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Texas Chiropractic College

5912 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, Texas, USA, 77505
Phone: (800) 468-6839
Fax: (281) 991-4871

Texas Chiropractic College Founded in 1908, Texas Chiropractic College is the third oldest chiropractic college in the nation. TCC is accredited as a Level V doctoral degree granting institution by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It shares this distinction with other reputable medical schools such as Baylor College of Medicine and the UT Medical Branch at Galveston. TCC has maintained continuous accreditation since 1971 and enjoys a stable and secure financial condition as well, annually generating an operational surplus. Its first-of-its-kind Hospital Rotations Program is a pioneer in the integrated health care field. The program provides interns the opportunity to rotate in nearly 30 hospitals and clinics throughout the Houston metropolitan area, including the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Texas Chiropractic College is The Future in Health Care.

Accreditation and Approval Sources
Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)
The Doctor of Chiropractic program at Texas Chiropractic College has maintained accreditation with the CCE since 1971. The Doctor of Chiropractic degree program of Texas Chiropractic College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the CCE, 8048 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258. The college is recognized by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards.

Texas Chiropractic College Mission Statement
The mission of Texas Chiropractic College is to provide qualified students an educational program leading to the doctor of Chiropractic Degree. The curriculum promotes the development of the student's attitudes, knowledge, and skills required of a chiropractor serving the public as a primary care physician. Operating within the highest levels of professionalism, the college is also committed to serving the needs of students, the profession and the public through leadership, scholarship, research, patient care and service activities in the field of chiropractic. - Board of Regents 2003

In carrying out this mission and its purposes, Texas Chiropractic College presents a comprehensive course of professional instruction in the basic sciences and in chiropractic clinical practice leading to the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic.

Average Rating: 3 (5 votes)

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Rating Comments for Texas Chiropractic College
4 Wouldn't go anywhere else... TCC is the way to go.
by JFulkersonDC
Date posted: (05/10/2006)
My Experience Overall Rating: 4

Overall: 5
Housing: 4
Pass rate for National Boards: 5
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 5
Research Department: 4
Practice Management Skills: 3
Financial Aid Department: 5
Classroom size: 5
Leadership: 4
Techniques: 4
Location: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Philosophy: 4
Cost: 3
My experience at TCC was a good one. I found the whole staff and instructions very friendly and helpful. In my opinion, I found that the instructors and clinic doctors are very helpful for anyone who is willing to work and help themselves. I finished my clinic work a full trimester early and entered into a preceptorship with another doctor. This allowed me to move back home and to get settled. All schools could offer more in terms of business classes, however, I feel that I did a good basis on this from TCC. The class we take on this covers basic legal issues, insurance coding and filing issues, as well as information on how to think about what is needed to start an office. Whether you want a solo practice or a associate position, they give you enough information to help with that decision. I did pass my National Boards the first time, but I do know that they have started some "classes" to help people to pass their boards. The area that TCC is located is very family friendly. Good schools, and neighborhoods. Lots of things to see and do to relax. My wife and I actually find ourselves missing the town and people, and we both grew up in small farm communities in the Texas panhandle. We never thought we would miss a big area like Houston and suburbs.
Suggestions
Go into school with an open mind, and a passion for what you want to do. It will help to get you through the tough times. If you are not sure, what you want....wait. Don't go into it thinking that you will figure it out as you do it. In my opinion, get involved with what you are comfortable with, but don't turn it into a social party life. Take time off when necessary, but remember why you are there. ASK QUESTIONS!!! You can't learn if you're too shy.
Overall Opinion
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at TCC. I would not change my choice of schools. I keep in contact with most of my classmates and friends from TCC. I don't think anyone can argue that TCC is a good school, if not an excellent school.

4 Consider TCC if you want to go to chiropractic college
by mlicaridc
Date posted: (04/24/2006)
My Experience Overall Rating: 4

Overall: 5
Pass rate for National Boards: 5
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 5
Practice Management Skills: 5
Financial Aid Department: 5
Classroom size: 5
Leadership: 5
Techniques: 5
Location: 4
Atmosphere: 4
Philosophy: 2
Cost: 3
In my opinion, your college experience is what you make of it. You can sit back and enjoy the ride, making acceptable grades or you can work hard and get involved to ensure you are one of the best in your field. I feel like I received a great education and valuable clinical experience at TCC. I appreciate the college's effort to integrate or "mix" certain medical aspects with chiropractic. Some would like to think otherwise, but we live in a world where the majority of the population was raised in the medical model. Yes, chiropractic is gaining popularity as far as "alternative" healthcare but since graduation more often than not, I've found myself explaining to people what chiropractic is. Likewise, I've found myself explaining to people what certain types of medication do to the body, what certain procedures are and the failure/success rate of it, what the blood work values or x-ray results really mean. All of what I've mentioned are things that should have been discussed with that person's MD but was too embarrassed to ask or the doctor didn't offer to explain. How good does it make me look to be able to understand chiropractic and traditional medicine? Incredibly good, that's for sure. Not only does this knowledge build trust with patients but also with other doctors who are in the position to refer to you.
Suggestions
If you are thinking about going to chiropractic college, put the time into it to do the research and visit the schools if you have the chance. I won't tell you that you have to go to TCC and that they're the best because that should be up to you to discover. As far as the hospital rotations go, whether they are optional or not, are worth experiencing. I worked hard to finish my clinical requirements 3 months early so that I could be free to see things that I might never see again (i.e.- neurosurgery, an internal medicine practice, a pediatric practice in hospital setting). How many others can say they've done this?
Overall Opinion
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at TCC. I received a great education, valuable clinical experience, and some very close friendships.

