The Sherman College curriculum is a 13 academic quarter program specifically designed to offer, in appropriate sequence, course pertinent to a complete chiropractic education. Some of the courses relate to broad areas of the biological sciences. Most relate directly to chiropractic, including courses designed to aid in establishing and maintaining a skillful and successful practice.

Because of the importance of all subjects offered and the order in which they are studied, the College publishes a sequenced course of study, which will allow a student to complete the program in 13 quarters. Completion of all required courses and a minimum of 288 hours of elective courses is necessary for graduation.

The college day begins at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, with course offerings until 7 p.m. The Sherman College Chiropractic Health Center is open during afternoon and evening hours for students serving internships.

During the third and fourth academic year, students serve an internship in the health center, further developing their chiropractic skills through practical experience gained under the close supervision of licensed doctors of chiropractic. The health center experience is a major focus of the curriculum. It encompasses out-patient care and entails every aspect of practice, including case histories, spinal examinations, spinographic x-rays, patient assessment and chiropractic adjustments. Well-equipped examining and adjusting rooms facilitate the practice experience of the student interns.

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic is committed to presenting an instructional program which graduates doctors of chiropractic prepared to practice as primary health care providers, having those clinical competencies requisite for entrance into the chiropractic profession.

Evaluation of Clinical Competencies

Each intern is evaluated during the clinical program on cognitive, affective and psychomotor competencies. This evaluation is completed in three parts.

The first part of the evaluation is an entrance examination administered at the end of the 6th quarter. The purpose of this multi-part, written and practical examination is to determine the entry-level skill of the intern in the areas of patient examination, x-ray, technique and communication. Interns must successfully complete all parts of this examination before entering into the clinical program.

The second part of the evaluation is an on-going intern assessment conducted on a daily and quarterly basis. Interns are under direct supervision throughout their clinic internship. The intern is evaluated in record keeping, patient management, patient examination and adjustic skills. All adjustments are administered under the direct supervision of licensed faculty doctors.

The third part of the evaluation is the Clinical Proficiency Exit Examination, administered in the 12th academic quarter. This is a rigorous examination designed to determine the intern’s mastery of the competencies required to perform as a primary health care provider. This examination evaluates the intern in the areas of taking a case history, physical examination and case scenarios, spinal examination, ordering and taking x-rays, x-ray analysis, patient report of findings, plan of care, technique and patient education.

Graduation Requirements

The college requires the satisfactory completion of all courses for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. In addition, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation.

Students transferring from other chiropractic colleges must complete a minimum of one academic year enrolled at Sherman College. All students are required to sit Parts I and II of the national chiropractic board examination prior to graduation.

Before the college grants a degree, candidates for graduation must be cleared in the following areas:

1. All tuition, fees and other bills must be paid to the Business Office.

2. The vice president for academic affairs must give clearance, indicating that all academic requirements have been met.

3. The dean of chiropractic health services must give clearance, indicating that all clinic requirements have been fulfilled.

4. All materials borrowed through the college library must be returned.

Attendance at graduation is mandatory.

Course Load

The normal course load at Sherman College is between 300 and 420 clock hours of class, clinical training and/or laboratory per quarter. Class load reduction is permitted, but the student must complete the program in six calendar years to be awarded the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Consult the financial information section of this Bulletin for information on the financial arrangements for reduced class loads.

Academic Advisement

Each student at Sherman College has a faculty advisor who is available for academic advisement. The registrar assigns the student a faculty advisor at the time the student enrolls in the college. Students are urged to take the initiative in seeking advisement before problems are reflected in their academic performance.

Withdrawal and Leave of Absence

Students wishing to withdraw or take a leave of absence must complete the appropriate forms, which are available from the registrar. Any student on leave of absence or formally withdrawn for more than three consecutive quarters must apply for re-admission and is subject to the admission requirements in effect at the time of re-application.

Students wishing to drop a course must do so through the registrar's office. Failure to officially drop a class will result in an unsatisfactory grade for the respective course.

