Clinical experience turns theory into hands-on practice
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)
- Preceptorship 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 DYC-affiliated clinics within the Western New York area, including:
- D'Youville's North Buffalo Chiropractic Center
- 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.
- Hageman Chiropractic Health Center, located in the BFAC on the D'Youville College campus
- UB Neurosurgical Center (UBNS), a regional referral center for neurosurgical disorders.
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.
Preceptorships 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.
Preceptorship sites include:
The Interprofessional Clinical Advancement Center is a research and academic project that uses professional actors to create real-life patient care simulations for students. Students from eight healthcare disciplines at D'Youville College take part in the Center, including chiropractic.