Parker University Campus Updates
Due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking further actions to protect our students, staff, and patients. At this time, the campus is closed to all students, nonessential staff and faculty. Effective immediately, we are also closing all outpatient clinics. This will affect the Dallas Clinic, Irving Clinic, Synapse, and the massage clinic (which was closed last week per government mandate).
Our Admissions team is still here for you! If you have any questions regarding the upcoming start, please feel free to contact us at 800.438.6932.
Message from Dr. Morgan
Update – April 3, 2020
Greetings Parker Family,
As the global drama of the COVID19 pandemic unfolds before us, and as the response continues to disrupt our normal activities, it is important that we continue to stay connected and stay on mission. Together we will get through this and then emerge with a new perspective and increased grit.
I view our current shelter-in-place directives metaphorically. We are like the caterpillar who enters the cocoon for a season of metamorphosis, which emerges from the cocoon with improved abilities and able to take flight. What you spend your time doing now will determine your future. Devote yourselves to self-improvement, exercise, and relationships.
I would like to share some updates to the Parker Community.
- All classes will start in May 100% online and will adhere to their normal schedule.
- Students who will be entering Tri 1 as a new student in the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program will be taught online for the entire trimester and will be able to come to campus shortly before the fall start.
- If we are able to open up the school for the other trimesters, we will give you fair notice to allow travel time for those who have returned home to another state.
- Check your Parker University inbox and website often for updates/reviewing our FAQs.
- The faculty and staff will be operating 100% online for the May start, and we will be busy providing all student services.
- I intend to use discretion in opening our clinics and do not have a projected opening date.
While no one can predict what the future holds, I anticipate being off campus until June, barring a favorable turn of events.
Keep a positive mindset and remember, “You are not stuck at home, you are safe at home.”
Godspeed. I look forward to seeing you on the other side.
William E. Morgan
Update – March 30, 2020
Greetings Parker Community,
During this unprecedented time of uncertainty and disruption caused by events related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remain connected with friends and family through social media and other safe communication methods.
In keeping with the recommendations and, in some instances, mandates from local, state, and national government, Parker University has transitioned to distance learning. Classes requiring live laboratory settings will be scheduled to take place once the disruption caused by this outbreak has been mitigated. Currently all Parker University clinics are closed.
For our May 2020 start, we are prepared to continue teaching classes in a distance learning format if necessary. We also intend to offer a distance learning option for the entire trimester (for the incoming Tri 1 class).
Given that this pandemic occurred just four months after a tornado struck the Parker campus, Parker was prepared and experienced in disaster management. The Parker University faculty, staff, and students have responded to these unique events with courage and fortitude.
While I have turned to my faith during these trying times, I have also been revisiting some of the Parker Principles. Jim Parker’s words still speak to us today even though he left this world many years ago.
“We see things as we are, not necessarily as they are.”
If you are living a life of bitterness and fear, you will see the world as a bitter and scary place. If, however, you are living an abundant and love-filled life, you will see the world as being filled with abundance and love.
“Do not let the negative few overrule the positive many.”
There are always negative, angry voices spewing destructive and hurtful words. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by those negative few, instead surround yourself with those who have a positive outlook.
“I will anticipate the good – even during the bad.”
While the coronavirus drama is played out upon a global stage, we can see the sensational news stories which contribute to the anxiety prevalent in our society, but we also see acts of compassion and sacrifice. This is a time when our inner values will surface. Some people will become mean spirited and bitter, while others will show their inner beauty through acts of service and kind words.
I challenge you to rely on your virtues, not your vices during this historic time. Do good to others; speak with kindness. Lift up others when they are down.
Blessings and Stay Safe
Message from Dr. Morgan Update – March 17, 2020
Dear Parker Family,
During this unprecedented time in our history, the changes seem to be coming on an hourly basis. Please continue to monitor our webpage for ongoing postings and your email for updates.
- Today’s changes include the closing of all gyms in Dallas county per order of the City of Dallas. So starting today the Parker gyms will be closed until further notice.
- The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners has cancelled this week’s scheduled board examinations.
- Our clinics remain open at this time, but this could change at short notice.
