Pre-health advisers, chiropractic admissions directors and faculty indicate that developing and sharpening key skills and demonstrating a strong foundation in social and natural sciences are the best preparation for the study of chiropractic medicine, as chiropractic schools regularly accept students from various majors. All strongly agree on the value of a well-rounded liberal arts education with service to community.
Agreement between Central College and Palmer College of Chiropractic
Central College and Palmer College of Chiropractic have entered an agreement that allows students majoring in biology at Central College to transfer to Palmer College after three years at Central. During their time at Central College students will take courses required of the Central core and biology major. Students may then transfer to Palmer College and continue their education working toward a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and earning remaining credits for their Central College undergraduate degree. After one year at Palmer College credits from Palmer will be transferred back to Central College and students will earn their Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College. Students that transfer to Palmer College may complete the Doctor of Chiropractic degree after five academic years of eight months at Palmer College of Chiropractor or they may choose to complete the curriculum in three and one third consecutive years at Palmer College.
Students planning to transfer to Palmer College after three years at Central must major in biology. Students planning to graduate from Central before going to chiropractic school may major in any area, so choose a major that interests you and that fits with your personal and professional life goals. Students are required to successfully complete a series of courses in the following:
The Vermeer Science Center recently went through a $20-million renovation and expansion that was completed in fall 2003. The building contains 13 high-tech classrooms. Each contains a ceiling-mounted projector, computer with flat panel monitor, Wolfvision document camera, combination VCR/DVD player and a Ken-a-vision flex camera. Vermeer also contains several computer labs with new Dell computers with flat panel monitors and the most recent versions of math and science computer programs. Numerous science laboratories with state-of-the-art science equipment allow students to conduct their own research. Central was awarded a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) medal rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), making the science center the first LEED-rated building in the state.
Central's state-of-the-art exercise science building built in 2010 features four technologically-equipped classrooms as well as an up-to-date classroom completely dedicated to the athletic training education program. The athletic training classroom features stools and tables instead of desks and also includes taping stations. The building also features two conference rooms, which are completely computer integrated, a hydrostatic underwater weighing tank, which is one of only three that exists in the Midwest, and is located in the human performance lab. The building also showcases LCD screens for teaching instead of projection screens and also features classroom capture, which enables all classes to be videotaped for review by students.
The biology department has even more information about majoring in biology at their department website.
No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you’ll want to join! Click here to learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central. Student organizations include:
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s 10 international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with Central’s Chicago program and the Washington, D.C., program. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
We recommend that students take full advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible:
Central College is a founding member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium whose mission is to establish and expand multidisciplinary educational, research and service opportunities to inspire and equip students to become leaders in global public health. The consortium provides additional opportunities for students to participate in educational, global research and global medical service experiences.
Staff of the Career Center, located in the Maytag Student Center, provides the following:
Whatever your major, Central College students are extremely successful on entrance exams and securing acceptance to chiropractic graduate programs if they:
Requirements for Chiropractic College vary with each institution.
Your pre-health coordinator and academic advisor will work with you to ensure that you have taken all required courses.
Central graduates have attended and completed chiropractic school at the following institutions: