Doctor of Chiropractic

Parker’s advanced chiropractic curriculum leads to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC), which covers fundamental and clinical sciences as well as jurisprudence, office procedures, and business management. Students are exposed to a selection of successful techniques that strengthen their versatility in the health and wellness field.

The course of study is a four-year academic program condensed to 10 trimesters. Many chiropractic students at Parker have previously attained a BS, BA, or higher degree prior to entering this professional program. Through their demonstrations of Parker’s high standards of academic and clinical excellence, our chiropractic students consistently go on to maintain successful, thriving practices.

Why Parker’s Doctor of Chiropractic Program?

Parker University College of Chiropractic affords you the opportunity to enhance the best classroom education with valuable hands-on experience through a variety of internships. Foster a proactive approach to practice, dedication to the effort of excellence, and exposure to wide-ranging and far-reaching exploration into the exciting field of chiropractic care.

Parker University College of Chiropractic affords you the opportunity to enhance the best classroom education with valuable hands-on experience through a variety of internships. With selection to one of these programs, Parker students expand their knowledge and gain priceless practice hours before completing their education.

These experiences provide immediate reward to Parker students by fostering a proactive approach to practice, dedication to the effort of excellence, and exposure to wide-ranging and far-reaching exploration into the exciting field of chiropractic care.

Parker University Chiropractic Wellness Clinics
Parker students who desire to experience operations in a larger clinic setting are invited to apply for the Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinics internships at two local, university-affiliated clinics in the cities of Dallas and Irving. These internships are excellent opportunities for student interns to receive hands-on training and gain practical educational experience from the demands of a wide and varied patient-base alongside Parker’s most-established doctors of chiropractic.

Practice-Based Internships Program (PBI)
The PBI rotation encompasses the clinical experience that takes place in 30 private practices during the intern’s 10th trimester. In this course, interns have the opportunity to provide chiropractic care to a large volume and variety of patients within solo or multi-provider practice environments while observing and learning successful practice management strategies. Interns will utilize all of the skills taught at Parker University in order to experience a wide range of patient presentations under the guidance and supervision of a credentialed extension faculty member of the university in a private practice setting. These opportunities will allow interns the ability to expand their patient care knowledge and understanding by participating in supervised clinical experiences. Interns will complete their quantitative requirements in anticipation of graduation.

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Within the chiropractic profession, there are hundreds of techniques in use for adjusting a patient. While each technique is unique and serves a specific purpose, Parker University College of Chiropractic has carefully selected the most common techniques in use today. As described below, the curriculum still provides students with the ability to customize their education by selecting techniques that are best suited for the type of practice they plan to open and the needs of the patient.

Required Techniques – All Students Learn

Diversified Technique
The most widely utilized, practiced, and researched treatment method in chiropractic is a high velocity, low amplitude technique typically referred to as “Diversified”. This course covers the diverseness of its background and represents the student’s first exposure to the primary entity that sets chiropractic apart and makes us unique from other healing arts. The greatest emphasis is placed on lab to learn the core skills necessary to begin to develop a truly individual and unique art form of adjusting.

Gonstead Technique
A full spine technique that utilizes a particular protocol and very thorough chiropractic diagnostic procedures, including palpation, spinographs, instrumentation, and the use of individual Gonstead tables.

Thompson Technique
The Thompson technique relies on specific analysis and adjusting procedures throughout the protocol. This technique is a table-assisted technique for the full spine, using a drop-piece on the Thompson table to assist with the adjustment. While using the terminal point drop table, as developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, this technique employs specific diagnostic procedures, using leg length checks, patient positioning, and post adjustment leg checks to determine the proper application of the technique.

Activator Technique
Activator I is Basic Activator Protocol. It is a full-spine technique developed by Dr. W. C. Lee and Dr. A. W. Fuhr. The technique uses a system of analyzing body mechanics for diagnosis and utilizes a small, hand-held instrument called an “Activator” for delivering a precise adjustment to correct subluxations.

Elective Techniques – All Students Choose a Minimum of Four (may choose more if desired)

Upper Cervical Technique
Upper cervical technique originated with the famous “toggle recoil” of chiropractic’s historical developer, B.J. Palmer. Because of the unique anatomy, biomechanics, and neurophysiology of this region, upper cervical chiropractic care focuses primarily on the correction of the atlas and the axis (C1 & C2).

