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Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida

4777 City Center Pkwy
Port Orange, Florida, USA, 32129
Phone: 866-585-9677
Fax: 386-763-2620

Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Purpose
The purpose of the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Palmer Florida is to educate and prepare students to become Doctors of Chiropractic qualified to serve as primary contact health care providers and to serve humanity through patient care and community education.

All applications for admission are welcomed by Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida. Entries to the program can be made four times a year: in January, April, July or November. The Admissions Department is available for consultation with high school students, college students or others who wish to consider a career in chiropractic health care. A visit to Palmer Florida campus is strongly recommended as part of the planning process.

Selection of Candidates
Candidates are selected based on several factors, which may include Grade Point Average (GPA), total number of credits completed, prerequisite GPA, letters of recommendation and the personal profile/essay. Personal interviews may be conducted. We request that you apply one year in advance.

Applications received later than 60 days prior to enrollment may not be considered. Only written communication directly from the Admissions Department is considered official.

Chiropractic Degree Requirements
Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida operates on the quarter system, with an academic program consisting of 13 quarters that can be completed in 3.25 calendar or 4.33 academic years. The curriculum contains a minimum of 4,944 contact hours of instruction, which must be completed within eight calendar years.

In order to receive a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida, a student must have satisfied all academic and clinical requirements and must have earned not less than the final 25 percent of the total credits required for the D.C. degree from Palmer Florida, allowing up to 75 percent of the total credits through advanced standing.

National Board Examinations
The National Board examinations are divided into two sections: written examinations (Part I, II, III and Physiotherapy) and practical examinations (Part IV). The written exams are administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in March and September at multiple test sites in the United States and Canada, while the practical examinations are administered at multiple sites in the United States in May and November. Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida is a test site for the National Board examinations offered in March and September. Tests are also given in France and Australia.

NBCE Pass Rates
The following are weighted arithmetic averages of consecutive first-time percent pass rates of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) examinations for 2004 and 2005. Palmer Florida student pass rates are compared to average pass rates of student from all chiropractic colleges.

Average Rating: 3 (4 votes)

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Rating Comments for Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida
3 A good school
by nolaDr2B
Date posted: (03/11/2009)
My Experience Overall Rating: 3

Overall: 3
Housing: 2
Pass rate for National Boards: 5
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 4
Research Department: 1
Practice Management Skills: 2
Financial Aid Department: 5
Classroom size: 2
Leadership: 3
Techniques: 4
Location: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Philosophy: 5
Cost: 2
The first quarter was similar to under grad. including anatomy, biochem, and physiology. But the real difference is in second quarter when you get to go hands on and learn adjustments. By 5th quarter your actually adjusting people and perfecting your technique. The ALS classes are a bit of a joke, but a welcomed release from the monotony of the class room. The teachers here are more than willing to help any student who applies them self, but they will not walk you through school. Being in Florida the weather is nice all year and the women are better :)....Once you hit outpatient clinic you are prepared to be a doctor and hone your skills while under the supervision of the staff. The ALS rooms are great for studying. The Palmer Package is a wonderful variety of adjustments plus you have to opportunity to learn many many more in any of our out of class clubs.
Suggestions
The ALS curriculum could be tweaked. But take the tour and you will see first hand why so many students choose Palmer Florida.
Overall Opinion
Good. The grass always seems greener on the other side but reflecting back on my time at Palmer Florida it was a positive experience.

