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Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), 3.5-Year

Dr. John Taylor consulting on xrays with students

Earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 3.5 years and join one of the fastest growing healthcare specialties.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Doctors of Chiropractic focus on the treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems using their broad diagnostic skills and training in therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, nutrition, diet, and lifestyle counseling. Our unique chiropractic program is the first in the country to combine a solid foundation in the liberal arts with rigorous, integrated training with traditional healthcare fields.

Our CCE-accredited program offers two pathways for you to earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree:

  • A Doctor of Chiropractic program for students who have already earned their bachelor's degree or are transferring from another DC program. You'll graduate in 3.5 years or less, depending on your previous coursework.
  • A seven-year sequential program where you enter as Freshman, earn your BS degree in Biology and then go directly into the Doctor of Chiropractic program provided you maintain program requirements. If you’re interested in this option, please visit the Freshman to Doctorate program page.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • We're one the first Doctor of Chiropractic programs in the country that’s fully integrated with traditional healthcare fields. Because D’Youville offers graduate programs in nursing, occupational therapy, dietetics, pharmacy, and physical therapy, you’ll be immersed in a learning environment that practices — and values — a truly integrated approach to healthcare.
  • Our multidisciplinary clinic provides you with an opportunity to gain direct clinical experience with an integrated team that includes physical therapists, surgeons, and chiropractors.
  • You’ll learn how chiropractic can impact community health by providing care to underserved populations in area clinics.
  • Our hands-on, supportive, nurturing approach to chiropractic education means that you’ll enjoy small classes, interactive lectures, and lab settings with a 10:1 student/instructor ratio (or less).
  • Our graduate faculty are all licensed practitioners who bring their own practical experience to what they teach in both the classroom and laboratory.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other healthcare majors at D'Youville — all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • The graduate curriculum includes a research core that provides a foundation that will benefit your clinical practice and prepare you for further study should you decide to pursue a research-based degree.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Doctor of Chiropractic
Degree: D.C.

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 507L

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory

This course consists of two hours of laboratory a week. The structural and functional relationship of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs are emphasized.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
BIO 508L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory

This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week, emphasizing the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system,urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
BIO 603

Biochemistry

This one-semester course emphasizes structure/function relationships among the components responsible for the biochemical functions of life. Topics include proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, bioenergetics, metabolism (catabolism and anabolism), lipids, membranes, nucleic acids, biotechnology, biochemical methods,vitamins and nutrition.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
BIO 603L

Biochemistry Laboratory

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Bio 603.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
BIO 607

Pathophysiology

This is a study of disease processes as disturbances of the body's homeostasis. The body's defense mechanisms and their breakdown are emphasized. Various clinical assessment methods are discussed. The course consist of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
BIO 608

Microbiology

This is an introduction to the classification, morphology and physiology of microorganisms, particularly of bacteria and viruses, with laboratory emphasis on sterile technique, cultural characteristics and physiology of bacteria. The course consists of three lectures and three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: None

4.0
BIO 608L

Microbiology Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Bio 608.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
BIO 610

Immunology

Humans are continually exposed to foreign substances (antigens) and respond to them in ways that are both harmful and beneficial. Many areas of biology use the in vitro techniques of immunology. Thus, immunology integrates such diverse fields as genetics, biochemistry, physiology and medicine and is relevant for biology and health science students alike. The purpose of this course is therefore to introduce the student to the chemistry of antigens and antibodies, the biology of the immune response, including both harmful and beneficial aspects in the function of the cells, organ and molecules of the immune system. Immunologic techniques and their applications will also be examined.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
BIO 639

Human Gross Anatomy

This is a lecture and laboratory course in human gross anatomy, which uses cadaver dissection and other materials illustrative of human anatomy. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy of skeletal muscles, including their bony attachments, nerve and blood supply, and functions in movements. Additional dissections involve a survey of abdominal and thoracic organs, anatomy of the head and contents of the cranial cavity.

Prerequisites: BIO-639L, (BIO-507L BIO-508L) or (BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L) or (BIO-317 BIO-317L) or (BIO-517 BIO-517L) or equivalent.

6.0
BIO 639L

Gross Anat Lab

This is a lecture and laboratory course in human gross anatomy, which uses cadaver dissection and other materials illustrative of human anatomy. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy of skeletal muscles, including their bony attachments, nerve and blood supply, and functions in movements. Additional dissections involve a survey of abdominal and thoracic organs, anatomy of the head and contents of the cranial cavity.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
BIO 659

Advanced Physiology I

These courses are comprised of discussions of the molecular attributes of cytological features that represent the underpinnings of such functions as nerve impulse and neurotransmission, skeletal muscle contraction, cardiac muscle excitation and coordination of contraction, processes of electrolyte and water balance, actions of chemical messengers such as hormones and drugs, gas transport and cellular respiration, nutrition, metabolism and excretion.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
BIO 660

Advanced Physiology II

These courses are comprised of discussions of the molecular attributes of cytological features that represent the underpinnings of such functions as nerve impulse and neurotransmission, skeletal muscle contraction, cardiac muscle excitation and coordination of contraction, processes of electrolyte and water balance, actions of chemical messengers such as hormones and drugs, gas transport and cellular respiration, nutrition, metabolism and excretion.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
Total 28

Evidence Informed Practice Courses
Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHR 670

Professional Communications

This class is an overview of fundamental professional writing as it applies to professional communication. Each week students will participate in active learning through reading,discussion,completing exercises,written assignments, peer editing,and revision. The overall objective of this course is to create/reinforce sound written and oral communication skills in students preparing to become clinicians.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
CHR 671L

EIP 1: Information Literacy Lab



Prerequisites: None

1.0
CHR 672

EIP II Resh Meth Design & Stats Intp

This is the second course in the evidence-informed practice (EIP)sequence. The course is a qualitative introduction to the fundamental structure of research. It introduces The different types of research studies,and addresses the basic statistical tools involved in evaluating various research designs. Students will learn how to interpret statistical results in the context of clinical applications. The course prepares students to read and understand biomedical literature,enabling them to be up-to-date on the latest research in their field and allowing them to offer their patients the best evidence-informed care available.

