New York Chiropractic College

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New York Chiropractic College
New York Chiropractic College logo.jpg
Established 1919
Endowment $36.0 million[1]
President Michael A. Mestan, B.S., D.C., M.S., Ed.D.
Students 828 (as of Winter 2018)
Address 2360 State Rte. 89, Seneca Falls, New York 13148, Seneca Falls, New York, United States
42°54′41.96″N 76°45′23.2″W / 42.9116556°N 76.756444°W / 42.9116556; -76.756444Coordinates: 42°54′41.96″N 76°45′23.2″W / 42.9116556°N 76.756444°W / 42.9116556; -76.756444

New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) in Seneca Falls, NY is an institution for the education and training of alternative healthcare professionals and academicians. The College has graduate programs in areas such as chiropractic, acupuncture and oriental medicine, and health sciences and education.

It is one of 18 chiropractic colleges in the United States. The school was founded in New York City as Columbia Institute of Chiropractic by chiropractor Frank Dean in 1919. In 1989, unable to expand in Long Island, NYCC purchased the former Eisenhower College campus in Seneca Falls, New York. After two years of renovations the college moved to the Seneca Falls campus in 1991.

NYCC, a mixed chiropractic and oriental medicine institution, continues to expand and introduce new programs. In addition to a D.C. program, the college now offers programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, diagnostic imaging, anatomy, and human anatomy & physiology instruction.

The college also runs 4 community clinics in Seneca Falls, Depew, New York, Levittown, New York, and Rochester, New York. In addition, the school is affiliated with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and Veterans Hospitals in Rochester, New York, Buffalo, New York, Canandaigua, New York, Bath, New York, and Miami, Florida.


New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) is a non-profit educational corporation which provides education and training of natural healthcare professionals and academicians.


NYCC's Timeline of Progress

New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) is one of the oldest chiropractic colleges in the United States. The College was founded in New York City in 1919 as the Columbia Institute of Chiropractic by Frank Dean, who served for nearly 40 years as the institution's first president. It grew through mergers with Columbia College of Chiropractic and Atlantic States Chiropractic Institute during the 1950s.

In 1959 Ernest Napolitano was named President. In 1979 the College was granted an Absolute Charter by the New York State Board of Regents and received professional accreditation of its Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree program from the Council on Chiropractic Education. In 1985, NYCC was awarded regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, during the early 1980s the College moved from New York City to Long Island, opening a 50-acre (200,000 m2 ) campus in Old Brookville, and clinics in Greenvale and Levittown.

Upon his death in 1985, President Napolitano was succeeded by Neil Stern, who had been Acting President from 1985 to 1987. President Stern was then succeeded by Keith Asplin, who served from 1987 through 1989. Constrained in its efforts to expand on Long Island, the Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of the former Eisenhower College campus in Seneca Falls, NY, in early 1989. This was followed by the Board's appointment of Kenneth Padgett, whose motto was, "Tradition in Transition."

The 1990s were NYCC's greatest period of facility and technology upgrades. In 1991 the College opened the Seneca Falls campus, 300 miles (480 km) from the former location, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State The new campus was a 286-acre (1.16 km2 ) site on which were existing academic, administrative, library, athletic center, and residence hall facilities. The hiring of many new faculty, and renovations to the facility transformed the site of a former liberal arts college into one of the profession's leading chiropractic educational institutions, in terms of program quality and the physical resources to support that quality. The year 1991 also saw the opening of a new chiropractic health center in Syracuse, NY, and the closing of the Greenvale Clinic.

Expansion of NYCC's facilities has been ongoing since relocation to Seneca Falls. The Ernest G. Napolitano Postgraduate Center opened in 1992. This 5,000-square-foot (460 m2 ) annex adjoins the Levittown Chiropractic Health Center, providing a home for the College's active postgraduate and continuing education programs. In 1994 NYCC's third chiropractic health center was opened near Buffalo, and a new 9,300-square-foot (860 m2 ) building providing additional classroom and laboratory space was constructed on the Seneca Falls campus. Today, this building serves as a research and video teleconferencing center.

Another new building was completed on the Seneca Falls campus in 1998. This 38,000-square-foot (3,500 m2 ) facility contains lecture halls equipped with advanced instructional technology, as well as faculty offices, and faculty and student lounges. In 1999, the College dedicated the 17,200-square-foot (1,600 m2 ) Depew Chiropractic Health Center, another new building in the Buffalo area.

In 2000 Frank Nicchi, a 1978 alumnus and longtime faculty member, was appointed president of the College, succeeding Padgett.

