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Prerequisites for Admission to a Typical College of Chiropractic

Obviously the applicant must have a High School Diploma as a starting point to begin the journey of their education to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.  Admission requirements to an accredited chiropractic college are similar to those of other major health professions (i.e. medicine, osteopathy, podiatry, optometry, etc.) These requirements include a minimum of two to three years of preprofessional college with an emphasis in the biological sciences.

To enter a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree program, at a typical Chiropractic College, a student must first complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of coursework at an accredited undergraduate institution - 24 of which must be basic science hours. The following required prerequisite science courses each with laboratory are required to make application.

      General Chemistry I and II
      Organic Chemistry I and II
      General Physics I and II
      General Biology
      Anatomy & Physiology

Courses must also include the following:

   1.A minimum of 6 semester units in English/Communication Skills which must
      include: English Composition (3 semester units)

   2.A minimum of 3 semester units in Psychology

   3.A minimum of 15 semester units in Social Sciences and/or Humanities which
      may include:

Sociology Anthropology Social Sciences
Social Psychology  Child Development History
Psychology Geography Minority Studies
Ethics Economics Art Appreciation
Government Political Sciences History (Non-U.S.)
Music Appreciation Foreign Language Religion
Literature Philosophy Criminal Justice
Classics World Civilization Communications

   4.One full academic year (a minimum of 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours) in
      Biological Sciences with corresponding labs, which may include any biology
      course other than Botany.

   5.One full academic year (a minimum of 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours) in
      General Chemistry, with corresponding labs.

   6.One full academic year (a minimum of 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours) in
      Organic Chemistry, with corresponding labs.

   7.One full academic year (a minimum of 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours) in
      Physics, with corresponding labs (need not be calculus-based).Unit Descriptions

College of Chiropractic Curriculum leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree

The following is a typical example of courses that are required for completion of the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from a typical chiropractic college.  The example used below is from the National College of Chiropractic. The courses taught at Chiropractic colleges are very similar to those taught at medical colleges.

The following is a quote from the Chiropractic Manual for Insurance Claims Personal, published by the Ohio State Chiropractic Association:

"Chiropractic colleges require a minimum of four to five years of professional resident study involving no less than 4000 hours.  Professional study includes clinical experence under strict supervision by qualified faculty members in institutional clinics.  A major part of chiropractic education is devoted to such basic science subjects as anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, public health, diagnosis, X-ray, clinical disciplines, and related health sciences closely parralleling that of medical education.  The remaining years emphasize practical or clinical studies dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of patients.  During this period, about half of the chiropractic's students time is spent in a clinic, examining and treating patients under close supervision."
 
 

The following is an example of course studied at a typical chiropractic college for matriculation in 1999.
 

FIRST TRIMESTER

T1U1 Structure & Function: Spine (10 + 0) credits 10
Students study the structure and function (normal and abnormal) of the regional area of the human
spine in the following content areas: histology, embryology, gross anatomy, normal radiographic anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, chiropractic, pharmacology, biomechanics, diagnosis, biochemistry, cells and neurophysiology. Introductory concepts of the disciplines and patient cases specific to the spinal region are emphasized.
Prerequisite: None.

T1U1L1 Gross Anatomy Lab: Spine (0 + 2) credits 1
Under close supervision, students dissect the regions of the human body covered in T1U1 and T1U2, the didactic portion of this course.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T1U1.

T1U1L2 Histology Anatomy Lab (0 + 1) Credits 0.5
Histology laboratory is correlated with T1U1 and T1U2 to allow the student to observe at the light microscopic level the cells, tissues and organs which are described in T1U1 and T1U2. Students use interactive computer laboratory software with images, prepared microscope slides, as well as audiovisual aides.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T1U1.

T1U2 Structure & Function: Cells/Endocrine (9 + 0) credits 9
Students study the structure and function (normal and abnormal) of the cells, fluids and endocrine systems of the human in the following content areas: histology, embryology, gross anatomy, pathology, biochemistry, cells and fluids, urinary, endocrine, nutrition, diagnosis, microbiology. Introductory concepts of the areas and patient cases specific to these systems are emphasized. Prerequisite: None

T1U2L1 Biochemistry Lab (0 + 2) credits 1
This laboratory emphasizes the practical aspects of clinical biochemistry. Students learn the diagnostic value of assays pertaining to the serum concentrations of carbohydrate, lipid and protein, as well as the significance of specific serum enzyme activities. Students perform assays that rely on chromatography, electrophoresis, colorimetry, spectrophotometry, enzymology, and titration.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T1U2.