Prerequisites: CHR-671L

3.0
CHR 673

EIP III: Chiro Prin: Evid Inform Pract

This is the third course in the evidence-informed practice (EIP)sequence. This course builds on Chr 672 and will concentrate on concepts of evidence-informed practice with a specific focus on evidence informed chiropractic. EIP is the future of our healthcare system and will drive future best practice in all professions. This course is intended to teach students to better assist the patient through EIP guided reasonable and rational decisions about health care.

Prerequisites: CHR-672

3.0
CHR 674L

EIP Iv: Journal Club Seminar

This seminar lab course is the fourth in the evidence-informed practice (EIP)sequence. This is an interactive course designed to sharpen the students' research literacy and evidence-informed practice (EIP)skills. Applied EIP is emphasized,including questioning,researching,analyzing and communicating clinically relevant information. The overall objective of this course is to create sound EIP habits in students,preparing to become doctors of chiropractic. Students will research,develop,and present a journal club of clinically relevant,important,and applicable biomedical research literature to a small group of peers and practicing clinical mentors and professionals. Students will apply key EIP skills(asking,accessing,appraising,applying, and assessing) along with the concept of critical appraisal fo the literature. Emphasis is placed on how the research and clinical literature impacts clinical decisions in chiropractic practice.

Prerequisites: CHR-673

1.0
CHR 675

EIP V: Evidence-Informed Clinical Mgmt

This capstone lecture course is the fifth in the evidence-informed practice (EIP) sequence of courses. It provides the student with an understanding of the principles and practices of EIP and its importance in patient-centered care. The course reflects a synthesis of all prerequisite courses in the chiropractic program and prepares the student to implement evidence-informed chiropractic in primary care model. Emphasis will be placed on the application of patient centered,evidence-informed best practice protocols, and the use of integrative clinical management strategies to improve health outcomes. The student will learn effective communication and documentation for a wide range of healthcare related activities which include patient care,professional communication,health education,record keeping,and reporting.

Prerequisites: CHR-675L, CHR-653 CHR-653L CHR-674L

4.0
CHR 675L

Eip V: Evidence-Informed Clin Mgmt Lab

This lab accompanies Chr 675 Capstone course.

Prerequisites: CHR-675, CHR-653 CHR-653L CHR-674L

3.0
Total 17

Required Degree Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHR 600L

Introduction to Chiropractic Lab

Clinical laboratory sessions comprise additional instruction, demonstration and practice of the following chiropractic evaluation techniques: static palpation, postural evaluation, spinal landmark evaluation, leg-length evaluation and Maigne's method of evaluation.

Prerequisites: BIO-639 BIO 639L

2.0
CHR 613

Pharmacology I

The pharmacology course series integrates the principles and mechanisms of action and drug effect with the pharmacotherapy of common disease and syndromes.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
CHR 614

Pharmacology II

This course is a continuation of Pharmacology I.

Prerequisites: CHR-613

3.0
CHR 621

Physiologic Therapeutics

This course studies the therapeutic utilization of heat, cold, light, electricity and sound. Students analyze physiologic responses to therapeutic modalities and evaluate their effectiveness as therapeutic agents. This course also includes a review of research relative to the therapeutic modalities. Theories and methods of the holistic approach to management of acute and chronic pain syndromes are presented. Laboratory experiences include practice sessions to gain experience in the utilization of heat, cold, light, electricity and sound for management of acute and chronic pain syndromes.

Prerequisites: BIO-639 BIO-639L CHR-600L CHR-640 CHR-640L, CHR-621L

3.0
CHR 621L

Physiological Therapeutics Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in CHR 620.

Prerequisites: BIO-639 CIO-639L CHR-600L CHR-640 CHR-640L, CHR-621

2.0
CHR 623

Clinical Internship I

The focus of this course is on comprehensive health: wellness maintenance, illness prevention and restorative care. Patients of different age groups and cultural backgrounds are treated. The practice emphasis is on the structure and function of the body’s neuromusculoskeletal framework and the relationship this framework has tithe health and well-being of the whole person (bio-psycho-social-spiritual). Spinal manipulation is the major intervention. The range of services provided include the use of diagnostic imaging to evaluate patients with neuromusculoskeletal, related health problems and pathologies, physiotherapeutic modalities, lifestyle and nutrition counseling; and the use of a variety of myofascial and rehabilitative procedures considered alternative and complementary in nature. Additionally, students are taught the importance of case management and/or utilization of referral and follow-up procedures for patients experiencing pathologies that require co-treatment with other licensed health care providers.

Prerequisites: BIO-507L BIO-508L BIO-603 BIO-603L BIO-607 BIO-608 BIO-608L BIO-610 BIO-639 BIO-639L BIO-659 BIO-660 CHR-654 CHR-657 CHR-664 CHR-665 CHR-637 CHR-636 CHR-643 CHR-614 CHR-634 as well as a passing score on NBCE or CCEB (Canadian students)and IRB approval.

7.0
CHR 624

Clinical Internship II

This course is a continuation of CHR 623, Clinical Internship I.

