University description (as per official university website)
History of Parker
The Parker Beginnings
Parker College of Chiropractic is named for its late founder, Dr. James William Parker. For five decades, Dr. Parker's professional passion, skills and love were directed toward chiropractic - from the day he began recuperating from childhood illnesses following chiropractic adjustments until his death in 1997.
While a senior in chiropractic college, Dr. Parker opened two successful practices in Illinois and published a book on chiropractic. After graduating from Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1946, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas and developed one of the fastest growing chiropractic practices in the history of the profession. In 18 months he established 18 clinics, one in almost every major city in Texas. From his experience operating these offices, Dr. Parker improved chiropractic care and developed methods for establishing and maintaining successful chiropractic practices.
A foundation was created in 1951 to conduct postgraduate chiropractic seminars. Over the last half century, the seminars evolved into PSPS (Parker School of Professional Success) and are now called Parker Seminars. Nearly 40,000 chiropractors have attended these seminars.
The Original Concept
At the urging of his colleagues, Dr. Jim Parker helped establish and fund Parker College of Chiropractic and consented to lend his name to the school. These chiropractors felt that students could benefit from Dr. Parker's unique success, his healing techniques, his philosophy and his business training, which were not included in their other chiropractic school curriculum. These doctors believed that if students were exposed to Dr. Parker's principles and teachings during their years of training, they would become more successful healers and practitioners after graduation. Thus, Parker College was founded to provide "The Parker Training" and was based on the premise of "Spreading Chiropractic Worldwide."
Student Computer Class
Together with training in the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic, the program offers course work leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree (DC) that covers the basic and clinical sciences as well as jurisprudence, office procedure and business management. Students are exposed to a selection of successful techniques increasing their versatility in the health and wellness field.
One of the most distinctive features of the curriculum is the influence of the college's world-renowned founder and president, Dr. James W. Parker. For over 45 years, Dr. Parker, through the seminars of the Parker School for Professional Success (PSPS) now called Parker Seminars, taught thousands in the chiropractic profession his success principles. These principles are included in Parker students' education.
The course of study is a four-year academic program condensed to three (3) calendar years of nine (9) trimesters. Many students attending Parker College have previously attained a B.S., B.A. or higher degree, prior to entry into the professional program. Demonstrating the high standards of academic and clinical excellence at Parker College, students consistently rank among top performers on state and national board exams and go on to maintain successful practices. Parker College also offers two Bachelor's of Science degrees, one in anatomy and one in health and wellness.
Parker College offers many options to help fund your chiropractic education. Everyone is eligible to receive financial aid, and 99 percent of students receive some form of assistance.
Financial aid counselors are the primary source for information and guidance on funding your education at Parker. They answer questions, guide you in filling out the proper forms, and complete the fund-awarding process. Students should visit with their counselor to go over the cost of attendance, ask questions regarding loans, grants or scholarships, and any other questions you might have.
For federal and state "need based" financial aid, students must be:
* U.S. citizens, on a permanent resident visa, or an otherwise eligible non-citizen
* Attending an accredited college or university
* Demonstrate financial need
* Provide copies of their previous year's tax returns (both federal and state) and other forms as needed to comply with requirements for the various programs