Clinical and Experiential Learning

Practice Makes Perfect Form.

In any health career, there is just no substitute for real, applicable experience.

At New York Chiropractic College, every degree comes with the commitment that you’ll get both classroom knowledge plus applied experiences so you can practice your life’s work with conviction.

This is the NYCC educational model: growing your expertise, while simultaneously providing opportunities for you to correlate your knowledge in real-world scenarios. It’s about refining your skills, while acquiring the experience you need to build confidence and competence, ultimately raising the bar for the quality and continuity of care and services for your patients, clients, and students.

EXPLORE CLINICAL AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN EACH OF THE THREE NYCC SCHOOLS:

Your program will be rooted in relevant case studies and pertinent experiences — whether you’re on campus, or online. Preparation for your career includes working with chiropractic or acupuncture patients in a clinical rotation, developing individualized nutrition plans, creating a comprehensive, practical Human Anatomy and Physiology curriculum, and much more.

COLLEGE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Doctor of Chiropractic

Build your experience in 4,680 contact hours.

Begin with multidisciplinary, hands-on opportunities in diverse settings of care — a New York Chiropractic College staple — starting with greater supervision from our leading faculty clinicians and then heading toward greater independence. You, working with patients, making a difference right away.

This is the NYCC patient-centered, educational model of care — growing the quality and continuity of care for the patient, as well as your opportunity to correlate your knowledge, refine your skills, and acquire the experience you need to build confidence and competence.

The NYCC Health Center Experience

During your 5th trimester, you will apply for assignment to one of New York Chiropractic College's four main health center locations, where you will begin your outpatient clinical training in your 8th trimester.

Campus Health Center

Located on campus, clinical training begins here in your 7th trimester. Under the guidance and supervision of a faculty clinician, you gain initial experience with patient care and management by providing complimentary chiropractic healthcare services to the student body, faculty, and staff of the College.

Outpatient Health Centers: Hubs and Spokes

The 8th, 9th, and 10th trimesters of your clinical education will take place at one of NYCC's outpatient health centers in New York state. Here, you'll continue to engage in a variety of experiences under the direction of faculty practitioners.

Health Center locations:

  • Rochester Health Center — Located in an urban setting, this health center provides convenient access to the city of Rochester, Lake Ontario, and the Finger Lakes region.
  • Seneca Falls Health Center — Located on the New York Chiropractic College campus, this health center offers multidisciplinary services to the surrounding community.
  • Depew Health Center — Located in a suburb of Buffalo, this residential and business area has convenient access to Lake Erie and the Western New York region.
  • Levittown Health Center — This health center, located in a suburban residential and business area on Long Island, offers convenient access to New York City and eastern Long Island.

Picture a set of wheels, with the health centers as the hubs. Each has relationships with regionally affiliated, "spoke" sites in the community, where you'll be assigned on a rotational basis for additional, concentrated clinical experiences. These different clinical settings promote volume and variety of patient care.

Sample spoke locations:

  • Complimentary Care Sites — treatment in free/community care settings to underserved populations;
  • Veterans Administration Medical Centers — treatment for patients with complex conditions in integrated medical care settings;
  • Higher Education Student Health Centers — treatment for college student and staff populations; and
  • Community Hospitals— treatment for inpatients and outpatients in a multidisciplinary care environment.

Other Experiential Learning Enhancements

Remote Clerkships

Affiliations with select institutions and facilities provide opportunities to spend anywhere from four to 12 months training at a remote location under a supervising doctor of chiropractic who, as an adjunct clinical faculty member, oversees student activities and mentors development. Interested students must meet eligibility requirements and complete the competitive application process for these honors-level opportunities.

Preceptorships

Eligible students gain a realistic portrayal of the demands, responsibilities, and benefits of chiropractic practice by evaluating, examining, and treating patients at a private, field-based office. Preceptorship doctors are NYCC faculty members who meet participation criteria set by the College. Availability varies by state; preceptorships are not available outside of the United States.