Prerequisites: CHR-623

7.0
CHR 625

Clinic Internship III Preceptorship

This course builds on the clinical internship requirement. The same focus on practice continues; however, externship hours are completed in a variety of community-based clinical settings under the supervision of qualified adjunct clinical associates.

Prerequisites: CHR-624

7.0
CHR 631

Biomechanics

This course will introduce the student to basic biomechanics. This will include the understanding of basic terminology associated with human movement in three planes. This course will also present an introduction to kinematics and kinetics as it pertains to human movement both normal and abnormal. Clinical case studies will be analyzed with specific attention placed on the most commonly treated chiropractic diagnoses as they relate to clinical practice. An analysis of upper and lower extremity joint mechanics will be introduced. Specific attention will be placed on spinal biomechanics both normal and abnormal.

Prerequisites: CHR-635 CHR-635L CHR-600L

3.0
CHR 633

Clinical Nutrition

This in-class course will provide the student with an understanding of the principles and practices of "evidence-informed clinical nutrition" and its importance in patient centered management. The subject will review the basic biochemical properties of nutrients as well as common diagnostic tests to identify a condition,recommend specific nutrients and monitor therapeutic benefits of these recommendations. This course will serve as a capstone course to compliment other core curriculum nutrition courses of the DYC doctor of chiropractic program. The format of the course will include Power Point presentations,discussions,case analysis,and review of the best available evidence in the current literature.

Prerequisites: BIO-603 BIO-607 CHR-610 CHR-640

2.0
CHR 634

Intro to Epidemiology & Public Health

This course is focused on the discussion of different definitions and descriptions of what constitutes public health, the contributions and value of public health and the interface that exists between chiropractic practice and public health. The Wellness Model of Healthy People 2010 and levels of prevention are discussed along with examples as to how basic public health concepts should be incorporated into the development of a comprehensive chiropractic plan of care. Lectures cover such topics as the impact on public health by environmental factors, d and nutrition, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, physical fitness,musculoskeletal conditions, accidents and physical injuries, and tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse. Emphasis is placed on reviewing health care and public health literature and on integrating evidence based research findings into clinical practice. The importance of incorporating health teaching and counseling related to disease prevention and health promotion into the chiropractic plan of care and on understanding public health as a personal responsibility is stressed. The need for more integration of chiropractic into the mainstream public health system is discussed.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
CHR 635

Spinal Anatomy

This course involves an in-depth study of the nervous system including: embryology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropharmacology. This course will include laboratory sections of the anatomy of the spine bones, muscles, and nerves by examining specimens.

Prerequisites: BIO-639 BIO-639L, CHR-635L

4.0
CHR 635L

Spinal Anatomy Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lecture in Chr 635.

Prerequisites: CHR-635

1.0
CHR 636

Sports Injuries & Emergency Care

This course shall prepare the health care practitioner to appropriately evaluate and provide basic lifesaving skills for a variety of medical emergencies. Such medical emergencies can present themselves to a health care practitioner in a variety of settings including, but not limited to,one's clinical practice, a sporting event or during personal time. This course will prepare the health care practitioner to appropriately evaluate the safety of the scene of the emergency,clinically evaluate the patient's injuries, and treat/ stabilize said injuries utilizing basic life savings and other clinical management techniques. Additionally, this course will relate the general training and goals of a medical team,as well as members of the emergency medical services team, to better prepare the health care practitioner to collaboratively engage with these individuals.

Prerequisites: BIO-639 BIO-639L CHR-640 CHR-640L, CHR-636L

1.0
CHR 636L

Sports Injuries & Emergency Care Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Chr 636.

Prerequisites: BIO-639 CHR-640, CHR-636

2.0
CHR 637

Chiropractic Rehabilitation

Students in this course learn the contemporary use of exercise for the rehabilitation and functional restoration of the musculoskeletal system. The course is taught in a case-based format, providing practical information for planning, prescribing and monitoring exercise programs in a region-specific context. Students also learn the indications and contraindications for therapeutic exercise prescription and concepts of exercise progression. They develop an understanding of the chiropractor’s role in functional recovery as it pertains to occupational issues and disability management.

Prerequisites: CHR-621 CHR-621L CHR-655 CHR-655L, CHR-637L

2.0
CHR 637L

Chiropractic Rehabilitation Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Chr 637.

Prerequisites: CHR-621 CHR-621L CHR-655 CHR-655L, CHR-637

3.0
CHR 638

Psychology for Health Care Professionals

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge concerning issues they may face as future practitioners regarding themselves and their patients. Specifically, the course will provide an overview of mental health concerns, crisis issues, pain management and self-care. Attention will also be given concerning how these issues are to be addressed as students work with future patients along with attempting to make appropriate referrals.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
CHR 639

History & Physical Examination

Examines all areas of patient interviewing such as history of present illness, comprehensive health history, recordkeeping, problem-oriented history-taking, narrative format histories, nonverbal communication, and patients with special problems. Students learn and practice examination and assessment, with emphasis on performing and interpreting comprehensive physical examination procedures of the non-neuromusculoskeletal systems in the adult patient. Laboratory experience will include continuing demonstration and practice of the history taking and physical exam procedures.

Prerequisites: BIO-639 BIO-639L, CHR-639L

3.0
CHR 639L

History & Physical Examination Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Chr 639.

Prerequisites: BIO-639 BIO-639L, CHR-639

3.0
CHR 640

Clinical Diagnosis

Introduction to laboratory skills, including venipuncture, and discussion of urinalysis, hematology and serology. Emphasis on interpretation of laboratory test results and study of case histories to enhance clinical learning and diagnostic skills. Discussion of laboratory alterations accompanying abnormal function of body organs and specific diseases, with emphasis on interpretation of blood chemistries. Choosing appropriate lab tests. Correlation of laboratory results with patient history and examination findings. Case histories are discussed to enhance clinical learning.