T1U3 Clinical Practice I (1 + 0) credits 1
Unit 3 clinical practice is composed of two disciplines-chiropractic and diagnosis. The chiropractic portion exposes the student to the history of the profession and the historical roots of National College. The diagnosis portion provides the student the opportunity to develop skills in patient history taking. The unit goal consists of justifying the rationale for chiropractic as a holistic, non-invasive, patient centered health care method which focuses on a conservative, well-oriented approach to the diagnosis and management of human health. This concept is cultivated by having students write two papers relative to the guiding principles and philosophic constructs of chiropractic and chiropractors as primary care providers. There are two skill laboratory portions involving both the diagnosis component and chiropractic component in which the student must demonstrate the ability to take a history and demonstrate proficiency in locating and identifying osseous structures via palpation.
Prerequisite: None

T1U3L1 Diagnosis Lab: history taking, observation (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This laboratory introduces students to the appropriate methods of gathering a complete patient history of the presenting complaint, family history, etc.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T1U3.

T1U3L2 Spinal Examination and Postural Evaluation (0 + 2) credits 1
This laboratory introduces students to clinical skills which include palpation and other psychomotor skills associated with spinal examination.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T1U3.

T1U4 General Education I (1 + 0) credits 1
The general education units of the curriculum help the students to become more broadly educated to better function in society as a health care professional. The topics of learning in this unit include the following: orientation, LRC skills, ethical practice, study skills, interpersonal communication skills.
Prerequisite: None

T1U4L1 Clinic Observation I: First Trimester Physical Exam (0 + 1) credits 0.5
The student doctor and the student patient are both required to share feedback with one another to enhance the learning for both during the required new student physical examination. Reports will be submitted subsequent to the examination.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T1U4.


SECOND TRIMESTER

T2U1 Structure & Function: Head & Neck (9 + 0) credits 9
Students study the structure and function (normal and abnormal) of the regional areas of the human head and neck in the following areas: gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, histology, normal radiographic anatomy, neurophysiology, pathology, and physiology. Introductory concepts in these areas, along with related diagnostic and chiropractic principles, are introduced in the context of patient cases which emphasize the head and neck.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first trimester.

T2U1L1 Gross Anatomy Lab: Head & Neck (1 + 4) credits 2
Under close supervision, students dissect the regions of the human body covered in T2U1, the didactic portion of this course.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T2U1.

T2U1L2 Human Neuroanatomy Lab (1 + 1) credits 0.5
This laboratory study of the central nervous system correlates gross anatomical neural structures. Emphasis is placed on the internal anatomy of the brain stem and spinal cord, the cranial nerves, nuclei and descending and ascending pathways within these structures.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T2U1.

T2U2 Structure & Function: Molecular Biophysiology (9 + 0) credits 9
Students study the structure and function (normal and abnormal) of the human organism at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels in the following content areas: biochemistry, physiology, pathology, microbiology, anatomy, histology, nutrition and research. Introductory concepts in these disciplines, along with related diagnostic and chiropractic principles, are introduced in the context of patient cases involving specific organ systems.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first trimester.

T2U2L1 Physiology Laboratory (0 + 2) credits 1
Cell, Endocrine and Neurophysiology
The laboratory experience is designed to demonstrate physiological principles both qualitatively and quantitatively, with emphasis on the integration of concepts and the scientific method. Experiments are included which reinforce the students understanding of diffusion, osmosis and solute transport across biological membranes. Exercises in endocrine physiology include demonstrations and in vivo or in vitro quantitative measurements of metabolic regulation and fluid balance. Neurophysiological concepts include exercises in sensory systems testing, visual systems physiology, and muscle testing and fatigue.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T2U2.

T2U3 Clinical Practice II (1 + 0) credits 1
This unit introduces students to the principles and philosophy of clinical chiropractic health care
within the areas of diagnosis and chiropractic philosophy as follows: diagnosis - physical
assessment; chiropractic philosophy - segmental dysfunction; emergency care
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first trimester.

T2U3L1 Diagnosis (0 + 1) credits 0.5
Vital Signs, Peripheral Vascular System, Cranial Nerves
The laboratory experience will give the opportunity for the students to master the psychomotor
skills and the rationale for evaluating vital signs, peripheral vascular system, cranial nerves
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T2U3.