- Parker Power has been cancelled and we are working to create a virtual Parker Power.
Blessings and Stay Safe
Message from Dr. Morgan
Update – March 13, 2020
Dear Parker Family,
By now you may know that Dallas County, the State of Texas, and the President of the United States have declared us to be in a state of emergency, and Parker is taking appropriate steps to protect our community.
Hence, beginning Monday, March 16, unless otherwise notified by your program director, lectures will migrate to an online format and labs will not meet. This could change with short notice, so I recommend that you do not leave the Dallas region. I hope to provide a 48-hour notice to you when labs are to resume.
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners contacted me today and they verbally confirmed that they are not planning to alter their scheduled testing. But they may revise that decision if circumstances change.
For the time being:
- The clinic will remain open.
- The campus will remain open.
- Please check your email and our website often.
We are Parker Strong and will get through this together.
March 12, 2020
Dear Parker Community,
There has been a lot of information, misinformation, action, and reaction in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak being reclassified as a pandemic. While I remain optimistic about the impact of this disease, I intend to take steps to quell the anxiety I have observed during conversations on campus the past few days.
Parker is a safe place, and we currently do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19, but that may change in the near future. In some parts of the country and the world, the governments are implementing compulsory school closures. I do not intend to close Parker. However, we will transition classes to an online format no later than March 23, 2020. We are working with credentialing organizations to ensure that classes with a lab component meet the requirements for graduation and licensure. We will schedule supplementary lab classes at a future time.
The outpatient clinics will remain operational, but this could change as the dynamics of this pandemic changes. We are a healthcare educational institution with an underlying philosophy based on promoting health, rather than treating disease. I would expect everyone to continue to take the proper steps to maintain their health and the health of our families and our community.
Once the threat of the virus has passed, we will resume campus activity, so it is important for you to stay local. We intend to provide at least a 48-hour notice for when we resume on-campus classes. In the meantime, we will post information on our website about which services will be available. I expect, at least initially, to provide access to food services, gym facilities, continuing education, National Board testing, student services, and our clinics. Essentially the school will remain open, but classes will be taught remotely to promote social distancing. This may change so it is important that you frequently check and fully read information on our website and your Parker email for updates.
We will honor the concerns of those who would prefer not to work in the clinic or on campus until this threat has been mitigated. If you are working in the clinic or physically on-campus and would prefer to stay home, contact your supervisor or clinician.
Your welfare is my highest concern, and I feel these actions will best protect us while allowing students to continue their educational progress.
You are all so very valuable to me, and I pray for your safety and success.
October 26, 12:27pm
Parker University and public clinics will reopen on Monday, October 28th. Patients please contact the clinics to schedule your appointment. Students, faculty, and staff, please visit MyParker by CLICKING HERE for detailed information regarding parking, class relocation, as well as information regarding an all-campus assembly at 8am on Monday morning. You may find more information on the FAQ page by CLICKING HERE.
October 23, 5:42pm
Parker University campus progress remained at a high pace and on schedule today. We are one day closer to opening our doors on Monday, October 28th and we remain on target.
Finalized information on specific class and office movements will be released tomorrow, if not sooner. Students, Faculty, and Staff are advised to continue monitoring email for this information.
We are happy to announce that we will also be keeping our favorite services running. For example, the Bookstore, the Café, the workout/weight room and ParkerFit will all be available on campus in either standard or temporary locations. For services that will not be immediately accessible on campus, we are researching alternate partnerships and locations.
An updated campus map highlighting these changes will also be available soon.
Parker University wouldn’t be this successful without the support of our students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and family. We are so appreciative for all of your thoughts and prayers. We will see you soon. #parkerstrong
October 22, 7:44am
Login access has been restored. This means that you can now access Blackboard, email (via both Outlook and Outlook.com), My.Parker.edu, and similar systems typically utilized by the school and clinics.
If you have individual issues, please contact ServiceDesk@parker.edu or HelpDesk@parker.edu, as normal. Please note that standard phone operations are still being restored, so using email is the best option, currently.
