Category: Chiropractic Schools

2011 Talk the TIC Finals Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Parker Chiropractic University recently hosted a chiropractic speaking event known as Talk the TIC. Talk the TIC is a worldwide annual chiropractic health talk competition between chiropractic students effectively delivering a chiropractic message to others. I was a founding member of the Chiropractic Speaking Club at Los Angeles Cleveland Chiropractic College in the 90s and I learned how critically important public speaking is. It’s incredibly impressive to me to see what chiropractic students are doing today. Here are some photos sent to me from the event…

Talk the TIC Finalists9 finalists were selected to Talk the TIC at Parker University

Practicing chiropractors will find themselves speaking at lay lectures, Chamber of Commerce events, local health presentations, corporate events, and most frequently patient education classes within their own chiropractic clinics. Developing solid speaking skills is is important for doctors of chiropractic.

Champion Derrell Pratt-Blackburn PresentingChampion Chiropractic Student Speaker Derrell Pratt-Blackburn Presenting at Parker

No doubt the chiropractic profession has a long history of spectacular public speakers, Ian Grassam and Sid Williams being among my favorites, it’s great to see the tradition is continuing.

Julia Pinkerton Derrell Pratt Blackburn Magalie LeferveJulia Pinkerton – Derrell Pratt Blackburn – Magalie Leferve

Student chiropractors involved in the competition represented nine different chiropractic colleges and they traveled to Dallas Texas, to compete at Parker Chiropractic University, which was held in July. Five finalists presented their chiropractic message to an audience of more than 800 people.

Derrell Pratt-Blackburn Talk the TIC ChampionDerrell Pratt-Blackburn is 2011 Talk the TIC Champion

It’s great to see numerous chiropractic institutions participating in this worldwide competition. In my experience students benefit greatly by visiting other campuses and interacting with future chiropractors from distant schools. It’s not long before those students become practicing chiropractors and potential lifelong friends.

Congratulations to everyone that participated in this year’s 2011 Talk the Tic event.

Mexican University New Library Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Planet Chiropractic News today had an article about Parker College of Chiropractic president Fabrizio Mancini and a university library in Mexico opening and being dedicated in his honor. I was sent 3 photos related to the news but only included one in the article so I wanted to share all 3 here.

dedication ceremony UNEVE bibliotecaPhoto 1: Biblioteca Dr. Fabrizio Mancini. The outside of the building looks great, very cool to see Dr. Fabrizio Mancini on the outside wall in large golden lettering.

Fabrizio Mancini Jose Angel Fernandez GarciaPhoto 2: Dr. Fabrizio Mancini unveils UNEVE’s new library plaque as UNEVE’s rector, Jose Angel Fernandez Garcia observes. Again, Dr. Fabs name is on the wall, and he’s smiling in his traditional fashion.

UNEVE library chiropractic studentsPhoto 3: Dr. Fabrizio Mancini speaks about the library with some of UNEVE’s chiropractic students. Great looking place and I LOVE those Quiropractica shirts. Good excuse as any to make a trip to Mexico and visit.

Schools and Salaries

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I receive questions via email about chiropractic schools and chiropractic salaries more than any other topic related to the field. I took the time to answer a particular question today (Doctrine Degree and Chiropractor Intoxication Manslaughter) but the reality is I have hundreds of questions remaining unanswered that are growing stagnant. I do hope to get more of the emails answered but I find it takes about 30 minutes per email to provide a good reply. It’s a losing battle when 10+ queries come in daily.

While looking for information on a question asked today, I found quite a few news and blog posts I had not organized, which may contain answers to some of the regular questions coming in. Consider this post a related posts starting point for various questions I’m receiving.

6 different chiropractors make suggestions on choosing a chiropractic school. I thought that was a good one, I like the idea of getting opinions from other chiropractors, so answers are not coming from me alone.

Sometimes it’s a straight question, Can You offer Advice about Chiropractic Schools? I’ve been answering some of these questions for years, but many of the basics have not changed, it’s worth a reread for those considering chiropractic as a career.

In most cases, the subject line received via email becomes the post title, in this particular case it was a… Question Concerning Chiropractic Schools. I reread that post myself, information still stands, research chiropractic schools and attend the one that most suits what you’ll be seeking in becoming a successful chiropractor.

atlas vertebra artHow about some atlas vertebral art?

Sometimes I ask the questions, like… Did your Chiropractic College experience Suck? If your life sucks, I doubt chiropractic college is going to magically make things better. And anyways, you don’t have to had liked school in order to be successful in practice, at least not that I am aware of.

In 2006, an aspiring chiropractor named Melissa emailed me and she had several questions, I think I gave some pretty good answers (I especially like the 10 Year Chiropractic Success Plan).