T2U3L2 Chiropractic: Soft Tissue (0 + 2) credits 1
This laboratory instructs students in the diagnosis and therapeutic management of the soft tissues.
Emphasis is placed upon understanding basic clinical concepts of muscle energy and trigger point
therapies relative to the axial skeleton. The laboratory experience will provide students the
opportunity to master the psychomotor skills required to perform muscle energy and trigger point
therapy techniques.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T2U3.

T2U3L3 Emergency Care (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This laboratory places emphasis on the practical application of emergency care procedures that
may be used in the chiropractic office setting. Student activities include: performing primary and
secondary assessment surveys; Heimlich maneuver and ventilation techniques; open and closed
wound management techniques that encompass the application methods of roller bandages and
suturing techniques; burn management; and application of various immobilization orthotics. This
laboratory is a primer for either the AHA or ARC CPR certification required by the Dept. of
Chiropractic.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T2U3.

T2U4 General Education II (1 + 0) credits 1
The general education units of the curriculum help the students to become more broadly educated
to better function in society as a health care professional. The topics of learning in this unit include
the following: library research, professionalism, ethics, sociology, business, community health,
self-care, communications, problem-solving, humanities.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first trimester.

T2U4L1 Clinic Observation II (0 + 1) credits 0.5
The student will have the opportunity to observe patient care in the clinics of NCC. Reports will
be submitted subsequent to the observations.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T2U4.


THIRD TRIMESTER

T3U1 Structure & Function: Extremities (9 + 0) credits 9
Students study the structure and function (normal and abnormal) of the regional areas of the
human extremities in the following content areas: gross anatomy, histology, embryology,
kinesiology, pathology, normal radiographic anatomy, immunology, biomechanics, and
microbiology.
Introductory concepts and patient cases specific to the structure and function of the extremities
are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the second trimester.

T3U1L1 Gross Anatomy Lab: Extremities (0 + 7) credits 3.5
Under close supervision, students dissect the regions of the human body covered in T3U1, the
didactic portion of this course.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T3U1.

T3U2 Structure & Function: Respiratory (9 + 0) credits 9
Students study the structure and function (normal and abnormal) of the respiratory system of the
human in the following content disciplines: anatomy (gross, histological), physiology, biochemistry,
pathology, microbiology. Introductory concepts of the disciplines and patient cases specific to
these systems are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the second trimester.

T3U2L1 Clinical Microbiology (0 + 1) credits 0.5
The laboratory is designed to acquaint students in health sciences with the basic techniques of
microbiology. The morphological, cultural, biochemical and antigenic characteristics of pathogenic
and potentially pathogenic organisms are studied in dry lab experience. The case studies focus on
identification of microorganisms from clinical specimens.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T3U2.

T3U3 Clinical Practice III (1 + 0) credits 1
This unit introduces students to the principles and philosophy of clinical chiropractic health care
within the areas of diagnosis and chiropractic philosophy.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the second trimester.

T3U3L1 Diagnosis Lab: Neurological Screen, Chest (1 + 1) credits 0.5
The laboratory experience will give students the opportunity to master the psychomotor skills and
the rationale for evaluating neurological screening and the chest.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T3U3.

T3U3L2 Chiropractic Manipulative Therapeutics I: Extremities (0 + 3) credits 1.5
This laboratory covers essential examination and treatment procedures for the extremities. The
examination procedures include isometric muscle testing, neurological screening examination,
orthopedic testing, postural analysis, gait analysis, muscle length evaluation and dynamic
assessment of joint function. Treatment options for the findings noted during the examination
procedures are discussed and the student learns the appropriate treatment procedures to utilize
for complete patient care. Treatment procedures will include manipulation, muscle stretch
procedures, rehabilitation and special emphasis on management considerations.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of T2U3L2. Concurrent enrollment in T3U3, CPR
certification for Adult, Child and Infant.

T3U4 General Education III (1 + 0) credits 1
The general education units of the curriculum help the students to become more broadly educated
to better function in society as a health care professional. The topics of learning in this unit include
the following: LRC, ethics, boundary training, community (public) health, business,
professionalism, problem solving
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the second trimester.

T3U4L1 Clinic Observation III (0 + 1) credits 0.5
The student will have the opportunity to observe patient care in the clinics of NCC. Reports will
be submitted subsequent to the observations.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T3U4.


FOURTH TRIMESTER

T4U1 Structure & Function: Viscera (9 + 0) credits 9
Students study the structure and function (normal and abnormal) of the regional areas of the
human viscera in the following content areas: gross anatomy, histology, embryology, normal
radiographic anatomy, pathology, microbiology. Introductory concepts of the disciplines and
patient cases specific to viscera are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the third trimester.