Grades and Credits

The college’s grading scale is as follows:

A (93-100) indicates superior work

B (85-92) indicates above average work

C (77-84) indicates satisfactory work

D (70-76) indicates below average work

F (0-69) indicates failure

I indicates incomplete work

P indicates passing in a pass/fail course

N indicates failure for non-attendance

W indicates a student withdrew from a course before the end of midterm week

WP indicates a student withdrew from a course between week 7 and 11 with a passing grade

WF indicates a student withdrew from a course between week 7 and 11 with a failing grade or withdrew after week 11

Either WF or N is calculated as an F in the cumulative grade point average.

An I is a temporary grade. The deferred work must be completed before the end of the subsequent quarter in order to receive credit. Failure to do so automatically converts the grade to an F.

Designated core chiropractic curriculum courses require a grade of C or better to pass.

The college can offer no guarantee that credits earned will transfer to another institution, as the transfer of credit is always the responsibility of the accepting institution.

Quality Points

Quality points are assigned as follows: A - 4, B - 3, C - 2, D - 1, F - 0, N - 0, multiplied by the number of hours in the course. The grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total quality points earned by the total hours attempted. Grades of I, P or WP are not included in the determination of grade point average.

Satisfactory Progress, Probation and Suspension

A student must maintain satisfactory progress to remain at the college. A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and must successfully complete an average of 190 clock hours per quarter. A student not meeting these criteria will be placed on academic probation.

The first time a student’s quarterly GPA falls below a 2.0, he or she will be placed on academic warning. In any subsequent quarters where the student’s quarterly or overall GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.

A student placed on academic probation is subject to a reduced course load as determined by the vice president for academic affairs. A student who incurs three probations is subject to academic suspension for one quarter. A student returning from academic suspension must maintain a 2.0 quarterly and overall GPA, or he or she will be subject to permanent dismissal.

Exceptions may be made for the following verified circumstances: death in the immediate family, grave illness, injury or other catastrophic event, or maternity/paternity. A student must appeal for an exception within the first three days of the subsequent quarter.

Any student placed on academic probation for a third term will be deemed as not meeting the definition of satisfactory progress for the purpose of awarding financial aid, and shall lose all federal, state and institutional aid. A student who has lost financial aid for failing to make satisfactory progress may have his or her eligibility for financial aid reinstated upon meeting the criteria of satisfactory progress at a later date. A student may be reimbursed for the quarter in which he or she again makes satisfactory progress, but not for any quarter in which he or she did not meet the criteria of satisfactory progress.

Reports on Academic Progress

Grades are assigned and recorded for each course at the end of each quarter. Each student is issued a formal report of grades at that time.

It is the student’s responsibility to address academic deficiencies, if such occur, and to seek advice from administrators or faculty members on academic matters when problems or questions arise.


It is the student’s responsibility to meet the attendance requirements of all classes, including labs, for which he or she is registered. The student is also responsible for making up assigned work missed during absences. Instructors are responsible for informing students of the college’s attendance policy. A student missing more than 10% of scheduled class meetings may not receive credit for the respective course. A student who fails a course for non-attendance is issued a grade of N, which represents a failure for the respective course. The course must be repeated to receive a satisfactory grade.

Dean’s List and Honors List

Students attaining a GPA of at least 3.5 for any quarter will be entered on the Dean’s List for that quarter. Students attaining a 4.0 GPA for any quarter will be entered on the Honors List for that quarter.

Advanced Placement

Transfer students from other chiropractic colleges may be granted advanced standing for equivalent courses in which they attained satisfactory grades. Only credits for course work that is equivalent in credit hours, content and quality to a Sherman College course will be considered for transfer. Only credits with a grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better will be considered for transfer. Transfer credits must be earned within five years prior to being admitted to the college. Courses taken at other chiropractic colleges in the area of philosophy (800) and technique (900) will not be accepted for transfer. Advanced placement may be awarded for courses completed at a liberal arts or science college or university listed in the U.S. Directory of Higher Education. Such courses must be graduate level courses and must meet the same requirements as transfer credits from chiropractic colleges. The vice president for academic affairs approves all advanced placement.

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