Practice Experience

Community-Based Practice Experience

Because clinical experience turns theory you've learned in the classroom into real hands-on practice, you'll hone the skills that you'll use every day during your professional career. As a student in D'Youville's doctor of chiropractic program, you'll spend a total of 1,200 hours in practice experience, to include:

  • Internships at the college's clinics, (minimum of 600 hours of clinical practice skills)
  • Externship placement at community-based institutions and private practices (up to 600 additional hours).

Clinical Internships at D'Youville Clinics

One of the most demanding and rewarding phases of the doctor of chiropractic program is internship experience. This practicum focuses on holistic principles that address the whole person and strives to address the nurturing of mind, body and spirit. Students rotate through 5 clinical internships, offering experience varying in settings, from an outpatient hospital to a community based healthcare center.

During clinical rotations students team up with attending faculty clinicians (fully licensed doctors of chiropractic) to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based chiropractic care. You'll be guided by D'Youville's experienced clinical faculty in a supportive relationship, with small-group attention and instruction. Clinical internships involve a rotation of five DYC-affiliated clinics within the Western New York area, including:

  • Buffalo Spine and Sports Institute, P.C., an integrative and collaborative clinical site featuring neurosurgeons, physiatrists, physician assistants, physical therapists and chiropractors.
  • Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), a 550 bed university–based teaching hospital where D'Youville Department of Chiropractic provides medical rounds as well as clinical treatment.

Community-based Externships

In addition to our on-site certification clinic, you will take advantage of a full spectrum of community-based and private preceptor externship experiences for experience in observing and treating a wide variety of patients and conditions. Externships are available in a variety of settings– from community-based clinics and large urban hospitals to rural, solo-practice offices – to give you the widest possible range of practice experience.

Externship sites include:

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