Chiropractic Expertise

Graduates of the Doctor of Chiropractic program earn the ability to:

  • Practice direct contact health care as a portal-of-entry provider for all patients
  • Assess a patient’s general health status and determine a diagnosis
  • Develop a goal-oriented case management plan
  • Assume appropriate doctor/patient relationships with continuity in the chiropractic management of health problems, and coordination of care with other health care providers
  • Promote wellness by assessing health risk and providing problem-related information and counseling
  • Gain eligibility to sit for NBCE licensure

The 28 Skills of the UBCC D.C. Graduate

Upon successful completion of the UBCC Doctor of Chiropractic program, the graduate will have the ability to:

  1. Recognize and promote that the body is an integrated unit with intrinsic self-regulating and healing mechanisms.
  2. Understand that the neuro-musculoskeletal system can affect the functioning of other body systems and, in-turn, can be affected by these systems.
  3. Interpret the basic sciences and health care sciences to explain normal human structure, function, and allostasis.
  4. Act with honesty, integrity, respect, and a commitment to service in all patient interactions.
  5. Value the need to act with altruism, humanism, cultural competency, accountability, excellence, integrity, punctuality, empathy, efficiency, reliability, thoroughness, morality, and respect.
  6. Obtain an appropriate patient history.
  7. Perform a history-driven physical examination.
  8. Order and interpret the appropriate diagnostic, laboratory, and imaging tests based on the patient history and physical examination findings.
  9. Recognize and arrange the referral of patients to the appropriate health care professional when necessary.
  10. Formulate a list of differential diagnoses, determine a working diagnosis and prognosis, and communicate this to the patient in a report-of-findings.
  11. Distinguish between acute, sub-acute, and chronic levels of pain, dysfunction, and disability.
  12. Create plans of management to address acute, sub-acute, and chronic levels of pain, dysfunction, and disability.
  13. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of chiropractic history, the philosophy of chiropractic, therapeutics, and technique systems.
  14. Practice using chiropractic techniques, therapeutics, and other conservative complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) procedures.
  15. Utilize critical thinking, evidence-informed practice principles, and technologies to improve the delivery of health care services.
  16. Interact with patients, their families, and the community at large in order to build patient rapport and continually improve cultural competency.
  17. Utilize written and electronic health records to communicate with patients, other chiropractors, and health care professionals.
  18. Generate effective communications with patients, employers, insurance companies, government agencies, and the legal system.
  19. Reflect on their performance as a chiropractor to identify professional limitations and actively take action for improvement.
  20. Determine the health care issues affecting humans at the individual, community, and general population levels during all aspects of life, and develop strategies to make improvements.
  21. Appraise modern health care delivery systems with the goal of aiding patients to access all levels of health care.
  22. Employ preventive measures that enable patient health and wellness.
  23. Advocate for disease prevention and wellness throughout the community.
  24. Facilitate the integration of chiropractic within all health care systems.
  25. Support positive change to the existing health care system.
  26. Engage with the chiropractic community and other professions at the local, state, and national levels to encourage integrative health care.
  27. Evaluate the diverse professional opportunities available for the doctor of chiropractic: associateships, purchasing a private practice, employment within a coordinated care organization or health care facility, starting a chiropractic business, education, and research employment opportunities.
  28. Assess the value of pursuing resident training, board certification, and other advanced employment opportunities.


UBCC graduates are eligible for licensure in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Canadian Provinces and other foreign countries as regulated by local laws and regulations without restrictions. U.S. licensure requires students to pass the national boards, which includes Parts I, II, III, IV, and Physiotherapy examinations as offered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). Students should contact the NBCE or the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) for additional information pertaining to licensure or the state(s) where they wish to practice.

NBCE Completion Data

Successful Completion of NBCE Licensing Exams
within six (6) months post-graduation

Calendar Year
(Last 4 Years)
Number of Graduates
Attempting Any
or All Parts (I, II, III, IV)
of NBCE Exams
within six (6) months
Number of Graduates
Passing All Parts
(I, II, III, IV) of NBCE Exams
within six (6) months
Percentage of Graduates
Passing All Parts
(I, II, III, IV) of NBCE Exams
within six (6) months
2013 Graduates
2014 Graduates
2015 Graduates
2016 Graduates
Weighted Average

UBCC DCP Graduation Completion Rates

Completion of the D.C. Degree Program: The two year average completion rate, calculated at 150% of the time normally designated for completion of the DC degree, must be at least 70%. This is in accordance with UBCC’s accrediting body the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic (UBCC)

