Explores the functional relationships of the gross, histological, and developmentally related structures of the human body emphasizing the neuromuscular and skeletal systems. The histological and developmental structures of the human body are presented with a focus on the musculoskeletal systems including the spine, peripheral and central nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The biomechanics courses in the department stress functional anatomy. Utilizing a foundation from gross and microscopic anatomy, these courses describe tissue and injury mechanics, as well as the normal motion that occurs at each joint. All of the aforementioned content is used to study the movements in functional activities such as gait, cycling, kicking and throwing to that the student is able to recognise abnormal movements that will lead to pathology. The material covered forms a strong foundation for the clinical courses in the program.
Facilitates proficiency in the psychomotor skills necessary to become competent in chiropractic diagnosis and therapeutic methods. This knowledge aids in the performance of effective adjustive, manual and/or manipulative procedures learned in laboratory sessions.
Biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience and nutrition provide a foundation for understanding human physiology and biochemistry as a basis for sound clinical management. An introduction to the role of nutrition and nutritional supplements in disease management and health promotion is provided.
The history of manipulation, contemporary knowledge and research in the area of chiropractic manipulative therapy, as well as the sociology of chiropractic, the legal and ethical aspects of chiropractic practice, and practice development and management. The chiropractor's unique approach to health care within the modern health care team is stressed. The importance of ethical behaviour and professionalism are emphasized.
The importance of the chiropractor's ability to analyze clinical data critically, to develop an accurate diagnosis, and to collaborate with and refer to other health care professionals are emphasized.
The application of academic theory and clinical skills to patient care.
Delivers the academic and practical skills necessary for the production and diagnostic interpretation of radiographs and advanced imaging procedures. Radiation protection and radiobiology are stressed. The role of diagnostic imaging in patient evaluations and its importance as it relates to chiropractic practice are presented.
Provides curriculum that highlights etiologic, diagnostic and preventive aspects of disease. The information gleaned from these areas provides a basis for better understanding of the clinical courses.
Provides the fundamentals of scientific research designs and skills for critical review of the literature. Emphasis is on the development of critical thinking skills and an understanding of the rigour and process of research necessary for discriminating judgement applied in clinical decision making.
For each academic year, students are required to attend a minimum of one of three visiting scholar lectures.