Professional Clinical Observations

These observational opportunities during the four final weeks of the 10th trimester offer concentrated exposure to the various aspects of a field-based practice, also providing a realistic portrayal of the demands, responsibilities, and benefits of chiropractic practice. In order to be eligible, students must have completed all graduation requirements. Field doctors and offices must meet participation criteria set by the College.

Local Outreach Opportunities

NYCC is committed to serving the communities at each health center location through a variety of outreach activities. Educational presentations, informational booths at health fairs, health screenings, and sporting events are just some of the ways NYCC supports and encourages community education.

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FINGER LAKES SCHOOL OF ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE

In both the M.S. in Acupuncture (2,415 hours of classroom and clinical training) and M.S. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (3,210 hours of classroom and clinical training) programs, you will gain hands-on experience in multiple clinical rotations, including a Veterans Administration site and other interdisciplinary settings. You progress from observer in 1st trimester, to assistant in 4th trimester, to an intern in 6th trimester working closely with clinical supervisors to gather data, assess patients' conditions, develop treatment plans, and deliver complete acupuncture and Oriental medicine care.

The FLSAOM clinical training program gives you exposure to a wide variety of patient populations within distinct settings. Sample training sites:

  • Campus Health Center — Located on campus, providing complimentary acupuncture and Oriental medicine services to the student body, faculty, and staff of the college.
  • Rochester Health Center — Located in an urban setting, this health center provides convenient access to the city of Rochester, Lake Ontario, and the Finger Lakes region.
  • Seneca Falls Health Center — Located on the New York Chiropractic College campus, this health center offers multidisciplinary services to the surrounding community. The Chinese Herbal Medicine Dispensary is also located here, allowing Oriental medicine students to prepare herbal orders, including whole herbs, pills, and granulated herbs.
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center — Located in Canandaigua, NY affords you the opportunity to provide treatment to patients with complex conditions in an integrated medical care setting.

Herb Garden

Spend time in our extensive herb garden and dispensary with raw Chinese medicinals, granular and prepared products, and a full-service kitchen for processing and preparation.

Study Abroad — Zhejiang, China

Travel to the place it all began, and to where tradition is balanced by technological innovation. Visit Zhejiang, China's top hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Hangzhou, and spend two weeks in various clinical departments. Attend specialty lectures from practice experts. Take time to explore Beijing or Zhejiang, home of Dragon Well Tea Farm and one of the largest herbal producers in Eastern China.

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SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND EDUCATION

Two online programs are offered that provide depth and breadth to your understanding of health sciences as a healthcare professional or educator. The M.S. in Applied Clinical Nutrition teaches how nutrients enable the body to function optimally, and the M.S. in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction prepares you to educate the next generation of healthcare providers.

Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition

You are trained to assess the specific nutrition needs of each individual and to develop nutrition intervention plans that focus on the use of whole foods and therapeutic plants to optimize wellness. Simulated patient/client case studies are presented throughout the entire curriculum. You will receive practical feedback that may be applied immediately in your career. As part of your degree, you will learn how to account for dietary, physical activity, and other health needs — developing real-world plans for real case scenarios.

MSACN graduates are eligible to obtain the following certifications:
  • Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN)
  • Diplomate, American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN)
  • Diplomate, Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (DCBCN)

Master of Science in Anatomy and Physiology Instruction

The need for quality anatomy and physiology instructors is at an all-time high. You already have the subject matter expertise, but how can you learn effective teaching tools, techniques and approaches to share your knowledge with undergraduates? This master's degree program fills this need by preparing you to excel as an educator. The mentoring experience provided by expert faculty, combined with the experience gained in your Capstone Project will give you the confidence to be an effective and inspirational instructor.

On-campus Practicum

The week-long on-campus practicum will provide you with a unique and rewarding opportunity to get constructive feedback on your teaching skills from both your faculty and fellow classmates.

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