Normal Length of Program: 8 Semesters

Column A
Column B
Column C
Column D
Column E
Entrance Term
# of Students Matriculated in Entrance Term
Term 12 Semesters
After Entrance Term
# Students in Column A That Graduated by Term in Column C
Completion Rate at the 150th Percentile
Fall 2010
Spring 2016
Spring 2011
Fall 2016
Fall 2011
Spring 2017
Spring 2012
Fall 2017



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UBCNM Advanced Topics in Homeopathy @ Health Sciences Building, Room 808
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine presents:

Advanced Topics in Homeopathy with Dr. Flo McPherson

March 6, 2018: Homeopathic Bowel Nosodes

March 20, 2018: 12 Tissue Salts of Schuessler

March 27, 2018: Miasmatic Theory of Chronic Disease

April 3, 2018: Posology

  • Register for the full workshop or for individual modules.
  • CE approval pending for CT Naturopathic Physicians.
  • 8 CEUs for the full workshop, or 2 CEUs for each module
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Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day

Join us on March 28, 2018, and help us Paint the Day Purple for our 2nd Annual Giving Day Challenge. This year our goal is to reach 500 donors in 24 hours. Stay tuned on Giving Day for hourly challenges from UB Board of Trustees and alumni!

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UBCNM Advanced Topics in Homeopathy @ Health Sciences Building, Room 808
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine presents:

Advanced Topics in Homeopathy with Dr. Flo McPherson

March 6, 2018: Homeopathic Bowel Nosodes

March 20, 2018: 12 Tissue Salts of Schuessler

March 27, 2018: Miasmatic Theory of Chronic Disease

April 3, 2018: Posology

  • Register for the full workshop or for individual modules.
  • CE approval pending for CT Naturopathic Physicians.
  • 8 CEUs for the full workshop, or 2 CEUs for each module
Health Sciences Vendor Day @ John J. Cox Student Center
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Co-Sponsored by the Colleges of Naturopathic Medicine and Chiropractic

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Join members of UB’s Graduate Health Sciences community and local healthcare professionals at Health Sciences Vendor Day!

Enjoy an informative day of professional development: connect with colleagues, alumni and students, visit with top vendors in our natural medicine professions and attend presentations on medically-relevant topics!

CE Credit and Attendee Details

This event is open to all UB Professional Health Sciences alumni as well as New England Area NDs, DCs and other healthcare professionals. (CE Credits Approved for CT ND’s and DC’s)

Click here to register!

Questions?  Contact Louise Napoli, ND at or 203-576-4298.


Event Schedule

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8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

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9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.


Russel Marz, ND

Presenting “Blue Zones:  Optimal Health & Longevity?”  (2 CEUs)


The “Blue Zones” are five specific locations where people routinely live into their nineties, and they have the most centenarians, per capita, in the world!  In this presentation, Dr. Marz will analyze the excellent health and longevity of those living in the Blue Zones, including their macro/micro/phytonutrient intake and lifestyles.

Dr. Marz has taught clinical nutrition at various medical schools as an associate professor for over 25 years. He is the author of a 600-page clinically oriented textbook in clinical nutrition, Medical Nutrition from Marz, 2nd edition. He earned a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1992.  Since 1990 he has been in private practice at the “Tabor Hill Clinic” in Portland, OR where he is medical director.  In 1985 he founded Omnivite Nutrition Inc., a company that formulates unique nutritional formulas. He is currently the patent owner of 8 formulations. Aside from his private practice, formulation designing and teaching, Dr. Marz has been a competitive triathlete for 27 years in over 300 triathlons and is a two-time winner of the Mt. Man competition in Great Falls, MT. Dr. Marz has a keen interest in nutrition and the environment and particularly in sustainable nutrition.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title="Chiropractic Presentation" title_align="separator_align_left" align="align_left"][vc_column_text]

9:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.


Leonard Faye DC., FRCCSS (Can) Hon., FICC

Presenting: “The Reality of Practicing a Five Component Functional Model” (2 CEU’s)

leonardFor more than 45 years, Dr. Leonard John Faye has led the transformation from the static listing based phase of chiropractic development to the dynamic, functional paradigm.  The author of hundreds of published articles, chapters and the book Good Bye Back Pain! (Book Surge Publishing), Dr. Faye has organized technique chaos into a biomechanical model. In addition to his published writing, Dr. Faye has also presented more than 400 seminars all over the world and delivered lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students since 1967.  Professional Recognition:

  • The Henri Gillet D.C. Award of Excellence given by the Belgian Chiropractors Association.
  • The first chiropractor ever to be appointed by the Canadian Track and Field Team for the 1984 Olympics.