T4U1L1 Gross Anatomy Lab : Viscera (0 + 3) credits 1.5
Under close supervision, students dissect the regions of the human body covered in T4U1 and
T4U2, the didactic portion of this course.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T4U1.

T4U1L2 Histology Anatomy Lab: Viscera (0 + 1) credits 0.5
Histology laboratory is correlated with T1U1 and T1U2 to allow the student to observe at the
light microscopic level, the cells, tissues and organs described in T1U1 and T1U2. Students use
interactive computer laboratory software with images, prepared microscope slides, as well as
audiovisual aides.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T4U1.

T4U2 Structure & Function: (9 + 0) credits 9
Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, Life Cycle
Students study the structure and function (normal and abnormal) of the cardiovascular,
gastrointestinal, and reproductive systems of the human in the following content disciplines:
cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive, microbiology. Introductory concepts of the
disciplines and patient cases specific to these systems are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the third trimester.

T4U2L1 Physiology Laboratory: (0 + 3) credits 1.5
Cardiorespiratory, Renal, Gastrointestinal,
and Integrated Systems Physiology
This laboratory is designed to utilize physiologic concepts, structure function relationships, and
mechanisms of neuro-humoral control developed in the preceding trimesters to study the
integrated function of several major organ systems. Laboratory exercises will involve computer
simulations, bench experiments, and physiologic measurements on human subjects. The function
of the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, and gastrointestinal systems will be individually
investigated. Concluding exercises will address the combined function of these systems acting in
concert, to provide students with an opportunity to apply the principles and concepts of
"physiologic integration" to predict and explain whole organism responses and function.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T4U2.

T4U3 Clinical Practice IV (1 + 0) credits 1
This unit introduces students to the principles and philosophy of clinical chiropractic health care
within the areas of diagnosis and chiropractic philosophy.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the third trimester.

T4U3L1 Diagnosis Lab: Abdomen (0 + 1) credits 0.5
The laboratory experience will give the opportunity for the students to master the psychomotor
skills and the rational for evaluating the abdomen
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T4U3.

T4U3L2 Chiropractic Manipulative Therapeutics II: Pelvis, Lumbar, Mid-thoracic (0+3)credits 1.5
This laboratory covers essential examination and treatment procedures for the lumbar spine,
pelvis and thoracic spine. The examination procedures include isometric muscle testing,
neurological screening examination, orthopedic testing, postural analysis, gait analysis, muscle
length evaluation, and dynamic assessment of joint function. Firing patterns for the thoracic,
lumbar spine and pelvis will be demonstrated and included in the treatment program. Treatment
options for the findings noted during the examination procedures are discussed and the student
learns the appropriate treatment procedures to utilize for complete patient care. Treatment
procedures will include manipulation, muscle stretch procedures, rehabilitations and special
emphasis on management considerations.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of T3U3L2. Concurrent enrollment in T4U3.

T4U3L3 Normal Radiographic Anatomy Laboratory (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This self-directed laboratory affords students the opportunity to learn normal radiographic
anatomy of the human skeleton, chest and abdomen. Materials and methods include textbooks,
CD-ROM and Internet-based instructional materials, and actual radiographs. Weekly scheduled
question and answer periods assist the student to remain focused on the essentials of normal
radiographic anatomy, and to develop an understanding of normal anatomy, skeletal variants and
lines of mensuration.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T4U3.

T4U4 General Education IV (1 + 0) credits 1
The general education units of the curriculum help the students to become more broadly educated
to better function in society as health care professionals. The topics of learning in this unit include
the following: LRC, ethics, community health, business, professionalism.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the third trimester.

T4U4L1 Clinic Observation IV (0 + 1) credits 0.5
The student will have the opportunity to observe patient care in the clinics of NCC. Reports will
be submitted subsequent to the observations.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T4U4.


FIFTH TRIMESTER

T5U1 Viscera I: EENT/Psychology (9 + 0) credits 9
Students study the systems of the human organism from the clinical diagnostic and therapeutic
management perspectives. The understanding of these systems is based in the basic sciences, but
the emphasis is primarily on clinical application in the real world setting of clinical practice. The
learning is derived from lecture, small group and self directed processes. The systems emphasized
in this unit are EENT and psychology. The areas to be learned include anatomy, biochemistry,
physiology, microbiology and public health, pathology, diagnosis, chiropractic, and research.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the fourth trimester.

