Chiropractic Science Courses
Chiropractic education at Logan University begins with immediate and continual exposure to the science of chiropractic, its philosophy, principles and practice. In chiropractic courses, the emphasis is on each student developing competency in the professional application and synthesis of scientific aptitude, clinical competence and ethical demeanor. Examples of coursework include orthopedics, biomechanics, physical therapy and chiropractic techniques. Apply online or request more information about the chiropractic courses at Logan.
The Chiropractic Science Division provides a chiropractic education with the primary objectives:
- Develop expertise in the chiropractic diagnosis of patients' health concerns.
- Develop proficiency in chiropractic treatment techniques including chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
- Develop and improve communication skills, specifically but not limited to patient management and interdisciplinary communications.
Students begin their education in the Chiropractic Science Division with classes in palpation, chiropractic history and philosophy, neuroscience and doctor-patient relationships. The diagnostic objectives are met in the palpation and posture analysis course and the neuroscience course. The communication skills are developed in the doctor-patient relationship course and the history and philosophy course.
The communication skills objectives are met in the philosophy course. This course integrates the anatomy and physiology learned in basic science courses with further explanation of the pathophysiology of the subluxation complex and chiropractic principles of treatment. The diagnostic objective is accomplished with an introduction to orthopedic testing and evaluation. The treatment objective is satisfied by offering the core adjusting technique in Trimester 2 of Logan Diversified Techniques.
The communication objectives are met with continuation of the philosophy course, which will expand on the knowledge they have gained in the basic science courses. The orthopedics class enhances students' diagnostic abilities. The Logan Diversified and Basic Technique courses also cover the objectives of diagnosis and treatment.
The philosophy course expands into ethical considerations. Practice management and patient education, further develop communicative skills. The role of chiropractic in the total health care area and other professional and ethical topics are taught in the Trimesters 3 and 4 philosophy classes. Orthopedics, and the Logan Diversified and Basic Techniques expand on the objectives of diagnostic and treatment.
A comprehensive review and increased knowledge of orthopedic examination and diagnosis enhance communication and manual skills. The biomechanics course ties together the anatomy, physiology and chiropractic theories enhancing both diagnostic and communicative abilities. The Logan Diversified Technique expands into extra spinal articulations for the treatment objectives as well as the understanding of Logan Basic Technique is further expanded.
This curriculum fulfills all the objectives with a complete review of orthopedics and biomechanical considerations, radiology interpretation, history and record keeping, diagnosis (both neuromusculoskeletal and general physical diagnosis),adjusting techniques, and patient management and treatment strategies. The problem-based correlation course brings together all previous Basic Science, Chiropractic Science and Clinical Science course material into a small group discussion for case problem solving. This series of courses is designed to integrate all previous knowledge and prepare the student for entrance into the Student Health Center system.
The Trimester 6 curriculum also includes an advanced Logan Diversified and Logan Basic review course, including special patient considerations, with emphasis on performance of the techniques in the clinical setting.
The objectives of treatment are further expanded by the continuation of the physical therapy coursework introduced in Trimester 6, an introduction to specialized techniques, a soft tissue adjusting technique course, a comprehensive system of X-ray marking and a course relating visceral reflexes and the spinal subluxation complex. The specialized technique and other technique courses include the diagnosis, treatment and communication skills objectives.
The communication skills are expanded to include an office administration course. The treatment objective is further enhanced by a course on physical therapy and rehabilitation. An ethics and jurisprudence course provides further enhancement of the communicative skills objective. In addition, the Athletic Injury course has the primary objectives of diagnosis and treatment of specific athletic injuries and communication of injury prevention.
The communicative skills are taught in both the Office Administration course and the Practice Management course. Diagnosis and treatment objectives are met in the Advanced Orthopedics review course and the last trimester of specialized techniques.
This Trimester is dedicated to patient care in the Logan College Health Care System or in a field doctor's office as part of the preceptorship program.
The evaluation of the skills and knowledge development is on a continuing basis. The instructors in the palpation, orthopedics and technique classes follow the students through the curriculum, i.e., teach in multiple trimesters and in multiple classes and are able to detect weaknesses and offer review as necessary. They also become familiar with individual student strengths and weaknesses as a result of the interactions throughout the curriculum. In addition to the written and practical exams, Comprehensive Boards evaluate the chiropractic skills with written and practical examinations. In summary, the Chiropractic Science Division curriculum provides an integrated and comprehensive structured curriculum which fulfills the objectives of quality education in, developing skills in communication, diagnosis and treatment.