Not many questions answered in the 10 Years After Chiropractors Graduation post but at least I’m getting closer to doing a 15 years after article. The reminder for myself here was keep in touch with old classmates, it can come in handy when you need someone to talk to in the later years. They have been there too, they know what you are going through.

Choosing to become a chiropractor is not an easy decision and in answering Questions About Practicing Chiropractic I mentioned I don’t think anyone should jump to the decision. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking chiropractic school is easy. Same goes for the advice that running the business is easy.

Not all students are 21 years old, some choose Chiropractic as a Mid Life Career Change. I did my best to answer based on what I’ve seen at chiropractic schools and the chiropractors I’ve met who entered the field as a 2nd or 3rd career.

Regardless if you are planning to work before going to chiropractic school, are planning to work during chiropractic school, or are going to load up all your debt until after graduation, please make serious plans towards paying off your chiropractic student loans. Don’t take it lightly and don’t just assume you’ll figure it out after you get into practice. No point going into business with a noose halfway tightened around your neck. You’ll have other things to be focusing on, so try and get the loan thing figured out in advance and do your best to keep debt to a minimum.

Finally, if you want to be successful, you have to get in the habit of Seeing Yourself as a Success. Nothing to do particularly with chiropractic schooling but I came across it today and thought it’s a mindset that would be beneficial to adopt.

Support Your College Alumni Association

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I’m cleaning up my home office desk after Thanksgiving and I found a letter about becoming a lifetime alumni association member for Cleveland Chiropractic College (Los Angeles or Kansas City). I remembered wanting to bring this up before, but don’t recall doing a complete post. I really think it’s important for graduates of chiropractic schools to support their alumni associations. I didn’t necessarily feel that way at the time I was graduating, but 10 years later I can say that I’m quite thankful for my LA based chiropractic education, and I hope that many generations of incoming chiropractic students have the same or better opportunities than I did when attending chiropractic college.

From the letter there is a brief list of bullet points as to what chiropractors receive when becoming a lifetime member. Regardless of what’s being offered, I think more chiropractors should make the effort to reconnect with the schools they graduated from. The Cleveland lifetime members receive complementary registration to all future coming home relicensure seminars, invitations to alumni lifetime member events, recognition on lifetime member plaque (there is room for more names).

The money chiropractors give goes towards first trimester welcome programs, student scholarships, assisting the school alumni, support for student chapters of the California Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, and the International Chiropractors Association (I was a student President representative of the ICA when attending school in the 90s).

There’s more that chiropractors receive but you get the general idea, don’t you? For Cleveland Chiropractic College I would call Michael Brown, who’s the executive director for student and alumni relations, at 323-906-2196, and get more information about becoming a lifetime alumni member for either the Kansas City or Los Angeles campus.

I don’t have the details, but I’m fairly certain Life University in Atlanta, Georgia has a lifetime alumni membership. I recall my good chiropractic friends wearing very expensive white dinner jackets at Dynamic Essentials events in Georgia, and I am pretty sure that’s related to alumni functions.

Palmer College of Chiropractic (in Davenport, San Jose, and Port Orange) has alumni programs as well. I’m fairly certain that Parker in Dallas, Texas also has an Alumni Association, with related alumni events taking place at various Parker seminars throughout the world.

Sherman college in South Carolina is happy to have alumni support as well, in fact I’m sure all of the chiropractic colleges in the US have alumni associations and related programs. Giving back to the school that helped nourish your success in chiropractic, makes good sense to me.

Southern California College of Chiropractic

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Over the weekend that was reviewing some nostalgic chiropractic magazines (like the 1996 ICA Review) and I was reminded of a chiropractic school that used to exist in the Pasadena area of southern California.

Southern California College of Chiropractic

The Southern California College of Chiropractic was still in business when I started my chiropractic education in the mid 1990s. I believe the school closed around late 1995 or sometime in 1996, with the majority of students transferring to Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. Here is some historical information from a 1995 FACTS (Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Tenets and Science) booklet which included information on chiropractic colleges…

Southern California College of Chiropractic
William R. Boone, DC, President
8420 Beverly Road
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Southern California College of Chiropractic, formerly Pasadena College of Chiropractic, was founded in 1972. The College is located in a residential area, approximately 8 miles south east of Los Angeles. There are plans to relocate in the near future to a site more conducive to its growing student body.

In December 1992 the college was granted accredited status with Straight Chiropractic Academic Standards Association (SCASA).

Southern California College of Chiropractic is committed to teaching the location, analysis, and correction of vertebral subluxation. All aspects of the College program have been designed to assure that students have the proper qualifications to sit for licensure examinations. The program also provides the basis for students to master the necessary skills to practice in a professional and safe manner.

The college has applied for accreditation with CCE. It is not known when a decision will be announced by the CCE as to its accreditation status.