Prerequisites: BIO-607 BIO-610 BIO-639 CHR-639 CHR-639L, CHR-640L

6.0
CHR 640L

Clinical Diagnosis Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Chr 640.

Prerequisites: BIO-607 BIO-610 BIO-639 CHR-639 CHR-639L, CHR-640

1.0
CHR 641

Historical Foundations

This course will introduce the student to the historical foundations of our profession. They will become familiar with the key individuals and events that created and shaped Chiropractic as a profession. The student will examine the historical relationship with other professions.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
CHR 642

Chiropractic Theories & Evolution Theories & Evolution of the Profession

This course will introduce the student to the historical evolution of the theories of the chiropractic subluxation. They will become familiar with the key theories that have helped to shape chiropractic as a profession.

Prerequisites: CHR-641

1.0
CHR 644

Business Entrepreneurship

This four credit graduate level course introduces students to principles of chiropractic office management, important aspects of business planning, and financial considerations necessary to successfully establish and manage chiropractic practice. Students explore external and internal factors impacting their cost-effective service to patients, adherence to sound ethical behavior, and application of sound business principles. The course serves as a vehicle for students to integrate prudent business planning and decision-making in the management of a chiropractic office/ practice.

Prerequisites: None

4.0
CHR 646

Geriatric & Special Needs Populations

This course will provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for health assessment of the geriatric and special needs patient. Emphasis will be placed on the collection and synthesis of information leading to the development of a comprehensive plan of evaluation and care. Evidence-informed practice concepts related to health promotion,disease prevention, and treatment will be utilized to develop critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills.

Prerequisites: CHR-640

2.0
CHR 647

Pediatrics & Women's Health

This course provides the student with a comprehensive evidenced-informed approach to the unique health and wellness concerns of pediatric and female patients. The course will review the developmental milestones of pediatric patients,through a review of examination,assessment,and chiropractic case management protocols.Unique women's health conditions will be reviewed and specific chiropractic case management protocols will be introduced in this course. The course will include didatic PowerPoint presentations,case analysis in an active learning format,and treatment demonstrations.

Prerequisites: CHR-640

2.0
*CHR 649L Psychomotor Skills Lab .5
CHR 650

Adjustive Techniques I

This course will present contemporary theories of chiropractic science and practice related to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of spinal dysfunction. Theory of segmental dysfunction, outcome measures of dysfunction, theory of facilitation, and clinical management of spinal dysfunction across the age continuum will be included. The student will be introduced to a cross referencing approach to treatment of the vertebral subluxation complex utilizing the diversified technique, Palmer-Gonstead, orthogonality, and the motion-spatial / fixation concept. The course will review current research related to somatovisceral influences and their associated pathophysiology and neurodystrophy. The clinical laboratory will comprise an integration of biomechanics and physical assessment skills, with emphasis on the spine; a practical review of methods of chiropractic terminology (e.g., listings); and a synthesis of static and motion palpation procedures and techniques. Demonstration and practice sessions will be given, utilizing various adjustive and manipulative interventions for treating subluxation in the pelvic area.

Prerequisites: CHR-600l, CHR-650L

1.0
CHR 650L

Adjustive Techniques I Lab

This course will present contemporary theories of chiropractic science and practice related to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of spinal dysfunction. Theory of segmental dysfunction, outcome measures of dysfunction, theory of facilitation, and clinical management of spinal dysfunction across the age continuum will be included. The student will be introduced to a cross referencing approach to treatment of the vertebral subluxation complex utilizing the diversified technique, Palmer-Gonstead, orthogonality, and the motion-spatial / fixation concept. The course will review current research related to somatovisceral influences and their associated pathophysiology and neurodystrophy. The clinical laboratory will comprise an integration of biomechanics and physical assessment skills, with emphasis on the spine; a practical review of methods of chiropractic terminology (e.g., listings); and a synthesis of static and motion palpation procedures and techniques. Demonstration and practice sessions will be given, utilizing various adjustive and manipulative interventions for treating subluxation in the pelvic area.

Prerequisites: CHR-650, CHR-600L

2.0
CHR 651

Adjustive Techniques II

This course will present contemporary theories of chiropractic science and practice related to the assessment diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of spinal dysfunction. Theory of segmental dysfunction, outcome measures of dysfunction, theory of facilitation, and clinical management of spinal dysfunction across the age continuum will be included. The student will be introduced to a cross referencing approach to treatment of the vertebral subluxation complex utilizing the diversified technique, Palmer-Gonstead, orthogonality, and the motion-spatial / fixation concept. The course will review current research related to somatovisceral influences and their associated pathophysiology and neurodystrophy. The clinical laboratory will comprise an integration of biomechanics and physical assessment skills, with emphasis on the spine; a practical review of methods of chiropractic terminology (e.g., listings); and a synthesis of static and motion palpation procedures and techniques with both dynajust and force plate teaching/ evaluations. Demonstration and practice sessions will be given, utilizing various adjustive and manipulative interventions for treating subluxation in the lumbar and pelvic areas.

