Central’s 3 + 1 agreement with Palmer College is an excellent opportunity for students to obtain both a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a liberal arts degree in a shortened time span. Students will earn credits toward a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) from Central College majoring in Biology and transfer to Palmer College to begin work on the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Students typically spend three years at Central as full-time students, taking courses toward the Central College degree with a major in Biology. Students are able to take full advantage of all opportunities offered at a small liberal arts institution. After three years at Central College, students transfer into the Palmer Program. Credits earned during the first year in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Palmer College are transferred back to Central College and allow the student to complete the Central College BA degree. Students may also opt to complete the four-year degree with another major at Central College and then apply to the Chiropractic Program at Palmer College.
Students interested in this program should contact the Pre- Health Advisor. The Pre- Health Advisor will work with students and their major advisor to ensure that all required coursework is taken and to communicate with representatives at Palmer College regarding transfer into their Doctor of Chiropractic program. Because the 3 + 1 option does involve meeting several requirements for both degrees it is best if interested students meet with their advisor and the Pre- Health Advisor prior to the start of their first semester to discuss a three- year schedule plan that will ensure that all requirements are met in order to graduate in the time frame mentioned above.