Parker Prepared

To us, preparing students is the crux of what we do.  Since 1982, we have required more from our chiropractic students than traditionally expected. Our 10-trimester doctor of chiropractic program has a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum. And our integrated clinical experience and emphasis on research provide a competitive education, setting up our students to be industry leaders. But in addition to high educational standards, we also require compassion, commitment and drive towards service.

Our students are Parker Prepared, ensuring they thrive and lead in the dynamic health care field through the merit of their work and an earnest impulse to care for others. With a Parker chiropractic degree, health care moves forward.


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During this two-day event, meet potential future classmates and learn what it really takes to get a doctor of chiropractic degree. We want to make your decision-making process as easy as possible.

Why Choose Parker's Doctor of Chiropractic Program?

  • Parker Approach
  • Clinical Experience
  • Chiropractic Technique
  • Mission

Parker Approach

Parker students believe in service. At the heart of our founder Dr. James Parker’s legacy is the firm belief in serving others with compassion and humility. Today, we honor this by continually seeking resources to support scholarships and lasting service initiatives.

Our well-rounded chiropractic education puts an emphasis on business training. Students learn how to set up a successful practice, calculate finances, analyze performance statistics and develop patient acquisition plans. Marketing seminars, chiropractic partnerships and dedicated business planning curriculum provide realistic experience that gives Parker graduates a distinct advantage over their peers.

We are devoted advocates of evidence-based practice. In order to support the expansion of our profession and global health and wellness, we insist on constant support of international research initiatives, funding of profession-wide collaborative efforts and sharing across the industry.

We are stalwarts in our community. We serve the health care field through our integrated internship and clinical curriculum. Whether it’s working with the Veterans Affairs Hospital or one of our 35 private practice partnerships, we make sure we are getting involved and giving back.

Clinical Experience

Our comprehensive classroom education is enhanced by extensive real-world, hands-on experience. Students have the opportunity to work in private practices, health centers, Veterans Affairs hospitals and even clinics abroad. This distinct exposure to the diverse health care field uniquely prepares students for their future career.

Experience a large-scale university-affiliated clinic alongside Parker’s most established doctors of chiropractic. Receive hands-on, practical training while caring for a diverse patient base.

Get experience serving a large volume and variety of patients within solo or multi-provider practice environments in our local clinic rotation program.

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Gain practical exposure to various elements of providing quality care with measureable results to veterans in a multidisciplinary, highly regulated environment.

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Work directly under a DC in a facility that utilizes an integrative health model. Learn to work with a whole health team to help patients achieve optimal health by reinforcing the relationship between practitioner and patient.

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Examine, diagnose and treat a variety of cases while attending the Madrid College of Chiropractic. Participants, who are required to speak Spanish, have the opportunity to explore the Spanish health care environment and culture.

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Work with the Jamaican Olympic team chiropractor in this exciting clinic abroad program. Interns have the opportunity to provide specialized care to athletes and expand their sports injury and performance knowledge.

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Chiropractic Technique

We teach Parker students to be masters of technique. All students are required to learn the four most common techniques-Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson and Activator-and we offer many others as specialized electives. Parker students who are proficient in these adjusting techniques have an edge in the workforce.

The most widely utilized, practiced, and researched treatment method in chiropractic is Diversified, a high-velocity, low-amplitude technique. With an emphasis on practical lab work, our students learn the core skills necessary to begin to develop a truly individual and unique art form of adjusting.

This full spine technique utilizes a particular protocol and very thorough chiropractic diagnostic procedures, including palpation, spinographs, instrumentation, and Gonstead tables.

The Thompson technique relies on specific analysis and adjusting procedures. This technique is table-assisted for the full spine, using a drop piece to assist with the adjustment. Developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, this treatment method uses leg length checks, patient positioning, and post-adjustment leg checks to determine the proper application.

This full-spine technique, developed by Dr. W. C. Lee and Dr. A. W. Fuhr, uses a system of analyzing body mechanics for diagnosis. A small, hand-held instrument called an “Activator” delivers a precise adjustment to correct subluxations.

All students choose a minimum of four:

  • Upper Cervical Technique
  • Sacro Occipital Technique
  • Applied Kinesiology Technique
  • Flexion-Distraction Technique (Leander & Cox)
  • Diversified II
  • Gonstead II
  • Activator II
  • Taping

Available to students interested in learning beyond the requirements:

  • BEST
  • CBP
  • NET


Parker University will educate individuals in chiropractic wellness to be leaders in education, research, and service as primary care physicians and gatekeepers for direct access to the health delivery system.

17% expected growth of chiropractic field over next 10 years.




At Parker, we hold ourselves to higher standards. Through rigorous standards, constant innovation and an impulse to serve, we elevate health care education. Together, we are in the pursuit of higher health.