Sacro Occipital Technique
A technique which assesses the patient using a number of particular physical indicators to determine which of three primary categories the patient is presenting with; this in turn gives rise to a specific procedure for that category, along with further ancillary procedures to work with the patient’s skeletal, cranial, and neurological systems in order to restore a more optimum level of balance and function.

Applied Kinesiology Technique
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a health care system based on the work of Dr. George Goodheart that evaluates the structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK is a non-invasive system of evaluating body function that allows for the detection and correction of subluxations, fixations, pelvic categories, and cranial faults.

Flexion-Distraction Technique (Leander & Cox)
This class introduces the student to two different flexion/distraction techniques: motorized, as developed by Dr. Leander Eckard and manual as developed by Dr. James M. Cox. There is also a special section on treatment of scoliosis. This is a non-surgical technique for the treatment of (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar) disc herniations, spondylolisthesis, and facet syndrome just to name a few. This technique has a long history, is well documented, and continues to be utilized in ongoing research.

Diversified II
Advanced Diversified continues to build on the core basics of a dynamically based HV-LA technique and introduces those variables which are needed to address the differences between patient and doctor size. Issues discussed, demonstrated, and practiced are variables in patient position, table assistance and set up, doctor position, various contact points, segmental contact points, and indifferent hand contribution along with vector and force generator variables. The focus of this class is placed on the lab portion. Our goal is to further develop the adjusting skills of the student in order to prepare them for success in the clinics and practice.

Gonstead II
The Advanced Gonstead course is an opportunity for students to further their skills in the Gonstead Full Spine Adjusting technique. The focus is on improving adjusting skills as well as diagnostic skills with the Nerv-o-scope and other procedures. Some variations on technique are presented, however the focus is primarily on improving the application of the techniques. The lecture includes case studies and case management from a Gonstead perspective. Line analysis on plane films and demonstrating a method for working with digital format films.

Activator II
Activator II is Intermediate Activator Protocol for spine and pelvis, including extremities. Activator Technique was developed by Dr. W. C. Lee and Dr. A. W. Fuhr. The technique uses a system of analyzing body mechanics for diagnosis and utilizes a small, hand-held instrument called an “Activator” for delivering a precise adjustment to correct subluxations. This technique stresses the necessity of not only knowing when and where to adjust, but also when not to adjust.

Light Elastic Taping Technique is a course designed to teach the students how to use and apply light elastic tape to facilitate their current treatments of musculoskeletal conditions. The course includes lecture and practical workshops utilizing various taping techniques using a variety of different products.

Selective Techniques – Available to students interested in learning beyond the requirements

The following techniques are not used in the wellness clinics.
BEST is a non-forceful, energy-balancing, hands-on procedure used to help reestablish the full healing potential of the body. BEST principles acknowledge the concept that nerve interference caused by sub-conscious emotional memory override can cause imbalance in our autonomic nervous system leading to exhaustion of our organ systems over time with concomitant ill health.

Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) is a full spine and pelvis corrective/rehabilitative procedure having a firm foundation in the sciences of mechanics and physics. CBP Technique integrates Drop Table, Diversified, Toggle, Instrument-assisted Postural Mirror Image adjusting, Mirror Image Exercises, and Mirror Image Traction to restore normal spinal mechanics. Analytical procedures include visualization, postural analysis, and x-ray analysis.

Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) is a physical stress reduction approach that can improve many chronic and unresponsive conditions. The course includes lecture and practical workshops utilizing a unique synthesis of muscle testing, Korzybski’s semantic responses, Freud’s repetition compulsion, emotion-neuropeptide theory, emotion/meridian correlations, reflex testing, and memory dynamics.

Business principles are a key component of a Parker University education. Vital applications to business and creating a business plan are crucial facets taught in the first trimesters.

Practice marketing seminars and partnerships with doctors of chiropractic present realistic, practical methods for growth. Through After Hours Clinic Visit Program events and engaging assemblies, students earn tangible, real-life experience long before graduation, ensuring they are fully prepared for professional success.

