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As the founding chiropractic college, Palmer College has more than 100 years’ experience as the trusted leader in chiropractic education. Not only reliant on its rich history, Palmer continues to shape the future of chiropractic through its academics, clinical research, publishing and professional support programs.

The Doctor of Chiropractic curriculum runs year round, compressing a typical five year academic calendar into three and one-third years.  The Davenport, Iowa, campus program is 10 trimesters long.  

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Why Palmer?

1.     Hands-on clinical experiences and learning

  • Opportunities such as Sports Council and Department of Defense/VA internships are available to Palmer students, as well as extensive training in the student and community clinic systems.

2.     Job outlook support and success

  • Palmer College’s CareerNetwork sees an average of 500 jobs posted and an average of 600 practices for sale every month.  Depending on the career path you choose, you have guaranteed, vetted options.

3.     Individual attention

  • With a 15-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, the Palmer community is personable and supportive.

4.     Palmer faculty wrote the books

  • Learn from some of the most accomplished and skilled teachers, researchers and clinicians in chiropractic today. Many of our faculty wrote the chiropractic textbooks used at Palmer and other chiropractic colleges.

Learn more about admission into the Doctor of Chiropractic Program

Prospective Student Resources:


  • There are several ways to qualify for admission. Those factors include credits earned, transfer credits, classes taken, grade-point average (GPA), and degree(s) earned.

Candidates who’ve achieved the following qualify for admission to the Doctor of Chiropractic program, pending official transcript review:

  • Minimum of 90 credit hours
  • 3.0 GPA or greater on a 4.0 scale*
  • 24 semester hours in life and physical sciences with labs
  • Official transcript and favorable background check review
  • Well-rounded general education program in the humanities and social sciences


Understand the competencies and skills for the chiropractic graduate:

  • Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Management Plan
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Communication and Record Keeping
  • Professional Ethics and Jurisprudence
  • Information and Technology Literacy
  • Intellectual and Professional Development

Upcoming Visits & Events 

  • Join Palmer during one of its special on-campus or travel events held throughout the year

Request More Information 

  • Looking for more information on starting your chiropractic career? Request more information and receive helpful resources and an assigned admissions representative to champion with you throughout your educational journey


  • Get started today and complete your admissions application

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