T5U1L1 Pathology Lab (0 + 2) credits 1
Considered in this laboratory are the pathologies peculiar to and characteristic of the various
systems of the body. Each condition is studied from the standpoints of general characteristics,
macroscopic and microscopic appearance and clinical course using mounted gross specimens
and slides made from diseased tissues.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T5U1.

T5U1L2 Chiropractic Manipulative (0 + 3) credits 1.5
Therapeutics III: Thoracic, Cervical
This laboratory covers essential examination and treatment procedures for the thoracic and
cervical spine. The examination procedures include isometric muscle testing, neurological
screening examination, orthopedic testing, postural analysis, gait analysis, muscle length
evaluation, and dynamic assessment of joint function. Firing patterns for the thoracic and cervical
spine will be demonstrated and included in the treatment program. Treatment options for the
findings noted during the examination procedures are discussed and the student learns the
appropriate treatment procedures to utilize for complete patient care. Treatment procedures will
include manipulation, muscle stretch procedures, rehabilitation and special emphasis on
management considerations.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of T4U3L2. Concurrent enrollment in T5U1.

T5U2 Viscera II: Chest (9 + 0 ) credits 9
Students study the systems of the human organism from the clinical diagnostic and therapeutic
management perspectives. The understanding of these systems is based in the basic sciences, but
the emphasis is primarily on clinical application in the real world setting of clinical practice. The
learning is derived from lecture, small group and self-directed processes. The systems
emphasized in this unit are those found primarily within the chest. The areas to be learned include
anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and public health, pathology, diagnosis,
chiropractic, and research.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the fourth trimester.

T5U3 Clinical Practice V (1 + 0) credits 1
This unit introduces students to the principles and philosophy of clinical chiropractic health care
within the areas of diagnosis and chiropractic philosophy.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the fourth trimester.

T5U3L2 Physiological Therapeutics I (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This laboratory introduces the student to the operation of modality generators, various protocols
and clinical application techniques. It is also a practicum in the utilization of a wide variety of
physiological therapeutic modalities. Primary emphasis is given to the clinical application
techniques of applying actinotherapy, thermotherapy, hydrotherapy, cryotherapy,
mechanotherapy, and electrotherapy, with the incorporation of case studies. The student is
introduced to the concepts of active care rehabilitation during the last two weeks of this lab
course.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T5U3.

T5U3L3 Diagnostic Imaging Lab: Physics and Chest (0 + 1) credits 0.5
In this laboratory, sessions afford students the opportunity to discuss case studies, including
clinical presentation and imaging of the material presented in the unit cases. Students review
imaging related to the chest, brain, skull, and sinuses, and review principles of physics related to
diagnostic imaging.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T5U3.

T5U3L4 Diagnosis Lab: EENT (0+1) Credits 0.5
This laboratory experience will give students the opportunity to master the psychomotor skills and
the rationale for using these skills.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T5U3.

T5U3L5 Diagnosis Lab: Venipuncture (1 + 0) Credits 0.5
This laboratory experience will give students the opportunity to master the psychomotor skills and
the rationale for using these skills.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T5U3.

T5U4 General Education V (1 + 0) credits 1
The general education units of the curriculum help students to become more broadly educated to
better function in society as health care professionals. Topics of learning in this unit include the
following: ethics, business, boundary, professionalism, and community health.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the fourth trimester.

T5U4L1 Clinic Observation V (0 + 1) credits 0.5
The student will have the opportunity to observe patient care in the clinics of NCC. Reports will
be submitted subsequent to the observations.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T5U4.


SIXTH TRIMESTER

T6U1 NMS I: Arthrology, Myology (9 + 0) credits 9
Students study the systems of the human organism from the clinical diagnostic and therapeutic
management perspectives. The understanding of the systems is based in the basic sciences, but
the emphasis is primarily on clinical application in the real world setting of clinical practice. The
learning is derived from lecture, small group and self directed processes. The system emphasized
in this unit is the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on the articulations and muscles. The
areas to be learned include anatomy, physiology, microbiology and public health, pathology,
diagnosis, chiropractic and research.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the fifth trimester.

T6U1L1 Chiropractic Manipulative (0 + 3) credits 1.5
Therapeutics IV: Full spine
A wide variety of specifically applied techniques related to the occiput and spine forms the
content of this laboratory. The laboratory teaches specific adjusting of the spine. Students learn
the affective and psychomotor skills of adjustive technique of the spine. A three week module in
myofascial release procedures is contained within this lab course to extend the range of manual
therapy skills in chiropractic practice.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of T5U1L2. Concurrent enrollment in T6U1.