Parker University College of Chiropractic offers all chiropractic students a variety of practice topics to help graduates succeed in their clinics through a focus on the following principles:

  • Consider and discuss the components of the global view of health care
  • Perform, document, and code for evaluation and management service
  • Perform and document a report of findings including a treatment plan, recommended care estimate, and informed consent
  • Document treatment records and a patient case outcome/discharge
  • Free access to the legendary Parker Seminars, where students are taught by in-demand and highly-regarded business instructors, ensuring sound business principles even after graduation

Successful Facets of a Chiropractic Practice Taught at Parker University

  • Prepare the foundation of a new chiropractic practice: career options, mission statement, types of patients
  • Calculate the financials for a new chiropractic practice: project costs, operating budget, break-even analysis
  • Determine new chiropractic practice location: Demographic study, lease negotiation, floor plan
  • Compare and understand billing models including those of the National Health Care Plan: in-network insurance, out-of-network insurance, cash, and combination
  • Understand practice performance statistics
  • Develop a patient acquisition plan (advertising calendar) for a new chiropractic practice

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Admissions Requirements
Consistent with its goal to be a renowned and selective Doctor of Chiropractic degree program, Parker University College of Chiropractic seeks to admit those students whose prerequisite coursework, co-curricular and service activities, as well as life and professional experience, have prepared them to successfully complete the program and contribute meaningfully to the well-being of the public and the profession.

While completion of a bachelor’s degree is not a requirement for admission, some states require a bachelor’s degree as a condition of licensure.  Parker University offers a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness which eligible students can complete concurrently with the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  Prospective students should familiarize themselves with the licensure requirements of the states in which they intend to practice by visiting

In accordance with the requirements of the Council on Chiropractic Education, the minimum standards for admission to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program include the following.

  1. 90 hours of undergraduate level coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an institution accredited by the US Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency.
  2. 24 semester hours of life and physical sciences (within the 90 hours), at least half of these courses with a substantive laboratory component.
    1. Parker requires at least one course in each of the following as part of this 24 hours.
      1. General Biology (Parker will also accept courses in the following subject areas to fulfill this requirement –  Anatomy, Physiology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Human Biology, Zoology)
      2. General Chemistry
    2. The remainder of the 24 hour requirement may be satisfied by a combination of courses in the life and physical sciences.  Courses in the following subject areas may be helpful in preparing students to succeed in the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.
      1. Biomechanics
      2. Kinesiology
      3. Organic Chemistry
      4. Physics
  3. Courses in the humanities and social sciences (within the 90 hours) that provide a well-rounded general education background.
    1. Parker recommends courses in one or more of the following subjects be among those used to satisfy this prerequisite.
      1. English 101 or 102
      2. Psychology
      3. Communications
      4. Social Sciences
      5. Business
  4. Applicants may, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, be required to appear for an interview or pre-admittance examination.

Alternative Admissions Track Plan
Students who do not meet the minimum standards for admission to the College of Chiropractic, but have a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 for 90 hours of acceptable undergraduate coursework, may be eligible for an Alternative Admissions Track Plan (AATP).  Such applicants should contact the Office of Admissions for further information.  Students admitted as AATP will be provided with individualized academic plans that may include, but are not limited to, any one or more of the following: reduced course loads, required tutoring, assigned mentors, and regular progress monitoring.  AATP students take the Chiropractic College Aptitude Test (CCAT).

