Curriculum and Program Requirements
Chiropractic science concerns itself with the relationship between structure (primarily the spine), and function (primarily coordinated by the nervous system) of the human body as that relationship may affect the restoration and preservation of health.
Further, this application of science in chiropractic focuses on the inherent ability of the body to heal without the use of drugs or surgery.
As a gatekeeper for direct access to the health delivery system, the doctor of chiropractic’s responsibilities as a primary care provider include wellness promotion, health promotion, health assessment, diagnosis and the chiropractic management of the patient’s health care needs. When indicated, the doctor of chiropractic consults with, co-manages, or refers to other health care providers.” ( From the Council on Chiropractic Education Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs, January 2007)
Purpose of our Curriculum
The purpose of chiropractic professional education is to provide the student with a core of knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences and related health subjects sufficient to perform the professional obligations of a doctor of chiropractic.
It is the purpose of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic program to offer as a minimum those courses and objectives as suggested in the CCE standards. It is also the purpose of the UBCC program to offer a broad-based educational experience. In many cases, the educational program presented will go beyond the course offerings suggested by CCE and will also go beyond individual state laws and scope of practice.
The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic curriculum is divided into three phases: Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and Clinical Services.
The basic Science curriculum instructs students in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Public Health, and Pathology. These courses are offered primarily during the first two years of a student’s education. It is the purpose of this aspect of the program for students to develop an understanding of both normal and abnormal structure and function, homeostatic mechanisms, and to gain a foundation upon which the clinical sciences will be built.
Students from their first semester onward are instructed in the Clinical Sciences. Course offerings include: Chiropractic History, Chiropractic Principles and Practice, Diagnosis, Radiology, Technique Procedures, Nutrition, and Physiological Therapeutics and Rehabilitation Procedures. Students are given in-depth training in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Practical hands-on training is included beginning in Semester I and continuing to graduation. Information from the basic science curriculum is integrated into the clinical science course offerings and is a foundation upon which the clinical science courses build. Many of the clinical science courses have as a prerequisite successful completion of the basic science courses.
The Clinical Services phase of the curriculum is the last and most important aspect of the UBCC program. Interns at the College’s Chiropractic Health Center care for patients under the supervision and direction of licensed doctors of chiropractic. To be eligible for this part of the curriculum, students must be in good academic standing, successfully completed all courses in Semesters I thru VI, and successfully completed the clinic services entrance examination. During the Clinical Services portion of the program students will continue to receive training in the clinical sciences. They will also continue to be evaluated during their internship in order to remain eligible for clinical services. To continue in Clinical Services, students must remain in good academic standing. Towards the completion of the Clinical Services program students will be administered a clinical competency examination which must be successfully completed prior to graduation.
Because each course is integrated with other course offerings, students should be aware of the prerequisite and co-requisite requirements. Throughout the curriculum every effort is made to insure the relevance of information to chiropractic principles and practice. The following is a breakdown, by subject, of the time devoted to each area of study within the curriculum.
Details of the curriculum and academic regulations and course descriptions can be found in the University catalog (PDF)