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Palmer College of Chiropractic West

90 E. Tasman Drive
San Jose, California, USA, 95134
Phone: (866) 303-7939
Fax: (408) 944-6032
www.palmer.edu/pccw_current.aspx

Palmer College of Chiropractic West Located in San Jose, California

The purpose of the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Palmer West 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. Entries to the program can be made four times a year: in January, April, July or October. 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 the Palmer West campus is strongly recommended as part of the planning process.

Average Rating: 4 (6 votes)

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Rating Comments for Palmer College of Chiropractic West
3 Palmer West Gives Good, Well-Rounded Education
by tratledge
Date posted: (03/28/2006)
My Experience Overall Rating: 3

Overall: 3
Housing: 3
Pass rate for National Boards: 5
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 4
Research Department: 4
Practice Management Skills: 2
Financial Aid Department: 4
Classroom size: 3
Leadership: 3
Techniques: 3
Location: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Philosophy: 2
Cost: 2
There are a lot of opponents of Palmer West out there- even fellow Palmers at the Davenport branch seem to think there's only "one true Palmer." That may be true, but having gone through the program at Palmer West myself from beginning to end, and having had dealings with Palmer Davenport and Palmer Florida students (not to mention Life and Life West students), I can say that hands down, the clinical aspects and science education you will receive at Palmer West cannot be matched. I have yet to see a school outperform a well-educated, intelligent Palmer West student. Palmer West students perform the best on the national boards time in and time out. Don't let "technique gurus" or "philosophy hounds" tell you that Palmer West is bad in these areas- you'll quickly find out as a student that you need only minimal guidance to find your own philosophy, and shoving your brain full of DD and BJisms is a ginormous waste of your very valuable time.
Suggestions
No branch of the Palmer system, including west, focuses much on the business aspects of things, which is actually 90% of what it takes to make it in the world as a practitioner. My suggestions include a stronger focus on this area.
Overall Opinion
Overall, my experience was positive. There are a few teachers at Palmer West who have no business being there- hopefully they'll be leaving soon. They put a mild damper on my learning capabilities, but overall, things went pretty smoothly. Know this- going to this school puts you in the middle of an amazing, fun area to live in. But when you go to live in an amazing, fun area, you pay amazing, not-so-fun prices to do so. It's not as if the cost of everyday goods is high, it's the rent. It will absolutely kill you, and you will HAVE to loan out the maximum amount to get by, and you will have to have roommates. When all is said and done, you'll run through 5K to go to school here- it's fun, and I had a great time, but now I have a very large bill to pay off. I'd do it all over again if I had to, because Davenport, Iowa is downright depressing, and the Florida branch has an awkward curriculum for me.

5 Great school, best of the Palmers.
by whansen90
Date posted: (03/23/2009)
My Experience Overall Rating: 5

Overall: 5
Housing: 4
Pass rate for National Boards: 5
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 5
Research Department: 5
Practice Management Skills: 5
Financial Aid Department: 5
Classroom size: 5
Leadership: 5
Techniques: 5
Location: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Philosophy: 5
Cost: 3
You have to pass your boards in order to become a chiropractor and if you want to do that the first time this is the place to come. Palmer West has more hours of philosophy than davenport, you start adjusting earlier, you look at the whole body rather than some at davenport that would tell you C1 is the only thing that matters, and best thing of all if you are part of the sports club you get to work on athletes as soon as 4th qtr. I have had a great experience at Palmer West and I am very glad that I have come here. I feel that the education is top notch and very well rounded.
Suggestions
None
Overall Opinion
Great school, great philosophy, great adjusting, great nutrition, and great scope of practice.

5 If I were to do it again, this would be it.
by JohnBaker
Date posted: (03/06/2013)
My Experience Overall Rating: 5

Overall: 5
Housing: 5
Pass rate for National Boards: 5
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 4
Research Department: 5
Practice Management Skills: 4
Financial Aid Department: 5
Classroom size: 5
Leadership: 5
Techniques: 4
Location: 5
Atmosphere: 4
Philosophy: 5
Cost: 3
All that my school can talk about is how science based Palmer West is like that is a bad thing. I guess anything is bad if you say it with a harsh tone in your voice. They have an excellent student to teacher ratio, excellent research opportunities, subjects taught are all valuable, in an excellent location (close to my chiropractic college but in a much better neighborhood). My school talks like it has everything figured out but they don't look at reality. It's one thing to think you're right and another to know. If you go to Palmer West, I believe you will know.
Suggestions
None
Overall Opinion
A+