Degree(s) offered: Doctor of Chiropractic
Prerequisites: H.S. Graduate; 60 selected college science and humanities
Academic/calendar years for degree: 3.3/3.3
Classes admitted per year: 3 (Jan/May/Sept)
Total student enrollment (Winter ’93): 131
No. of faculty: II full-time; 10 part-time
Annual patient visits at college clinic(s): 13,409

I’d like to hear from any of the students that attended Southern California College of Chiropractic or the Pasadena College of Chiropractic who may or may not still be practicing in the Southern California area.

I never visited the SCCC, but from what I heard by students that transfered to Cleveland, it was the only West Coast based “Straight Chiropractic School.” I don’t think the school ever received their CCE accreditation, which likely led to the school closing around 1996. Does the Straight Chiropractic Academic Standards Association (SCASA) still exist?

For those not familiar with Southern California geography, the schools location (8420 Beverly Road – Pico Rivera, CA 90660) was situated centrally to the areas of Pico Rivera, Montebello, Monterey Park, Rosemead, El Monte, and Whittier. Southern California University of Health Sciences was located less than 10 miles away, and Cleveland Chiropractic College was located less than 20 miles away, likely putting significant pressure on the chiropractic school to maintain enrollment. Lack of CCE accreditation was probably a nail in the coffin for this California chiropractic educational facility.

On Schools and Chiropractic Education

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I had several e-mail questions this week regarding topics related to chiropractic schools, chiropractor salaries, and education required before entering a chiropractic program. They ranged from university students asking about continuing their education to become a chiropractor, an attorney asking about average incomes for sole practitioner doctors of chiropractic, and another college student asking about specific prerequisites required for entrance to chiropractic programs.

While these are mostly my opinions, and not necessarily the opinions of an entire industry of natural health care practitioners, I’ve authored or indexed a number of articles that you may find helpful when seeking more information related to Chiropractic education.

x-ray of the cervical spineOn the topic of salaries, there is a four-part post titled Assessing the Salary of a Chiropractor that’s been reportedly useful to a number of people. I’ve had quite a bit of positive feedback on it.

On topics related to chiropractic education, the post Things you may consider when choosing a chiropractic school features answers from six different chiropractors practicing in various parts of the world.

Also from chiropractic news archives is the post, Did your Chiropractic College experience Suck?, which I authored in March of 2006.

To understand some of the politics that relate to chiropractic schooling, check out Chiropractic Educational Institutions, FSCO Richard Plummer and Council on Chiropractic Education, and Proud to be a Chiropractor.

Looks like I have already given advice on this topic before, but this post on taking a stand, this one (our strength is in our knowing), and this one (Confessions of a Life Based Chiropractor) are all good motivational reads.

There were two different pieces of exciting news related to chiropractic education this past week. The Palmer Chiropractic Research Center was awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Spain’s Schola Chiropractica Barcelona received over $1 million in pledged donations for a chiropractic school to open up in that country. I mentioned earlier this year that chiropractic opportunities exist nationwide, but I’ll add to that statement by saying worldwide opportunities exist for doctors of chiropractic, and those seeking to enter the chiropractic profession.

Yes, student loan rates may be on the rise, and chiropractic loan consolidation may be necessary for some recent graduates, nobody said it was going to be easy. That’s why these resources were created in the first place. Read up on the reviews of chiropractic colleges, dig through news topics related to education and income, but don’t forget about topics related to happiness, passion, motivation, and success. There are a wealth of great articles (hidden in the archives) of those and other topics.

Enjoy your search.

Student Loan Market Crunch was Big News

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I didn’t realize the news regarding education and the student loan crisis in the United States was as big news as it turned out to be. There was a student loan article appearing on planet chiropractic this past Thursday, and I caught a chuckle when I noticed it included with hundreds of related news articles from the day.

student loan market crunch screen cap

I was in the office seeing patients on Thursday and I noticed a familiar face when I went to check news for the day. The person in the image (shown in the screen grab) works in my chiropractic office and it was funny because I was sitting just a few feet away checking stories of the day on Google News.

We get caught up in posting chiropractic lifestyle information and I don’t think there’s been enough covered in relationship to topics like paying off your student loans. I noticed back in July of 2006 there was a single post regarding the increase in interest rates on student loans and there was only one post about student loan consolidation.

We’ve covered topics like choosing chiropractic schools, student programs, opportunities, seeing yourself as a success, and student organizations. The topic of getting one’s loans paid off deserves greater attention.

After I graduated I consolidated my student loans (but interest rates were lower in the 1990s) and then I set up an auto pay program that withdraws funds directly from my business account so that I wouldn’t have to think about writing checks each month.

I’ll talk to some other chiropractors and find out what worked for them and then share it here. It would also be good to hear from some current chiropractic and non-chiropractic college students to find out what types of rates that are paying on federal and private loans, and what kind of debt they’re coming out of school with.