Prerequisites: CHR-650 CHR-650L, CHR-651L

2.0
CHR 651L

Adjustive Techniques II Lab

This course will present contemporary theories of chiropractic science and practice related to the assessment diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of spinal dysfunction. Theory of segmental dysfunction, outcome measures of dysfunction, theory of facilitation, and clinical management of spinal dysfunction across the age continuum will be included.The student will be introduced to a cross referencing approach to treatment of the vertebral subluxation complex utilizing the diversified technique, Palmer-Gonstead, orthogonality, and the motion-spatial / fixation concept. The course will review current research related to somatovisceral influences and their associated pathophysiology and neurodystrophy. The clinical laboratory will comprise an integration of biomechanics and physical assessment skills, with emphasis on the spine; a practical review of methods of chiropractic terminology (e.g., listings); and a synthesis of static and motion palpation procedures and techniques with both dynajust and force plate teaching/ evaluations. Demonstration and practice sessions will be given, utilizing various adjustive and manipulative interventions for treating subluxation in the lumbar and pelvic areas.

Prerequisites: CHR-650 CHR-650L, CHR-651

0.0
CHR 652

Adjustive Techniques III

This course will present contemporary theories of chiropractic science and practice related to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of spinal dysfunction. Theory of segmental dysfunction, outcome measures of dysfunction, theory of facilitation, and clinical management of spinal dysfunction across the age continuum will be included. The student will be introduced to a cross referencing approach to treatment of the vertebral subluxation complex utilizing the diversified technique, Palmer-Gonstead, orthogonality, and the motion-spatial / fixation concept. The course will review current research related to somatovisceral influences and their associated pathophysiology and neurodystrophy. The clinical laboratory will comprise an integration of biomechanics and physical assessment skills, with emphasis on the spine; a practical review of methods of chiropractic terminology (e.g., listings); and a synthesis of static and motion palpation procedures and techniques with both dynajust and force plate teaching/ evaluations. Demonstration and practice sessions will be given, utilizing various adjustive and manipulative interventions for treating subluxation in the pelvic, lumbar, and thoracic areas.

Prerequisites: CHR-651 CHR-651L, CHR-652L

1.0
CHR 652L

Adjustive Techniques III Lab

This course will present contemporary theories of chiropractic science and practice related to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of spinal dysfunction. Theory of segmental dysfunction, outcome measures of dysfunction, theory of facilitation, and clinical management of spinal dysfunction across the age continuum will be included. The student will be introduced to a cross referencing approach to treatment of the vertebral subluxation complex utilizing the diversified technique, Palmer-Gonstead, orthogonality, and the motion-spatial / fixation concept. The course will review current research related to somatovisceral influences and their associated pathophysiology and neurodystrophy. The clinical laboratory will comprise an integration of biomechanics and physical assessment skills, with emphasis on the spine; a practical review of methods of chiropractic terminology (e.g., listings); and a synthesis of static and motion palpation procedures and techniques with both dynajust and force plate teaching/ evaluations. Demonstration and practice sessions will be given, utilizing various adjustive and manipulative interventions for treating subluxation in the pelvic, lumbar, and thoracic areas.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
CHR 653

Adjustive Techniques IV

This course will build on the process of assessment, treatment analysis & adjustive techniques of CHR 631, 650, 651, and 652. The course content reflects a synthesis of biomechanics, orthopedic testing, orthopedic diagnosis, and adjustive/ manipulative procedures for the spine and the pelvic region. Emphasis will be placed on examining various spinal conditions, including those conditions resulting from spinal trauma. Additionally, the student will learn about orthotics, taping and soft tissue techniques utilized to treat conditions of the spine across the age continuum. Clinical laboratory experience will be divided into two sections: Section I will emphasize the cervical and thoracic orthopedic tests. All sections will continue with a selective review and practice of various manipulative and adjustive techniques covered in earlier courses with both dynajust and force plate evaluations. The use of orthotic devices, taping, and procedures for treating various spinal conditions will be discussed and demonstrated.

Prerequisites: CHR-652 CHR-652L, CHR-653L CHR-655 and CHR-655L

4.0
CHR 653L

Adjustive Techniques IV Lab

This lab is consistant with material covered in lectures in Chr 653. Clinical laboratory experience will be divided into two sections; section I will emphasize the cervical and thoracic orthopedic tests. All sections will continue with a selective review and practice of various manipulative and adjustive techniques covered in earlier courses with both dynajust and force plate evaluations. The use of orthotic devices,taping,and procedures for treating various spinal conditions will be discussed and demonstrated.

Prerequisites: CHR-652 CHR-652L, CHR-653

3.0
CHR 655

Adjustive Techniques VI

This course is a continuation of CHR 652. Course content will reflect a synthesis of biomechanics, orthopedic testing, musculoskeletal diagnosis, sports injuries, and adjustive/manipulative procedures across the age continuum with an emphasis on the extra spinal regions of the body. Clinical laboratory experience will be divided into two sections: Section I will emphasize orthopedic tests for the extremities. Section II will cover extremity-adjusting procedures, as well as evaluation and soft tissue methods used for the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation for conditions involving the extremities. Additionally, the student will learn practical concepts regarding orthotic devices, taping and casting techniques for various extremity conditions.

Prerequisites: CHR-653 CHR-653L

6.0
CHR 655L

Adjustive Techniques Vi Lab

This lab is consistant with material covered in lectures in Chr 655. Clinical laboratory experience will be divided into two sections: Section I will emphasize orthopedic tests for the extremities. Section II will cover extremity-adjusting procedures, as well as evaluation and soft tissue methods used for the assessment,diagnosis,treatment,and evaluation for conditions involving the extremities. Additionally,the student will learn practical concepts regarding orthotic devices,taping and casting techniques for various extremity conditions.

Prerequisites: CHR-653 CHR-653L

1.0
CHR 656

Clinical Neuroscience

An in-depth study of the neuroscience of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Clinical conditions and case studies in neurology will be utilized. Laboratory includes examination of neural specimens. Four lecture hours, and two laboratory hours.