T6U1L2 Physiological Therapeutics II (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This laboratory is divided between passive and active therapy instruction. The first half of the
course provides instruction on the operation and application of therapeutic electro stimulation
modalities. The second half of the course addresses regional rehabilitation procedures for use in
an office setting. The active therapy rehabilitation section of the course focuses on low tech and
patient-centered approaches in primary care.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T6U1.

T6U2 NMS II: Spinal, CNS (9 + 0) credits 9
Students study the systems of the human organism from the clinical diagnostic and therapeutic
management perspectives. The understanding of these systems is based in the basic sciences, but
the emphasis is primarily on clinical application in the real world setting of clinical practice. The
learning is derived from lecture, small group and self directed processes. The system emphasized
in this unit is the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on the spine and central nervous
system. The areas to be learned include anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and
public health, pathology, diagnosis, chiropractic, and research.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the fifth trimester.

T6U3 Clinical Practice VI (1 + 0) credits 1
This unit introduces students to the principles and philosophy of clinical chiropractic health care
within the disciplines of diagnosis and chiropractic philosophy.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the fifth trimester.

T6U3L1 Chiropractic Manipulative (0 + 2) credits 1
Therapeutics V: Flexion/Distraction
A wide variety of specifically applied techniques related to the occiput and spine forms the
content of this laboratory. The laboratory teaches specific adjusting of the spine. Students learn
the affective and psychomotor skills of flexion-distraction technique
Prerequisite: Successful completion of T5U1L2. Concurrent enrollment in T6U3.

T6U3L2 Diagnosis Lab: Standardized Patients (0 + 1) credits 0.5
The laboratory experience will give the opportunity for the students to master the psychomotor
skills and the rationale for using physical and psychological diagnostic procedures with the aid of
standardized patients.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T6U3.

T6U3L3 Diagnostic Imaging Lab: Chest, Bone (0 + 1) credits 0.5
General skeletal: In this laboratory, sessions afford students the opportunity to discuss case
studies, including clinical presentation and imaging, of the material presented in the unit cases with
special emphasis on disorders of the chest.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T6U3.

T6U3L4 Radiographic Positioning Lab I (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This laboratory considers the practical parameters of x-ray technology, including patient
positioning, technique calculations, instrument operation, film processing, and other pertinent
phases of technology. Students gain experience in the practical application of routine
roentgenological procedures via the use of energized and non-energized units and lab partners.
This lab focuses on radiography of the spine.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T6U3.

T6U4 General Education VI (1 + 0) credits 1
The general education units of the curriculum help the students to become more broadly educated
to better function in society as health care professionals. The topics of learning in this unit include
the following: research paper, ethics, community health, professionalism.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the fifth semester.

T6U4L1 Clinic Observation VI (0 + 1) credits 0.5
The student will have the opportunity to observe patient care in the clinics of NCC. Reports will
be submitted subsequent to the observations.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T6U4.


SEVENTH TRIMESTER

T7U1 NMSIII: Peripheral Nervous System (10 + 0) credits 10
Students study the systems of the human organism from the clinical diagnostic and therapeutic
management perspectives. The understanding of the systems is based in the basic sciences, but
the emphasis is primarily on clinical application in the real-world setting of clinical practice. The
learning is derived from lecture, small group and self-directed processes. The system emphasized
in this unit is the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on the peripheral nervous system. The
areas to be learned include anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and public health,
pathology, diagnosis, chiropractic, and research.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the sixth trimester.

T7U1L2 Physiological Therapeutics III (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This laboratory continues the instruction begun in T6U1L2 to provide instruction to the student in
active (rehabilitation) therapies. The approach is regional and is designed to complement
manipulative procedures. This course draws on the students' understanding of functional anatomy.
Muscle function and neurological reflexive mechanisms are at the core of active treatment
approaches to patient care.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T7U1.

T7U1L3 Diagnosis Lab: Regional Exam and Advanced Diagnostics (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This laboratory experience will give students the opportunity to master the skills and the rationale
for doing regional examinations and advanced diagnostics.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T7U1.