26 Year Old Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Student

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

A 26 year old premed student e-mailed me earlier this week about attending chiropractic school. I get frequent e-mails similar to the one I’m sharing here, so I wanted to address some of these questions in a post, rather than have to e-mail each person back individually.

Dear Dr. Dorausch,

Thompson drop chiropractic tableI just read your article “Assessing the Salary of a Chiropractor” and I found it both realistic and insightful. I am a 26 year old post baccalaureate pre-medical student from Boston, MA. I have one more year before I complete the prerequisites needed to apply to medical school. Lately I have been seeking information on the chiropractic industry with few quality results. I am glad I found this article plus your reactions to the blogs posted by other inquiring individuals.

I find this career very intriguing. I am trying hard to figure out if it would be a good fit for me. My goal is to seek as much information as possible, including interviewing some Chiropractors in my area.

Thank you and good luck,
Sean C.

First off, thanks on the article. Being realistic can save people lots of unneeded heartache. You mention you are nearly done with your prerequisites for medical school, and as you may already know, they’re almost identical to what’s required to enter chiropractic school.

It’s unfortunate that there are few quality results available online, which is one of the reasons I dedicated a significant amount of energy to the topic of both schools and salaries. Most of the successful chiropractors I know don’t have any online presence, simply because they’re fully engaged in their lifestyles.

If you find a chiropractic career intriguing I’d suggest you continue your research. No one is going to be able to determine whether it’s a good fit for you. That is something you’re going to have to discover on your own. Seeking as much information as possible during this next year shows you’re being responsible and working towards making educated decisions. Whether you decide to train as a medical doctor or chiropractor, you won’t have made an emotionally charged and quick decisioned choice.

Interviewing some chiropractors in your area is exactly where I would start. I did that myself many years ago. It was an eye-opening experience, since in the same town, I met a chiropractor that was absolutely miserable, met a few that were just going through the motions, and met some that were knocking down the doors on their dreams. They were charismatic, ran their businesses like a popular restaurant where everybody loves the food and service, and appeared as though everything came easy to them. One of those chiropractors wrote my referral letter for CCCLA.

Since you’re located in Boston, I’d visit the chiropractors listed on the Massachusetts page. I’d specifically recommend you speak to Drs. Peter Kevorkian and Patricia Giuliano and ask them about New Beginnings, a chiropractic program that takes place in New Jersey, three times per year.

Visit at least a dozen chiropractic offices and try to attend at least one educational seminar in your area. You may even find a chiropractor in Boston that will bring you to an event so you can meet other chiropractors. I’d also recommend you visit some hospitals and medical clinics. These steps should help you to discover whether it’s the right career choice for you.

If you’re not wanting to travel far for school, look into Life, NYCC, Palmer, and other schools located closer to your state. If you’re willing to travel, make the trip to Life West in Northern California.

All the best in your search!

Chiropractic Kiddies Head Back to Classrooms

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

When we talk about kids going back to school in the fall of 2007, let’s not forget those heading back to spinal anatomy class, adjusting technique labs, and a mountain of useless hours of medically based differential diagnosis. We’ve covered a lot of content on Planet Chiropractic related to Chiropractic Schools and associated topics. There are a few different advice related articles, student loan payment and consolidation articles, and various student opportunities and programs.

blonde bonesNo chiropractic students education should be considered complete without some schooling from Sigafoose, sex education with Reggie Gold, or some mentoring from Sharon Gorman. Do schools still hold programs like this CCCLA event featuring Reggie? I’d like to hear from more chiropractic students and know what’s up.

Students, theres plenty of chiropractic audio, old media archives, chiropractic video, and nearly 10 years of chiropractic news archive content, to get your hands on. Don’t forget, there are also FREE ad categories for chiropractic students seeking employment. What else are you looking for?

Whether you are in Texas, New York, Northern California, Georgia, or other US state that has a chiropractic college, get the best chiropractic education you can, regardless of any garbage a particular school may be pushing.

It may seem like a long road now, but it goes fast and the fun has not even begun to start.

Student wants to attend Cleveland in LA

Received this e-mail earlier today…

HI ~ this is [name removed] who wants to attend chiropractic school. I am going to community college in San Jose. I’ve heard that Cleveland chiropractic school educates requirements classes. I believe I can save time with that program for attending chiropractic school. I appreciate if you send me information about that. Also, I am a international student. When does school begin class? How much is tuition?

On the school review pages, you can get contact information for Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. If what you’re asking is can you take prerequisite science classes at the Cleveland College, I believe the answer is yes, but I don’t know how much time it would save you. As far as when class begins, I believe Cleveland is still on a trimester system meaning new classes start three times per year. That may not be the case for the prerequisite science classes so your best to contact the school directly. If things have not changed since I attended Cleveland there should be a doctor of chiropractic program beginning in winter, spring, and fall each year. As far as tuition is concerned I don’t have that information, again its best to contact the school directly.