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  • "High fives in the hallways. People shaking hands and laughing. This is my family. It makes going through the program easier and more rewarding."
    Joe Utash, Lapeer, MI
    The Parker Difference
  • "Attending Parker 15 years after meeting Dr. Jim Parker, it's very clear his philosophy of combining scientific and holistic healing techniques continues to guide our philosophy today."
    Carol Watkins, Surprise, AZ
    Philosophy & Principles
  • "I rely on Parker’s CE program to complete my certification hours. Plus, their chiropractic specialization courses help me diversify my skills and stay competitive."
    Patrick Bodnar, DC, Allentown, PA
    College of Chiropractic
  • "Taking undergraduate classes at Parker prepared me for the classes in the doctor of chiropractic program. I felt like I was ahead of the game when I started my first trimester!"
    Kent Clark, Roanoke, VA
    Undergrad Program
  • "I felt like [admissions] really wanted me here.
    They kept me posted and answered
    every question. They were awesome!"
    Abby Perone, Colleyville, TX
    Admissions Process
  • "The financial aid coordinators walked me through the entire process and made things so easy. I wouldn’t be here without their support."
    Mick Green, Bridgend, Scotland
    Financial Aid Checklist
  • "My time here has been an amazing journey as well an empowering and exciting experience. Receiving a degree from Parker is a dream come true. "
    Dove Fedor, Deer Trail, CO
    Career Growth
  • "The technology is very helpful, especially the podcasting because I have the ability to go home and download all my past lectures to help me while I study."
    Joubert Desulme, Port au Prince, Haiti
    The Parker Difference
  • "Having access to research and being a part of an institution that is leading the way is one more reason why I chose Parker."
    Amber Woods, Vancouver, WA
    Student Development
  • "We have the greatest professors at Parker. Their dedication to the students is second to none."
    John Camacho, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
    Award-Winning Faculty
  • "Parker has business courses integrated throughout the curriculum. Whether I decide to own my own business, work as an associate,  or do independent contracting, I am prepared."
    Anita Carrere, Schriever, LA
    Chiropractic Business Courses
  • "Participating in the Community-Based Internship Program (CBI) has given me the confidence to open my own practice and be successful."
    Insaf Bista, Kathmandu, Nepal
    Chiropractic Clinic Experience
  • "I love the once a month study breaks where
    I can come and get a healthy breakfast
    before my 7am class."
    Tabassum Ali, Carrollton, TX
    Campus Life
  • "Being an alumni association member has given me the perfect opportunity to give back to the students, stay connected with my classmates, as well as continue my growth as a doctor."
    Vincent Scheffler, DC, Chelsea, MI
    Student Resources
  • "Parker SHARE Products have many wonderful tools and resources that allow me to consistently refine my practice."
    Mary Warren, DC, St. Petersburg, FL
    Preparing you for Success
  • "My experience as an intern in Mexico was life changing. To learn the culture and grow not only professionally, but personally as well, is something that I will cherish forever."
    Fonda Sims, Yazoo City, MS  
    Chiropractic Clinic Experience
  • "Parker University believes that it is not enough to simply graduate the best and most successful students. Parker takes it to the next level by promoting wellness around the globe."
    Fabrizio Mancini, DC, Barranquilla, Colombia
    Message from Dr. Mancini
  • History at a Glance

    Parker University Timeline 2013201220112006199919971993198919851982198019701968195819511946

    1946

    Dr. Parker Graduates from Palmer School of Chiropractic

    Dr Jim Palmer Diploma

     In 1943 Jim Parker headed out in the winter of Davenport, Iowa, to enter Palmer School. He progressed well at Palmer, with top grades in his class of 103, eventually graduating in 1946. 

    Dr Parker1951

    1st Parker Seminars

    Dr. Jim at the time he taught his first "alpha" seminar. This photograph was used for all ads and publicity during the operation of his 18 Texas Parker Clinics. 

    1958

    The 100th PSPS Seminar Homecoming

    100th Parker Seminar

     The 100th PSPS Seminar would have been a milestone by any measure! But Dr. Jim added a greater dimension to its significance by announcing that this would also be "The Homecoming" Seminar! This class was only the third to be held in the newly declared permanent headquarters of the Blackstone Hotel in Fort Worth. 