2 NOT RECOMMENDED
by mdowensdc
Date posted: (04/18/2006)
My Experience Overall Rating: 2

Overall: 1
Housing: 2
Pass rate for National Boards: 3
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 2
Research Department: 2
Practice Management Skills: 1
Financial Aid Department: 3
Classroom size: 2
Leadership: 2
Techniques: 1
Location: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Philosophy: 1
Cost: 2
I obtained my degree from TCC, but I do not recommend TCC for any student. While a student, I was harrassed for promoting the "Big Idea" on campus. In my opinion, those in charge wanted me to transfer. But already having a good family background in REAL chiropractic, I stuck it out because it would have been hard to move my family. The last three remaining subluxation-based instructors left while I was there. Shortly after I graduated in 1990, hospital rotation became mandatory, and chiropractor preceptorship became optional. This really tells the story about where TCC is coming from. Chiropractic philosophy and history are not taught here. My instructors laughed at the idea of chiropractic philosophy. I am told the school thinks it is the future of chiropractic and is promoting "medical" views. If this is really the future, then I fear for chiropractic. I have to give credit where it is due. I passed my National Boards the first time since I did get a good basic science education there.
Suggestions
Overall Opinion
Do not attend TCC if you want a real chiropractic education.

3 No quakery is taught here!
by readysteadygo
Date posted: (04/07/2009)
My Experience Overall Rating: 3

Overall: 5
Housing: 2
Pass rate for National Boards: 4
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 5
Research Department: 2
Practice Management Skills: 4
Financial Aid Department: 5
Classroom size: 5
Leadership: 2
Techniques: 3
Location: 2
Atmosphere: 3
Philosophy: 5
Cost: 1
It's been a great road so far- I'm currently doing my rotations through TCC and I must say that it has been hard but well worth it. When I compare myself to the other more philosophy based schools which use terms like immunological rape by rapist organisms, universal life force (which pours out your thumbs??)and think about how happy I am that I chose to change the view of chiropractic medicine as MEDICINE- not old time quakery that never got us ahead over a hundred years later. It was time for a change- and TCC made it... thank goodness!
Suggestions
To be honest, you will work hard but make friends with your peers there are always notes and what not that are passed down from upper classman.
Overall Opinion
It's great- when you don't want to be associated with things like 'The Chiropractic Lie Detector' (which is a grasp measuring device). Come here if you really want to know the physiology behind what we do- and be able to look your patients in the eyes when you explain it to them (and if you don't want them to laugh when you say that the force is with them... another old school theory).

3 Science Science Adjusting Philosophy
by dec 2010 grad
Date posted: (02/14/2011)
My Experience Overall Rating: 3

Overall: 4
Housing: 4
Pass rate for National Boards: 4
Quality and Reputation of Professors: 5
Research Department: 2
Practice Management Skills: 3
Financial Aid Department: 5
Classroom size: 5
Leadership: 3
Techniques: 1
Location: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Philosophy: 1
Cost: 2
Overall my experience was good, of course like any school there were some frustrations. Science education was great, I work with 3 other DC's and my education is rock solid. I finished clinic early and did ortho shoulder, neurosurgery, nutrition rotations and back to my hometown working with two doctors where I really learned alot. Those extra rotations added huge value to my base knowledge before entering practice. There is no philosophy being an evidence based school, a touch a philiosophy is important for patients to have for education purposes. Practice management education and business courses could use some improvement. Every school teaches you 1st to be a chiropractor, however you are a business and a balance of both knowledges will help you succeed. A cross between science and adjusting is important, adjusting is huge part of what you do everyday, however without a solid education your assessment tools are only so strong. That is what practice is for, to learn how to fix all the conditions you learned about. Pasadena is an affordable place to live, it doesnt offer much to young people because it is by all the refineries but you are within minutes of houston and 45 minutes from galveston. Southern hospitality and texas culture are unique but fun and welcoming to surrounded by since I was from the north.
Suggestions
There adjusting department needs to be re-vamped for I feel it was average. There were only a few adjusting teachers that gave me valuable insight to assessing patients biomechanical issues. Being a small school they did not bring in many seminars which larger schools get. The administration has a poor attitude towards the students, they philosophy indicates the students are there for them paying tuition and self marketing with little direction to fill the clinic. Thus, they have poor alumni support. My opinion is they need to add some younger more enthusiastic adminstrative people instead of older faculty content with going thru the motions to accelerate TCC entering the 21st century to become a leader in innovation within its field. Therefore, the culture on campus can be negative due to stress and lack of progress. Lastly, they need to reward academic excellence, effort and commitment to the school. They eliminated a trimester based academic performance scholarship while I was in trimester 4-10, a school needs invest in their students so that as doctors they will return the favor once in practice.
Overall Opinion
You will get a great science education at TCC. Honestly your success in school is based on your attitude, be positive and get involved in your community to get those patients into clinic. Most schools should give you a quality education. My rotations accelerated and solidified my learning, definately take advantage of them. Look at the intangibles between schools and where do you want to live for the next 3.5 years? You are entering a promising profession in which you have the oppurtunity to help alot of people. TCC is a great school but needs to do some fine tuning. I had a awesome time and made friends that will last for a life time. Best of luck in your search for a school.

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