In 2002, the College spearheaded a strategic planning process overseen by the newly formed Division of Institutional Quality and Assessment. That same year the Post-Graduate Department began offering courses online.

In 2003 the Seneca Falls Health Center, a 19,400-square-foot (1,800 m2 ) multidisciplinary, integrated healthcare facility, was opened to the public. At the same time, the former health center on the Seneca Falls campus was designated as the Campus Health Center to serve as an internship site where student interns meet the healthcare needs of the campus community (students, staff, and faculty), and of low-income community members. The Syracuse Chiropractic Health Center was closed in 2003.

The Absolute Charter from the Board of Regents, which had been amended in 1989 to permit NYCC's move from Long Island to Seneca Falls, was amended again in 2002 to allow the College to offer new degrees in addition to the DC degree: the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. The two new master's degree programs – Acupuncture (MSA) and Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) – were approved by the New York State Education Department and, together with the BPS degree, were offered for the first time in September 2003. A Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging degree was added in October 2003, a Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition was approved for enrollment in the Fall of 2006, and a Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy was approved for enrollment in the Fall of 2007, an Advanced Certificate in Whole Food Nutrition in 2009, and in 2010, the Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction was approved.

In 2003 the college established a program in collaboration with A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences enabling NYCC alumni and friends to earn master's degrees entirely online, in Public Health (MPH), Healthcare Administration (MHA) or Geriatrics (GHM). That same year, NYCC began offering chiropractic services at Rochester's Monroe Community Hospital.

Consistent with its civic responsibilities, NYCC volunteered to host the Special Olympics of New York fall games in 2003, and did so again in 2004, 2009 and 2010.

The College established clinical relationships in 2004 with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, and in 2005 with Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VAMC) in Rochester and Buffalo. Also in 2005, the College's MSA and MSAOM programs received notice of approval as a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The year 2005 also saw NYCC, together with the University of Rochester, receive a five-year $2 million grant to continue developing educational programs for health professionals to improve the care provided to older adults.

The main administration building on campus was named after former college president Kenneth W. Padgett in 2006. The College established clinical relationships with the VAMCs in Canandaigua, NY and in Bath, NY, in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Additional clinical relationships were established in 2007 with SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Farmingdale, and St. John Fisher University.

The College started an on campus instructional Chinese medicinal herb garden.

In 2009 NYCC President Frank J. Nicchi assumed the presidency of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges in 2009, and the College launched its new Academy for Professional Success, which was nominated for a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The year 2009 also brought NYCC recognition by G.I. Jobs as a "Military Friendly School," and by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a "Great College to Work For," an award it earned again in 2010 in addition to appearing on the Chronicle of Higher Education's Honor Roll.

Also in 2009, NYCC's acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program became The Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of NYCC, and held its first annual Traditional Chinese Medicine Symposium at Homecoming Weekend.

In 2010 NYCC launched the online Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition, and opened the Rochester Outpatient Health Center in Henrietta, NY, offering chiropractic care and acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Additional clinical relationships were established with Bryant & Stratton College, Roberts Wesleyan University, Finger Lakes Community and Migrant Health and Georgetown University.

In the spring of 2010 NYCC opened the Rochester Outpatient Clinic in Henrietta, NY, providing chiropractic care, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and diagnostic imaging services. the center will help to further develop relationships with the Rochester Medical Center, the University of Rochester and the Rochester institute of Technology (RIT). In March 2011, students from NYCC began interning at Geneva Community Health in Geneva, NY[citation needed]

In 2017, Dr. Michael A. Mestan, formerly NYCC's executive vice president and provost, was appointed President of the College, succeeding Dr. Frank Nicchi.

In 2018, NYCC launched the online Master of Science in Sports Nutrition.


The Seneca Falls campus consists of 286 acres (1.2 km²) and 17 buildings totaling 610,200 square feet (57,000 m²). The Kenneth W. Padgett Administration Building is the primary location of administrative, enrollment management, and institutional support services for the College. The offices of the President, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services are located in this building, along with the offices of Accounting, Payroll, Purchasing, Accreditation, Institutional Quality Assessment, Bursar, Computer Services, Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, Enrollment Management (Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar and Alumni Affairs), Facilities Management, and Campus Security. This building also houses student, faculty and staff dining facilities; mail and central-duplication services; the Delavan Theater; and the Arnold M. Goldschmidt Museum of Chiropractic History.[citation needed]