    Bob Hope and Jim Parker1968

    Bob Hope, Backbone of the Entertainment World

    Saturday  night during the 182nd PSPS Seminar, Dr. Jim treated the entire seminar to the grand opening of the Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center with Bob Hope. Dr. Jim also presented Bob Hope with a large Texas-shaped Backbone of the Entertainment World plaque.  

    1970

    Parker Seminars Reaches 600

    Parker Seminars Reaches 600

     The seminar was doubly named. The "Up Your Goals" was fitting, since it was reported that the March seminar attendance in 1967 had been 155; in March 1968 - 317; in March 1969 - 500; and in March 1970 a whopping 600! 

    Dr Jim Helicopter Rescue1980

    Dr. Jim Survived the MGM Grand Inferno

    During some serious hours of reflection as Dr. Jim awaited his rescue. He realized then the importance of organizing and operating the Parker College of Chiropractic. He vowed to himself that, if and when he would ever get out of that horror, he would dedicate the remainder of his life to building the best chiropractic college in the world. With briefcase clutched firmly in hand Dr. Jim was rescued via helicopter from his 25th floor MGM balcony. 

    1982

    Parker College of Chiropractic Alpha Site

    Parker College Alpha Site

    The alpha building of Parker College of Chiropractic, Irving Campus. After the events of the remarkable weekend the Parker Seminar attendants were bused to the new college for the dedication program. 

    1985

    Parker College of Chiropractic
    First Class Graduates

    Parker College First Grads

     The first class of 27 students graduated in September 1985. At the May 27th Seminar, 116 "Old-Timers" (who hadn't attended in more than ten years) returned at Dr. Jim's special invitation. In addition, 50 students were present, making"Where the New and Old Meet" Seminar a reality.  

    1989

    Beta Campus Grand Opening

    Parker Beta Grand Opening

     One of the highest of the many highlights of Dr. Jim's remarkable career occurred September 16, 1989, when he cut the blue ribbon signifying the official opening oft he beautiful beta campus. 

    1993

    Enrollment Reaches 1000 Students

    Parker Enrollment Reaches 1000

     After the opening of the Irving campus, enrollment increased dramatically and the college moved to the larger Dallas campus in September 1989. In September 1993, enrollment had reached 1000 students, making it the third largest chiropractic college in the world.  

    Dr Parkers Staue1997

    The End of an Era

    Parker University (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic) is named for its late founder Dr. James William Parker. For five decades, Dr. Parker's professional passion, skills, and love were directed completely toward chiropractic – from the day he began recuperating from childhood illnesses following chiropractic adjustments until his death in 1997.  

    New Parker President1999

    Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Becomes President

     As a student at Parker College of Chiropractic his passion for life was re-defined to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health and well-being; and in 1999, Dr. Mancini became one of the youngest presidents of a college or university when he was chosen to lead the institution.  

    2006

    Massage School Opens

    Massage School Grand Opening

    In 2006, Parker opened the School of Massage Therapy to serve the growing need for massage therapists within chiropractic and other health care professions. The massage school adopted the same high caliber standards, and immediately established the school as one of the premiere massage therapy programs in the country. Today, students learn from the best faculty members in facilities unrivaled by competitive programs.

    2011

    A New Era Begins

    New Era Begins

     In April 2011, Parker College of Chiropractic officially became Parker University, paving the way for new health care degree programs that expand our students scope of knowledge and provide additional opportunities for Parker graduates to serve more people around the world. 

    2012

    Future Program Development

    Future Program Development

    Changing the name to Parker University paves the way for future program development. Future programs will center on holistic health care and educate students in the latest health care advancements, while still tying back to deeply embedded roots within chiropractic. These new programs will set the stage for growth and position Parker University as one of the premier health care education institutions in the world.

    2013

    Dr. Brian J. McAulay
    Becomes President

    Dr Brian J McAulay Becomes President

    Dr. Brian McAulay brings 30 years of experience in higher education and health care practice to his position as president of Parker University. He earned his PhD in management from Temple University, a DC from Pennsylvania College, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

  • A New Era Begins

    In April 2011, Parker was pleased to announce its transition to university status, marking an enormous achievement for the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who had dutifully carried the vision of Dr. Parker into the 21st century.

    This transition marks only one event in a history rich with historic achievements for Parker University. It is this history, and the invaluable contributions of Dr. Parker, that set the foundation for Parker’s future impact on the health care profession.

    Early Beginnings
    Original Concept
    College Opens