Prerequisites: CHR-635, CHR-656L

4.0
CHR 656L

Clinical Neuroscience Lab

An in-depth study of the neuroscience of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Clinical conditions and case studies in neurology will be utilized. Laboratory includes examination of neural specimens. Four lecture hours, and two laboratory hours.

Prerequisites: CHR-635, CHR-656

1.0
CHR 657

Applied Neurology

This course is concerned with human neurology, both biochemical and physiologic. Content will focus on the cardinal manifestations of neurological disease; growth and development of the nervous system; the neurology of aging; and the pathology, symptomatology, and diagnostic testing for major categories of neurological disease, including disease of the spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. In addition, the course will include an introduction of related psychiatric disorders, the interpretation of electrodiagnosis, and a review of current research literature and the need for evidence-based research. Laboratory sessions will include demonstration and practice in performing various neurological tests.

Prerequisites: CHR-640 CHR-656

3.0
CHR 657L

Applied Neurology Lab

this lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Chr 657.

Prerequisites: CHR-656

2.0
CHR 661

Diagnostic Imaging I

This course will introduce the student to diagnostic imaging as an assessment tool used in the development of a comprehensive patient profile. The dual focus of this course will be on the physics and processes involved in radiographic techniques and normal radiographic anatomy. The course will provide instruction concerning radiographic physics and processes involved in the use of the x-ray machine including image receptor equipment, factor calculation, and film processing and storage. The effects of ionizing radiation on biological systems, and Federal and state safety guidelines regulating the use of x-rays will be examined. The cost/benefit ratio of utilizing imaging and its relative value as a diagnostic tool will be examined. Radiographic interpretation instruction will include the normal radiological anatomy of the spine, viscera, and the extremities.

Prerequisites: BIO-639, CHR-661L

3.0
CHR 661L

Diagnostic Imaging Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Chr 661.

Prerequisites: BIO-639, CHR-661

1.0
CHR 662

Diagnostic Imaging II

This course will build on the knowledge gained in Diagnostic Imaging I. Utilizing conventional radiographs, focus will be on recognizing bone pathologies and selected variants of the spine and extremities. Imaging results will be correlated with patient history, physical examination, and laboratory findings. A regional approach will be utilized to explore neoplastic, infectious diseases; metabolic, skeletal dysplasias; hematological and nutritional disorders; as well as degenerative, inflammatory, and metabolic arthritides and trauma. The need for appropriate case management will be emphasized. Laboratory experience will include continuing demonstration and practice of the use of x-ray equipment, positioning techniques, and imaging interpretation for the accurate identification of pathological processes.

Prerequisites: CHR-661 CHR-661L, CHR-662L

4.0
CHR 662L

Diagnostic Imaging II Lab

This course will build on the knowledge gained in Diagnostic Imaging I. Utilizing conventional radiographs, focus will be on recognizing bone pathologies and selected variants of the spine and extremities. Imaging results will be correlated with patient history, physical examination, and laboratory findings. A regional approach will be utilized to explore neoplastic, infectious diseases; metabolic, skeletal dysplasias; hematological and nutritional disorders; as well as degenerative, inflammatory, and metabolic arthritides and trauma. The need for appropriate case management will be emphasized. Laboratory experience will include continuing demonstration and practice of the use of x-ray equipment, positioning techniques, and imaging interpretation for the accurate identification of pathological processes.

Prerequisites: CHR-661 CHR-661L, CHR-662

3.0
CHR 663

Diagnostic Imaging III

This course will place an emphasis on the importance of correlation of radiographic findings with the patient history, physical examination, and related laboratory findings. The need for case management,including appropriate referral and follow-up for patients experiencing certain medical conditions or pathologies as listed in the syllabus, will be studied.Part 1: The focus of this portion of the course will be the use of advanced specialized imaging techniques with an emphasis on the spine and musculoskeletal system. Topics will include magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, myelography, discography, radionuclide imaging, and bone densitometry. Additionally, the course will present information about digital storage and retrieval of radiographic findings and the use of computer-assisted diagnostic programs.Part 2: The focus of this portion of the course will be interpreting diagnostic images of the abdomen with an emphasis on the differentiation between normal and abnormal findings. Content will cover predominantly abdominal calcifications and major diseases affecting the abdominal organs that may be encountered in a chiropractic office.Part 3: The focus of this portion of the course will be interpreting diagnostic images of the chest with an emphasis on the differentiation between normal and abnormal findings. Content will cover the following topics: diseases of the airways; diseases of the chest including cavities, cysts, lesions, and calcification; pulmonary and circulatory diseases; thoracic neoplasms; and generalized radiographic findings of various internal organs.

Prerequisites: CHR-662 CHR-662L, CHR-663L

4.0
CHR 663L

Diagnostic Imaging III Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Chr 663.

Prerequisites: CHR-662 CHR-662L, CHR-663

3.0
CHR 664

Diagnostic Imaging IV

This capstone course will review and reinforce the knowledge gained in Diagnostic Imaging II. Utilizing conventional radiographs and advanced imaging, focus will be on recognizing bone pathologies and selected variants of the spine and extremities based on a regional anatomic case-based approach. Imaging results will correlate patient history, physical examination, and laboratory findings with neoplastic, infectious, metabolic and dysplastic disorders as well as degenerative, inflammatory, and metabolic arthritis and skeletal injury. The need for a systematic approach to case management will be emphasized.Laboratory experience will include review of many representative cases.

Prerequisites: CHR-663 CHR-663L, CHR-664L

4.0
CHR 664L

Diagnostic Imaging IV Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Chr 664. Laboratory experience will include review of many representative cases.