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10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Joel Evans, MD

Presenting:  “Food Sensitivity and Increased Intestinal Permeability:  It’s More than a Gut Issue.”  (1 CEU)


joel evansDr. Evans will discuss the latest literature on the myriad of ways that food sensitivities are related to symptoms and systemic illness from reproductive issues to cancers.  The etiology of food sensitivities and the downstream effect of intestinal permeability will be discussed.

Joel M. Evans, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN and international lecturer, is the Director of The Center for Functional Medicine in Stamford, CT.  He is a member of the senior faculty of two of the most recognized and prestigious teaching institutions in integrative medicine:  The Institute for Functional Medicine and the Center for Mind/Body Medicine.  He continues to serve as the “external lead” of the IFM Advanced Practice Module in Hormone Health since its inception in 2011.  Dr. Evans was honored to speak at the United Nations on the topic of Prenatal Origins of Violence, and his book on the holistic approach to pregnancy, The Whole Pregnancy Handbook, has received widespread critical acclaim.  Dr. Evans serves as a peer reviewer for Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and Global Advances in Health and Medicine and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Holistic Primary Care.


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11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Anthony J. Lisi, D.C.
Director, VHA Chiropractic Service
Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services (10P4R)

Presenting: “The biopsychosocial model and behavioral approaches in the comprehensive management of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Applying principles of cognitive behavioral therapy-chronic pain for the non-mental health provider” (1 CEU)

anthonyIn 2004, Anthony Lisi, D.C., West ’96, became the first chiropractor appointed to the medical staff of the Veterans Administration’s Connecticut Healthcare System, where he developed processes for integrating hospital-based clinical services and inter-professional clinical education.  Three years later, Dr. Lisi was named national director of chiropractic services for the Veterans Health Administration, a role in which he oversees all national programmatic issues for chiropractic services in the largest integrated healthcare system in the U.S.  The American Chiropractic Association recently saluted Dr. Lisi’s distinguished career of service by presenting him with the “Chiropractor of the Year” award, the ACA’s highest honor, during special ceremonies at the annual House of Delegates meeting in Washington, D.C.  The VA began providing chiropractic care in 2004 with 26 clinics caring for 4,000 Veterans. Since then, it has grown to 79 clinics, offering care to more than 44,000 Veterans annually.

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12:30 p.m. – 02:00 p.m.

Enjoy a healthy lunch, and browse our Vendor Tables!

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02:00 p.m. – 03:40 p.m.


Amy Rothenberg, ND

Presenting: “Where the Wild Things Are:  The Treatment of Challenging and Difficult Children.”  (2 CEU’s)

amyThis lecture will enable the practitioner to understand the nuanced differences among common childhood psychological disorders.  A roadmap for successful naturopathic treatment, including therapies, parenting approaches and broader support measures for families of these children will be offered.

Dr. Amy Rothenberg, the AANP 2017 Physician of the Year, practices in Connecticut She spearheaded the effort to gain licensure for Naturopathic Physicians in the state of Massachusetts. Dr. Rothenberg blogs for the Huffington Post and enjoys writing and speaking on topics in natural medicine to colleagues, lay people, medical students and in industry. Her book, The A Cappella Singer Who Lost Her Voice & Other Stories From Natural Medicine, was published in 2010. Dr. Rothenberg and her husband Paul Herscu, ND, MPH, have taught 1000s of students and doctors classical homeopathy across the US & abroad through the New England School of Homeopathy, helping practitioners grasp both the broadest and most detailed understanding of homeopathy. She has raised three wonderful children and spends much of her non-working hours in her art studio, in the great outdoors & on the ballroom dance floor.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title="Chiropractic Presentation" title_align="separator_align_left" align="align_left"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1519842083206{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}"]

02:00 p.m. – 03:40 p.m.


Donald R. Murphy, DC, FRCC

Presenting: “The Present State of Spine Care and the Role of the Primary Spine Practitioner:  An Evidence-Based Clinical Model for Applying High Value Primary Spine Care Services” (2 CEU’s)

donaldDr. Donald Murphy is the Clinical Director of the Rhode Island Spine Center. He is on the Clinical Faculty at Alpert Medical School of Brown University as well as lecturing frequently at several chiropractic colleges. He has received postgraduate training in neurology, rehabilitation and sports medicine as well as in the McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). He lectures throughout the world on various topics related to back painneck pain and headaches. He has published numerous articles in the scientific literature as well as the mainstream press in addition to a major textbook on neck problems.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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