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Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic is a private college founded in 1973, offering the doctor of chiropractic degree and was named after Lyle Sherman, D.C., a pioneer in the development of modern chiropractic. The college is home to approximately 300 students representing 26 states and 15 countries and has more than 3,000 alumni around the world. Sherman college supports the "straight" vertebral subluxation-based focus as different from diagnosis and symptomatic treatment focus of "mixed" U.S. chiropractic schools [1].

The program consists of 14 quarters of study: classroom and hands-on instruction, internship in the Chiropractic Health Center, research opportunities, and community services. To enter the program, students must have 90 hours of college credits, including hours in lab sciences. Sherman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Commission of Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, as well as being licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

The 80-acre (320,000 m2) campus is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The college operates a Chiropractic Health Center on its campus open to the public, which provides more than 30,000 patient visits each year. Sherman was the first East Coast chiropractic college to use digital x-ray imaging for health center and local chiropractor patients [2] The Health Center also supports scientific research on subluxation [3]

Each year on Memorial Day weekend, Sherman College sponsors Lyceum, a conference of seminars, workshops, awards, presentation of research and fellowship for the chiropractic community.[4] [5] Sherman College recently added digital x-ray services in the Health Center for use of interns and local chiropractors. Another opportunity is IRAPS, the International Research and Philosophy Symposium, a weekend of presentations which focus on innate intelligence and vitalistic philosophy as well as research findings.

History of Sherman College

Established in 1973 by Dr. Thom Gelardi, the college is named for Dr. Lyle Sherman, an assistant director of the B. J. Palmer Chiropractic Research Clinic. The first class graduated on September 18, 1976, the anniversary of the invention of chiropractic. After several years in alternate locations in Spartanburg, the college opened the present campus, which now includes a teaching facility, a health center open to the public, and a fitness center for faculty and students. Sherman focuses on the correction of vertebral subluxations of the spine rather than diagnosis and treatment of symptoms in the conventional medical model; a philosophy it defended in an accreditation lawsuit with the American Chiropractic Association in 1986. [6]

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