Prerequisites: CHR-663 CHR-663L, CHR-664

2.0
CHR 665

Diagnostic Imaging V

This course will introduce the student to radiographic positioning. Instruction will emphasize the optimal procedures in positioning to produce radiographic images that demonstrate radiological anatomy of the spine, viscera, and the extremities. The principles of radiographic positioning and federal and state safety guidelines regulating the use of x-rays will be examined. Laboratory experience includes demonstration of the proper and safe use of equipment and positioning techniques.

Prerequisites: CHR-661 CHR-661L, CHR-665L

2.0
CHR 665L

Diagnostic Imaging V Lab

This lab is consistent with material covered in lectures in Chr 665. Laboratory experience includes demonstration of the proper and safe use of equipment and positioning techniques.

Prerequisites: CHR-661 CHR-661L, CHR-655

1.0
NTR 610

Nutrition and Health

This course will introduce the student to nutrition science and public health issues related to nutrition. The fundalmentals of carbohydrates, protein, lipids, vitamins, minerals and metabolism will be explored. Emphasis wil be placed on diet planning and analysis, energy balance and the role of diet and physical activity in a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Highlights of current topics in nutrition, such as eating disorders, vegetarian lifestyles, and fad diets will also be addressed.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
NTR 611

Life Cycle Nutrition

This three credit course will examine nutritional needs and issues throughout the life span with special emphasis on preconception, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and aging. Normal nutrition topics and nutrition-related conditions and interventions will be studied for each stage of the life cycle. Nutrient needs and recommendations will be addressed as well as age-related physiological changes. Specific attention will be given to current public health issues and model public food and nutrition programs. Current evidence-based practice recommendations will be covered with use of position papers by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Academy of Pediatrics. This course consists of three lecture hours.

Prerequisites: NTR-610

3.0
NTR 612

Nutrition & Disease

This course examines nutrition and diet therapy, including nutrition assessment, the physiological and biochemical bases of nutrition care, therapeutic diets, medications and herbal supplements. Topics include nutrition intervention for diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, eating disorders, GI diseases and promoting healthy eating. The emphasis of this course is the practical application of subject matter in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: NTR-610

2.0
HSM 203

Medical Terminology

This course applies medical terminology including word components (root word, prefix and suffix), medical abbreviations, pathologies and diagnostic tests. Students also learn how to conduct a chart review, interpret admission notes, surgical reports, discharge summaries, and understand the components of a SOAP note.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
PHI 609

Ethics in Health Care

This course addresses ethical issues frequently encountered by health care managers. Topics considered include bioethical theory, policy formation and decision making in the professional setting. Specific problems discussed include such issues as the right to health care, allocation of scarce resources, human experimentation and choices regarding death.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
Total 151.5

* CHR 649L counts as 0.5 credits

Careers

Careers

The chiropractic profession is one of the fastest growing healthcare specialties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook the profession is expected to grow 15% per year, a faster-than-average pace when compared to all other professions, and this growth is expected to continue as people increasingly seek out non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment and care.

Grounded in the sciences of anatomy, physiology, neurology, and biomechanics, chiropractic focuses on a natural approach to health and healthcare that emphasizes stimulating the inherent recuperative powers of the human body. As a holistic and complimentary medical discipline, chiropractic is now practiced in over 40 countries around the world as part of an integrated approach to healthcare.

While many chiropractors practice in either solo or group clinical settings, some specialize in sports injuries, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging. Others pursue careers in research, teaching, and administration.

Clinical Internships

Clinical Internships

As a student in the Doctor of Chiropractic program, you'll gain invaluable experience through internships at D’Youville's clinics and through preceptorships at community-based institutions and in private practices. Students spend a minimum of 600 hours in each, turning the knowledge, skills, and principles that they learn in the classroom into hands-on, practical experience through direct, patient care supervised by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic that emphasizes supporting your growth as a practitioner and preparing you to pursue a variety of career pathways in chiropractic.

Clinical Internships

One of the most exciting, demanding, and rewarding phases of your Doctor of Chiropractic education will be your internship experience. It’s here where you’ll first put theory into practice as you learn how to take a holistic approach to patient care that addresses the whole person, striving to nurture mind, body, and spirit under the supervision of attending faculty clinicians. You’ll rotate through 4 D'Youville-affiliated clinics within the Western New York area, providing you with a wide range of patients and valuable experience in diverse healthcare situations and settings.

Internship Locations

Preceptorship

The final phase of your clinical experience will come when you participate in a preceptorship, gaining valuable experience by observing licensed Doctors of Chiropractic in a variety of settings and locations ranging from community-based clinics to large, urban hospitals to rural, solo-practice offices.

Preceptorship Locations

Alumni Success

Alumni Success

Our graduates have found positions in a wide variety of settings including private solo practices, group practices, hospitals, community-based clinics, multi-disciplinary referral centers, higher education, and management. Read about how D’Youville's unique approach helped these graduates find their niche in chiropractic.

Dr. Matthew Bauman, '12

I have been the Wellness Director at a center for adults with learning differences, part of the Rehabilitation Department at a center for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, MS, and Parkinson’s, and I am also pursuing residency in Family Practice.

Chiropractic is a very rewarding field of study. The professors at D’Youville provided me with an in depth knowledge that allowed me to reach out to a diverse population of patients in my clinical rotations.

I believe D’Youville has so much to offer, from its state of the art anatomy labs, to many very unique clinical placements. One of my best memories as a student was the chiropractic department taking us to various health fairs and health related events. It allowed me to see firsthand what the general impression of chiropractic was in the community, and also provided an opportunity to help others understand what chiropractic is and how it works.