T7U2 NMS IV: Extremities, Arthritides (10 + 0) credits 10
Students study the systems of the human organism from the clinical diagnostic and therapeutic
management perspectives. The understanding of the systems is based in the basic sciences, but
the emphasis is primarily on clinical application in the real world setting of clinical practice. The
learning is derived from lecture, small group and self-directed processes. The system emphasized
in this unit is the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on the extremities/arthritides. The areas
to be learned include anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and public health,
pathology, diagnosis, chiropractic, and research.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the sixth trimester.

T7U2L1 Chiropractic Manipulative (0 + 2) credits 1
Therapeutics VI: Special procedures
This laboratory continues the process of refinement of student manipulative skills. The course
additionally provides instruction in visceral manipulative procedures, reflexive techniques and
manipulation in pediatric practice to provide a full range of options in adjustive therapies.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of T6U1L1. Concurrent enrollment in T7U2.

T7U3 Clinical Practice VII (1 + 0) credits 1
This unit introduces students to the principles and philosophy of clinical chiropractic health care
within the disciplines of diagnosis and chiropractic philosophy.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the sixth trimester.

T7U3L1 Diagnostic Imaging Lab: Bone, Joint (0 + 1) credits 0.5
General skeletal: In this laboratory, sessions afford students the opportunity to study case studies,
including clinical presentation and imaging, of the material presented in the unit cases. Students
are expected to identify, describe and correlate arthritic disorders and trauma of the
musculoskeletal system.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T7U3.

T7U3L2 Radiographic Positioning Lab II (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This laboratory considers the practical parameters of x-ray technology, including patient
positioning, technique calculations, instrument operation, film processing and other pertinent
phases of technology. Students gain experience in the practical application of routine
roentgenological procedures via the use of energized and non-energized units and lab partners.
This lab focuses on radiography of the extremities, abdomen and chest.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T7U3.

T7U4 General Education VII (1 + 0) credits 1
The general education units of the curriculum help the students to become more broadly educated
to better function in society as health care professionals. The topics of learning in this unit include
the following: business, ethics, communication, professionalism (doctor-patient relationship).
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the sixth trimester.

T7U4L2 Student Clinic (0 + 4) credits 2
This laboratory combines the practical experience of an actual clinic setting with a review of clinic
procedures, diagnostic skills and therapeutic procedures. The objectives of the lab include gaining
practical experience under close supervision by faculty, the further development of a proper
doctor-patient relationship and sense of professionalism, the development of greater skill in
differential diagnosis, and a practical evaluation of the student's clinical competency prior to
entering the College's eighth trimester internship. Prerequisites:
1. Making satisfactory progress (an academic standing exception may not be used);
2. Successful completion of all courses prescribed in the first six trimesters of the D.C. program;
3. Concurrent enrollment in all units and laboratories prescribed in the seventh trimester;
4. CPR certification for adult, child and infant.


EIGHTH TRIMESTER

T8U1 Viscera III: Abdomen (10 + 0) credits 10
Students study the systems of the human organism from the clinical diagnostic and therapeutic
management perspectives. The understanding of these systems is based in the basic sciences, but
the emphasis is primarily on clinical application in the real world setting of clinical practice. The
learning is derived from lecture, small group and self directed processes. The area emphasized in
this unit is the abdomen. The areas to be learned include anatomy, biochemistry, physiology,
microbiology and public health, pathology, diagnosis, chiropractic, and research.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the seventh trimester.

T8U1L1 Chiropractic Manipulative (0 + 2) credits 1
THERAPEUTICS VII: Full spine
A wide variety of specifically applied techniques related to the occiput and spine forms the
content of this self-directed laboratory. The laboratory teaches specific adjusting of the spine.
Students learn the affective and psychomotor skills of adjustive technique of the full spine.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of T7U2L1. Concurrent enrollment in T8U1.

T8U1L2 Physiological Therapeutics Lab IV (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This self-directed laboratory introduces the student to rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise, with
the incorporation of case studies.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T8U1.

T8U2 Viscera IV: Pelvis (10 + 0) credits 10
Students study the systems of the human organism from the clinical diagnostic and therapeutic
management perspectives. The understanding of these systems is based in the basic sciences, but
the emphasis is primarily on clinical application in the real world setting of clinical practice. The
learning is derived from lecture, small group and self directed processes. The systems emphasized
in this unit are those found primarily within the pelvis. The areas to be learned include anatomy,
biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and public health, pathology, diagnosis, chiropractic, and
research.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the seventh trimester.

