Navigating the Path to Logan
ASP Student Josh Paschal
Long before he arrived at Logan, Josh was on a different path, working in the world of business and marketing before teaching these subjects at the middle school and high school levels.
While he enjoyed working in education, Josh yearned for a different aspect of working with students. He earned a master’s degree in counseling, during his last year of teaching, and for the next five years, he counseled high school students.
“Right out of the gate, I was on fire,” he said. “I really enjoyed it and I loved working with kids.” But after a few years, he started to get burned out.
“I kept feeling like there was more for me, but I didn’t know what or where that was,” he said.
Josh explored his options within the education field and researched graduate programs, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. It wasn’t until a visit to his chiropractor that he would get his first glimpse into a new career path: health care.
Before he considered chiropractic as a career, Josh spoke to his chiropractor’s wife, who worked as a physical therapist. The field intrigued Josh, and he spent time learning more on his own about physical therapy.
During his research, Josh discovered that to become a doctor of physical therapy, he would need 100 hours of volunteer service in a hospital or nursing home. That following summer, Josh knocked out all 100 hours in five areas of physical therapy around his hometown Reidsville, N.C.
Even though he was armed with newfound experience, again Josh felt conflicted. While he enjoyed the physical therapy setting, he personally did not feel moved to pursue that career path. “I was pushing for it, but it just didn’t seem to be going in my favor.”
A Turning Point
Determined to find his purpose, Josh contacted his friend and April 2008 Logan graduate Dr. Jeremy Phillips through Facebook. His ask was simple: He wanted to explore the chiropractic profession. Dr. Phillips invited Josh to spend the day at his Greensboro, N.C., practice, Elite Performance Chiropractic.
Josh’s time spent with Dr. Phillips was an eye-opening experience. Over the course of 10 hours, he was exposed to the philosophy and techniques of chiropractic care.
During lunch, Dr. Phillips made a case for Logan’s curriculum, and encouraged Josh to attend an open house.
“He basically said, ‘what do you have to lose? A plane ticket?’” Josh said. “So I attended Slice of Logan.”
Josh’s first visit to Logan was jam-packed with campus tours; meet-and-greets with potential students, faculty and administration; and sightseeing around St. Louis. “I admit, it was a bit overwhelming, but when I drove back to campus for my interview, which was the last one of the day, I had a sense of calmness.”
Over dinner that evening, Josh contemplated the decision. Everything, he said, seemed to check off on his mental list: cost, hospitality, caliber of education and philosophy.
Upon arriving back home, Josh went online to Logan’s website to find more information. About halfway through the application process, Josh received a text from his realtor. His condo, which was on the market, received an offer.
Within a matter of hours the condo was sold—and then, reality set in. “I knew I was ready to go, but I didn’t know where I was going.”
Two weeks later, Josh decided to check out one other chiropractic school at the urging of a friend. After that visit, he knew it was crunch time. His counseling job would start again soon and he needed to decide whether to pursue a physical therapy career, in which he had already invested much time.
“I moved out of my condo, and at that point, I chose chiropractic over physical therapy,” he said. “The school visits solidified my decision and gave me affirmation, but I was still torn on which chiropractic college to attend.”
It ended up coming down to two deciding factors: the cost of attending Logan was cheaper and the pass rates for state boards at Logan were higher.
Though Logan was much farther from his hometown, the choice for Josh was clear. “When you think about four years and put a dollar amount on it, I’d rather spend the four years away from home than have an even greater amount of debt after graduation. “Logan had everything I liked and wanted out of a chiropractic education.”
On the Right Track
Last summer, Josh enrolled in the Accelerated Science Program (ASP) at Logan with the intention of pursuing his Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC). While he could have enrolled at a North Carolina college to fulfill chemistry and physics prerequisites, Josh felt compelled to get to Logan to start his education.
The first factor was timing.
“I wanted to start the DC program in May, because the summer DC class is always the smallest,” he said. “Taking my chemistry and physics classes at Logan would allow me to start in May. It would have taken me a lot longer to get through courses at another college.”
Another deciding factor in coming to Logan for the ASP was the opportunity to get immersed in the learning environment and acclimated to the surrounding area, prior to starting the DC program.
Arriving on campus last fall, Josh said Logan exceeded his expectations on all levels. Inside the classroom, he was impressed with his professors’ open-door policies and their willingness to go above and beyond to promote student success. Outside of the classroom, his fellow ASP students became family.
“Since the second week, we’ve studied together and gone to dinner together, and everyone has each other’s cell phone numbers,” Josh said. “I like that aspect a lot, and that’s another reason why the summer start date works for me. I’ll already know half of the students going into the DC program.”
He embraces the fast-paced curriculum of the ASP as a way to start the DC program sooner. “My schedule is tight, but that’s what I chose,” he said. “I know why I’m here and I know my purpose.”
As an added bonus, by earning his ASP credits at Logan, Josh will earn another bachelor’s degree—this time in life sciences—and has the option of earning a master’s degree in sports science and rehabilitation concurrently with the DC degree, which he plans to pursue.
“It’s like Logan is this Ivy League college among the chiropractic schools and it’s a secret,” he said. “It’s a like a hidden gem in St. Louis.”
After graduation, Josh plans to return to his North Carolina roots and explore his options, whether it’s working in a group practice or opening his own clinic. For now, he plans to take advantage of all Logan has to offer to help prepare him for a career in chiropractic.
“This is a second career for me. With family support, I dropped everything, and some people frowned upon that,” he said. “But I was 32 and thought, ‘I’m still young. Why not follow my dreams?’”