Bonesetting, Chiropractic, and Cultism: Appendix A

Appendix A:
Degrees Issued in Chiropractic Colleges

Chiropractors sometimes claim the following degrees:
  • D.C.
 Doctor of Chiropractic
  • N.D.
 Doctor of Naturopathy
  • Ph.C.
 Doctor of Chiropractic Philosophy
  • D.M.
 Doctor of Mechanotherapy
  • B.T.S.
 Bachelor of Therapeutic Science
  • B.T.A.
 Bachelor of Therapeutic Arts
With the exception of the D.C. degree, schools accredited by the National Chiropractic Association no longer issue these degrees. The Western States College, for example, discontinued the B.T.A. degree in January 1957. Chiropractors can, however, acquire some of the above degrees by taking post-graduate courses in naturopathic schools. The Palmer School of Chiropractic still confers the Ph.C. degree.

“To secure a degree of Doctor of Philosophy of Chiropractic (Ph.C.),” a 1958 Palmer catalog advises, “the applicant must be a Doctor of Chiropractic, having received such degree from a reputable Chiropractic school or college, and he must furnish evidence that he maintained an average grade of ‘A’, with no grade lower than B, while in attendance at said school or college. The charge for the Ph.C. diploma is five dollars.” [1] A 1963 catalog stated that a Ph.C. candidate must complete a nine-month graduate course in a special college department, during which time he completes a research project and a thesis.

The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic offers a graduate program-to anyone with a D.C. degree-leading to the degrees “master of science” and “doctor of science in chiropractic.” “Master’s degrees are granted on completion of 14 units of work (30 hours of classwork per unit) and doctor’s degrees on a minimum of 60 units of course work. No records were available on the number of graduate degrees conferred by LACC.” [2]

1. Catalogue of the Palmer School of Chiropractic. Davenport, Iowa, 1958.
2. Chiropractic in California. Stanford Research Institute and the Haynes Foundation, 607 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California, 1960.

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