T8U2L1 Report Writing (Emphasis on Trauma) (0 + 1) credits 0.5
This lab gives students experience writing radiology reports on a variety of cases, including
normals and trauma cases. The student will be responsible for writing 30 x-ray reports which will
be graded and critiqued by radiology residents. Approximately 15 of the reports will be written
on unknowns, while the remainder of the reports will be written on actual clinic patient
radiographs.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in T8U2.

T8U3 Clinical Practice VIII (1 + 0) credits 1
This unit introduces students to the principles and philosophy of clinical chiropractic health care
within the areas of diagnosis and chiropractic philosophy.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the seventh trimester.

T8U4 General Education VIII (1 + 0) credits 1
The general education units of the curriculum help the students to become more broadly educated
to better function in society as health care professionals. The topics of learning in this unit include
the following: business, ethics, professionalism (risk management), communication.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the seventh trimester.

T8U4L2 Clinic Internship I Credits 3
Students participate in out-patient care in one of the NCC clinics under the supervision of college
faculty.
Prerequisite: The seventh trimester performance exam, successful completion of T7U4L2 and
successful completion or concurrent enrollment in all of eighth trimester and CPR certification for
adult, child and infant.


NINTH TRIMESTER

T9L1 Clinic Internship II Credits 18
Students participate in out-patient care in one of the NCC clinics under the supervision of college
faculty.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the eighth trimester and CPR certification for adult, child
and infant.


TENTH TRIMESTER

T10L1 Clinic Internship III Credits 18
Students participate in out-patient care in one of the NCC clinics under the supervision of college
faculty.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of T9L1 and CPR certification for adult, child and infant.
 

ELECTIVES:
AT 3105 Special Topics in Anatomy (0 + 2) credits 1
or (0 + 4) credits 2
Students participate in ongoing projects of anatomy department faculty which include: special
dissections for teaching purposes and museum display; cross-sectional preparations and
correlation with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans; dissections of
anatomical variants and anomalies.
Prerequisite: Permission of Chair of the Department of Anatomy.

CP 7541 Acupuncture (5 + 2) credits 6
This two-part course considers various acupuncture theories and techniques, with emphasis on
practical application and management. The first part introduces the theoretical aspects of
acupuncture, with the primary emphasis on location and function of meridian points and needle
insertion techniques. The second part emphasizes management of various musculoskeletal,
neurological and visceral conditions with acupuncture. The control of pain and smoking via the
use of acupuncture is also taught. The clinical application techniques of cupping and moxibustion
are addressed in this course.
Prerequisite: For the first part of the course-successful completion of all courses prescribed in the
first seven trimesters; for the second part of the course-successful completion of the first part.

CP 7642 Functional Foods & Phytochemicals (3 + 0) credits 3
This course will focus on the health attributes of foods, nutrients and the therapeutic applications
of nutriceutics, phytochemicals and natural herbs. The course is designed to provide the student
with a well-rounded knowledge of historical and traditional applications as well as new
developments that impact nutritional and herbal modalities in chiropractic practice.

DI 6555 Fundamentals of Thermographic Imaging (1 + 0) credits 1
The basics of thermographic anatomy and physiology are presented, along with the principles of
infrared physics essential for thermographic imaging. Normal and abnormal thermograms are
analyzed and correlated with other clinical findings. Case studies are reviewed individually and in
class.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all courses prescribed in the first three trimesters.

RE 3002 Ergonomics: (3 + 0) credits 3
Occupational Biomechanics and its Applications
This course is designed to provide students with sufficient knowledge to evaluate patients with
work-related injuries, and to analyze work and worksites with the aim of preventing injury.
Worksite analysis can be used to set return-to-work guidelines for post injury care and will be of
particular interest to students considering industrial consulting as part of their chiropractic
practice.
Topics include musculoskeletal biomechanics, strength prediction software, worker placement
practices with respect to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), seated and standing
worksite characteristics, cumulative trauma disorders, functional capacity evaluations, back
schools, functional restoration, and the work Practices Guide for Manual Lifting by the National
Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all courses prescribed in the first six trimesters.

RE 4001 Independent Study credits 3
This course allows the student, under the supervision of research faculty, to design and conduct
their own study or to assist in studies in progress at The National College of Chiropractic. It
provides an opportunity for the student to learn the discipline of research as well as to provide
new information from the results of the research project itself. Prerequisite: Successful completion
of all courses prescribed in the first three trimesters; approval of the faculty member who will
serve as research advisor and the Dean of Research; and maintenance of 3.0 or higher cumulative
G.P.A. throughout the involvement in the course.

 

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