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The Center for
Chiropractic Progress

The Diplomate (DPhCS)


The crown jewel of the ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy is the 300+ hr Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards. The program has produced some of the finest philosophic minds in the profession.

This course is an intense study of Chiropractic theory and its application to practice and patient care. "The degree of D.C., Doctor of Chiropractic, means learned in the science of Chiropractic, for the word doctor, is derived from the Latin word, doctus, meaning learned. Later, when the course was extended so that students could become more proficient in Chiropractic, the degree of Ph.C. was established. Ph.C. means Philosopher of Chiropractic. A graduate with a Ph.C., in addition to being a Doctor is also a Philosopher." So wrote Ralph Stevenson in 1927.

Chiropractors who have completed year one and have their LCP, ACP or SCP are eligible to enroll in years two and three. There will be a final test given by the ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophical Standards and those who pass the exam will be awarded the DPhCS.

The pride these graduates show in their depth of understanding of how to apply our unique philosophy is well earned. This program is the only one of its kind and is lauded by both practitioners and educators as the preeminent post-graduate course in Chiropractic study.

The first year of the Diplomate is a stand-alone program of its own. It is offered by the Sherman College of Chiropractic, Contact Bill Deckon for more information at (Sherman College of Chiropractric) 1-800-849-8771 x 229. The course is designed to fit your busy lifestyle and enhance your practice by solidifying your understanding of Chiropractic through philosophy. The culmination of year 1 program is the writing of a thesis and may be on any topic in Philosophy of Chiropractic. There are currently well over 175 graduates of the first year program from across the globe.

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