tuition deposit is also required.

The school also has a joint admissions program with Scott Community College. Students take their prerequisite courses at the community college before transferring to Palmer to complete the balance of their degree. This saves the student time and money.


The costs of each program are as follows:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic: $10,305 per trimester or $396 per credit
  • Master of Science in Clinical Research: $391 per credit
  • Bachelor of Science: $200 per credit hour
  • Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology: $2,680 per term
  • Lab fee: $15 per trimester
  • Activity fee: $20 per term
  • Liability insurance (Doctorate only): $245 one-time fee

Students can access state and federal financial aid, scholarships, and grants to help them pay for their educational expenses.

Campus Life

There is no on-campus housing at Palmer College, but the school owns nine apartment complexes and has partnerships with two others. Housing options range from studios to 2-bedroom apartments. In addition to campus-owned housing, there are a number of apartments and single-family home rentals in the Davenport area.

The school has extramural and recreational sports clubs such as running, Lacrosse, volleyball, and soccer. Student clubs and organizations include the Activator Club, Applied Kinesiology Club, Delta Delta Pi, Delta Sigma Chi, Palmer Student Alumni Foundation, and Toastmasters Club.


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