3 My experience with Palmer Florida students
by Dr. Z
Date posted: (02/16/2007)
My Experience Overall Rating: 3

Overall: 4
Housing: 3
Pass rate for National Boards: 4
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 3
Research Department: 3
Practice Management Skills: 3
Financial Aid Department: 3
Classroom size: 3
Leadership: 4
Techniques: 4
Location: 3
Atmosphere: 4
Philosophy: 3
Cost: 3
I did not go to Florida, I attended Palmer Davenport. However I recently had occasion to witness some of the Palmer Florida students (by now graduates like myself) in action on a 'Clinic Abroad' trip. If you don't know their curriculum at Florida is structured a little differently, but I was rather impressed with their clinical knowledge and willingness to get down to work and to do as much as they possibly could for the locals where we had set up clinics. Being from Palmer Davenport, I may be a bit of a technique snob, they could use a little work on certain maneuvers but they definitely had the basics down. Philosophically, they understand that chiropractic is good for all people of all ages and that unsubluxated people function better than subluxated people but on a clinic abroad trip, you have to understand, that you do not typically have the time to do myofascial work on somebody because the line is so darn long, you only have time to deal with the subluxation. Find it, fix it, thank you, next! It may be interesting to note if they have a heart condition but it really won't change your adjustment one bit. I think their enthusiasm to do what they learned got the better of them in this case. So positive or negative I guess depends on your point of view.
Suggestions
Not sure I'm qualified to make suggestions as to the curriculum at Palmer Florida. (see my review of Palmer Davenport for my suggestions for chiropractic education in general). But it seems the non-traditional teaching style has its benefits.
Overall Opinion
From working with Palmer Florida's students in the thick of a jungle in a foreign country for 3 weeks, I'm proud to have them in the Palmer Family.

2 Academics Difficult - Great Location
by jroc10000
Date posted: (02/09/2013)
My Experience Overall Rating: 2

Overall: 2
Housing: 2
Pass rate for National Boards: 1
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 2
Research Department: 1
Practice Management Skills: 3
Financial Aid Department: 1
Classroom size: 2
Leadership: 1
Techniques: 2
Location: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Philosophy: 3
Cost: 1
I learned alot at Palmer and am an older student. I in my early 50's and had a hard time keeping up with pace. I did ok overall and am still struggling to pass my boards. It's all about the boards. Think the ALS is a waste of time and some of the professors just don't care to help when the pressure is on. I also some of the professors difficult to understand and not willing to slow down. On the upside, the location is great. Cheap living and met a ton of great girls. Not sure if I can have a practice in this area but think I may head back to Chicago.
Suggestions
Take the review classes for the boards Get help when you need it Get a mentor to coach you Think twice if you are an older student, the debt is heavy and you may not be able to make what you think you could - Felt like I was sold.
Overall Opinion
Think that Palmer should have alternative career paths for people like me. I felt they took my money and expressed how much I would make after completion, and now, the reality sets in. I owe over 0K and can't practice until I complete my boards, which will be 2 years after I finish school, if I pass all of them. The area and girls are the best. And, it is nice to be with much younger people.

2 Not a stellar chiropractic college
by adammorrell
Date posted: (01/24/2008)
My Experience Overall Rating: 2

Overall: 1
Housing: 1
Pass rate for National Boards: 3
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 2
Research Department: 1
Practice Management Skills: 1
Financial Aid Department: 1
Classroom size: 3
Leadership: 1
Techniques: 1
Location: 3
Atmosphere: 1
Philosophy: 1
Cost: 1
My first 3-5 quarters were acceptable. The instruction was decent on the whole, especially anatomy with Ben Lerner/Larose, neurology from Dr. Seaman, and physical exam from Drs. Alattar and Corbin. From there the quality of instruction dwindled to almost unbearable, to the point that most students including myself resorted to playing on our mandatory 2200 dollar computers while we warded off the boredom and lack of anything of substance. I think the biggest blow was the dishonesty of the administration, faculty, and admissions about anything that was going on with the school. I was recruited on the premise of no useless testing and a self-directed integrated curriculum. What actually happened was numerous point valued "quizzes" to help boost grades, hours upon hours of mandated "small group session" known as ALS which turned into useless projects. These sessions were supposed to be used to discuss the lecture and delve deeper. Never happened. Add in the fact that PCCF is controlled by Palmer IA and the BOT and you have a disconnect between the governing body and the campus itself. Note that I rocked boards because of board review and what I put into studying, not the instruction from PCCF.
Suggestions
Do not buy into the hype that is Palmer Florida. If you just want to live at the beach, there's not much better place. But if you value your education and you want a real learning environment not riddled with negativity, look elsewhere.
Overall Opinion
Do yourself a favor. If you are considering Chiropractic, look at more than one school regardless who recommended it. Do not buy into the hype that is Palmer Florida. If you just want to live at the beach, there's not much better place. But if you value your education and you want a real learning environment not riddled with negativity, look elsewhere.

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