Parker University Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its Official Opening!

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Today, September 12, 2022, Parker University is excited to celebrate Dr. Jim Parker’s 102nd birthday. Because of his unique commitment to success, Parker University is what it is today and is rooted in Dr. Parker’s philosophy of service to others. In addition to Dr. Parker’s birthday, Parker University celebrates the 40th anniversary of its opening.

Historically, Parker College was chartered by the State of Texas on March 8, 1978, and received its non-profit IRS status in October 1978. The original campus, located in Irving, Texas, officially opened on September 12, 1982, Dr. Parker’s 62nd birthday. The first class of 27 students graduated in September 1985. In April of 2011. Parker College of Chiropractic officially became Parker University, paving the way for new healthcare degree programs that expand our students’ scope of knowledge and provide additional opportunities for Parker University graduates to serve even more people worldwide.

Parker University looks forward to growing and innovating alongside the chiropractic industry. Many of the core principles established 125 years ago have served as the foundation for developing modern concepts and applications of patient service rendered by chiropractors today. The overwhelmingly positive results chiropractors have provided to millions of individuals continue to impress, even all these years later.

Today, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands recognize chiropractic as a health care profession. Presently, there are more than 70,000 chiropractic licenses in the United States, and that number will likely continue to grow as roughly 2,500 new chiropractors enter the workforce annually.

Parker University is honored to celebrate this exciting anniversary! To learn more about Parker University, please visit

About Parker University

Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic). Today, Parker University has more than 1,800 students and more than 35 academic programs, including its famed chiropractic program, as well as master’s degrees in neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, strength and human performance, and functional nutrition. Currently, Parker University’s chiropractic cohort is the second largest of any campus in the world. Parker University has been recognized as a Great College to Work For®, one of the 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges in the U.S., and as a recipient of the 2021 FutureEdge 50 Awards.