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.
Keiser University’s Doctor of Chiropractic program prepares students to:
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||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||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-Clerkship||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 – Clerkship||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 – Clerkship||10.0 credit hours|
|Clinical case conference IX||1.0 credit hours|
|Fourth Year (1 semester totaling 15 credit hours)|
|Clinical Practice VI – Externship and Preceptorship||15.0 credit hours|
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