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Chiropractic, DC

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

West Palm Beach

Program Description

The Doctor of Chiropractic program at Keiser University is a rigorous professional program consisting of ten semesters of study which are completed over 40 months.  It combines traditional lectures with small group learning, weekly conferences and seminars, laboratory and experiential sessions, and clinical training opportunities at a number of sites.  All coursework includes case-based relevancy for chiropractic practice as a portal-of-entry profession dedicated to excellence in spine care.

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.  These themes all focus on the role of chiropractic as a conservative clinical approach to spine care, and include chiropractic sports medicine, chiropractic geriatrics, and chiropractic general practice, as well as other cross-cutting themes such as wellness and health maintenance; ethic, professionalism and life-long learning; and, the role of the chiropractor as a team member in mainstream healthcare and public health.  The Doctor of Chiropractic Program emphasizes the promotion of evidence-based health care, inter-professional collaboration and practice, and the highest standards of professional ethics.

Program Objectives

Keiser University’s Doctor of Chiropractic program prepares students to:

  • Utilize history taking, physical examination, diagnostic imaging and laboratory testing to collect data, and apply clinical reasoning skills to assess those data in order to arrive at a diagnosis
  • Develop, implement and document a patient care plan which includes specific therapeutic goals and prognoses
  • Assess the need for health promotion and disease prevention strategies to address the needs of patients and communities
  • Develop effective interpersonal and communication skills for a wide range of healthcare related activities including patient care, professional collaboration, health education, as well as the documenting and reporting of healthcare information
  • Understand, comply with, and rigorously implement accepted standards of professional ethics and jurisprudence
  • Locate, critically appraise, and utilize relevant scientific literature and information to assess and improve patient care practices
  • Contribute to the ongoing scholarly development of the chiropractic profession; and develop and implement strategies for life-long learning

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Keiser University, students must complete the prescribed course of study within a maximum of 6 years.  The program consists of 10 semesters of continuous study over 40 months, totaling 216.5 credit hours.  Over 25% of this consists of clinical experience in a variety of settings.  Throughout the program, cross-cutting themes are embedded in the coursework, covering major areas of relevance to chiropractic practice, such as chiropractic sports medicine and chiropractic geriatrics.

First Year (3 semesters totaling 67.5 credit hours)
Molecules and Cells 2.5 credit hours
Biochemistry I 3.0 credit hours
Physiology I 3.0 credit hours
Gross and Spinal Anatomy I 8.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapuetics I 3.0 credit hours
Principles of Chiropractic Practice I 1.0 credit hours
Clinical and Professional Development I 1.0 credit hour
Clinical case conference I 1.0 credit hour
Biochemistry II 3.0 credit hours
Physiology II 3.0 credit hours
Histology 2.0 credit hours
Gross and Spinal Anatomy II 5.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics II 5.0 credit hours
Principles of Chiropractic Practice II 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development II 2.0 credit hours
Clinical case conference II 1.0 credit hour
Gross Anatomy III and Embryology 6.0 credit hours
Neuroscience 6.0 credit hours
Pathology I 3.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics III 5.0 credit hours
Clinical and Professional Development III 1.0 credit hour
Clinical case conference III 1.0 credit hour
Second Year (3 semesters totaling 69 credit hours)
Pathology II 3.0 credit hours
Clinical microbiology and immunology 4.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences I – Examination of the Patient 5.0 credit hours
Diagnostic Imaging I – Technique 3.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics IV 5.0 credit hours
Principles of Chiropractic Practice IV 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development IV 2.0 credit hours
Clinical case conference IV 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences II – Introduction to Orthopedics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences III – Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic Imaging II – Technique 2.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics V 5.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics VI – Physiological Therapeutics 3.0 credit hours
Clinical and Professional Development V 2.0 credit hours
Clinical Practice I – Clerkship 4.0 credit hours
Clinical case conference V 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences IV – Orthopedics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences V – Clinical Laboratory Seminar 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences VI – Emergency Care 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic Imaging III – Technique and Interpretation 3.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics VII 4.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics VIII – Rehabilitation 3.0 credit hours
Clinical and Professional Development VI 2.0 credit hours
Clinical Practice II – Clerkship 4.0 credit hours
Clinical case conference VI 1.0 credit hour
Third Year (3 semesters totaling 65 credit hours)
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences VII – Orthopedics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences VIII – Neurology 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences IX – Systems Disorders 5.0 credit hours
Diagnostic Imaging IV – Interpretation 3.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics IX – Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy 3.0 credit hours
Clinical and Professional Development VII 1.0 credit hour
Clinical Practice III – Pre-internship 5.0 credit hours
Clinical case conference VII 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences X – Systems Disorders 5.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences XI – Women’s Health and Chiropractic Pediatrics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences XII – Chiropractic Geriatrics 3.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences XIII – Pharmacology 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic Imaging V – Interpretation 1.0 credit hour
Chiropractic Therapeutics X – Nutritional Therapy Seminar 1.0 credit hour
Clinical and Professional Development VIII 2.0 credit hours
Clinical Practice IV – Internship 6.0 credit hours
Clinical case conference VIII 1.0 credit hour
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences XIV – Public Health 2.0 credit hours
Diagnostic and Clinical Sciences XV – Topics in Contemporary Healthcare 2.0 credit hours
Chiropractic Therapeutics XI 1.0 credit hours
Principles of Chiropractic Practice V 1.0 credit hours
Clinical and Professional Development IX 1.0 credit hours
Clinical Practice V – Internship 10.0 credit hours
Clinical case conference IX 1.0 credit hours
Fourth Year (1 semester totaling 15 credit hours)
Clinical Practice VI – Internship and Preceptorship 15.0 credit hours

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