Palmer College of Chiropractic

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Palmer College of Chiropractic
Palmer College of Chiropractic Small Logo Seal.gif
Established 1897[1]
Type Private
Chancellor Dennis M. Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.[2]
Location Davenport, Iowa, United States
Former names The Palmer School and Cure
Website Palmer.edu
The first chiropractic school in the world in Davenport, Iowa

Palmer College of Chiropractic is the founding college of chiropractic and is located in Davenport, Iowa. It was established in 1897 by Daniel David Palmer and is considered "The Fountainhead," as it was the first school of chiropractic in the world. The college's name was originally the Palmer School and Cure and later became the Palmer School of Chiropractic.[3] Most early chiropractic schools were founded by Palmer alumni.

The Palmer School of Chiropractic was begun by D. D. Palmer, who is known[by whom?] as the Founder of Chiropractic. D.D.'s son Dr. B.J. Palmer is known[by whom?] as the Developer of Chiropractic because he greatly expanded the scope of the school and laid the foundation for the campus and profession that exists today. He assumed responsibility of the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1904. According to the Palmer College website, B.J.'s "contributions included extensive research, improved methods of spinal adjusting and analysis, higher standards for chiropractic education, and increased appreciation for chiropractic worldwide." [4]

After B.J.'s death in 1961, his son Dr. David D. Palmer became president of the school and changed its name to Palmer College of Chiropractic, which was one of the steps leading to the school's accreditation. Dr. Dave, as he was known, modernized the campus, established non-profit status for the college and organized the Palmer College of Chiropractic International Alumni Association. The College received accreditation from the Council on Chiropractic Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools largely through his leadership of but not until after Dr. Dave's death in 1978.[5]

The college opened campuses in San Jose, California in 1980 and in Port Orange, Florida in 2002. The College was once encompassed by the Palmer Chiropractic University System. While it is no longer a university system, Palmer is one college with three campuses, with the main campus located in Davenport, Iowa, and branch campuses (the West Campus and the Florida Campus). The College is a non-profit organization governed by a single Board of Trustees.

The Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Program of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport, West and Florida campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport, West, and Florida campuses are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Davenport Campus[edit]

Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport Campus

The main campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic is located at 1000 Brady Street in Davenport, Iowa. This is the original school founded by Daniel David Palmer in 1897. The campus is located on a bluff in the Mississippi Valley area overlooking the Mississippi River. It is only blocks away from the location of the first chiropractic adjustment performed by D.D. Palmer in 1895.

The College is currently led by Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.,[6] whose office is located on the Davenport Campus.

Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, William and Jo Harris Building Davenport, Iowa

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research was established in 1995 and is also located on the Davenport campus in the William and Jo Harris Building. The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is the largest and most highly funded research effort in the chiropractic educational community. The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research encompasses all three Palmer campuses and employs a Vice Chancellor of Research and Health Policy, a research director, 10 full-time dedicated faculty, 8 associate faculty and 23 administrative and professional staff with a total annual budget of approximately $5 million per year, much of which is supported by grants and contracts.[7]

The Davenport Campus consists of new as well as historic buildings. The Palmer College of Chiropractic Academic Health Center (opened in 2007), which contains the College's outpatient clinic, welcome center, Clinical Radiology Department (featuring digital radiology), Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department, and the Clinical Learning Resource Center.[8] Other buildings include the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library,[9] the Memorial Building (the oldest building on campus), Campus Center, B.J. and Mabel Palmer Residence, Vickie Anne Palmer Hall, among others.

Florida Campus[edit]

The Florida Campus is the newest branch of Palmer College of Chiropractic. It was opened in 2002 at 4777 City Center Parkway, in Port Orange, Florida. The campus is currently led by President Peter Martin, D.C. Enrollment is 741.

The Florida Campus features two major buildings housing lecture halls, a library, technique labs, physical examination labs, and an X-ray view room, as well as ample study and common spaces for students to dine, relax or meet in various student clubs. The campus library participates with numerous local, state and national library networks and consortia to expand student access to resources and cooperative services.[10]

West Campus[edit]

The West Campus in San Jose, California houses laboratory learning facilities and related technologies, including a gross anatomy lab with a ceiling-mounted camera. The adjustive technique lab, physical diagnosis lab and X-ray positioning labs support a wide variety of hands-on learning. The Library/Resource Center holds more than 35,000 volumes and has an extensive collection of 9,000 journals. It also serves as the centralized learning center for X-ray film reading, histology and computerized learning, and houses more than 40 personal computers for student use.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Palmer Family – Palmer College of Chiropractic". Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "The The Chancellor and Board of Trustees – Palmer College of Chiropractic". Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "History of Palmer Chiropractic". Palmer Chiropractic College. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Palmer College of Chiropractic | Davenport, Iowa; San Jose, California; Port Orange, Florida". Palmer.edu. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  5. ^ "The Palmer Family". Palmer.edu. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  6. ^ "The Chancellor and Board of Trustees". Palmer.edu. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Palmer College of Chiropractic". Palmer.edu. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  8. ^ "Academic Health Center". Palmer.edu. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  9. ^ "About the Library". Palmer.edu. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  10. ^ "Florida Campus". Palmer.edu. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 

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Coordinates: 41°31′43″N 90°34′27″W / 41.528547°N 90.574250°W / 41.528547; -90.574250