  1. Submit an online application: admissions application.
  2. It is the students’ responsibility to contact one of the following organizations to request that a foreign transcript review be prepared and mailed directly to Parker University, Registrar’s Office, 2540 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75229. (This does not apply to Canadian students.) Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., P.O. Box 92970, Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970. Phone: 414-289-3400. Web: or World Education Services, Inc., P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745. Web:
  3. Submit an original letter of support from a financial sponsor. Pledging to provide funding to pursue educational goals in the United States. No photocopies or facsimiles accepted. Written on the financial sponsor’s personal or business stationary. Signed by the sponsor. You may sponsor yourself.
  4. Submit an original letter of financial ability. Documenting sponsor’s capability to financially support you (This is often called the “bank letter”.) Written and signed by an officer or official of your sponsor’s financial institution on the institution’s letterhead and bearing a current date. No photocopies or facsimiles accepted. Stating the financial sponsor has at least $38,630 available for the student’s financial support (this amount is subject to change – check with your international advisor before submitting).
  5. Submit the completed educational experience form. List all colleges and universities that you have attended.
  6. Submit a completed financial information form. List all expected financial aid that you are planning to use from your country or any other sources to finance your education at Parker. If dependents are accompanying the student, list them on the financial information form; otherwise, they will not be able to enter the United States.
  7. Submit all official transcripts: Submit to Parker University, Registrar’s Office, 2540 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX, 75229. It is the student’s responsibility to request that official transcripts be sent from all prior institutions where credits were earned. Official transcripts must be mailed directly to the Registrar’s Office at Parker University. A transcript stamped “Issued to Student” or hand-carried into the Registrar’s Office is not considered to be an official transcript.
  8. Provide course descriptions for all science prerequisite courses that were completed at a college or university outside the United States. Descriptions must detail lecture and lab contact hours. This is not applicable to Canadian students
  9. Submit official ETS/TOEFL or IELTS scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for students whose primary language is not English. Contact ETS/TOEFL at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA. Phone: 800.257.9547. Students must obtain these minimum scores: Paper-Based Test (PBT) – 550; Computer-Based Test (CBT) – 213; Internet-Based Test (IBT – Total score of 79 or above compromised of the following minimums: Reading: 21; Writing: 18; Speaking: 19; Listening: 21. The scores must be submitted directly to Parker University from the ETS/TOEFL office to be considered official. International students holding a bachelor’s degree wholly obtained in the United States can be waived from the TOEFL requirement at the discretion of the international student advisor. Contact IELTS at Students must obtain a minimum score of 8. The scores must be submitted directly to Parker University from the IELTS office to be considered official.
  10. Provide proof of health insurance.

*Policies applicable to foreign students only and do not apply to green card holders.

Parker University College of Chiropractic will consider for admission those applicants who, with or without accommodations, possess the academic, technical and physical qualifications required for successful completion of the Doctor of Chiropractic degree and for the safe and ethical practice of chiropractic. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Parker University does not discriminate against, and makes accommodations* for individuals with disabilities.

Applicants should realistically consider whether or not they possess the capacity to learn and perform tasks in the areas represented in the technical and physical qualifications, with or without accommodations. If accommodations are needed in order to meet the College’s technical qualifications, the chair of the Admissions Committee will arrange a consultation with the ADA Coordinator , as well as academic leadership within the Doctor of Chiropractic program, to determine whether and how accommodations may be provided without compromising either the student’s acquisition or performance of the functions of a Doctor of Chiropractic or patient care.

Students with disabilities must complete the same scholastic requirements as all other students, including that all students must complete the entire Doctor of Chiropractic curriculum in order to graduate. The College reserves the right to reject requests for accommodations that would fundamentally alter the nature of the Doctor of Chiropractic program, lower the academic standards, cause an undue burden on the College, or endanger the health or safety of other students, clinic patients, or any other member of the College community.
The final determination of whether or not an individual meets the technical and physical qualifications is made by the College.

Parker University College of Chiropractic has established the following technical and physical qualifications for admission to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.

  • Observation: The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences. Vision must be sufficient to identify histology, cytology, microbiology and pathology of structures through the use of a microscope. The candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately, and to read all forms of diagnostic imaging.
  • Communication: The candidate must be able to speak, to hear and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the health care team in both oral and written form.
  • Motor Coordination/Function: The candidate must possess sufficient motor function to elicit patient information through palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers. Additionally, as the practice of chiropractic generally involves the delivery of manual care, the candidate must possess the strength, coordination and ability to stand and use the torso and all limbs in the performance of common chiropractic techniques.
  • Intellectual Abilities: Doctors are required to think critically and solve problems. Thus, candidates for admission must be skilled in measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis. In addition, candidates should possess the capacity to visualize and comprehend the three-dimensional and spatial relationships of structures.
  • Social and Behavioral Attributes: Candidates must have the emotional health to engage in the academic and clinical program, exercise good judgment, and complete all responsibilities required for the diagnosis and care of patients, including the development of mature, effective and sensitive relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively with stress. They must be adaptable to changing environments, and capable of functioning in the face of the uncertainties inherent in clinical decision-making and care. Empathy, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are personal qualities that candidates should possess.