3 Helped Me Become a Great Chiropractor
by JamesJ
Date posted: (03/03/2011)
My Experience Overall Rating: 3

Overall: 3
Housing: 2
Pass rate for National Boards: 4
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 4
Research Department: 4
Practice Management Skills: 3
Financial Aid Department: 3
Classroom size: 3
Leadership: 3
Techniques: 4
Location: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Philosophy: 2
Cost: 3
I would've never thought of becoming a chiropractor until I was involved in a car accident in 1989. A totaled vehicle, and a whiplash that wouldn't quit, landed me in a Northern California chiropractor's office for the very first time. After three months of chiropractic care, it was my chiropractor that suggested I consider chiropractic school is a career. I'm glad I listened to him. I chose Palmer West based on its location (I had family in the area) and the reputation the Palmer schools have for chiropractic education. School was exceptionally more difficult than I had ever imagined, especially in the area of sciences, but I felt I received good chiropractic education and lots of scientific knowledge about the body. Philosophy could have been better at the school, but to my great luck I was fortunate to get lots of philosophical chiropractic knowledge at the office I worked at when first graduating. That was my real chiropractic education.
Suggestions
Do not dismiss the focus on chiropractic education. Chiropractic is unique and distinct from the practice of medicine, and it sometimes seems that patients are more aware of this than chiropractors are. A chiropractic college should do their best to see that they are graduating practitioners of chiropractic that will make a difference in the world, and not just be mindless medical machines. Let the physical therapy world have that model, we've got a world of healing to do.
Overall Opinion
Some instructors shouldn't be there, but otherwise my experience at Palmer West was an enjoyable one. OK, there's nothing enjoyable about cramming for differential diagnostic exams, but you get my point. I got through the program and I felt I received a good education in chiropractic and healthcare sciences. There is a campus in Davenport Iowa and Florida as well, but I grew up in the state of California and plan on staying here. I love being a doctor of chiropractic, I wouldn't have it any other way.

3 !
by CD
Date posted: (02/27/2012)
My Experience Overall Rating: 3

Overall: 3
Housing: 1
Pass rate for National Boards: 3
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 3
Research Department: 2
Practice Management Skills: 3
Financial Aid Department: 3
Classroom size: 4
Leadership: 3
Techniques: 3
Location: 2
Atmosphere: 1
Philosophy: 3
Cost: 4
Although I didn't attend here, I visited for a couple days and know several students & graduates from here. Below were my observations.
Suggestions
!
Overall Opinion
In the middle of tech central. They pitch the sports connection strongly. Yet seems like they lack some autonomy from Davenport. Vitality of school seems a little stale. Significant merit based scholarships.

3 Palmer West Great on Boards, So-So in Real World
by cnote78
Date posted: (01/23/2009)
My Experience Overall Rating: 3

Overall: 1
Housing: 4
Pass rate for National Boards: 5
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 3
Research Department: 3
Practice Management Skills: 1
Financial Aid Department: 4
Classroom size: 3
Leadership: 2
Techniques: 1
Location: 2
Atmosphere: 3
Philosophy: 1
Cost: 2
Palmer West is great when it comes to basic science and diagnosis which will get you by the boards no problem. However, they were very limited in teaching of techniques and philosophy. In fact their philosophy is more of a medical philosophy then a chiropractic philosophy. I found my education superior to most other chiropractic students while I was in school. Now that I have been in practice for over 3 years I realize that the medical education I received is of little value to a Chiropractor. Treating back pain is very easy and patients respond extremely well to chiropractic. Too well. Without a bigger picture of chiropractic patients get better very quickly, thank you for your help, and do not return for maintenance care. I network and talk with many physical therapists, medical doctors, and nurses. However, referrals to my office are almost non-existent. Although they understand what I do, and that it helps patients, it is unacceptable among their medical counterparts to refer to a chiropractor. I have now tried to gain acceptance to the mainstream health care by applying to physical therapy school, but Sacramento State will not accept any of the classes that I took at Palmer as pre-requisites. Nor will they accept the clinical hours at Palmer or experience that I have had in practice.
Suggestions
Palmer needs to gain the same accreditation that the major colleges in California have. That way integration with physical therapy, nursing, and orthopedics maybe obtained for the sake of patients everywhere.
Overall Opinion
Good education, but not worth the price. No one outside of Chiropractic recognizes our degree as worth a darn. I feel like I have a gift for helping people, but in chiropractic practice, you have to spend too much time marketing your practice to focus on patient care. There are millions of people suffering with back pain, neck pain and headaches, but only a small percetange will ever seek out a chiropractor. The rest turn to their medical provider for help that is not as safe or effective as chiropractic.

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