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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Administrators push for FSU chiropractic school

Administrators push for FSU chiropractic school

University aims to have first class of chiropractic students in 2004

by Kristen Bolles
April 14, 2003

Plans to start a chiropractic school at FSU may become a reality in the near future.
Despite problems with the budget, university officials are persuing state money to start the school. According to the report crafted two years ago by MGT of America (a local consulting firm), the total construction cost for a chiropractic school at FSU would be nearly $84 million.
"Some money has been appropriated by the legislature to start the chiropractic school," said Allan Adams, FSU academic administrator and chiropractic physician. "We hope to start the first class in 2004."

Currently, there are only 17 chiropractic colleges in the United States, all of which are at private institutions. Florida State would be the first accredited public university to have a chiropractic school.

"FSU has a history of starting new and innovative programs," Adams said. "The chiropractic school would follow this pattern."

The low number of chiropractic schools is largely due to the controversy over the legitimacy of the profession.

"Until fairly recently, chiropractic had been attacked by allopathic medicine as an unscientific cult with no research to support its claims of efficacy," according to

According to, chiropractic is a non-invasive and drug free therapy.
Chiropractors do not perform surgery or prescribe drugs. They treat people with skeletal and muscular pain by using a variety of manipulation, adjustment and supportive techniques.

Chiropractic is a medical profession, although it would not be affiliated with our newly accredited medical school.

"No chiropractic school in the country is affiliated with a medical school," Provost and Executive Vice President of the College of Medicine Dr. Lawrence Abele said. "It's much closer to a nutrition and movement science than to medicine. The curricula is different enough that it's just not a close fit."

Although chiropractic is a relatively new profession (beginning just over 100 years ago), it is now a recognized profession that is licensed in all 50 states. Millions of people utilize chiropractic services. According to, chiropractic is now the third largest primary health care profession in the world.

Due to the questions surrounding the legitimacy of the profession, starting a chiropractic school at FSU could potentially affect the University and its academic reputation. However, it has been made clear that Florida State's chiropractic school would be top-notch.

"We told the Florida Legislature that if we are going to do this, we are only going to do it as a first-class, quality program that will have a science and evidence based curricula," Abele said. "It won't be cheap, but we won't do it any other way; that wouldn't be fair."

Administrators push for FSU chiropractic school
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