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Students in West Chester's exercise science program have a new option if they want to pursue a career in alternative medicine: a pre-chiropractic concentration.
This fall, West Chester forged an articulation agreement with Texas Chiropractic College, one of the country's leaders in chiropractic healthcare. The agreement ensures West Chester University graduates acceptance into TCC's doctor of chiropractic program for those who maintain their grades. Students who complete the required undergraduate coursework at WCU with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (including a minimum of 2.0 in each course) and complete the TCC application process are eligible.
"Chiropractic is one of the leading alternative medicine professions," says Sheri Melton, assistant chair of West Chester's kinesiology department. "According to the 2009 National Health Statistics Report, it accounts for approximately $8 billion per year in health care expenditures."
Melton, who teaches exercise physiology, expects that as it grows, the program will achieve the popularity of the department's pre-physical therapy and pre-occupational therapy concentrations. Already, she says, pre-chiropractic students are impressing educators beyond the University and career prospects are excellent.
"According to the 2010-11 Edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics), employment of chiropractors is expected to increase 20 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. So the future looks bright for our graduates in this program," says Melton.
Located in Pasadena, Texas, Texas Chiropractic College is the fourth oldest of all chiropractic colleges in the United States and the second to enter into an articulation agreement with West Chester. New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y., inked an agreement when the pre-chiropractic program was approved in 2010.
West Chester's bachelor's degree in exercise science is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Exercise Science, a national accrediting body of programs for allied health professionals in fitness and exercise.