* For purposes of this policy, the term “accommodations” includes reasonable modifications to policies,
practices, and procedures, provision of auxiliary aids and services, and removal of architectural barriers where such removal is readily achievable. All obligations of the College under this policy will be interpreted in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Doctor of Chiropractic Tuition & Fees
Tuition $10,785 $10,785 $10,785 $10,785 $10,785 $10,785 $10,785 $10,785 $10,785 $10,785
Fees $1,155 $420 $440 $400 $500 $520 $505 $625 $300 $500
Total  $11,940  $11,205  $11,225  $11,185  $11,285  $11,305  $11,290  $11,410  $11,085  $11,285

Special Fees

B.S. Degree fee (First B.S. degree – due with application and prior to transcript evaluation) $150
BS Degree fee (Second B.S. degree – due with application and prior to transcript evaluation) $50
Transcripts (first and second transcript issued free) $10
ID replacement $10
Clinic Abroad Program  (Tri X, optional, airfare not included) $4000
Excessive hours fee (per hour over 30 hours) $300
Elective courses (per credit hour and minimum of eight students) $200
Audit Fee (Per Credit Hour) $50

Elective and Non-Elective Courses
(course times other than normal class hours, created exclusively for the students taking the course)

  • All charges associated with these courses must be paid when the class size becomes large enough to establish the course.
  • All charges associated with these courses must be paid at registration. No student tuition loans will be offered for them.
  • The number of students used to determine class size does not include persons who do not pay tuition.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

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The Parker Approach

Why choose Parker for your education?

  • A Chiropractic Experience 
    Dr. Parker’s guiding success principles continue to lead Parker University and serve as the foundation for future educational and professional progress. Internship opportunities, professional networking programs, and job placement assistance model our commitment to serve the needs of Parker University students throughout their college tenure and into their career.
  • A Foundation of Service
    Parker’s DC program demonstrates an unmatched commitment to the service principles at the heart of Dr. Parker’s legacy. We continually seek permanent and recurring resources to support scholarships for students while cultivating lasting service initiatives throughout our community. Parker will always work to unify others around the premise of service as the foundation of the chiropractic profession.
  • A Philosophical Focal Point
    Our DC program’s philosophy is rooted in the principles established by our founder, Dr. James W. Parker, whose vision continues to serve as the foundation of our university’s relationships with graduates, patients, and colleagues around the world. Our DC program’s attitude toward service can be exemplified by a principle established by Dr. Parker himself: Loving service is my first technique.
  • Overall Reputation 
    The atmosphere at Parker University’s DC program is a legacy first inspired by the world-renown Parker Seminars. Prominent and in-demand educators, speakers, and professional experts help create and cultivate the close-knit community of Parker University students and alumni. Students share a common bond with faculty, staff, and all those who collectively look forward to serving others.
  • Incorporation of Business and Management Principles
    Parker has long understood the necessity for a strong foundation in practice management. Graduates of our College of Chiropractic begin their career with not only a thorough knowledge of chiropractic and health care, but also how to build a successful and lasting practice.
  • Insistence on Evidence-Based Research
    Our faculty, students, and administration alike insist on evidence-based research to support the continued expansion of our profession and global health and wellness. This dedication is evident through our longstanding support for international research initiatives, funding of profession-wide collaborative efforts, and a commitment to generously sharing findings across the profession.
  • Internship and Professional Development Opportunities 
    Parker’s DC students have the advantage of participating in multiple internship and professional development opportunities. With free access to the legendary Parker Seminars and an advanced Continuing Education program, students are taught by in-demand and highly-regarded instructors. Our faculty works with students and outside organizations to facilitate community-based, VA, and clinical internships abroad and a multitude of practice-based clinical internships.
  • Residency in Diagnostic Imaging
    The Residency in Diagnostic Imaging (RDI) of Parker University provides advanced educational training to qualified, licensed Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) in diagnostic imaging in accordance with the standards established by the American College of Chiropractic Radiology (ACCR) and the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR). Our mission – develop competent, highly-skilled radiology professionals of the future.
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