All non-essential personnel are to stay off-campus until the targeted date of Monday, October 28th for reopening. This includes Students, Faculty, Staff, Patients, and Guests.. This is for safety reasons as we clear debris and make updates to the campus for both returned and temporary class placements. We are so thankful for the warmth and support of the Parker family. It has made it possible for us to stay in communication and move quickly.
The Irving Clinic is operating at normal business hours.
Parker College Chiropractic Wellness Clinic – Irving
111 South Delaware Street, Irving, TX.
PH: 972-438-WELL (9355)
Updates will continue to be posted on this page regularly. Urgent system and text notifications will be used for major plan changes or confirmations from this point on.
Thank you again,
October 21, 3:23pm
The closure of Parker University’s campus, along with the Dallas Chiropractic and Massage Clinics, will be through Sunday, October 27.
Students, Faculty, Staff, Patients, and Guests should remain off campus during this time for safety reasons due to clean-up and initial rebuilding efforts.
The Irving-based Parker Chiropractic Clinic will remain open during this time.
Parker University leadership and teams are targeting Monday, October 28 for general re-opening, which will include on-ground classes. As mentioned earlier, temporary locations will be provided where needed and all involved will be alerted as information becomes finalized. Online, telephone, and other services will be restored throughout this week and notifications will be sent out regularly alongside updates to this page.
We thank you for your continued encouragement during this time. It warms our hearts to see the outreach and cheer that our supporters are offering. Parker University operation teams are working behind the scenes and we will open our physical doors as quickly as possible. As always, our path is to provide loving service for our students, alumni, faculty, staff, patients, guests, and prospective students.
Expect updates as we have them in the coming hours and days, including both interim progress alerts and how you can help where it most makes sense.
October 21, 11:30am – A message from Parker University’s president, William E. Morgan, DC
Dear Parker Family,
Last night, October 20, 2019, Parker University was directly hit by a tornado. While no one was injured, the main campus sustained enough damage to be closed for the next week and possibly longer.
While we have closed the campus due to safety concerns, we are preparing to have classroom space available in the very near future. Some of the classrooms may be temporarily off campus. Parker has a strong online presence and will increase the percentage of online classes and support systems as we repair our campus buildings.
Our staff will be working from home for the immediate future. Please stay in touch with your managers and keep the communication at a high level.
While much of the campus was damaged, our clinic sustained only minor damage. The Synapse Human Performance Center is totally intact. I expect those clinics to be operational within a week or two depending on when power is restored.
On my way home from the university last night, I was praying a prayer of thanksgiving to God. I was so grateful that this tornado hit us at a time when no students or faculty were on campus. Buildings can be rebuilt.
Please join me in giving thanks that no one was injured and that the damage was not more severe. Our Parker family is resilient and strong, so I know that you will be able to adapt to the changes we will experience over the next few weeks.
Continue to watch Parker.edu, the Parker University social media pages, and your text messages for updates as we have them.
May God bless you and protect you,
William E. Morgan, DC
October 21, 8:30am
To all Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Last night, one of the tornadoes that passed through Dallas blew over the Parker University campus. Exterior damage was done to buildings, trees, fences. The South building and Massage Therapy Clinic were damaged more than the others, including the roof and walls. No injuries have been reported.
At this time, all Students, Faculty, and Staff are to remain off campus for safety reasons. The Dallas Police Department is closing roads around different areas of Dallas to keep people safe and to manage traffic. Please heed all these cautions.
Parker University leadership and teams are working to restore normal operations as soon as possible. No classes or graduation cycles are in danger of being incomplete. At this time, Blackboard learning resources have been restored. Parker email services are also back online. However, if you fully logged out of the systems, the login servers to allow full access to those resources with a fresh login are still being updated and will be restored soon. Contingency plans are being developed as required for any temporary offsite learning and will be communicated as soon as possible.
Please remember to stay safe during these times and know that Parker University is absolutely still standing and supporting its members. Missing exterior portions, debris, fallen tree branches, and broken windows all look terrible, but do not constitute structural damage throughout the campus. Parker University will be back to normal operating standards rapidly and small setbacks will not stop the success of our students.
More updates will be made as systems continue to be restored and as plans are finalized.