The doctor of chiropractic degree provided me with a wide range of options coming out of the program. While most decide to go into private practice or join an integrative group, there are so many other alternatives available. You could go into research, apply for a residency, teach, and also pursue leadership roles in the business end of healthcare as an expert in wellness. Personally, I have had a number of doors open once I graduated. I have been the Wellness Director at a center for adults with learning differences, part of the Rehabilitation Department at a center for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's, MS, and Parkinson’s, and I am also pursuing residency in Family Practice.

My job responsibilities vary from providing wellness analysis and interventions via nutritional and activity modifications, to the restoration of movement through soft tissue and joint dysfunction treatment. In everything that I do, I educate patients and clients as thoroughly as possible, a trait I acquired from the professors of the chiropractic program at D’Youville.

Dr. O’Dane Brady, ’08 & ‘12

I currently reside in Mahalapye, Botswana where I now serve as the director of Botswana clinics with a non-profit organization known as World Spine Care.

Initially, it was the chiropractic program at D’Youville that drew me in but after taking a tour of the campus and meeting with an admissions counselor everything just felt right. The small class size and the support the faculty members and administrators provide are just some of the things that I enjoyed during my time at D’Youville.

I believe the opportunities that I’ve had as a student and as a D’Youville alum have been extremely rewarding. During my second year of college, I became an orientation assistant and I believe that was what sparked my involvement in other areas on campus and organizations off campus. Being a student ambassador for five years was also a great experience. The school was an “easy sell” to make to potential students and parents as my time spent was really enjoyable.

Apart from the educational opportunities afforded to me during my tenure at D’Youville I believe that the message of service to others resonated just as strongly and it stayed with me after my graduation. In fact, I currently reside in Mahalapye, Botswana where I now serve as the director of Botswana clinics with a non-profit organization known as World Spine Care (WSC).

There are two location from which I work, a district hospital in Mahalapye and a small clinic in the nearby village of Shoshong. I also work as a consultant for a managed care organization in developing clinical policies for the management of musculoskeletal disorders. As a chiropractic physician here in Botwana I provide evidence based care to presenting patients. My responsibilities include: performing a thorough history and physical examination of each patient, ordering diagnostic tests if clinically indicated, providing chiropractic care to presenting patients, following up and referring to other specialists.

While I was still a student at D’Youville, I had the great opportunity of interning at the Buffalo Spine and Sports Institute in Williamsville, NY and I was also part of clinical rotations at five clinics throughout the greater Buffalo area. I am really grateful that I am able to successfully use my clinical training and knowledge of health services in my current position in Botswana. I was so fortunate to have been part of the D’Youville community. Aside from my educational experience, the relationships, friendships, and connections I have made will last a lifetime.

Dr. Alykhan A. Jamal, ‘10

I am originally from Toronto, Canada and I am currently the Clinic Director at Toronto Spine & Sports Clinic. My responsibilities are very diverse as I am also the owner of the clinic: I am a chiropractor, a spinal decompression provider, and a strength and conditioning specialist amongst others.

One of the best features of the chiropractic program at D’Youville is the requirement to complete an internship prior to graduation. I feel that my internship provided me with valuable skills to put my clinical knowledge into practice and with the necessary tools to establish my own practice.

I am very happy with the education and experience I received at D’Youville. If you are a prospective student considering the D’Youville College Chiropractic Program I can tell you that the value of the education you receive is interconnected with the information that is presented to you by experienced faculty and staff. At D’Youville, I was lucky to benefit from that one-on-one time with my professors, because of the small class size and their genuine willingness to help. The classes became somewhat of a little family away from home. I still keep in touch with many of my former classmates, who I am now proud to call colleagues.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to enroll in D'Youville's Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program must present the following:

  • A completed bachelor's degree or evidence of having completed at least 90 credits of a bachelor of science degree at an accredited institution.
  • GRE scores (if available)
  • International/foreign students (other than Canadian) whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL test scores.
  • Two letters of formal recommendation, sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
  • International applicants must submit their transcripts to the World Education Service (WES) for a course by course evaluation.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to perform well in a rigorous course of study and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Personal interview with chiropractic faculty. Contact the Chiropractic Department for an appointment.
Prerequisites for Professional Program
  • Students with more than 90 semester credit hours must have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50.
  • Proof of having earned a minimum of 90 semester credit hours with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale which must include a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework in life and physical sciences.
  • Students must also have completed coursework in the following: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.
  • A life science includes any branch of science that study living organisms, their organization, life processes, and relationships to their environment. This would include areas of study such as, biology, ecology, medicine, anthropology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and other similar areas of study.
  • A physical science includes any branch of science that studies the nature and properties of energy and nonliving matter. This would include areas of study such as, physics, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and geology. Included in the list of acceptable science classes are those that combine these areas of study such as kinesiology, exercise science and biomechanics.

Students who have a GPA for these 90 hours of 2.75-2.99 or who have less than 24 semester hours in life and physical sciences will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

D'Youville's Chiropractic Doctoral Degree

In this video, Maxine Stewart, DC, RN, a clinical assistant professor, explains why D’Youville’s graduate program is a great choice for students searching for an education in this fast-growing healthcare specialty.

 
A chiropractic student participating in the Interdisciplinary Education Lab.

interprofessional

Chiropractic students at D'Youville learn to work as part of a collaborative healthcare team through Interprofessional Education Labs.

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John Taylor examining xrays with chiropractic students

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"I work extensively with interns and clinicians regarding the interpretation of diagnostic imaging studies." 

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