Veterans, single parents, re-locaters, healthcare professionals, pre-med students and career changers make up Keiser University’s selective inaugural class of students at its new College of Chiropractic Medicine in West Palm Beach.
Keiser University’s West Palm Beach campus (2085 Vista Parkway) will be home to the College of Chiropractic Medicine while the buildout of a new health sciences facility is taking place at the university’s Flagship Campus at 2600 N. Military Trail. This past January, Dr. Arthur Keiser, chancellor of Keiser University, announced that Dr. Michael Wiles had been appointed dean of the College of Chiropractic Medicine, a doctoral program which is the first to be started in South Florida.
“Keiser University is fortunate to have Dr. Wiles lead the launch and ongoing development of this prestigious program,” Keiser said. “Dr. Wiles is a well-known leader in the chiropractic field, and as an experienced educator, he will help to create and advance this program into prominence throughout the State of Florida.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Wiles noted that the growth may be attributed to people of all ages having an increased interest in integrative complementary healthcare and nonsurgical methods of treatment.
“I chose Keiser University’s College of Chiropractic Medicine because of the numerous accreditations nationwide while having an exclusive opportunity to learn from Dr. Michael Wiles’ personal chiropractic medical experiences and background,” inaugural student Sophia Milanian said.
Milanian is a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where she earned a degree in neurosciences and behavior.
The doctor of chiropractic degree offers an integrated curriculum with an emphasis on clinical relevance within the basic science foundational courses, as well as case-based clinical relevancy throughout the program. Already established community partnerships with local medical facilities provide first-term students immediate access to hands-on experience and professional connections. Additionally, students will work with the Anatomage table and Navigator technology for an unparalleled virtual experience in the study of human anatomy.
“I am excited to be able to help provide the leadership for the development of this new program,” Wiles said. “Keiser University is committed to a ‘students first’ philosophy, which is a foundational principle of the doctor of chiropractic program. We should treat our students the same way we would want our graduates to treat their patients. With the commitment of Keiser University to its students and academic excellence, the institution presents an ideal setting for the development of the new College of Chiropractic Medicine.”
Health science degrees, including nursing, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, sports medicine and fitness technology and others, have been a cornerstone of the degree development of the Kaiser University since its founding in 1977.
Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.
For more information about Keiser University, visit www.keiseruniversity.edu.