Three academic buildings at the Seneca Falls campus serve as major centers for NYCC’s instructional, research and student-life programs. These contain four amphitheater-style lecture halls and conventional classrooms. Also included in the academic building complex are the Campus Health Center, computer laboratories, the Career Development Center, and the offices of student activities and housing. In addition, these buildings contain faculty offices and the offices of the Dean of Chiropractic, the Dean of the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Director of the School of Applied Clinical Nutrition, and the Academic Department Heads.[citation needed]

NYCC’s Research Center is located in the Academic II Building, where the College currently operates four designated research laboratories: the Pathophysiology/Biochemistry Laboratory, the Motor Systems Physiology (Biodynamics) Laboratory, the Autonomic Nervous System Physiology (Biodynamics) Laboratory, and the Foot Levelers Biomechanics Research Laboratory. These laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation to extend our knowledge in such areas as the physiology of spinal manipulation, etiology and pathogenesis of musculoskeletal pain disorders, and the effects of chiropractic treatments on gait, posture, and human performance. Also in this building is the interactive video-teleconferencing center.[citation needed]

Located on the upper two floors of the Library/Anatomy building, the Library contains over 15,000 print volumes, 3,500 media titles, and 200 journal titles.

The Athletic Center facilities include a 32,000 square foot (3,000 m²) gymnasium, a fitness center; racquetball/handball courts; a six-lane, 25-meter swimming pool; an aerobics room; and men’s and women’s locker rooms. The 286 acre (1.2 km²) campus also provides a variety of outdoor facilities including tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; two multipurpose athletic fields; and an executive nine-hole golf course and driving range. This facility is also open for membership to residents of the surrounding community.[citation needed]

The campus has seven suite-style residence halls.[citation needed]

Health centers[edit]

The Dean of Clinics who controls the scheduling of all 4 clinics along with management of the operations of the NYCC clinics as a whole is Wendy Maneri.

Campus Health Center, Seneca Falls Campus The Campus Health Center is located in the main Academic Building.

Seneca Falls Health Center, Seneca Falls, New York The Seneca Falls Health Center is located on the campus, across from the Athletic Center. It is an integrated health center that offers a variety of services, including chiropractic, acupuncture, Oriental medicine, massage therapy, standard medicine, counseling services, and a dyslexia correction program, to the surrounding community.[2] This health center serves as one of the sites for upper-trimester chiropractic interns and all MSA/MSAOM students, allowing them to work in a multidisciplinary health center that serves the public. In addition, unique clinical experiences are provided at associated satellite facilities.

Levittown, Long Island The Levittown Health Center is situated in a suburban residential and business locale. Chiropractic, acupuncture, and other health services are provided to the greater New York City region. Upper-trimester chiropractic interns in Levittown spend time here and at associated satellite locations to experience the practice of chiropractic in diverse treatment settings. The College’s Center for Postgraduate and Continuing Education is also at this facility. NYCC’s Downstate Admissions Coordinator’s office is located here to serve the needs of downstate New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.[citation needed]

Depew, New York The Depew Health Center is situated on a busy county road in a suburb of Buffalo. It is a residential and business locale with convenient access from most areas of the Erie County region, including downtown Buffalo, its adjacent towns, and Niagara Falls. The facility hosts some postgraduate and alumni activities. This center offers a variety of services such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy care to the greater Buffalo area.

Rochester, New York The Rochester Outpatient Health Center, situated in the active suburban community of Henrietta, is proximate to a number of area colleges and universities. The center focuses on an integrative approach to better health and well-being, offering comprehensive services to patients including chiropractic, acupuncture/Oriental medicine and outpatient diagnostic imaging services. Chiropractic and acupuncture clinical faculty members, alike, mentor and supervise the chiropractic and acupuncture interns. Associated satellite locations include the Rochester VA Outpatient Medical Center, St. John Fisher College, St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center, Mercy Outreach Center, and Monroe Community Hospital.

Clinical outreach[edit]

NYCC extended clinical outreach efforts to Veterans Administration Medical Centers and to institutions of higher education, improving opportunities for its student interns and providing chiropractic services for patients visiting the facilities. Such clinical opportunities include affiliations with the Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VAMCs) in Miami, FL, and Bath, NY, as well as clinical care programs offered by the College at the Buffalo, Canandaigua, and Rochester VAMCs. NYCC also offers patient services at the Health and Wellness Centers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, Buffalo and Farmingdale as well as at Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

NYCC alumnus Karyn Marshall became a chiropractor in addition to her weightlifting career; she was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2011. Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) presented the award.


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