Chiropractic college continues to grow in Port Orange | News

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to grow.

The college conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 26 for the fourth building on the Port Orange campus.

Campus President Dr. Peter Martin welcomed guests on a sunny late afternoon. “It is my honor to stand before you on this special, historic occasion on Palmer College’s Port Orange campus,” he said. “This new building allows us to expand as a college and have more of an impact on the profession, the community, and future patients.”

The new facility measures 47,000 square feet. It contains high-tech classrooms, study rooms, bigger anatomy labs and a casual second-floor gathering spot with expansive windows offering a view of the pond and fountain.

“The best thing about it is when you see the students in these spaces living and learning, it’s absolutely incredible,” Provost Dr. Dan Weinert said. “The new structure will allow for an additional 130 students added to the 865 already in matriculation.”

The two-story building has 12,000 square feet that were purposely left empty. This is to enable the college to build out as needed in the years to come.

Administration worked with faculty to design classrooms that will best accommodate the hands-on learning Palmer’s future doctors will take into their profession. Provost Weinert credited the faculty for their input, “The faculty were just absolutely fantastic.”

Multiple speakers emphasized Palmer College will always cultivate a hands-on learning environment. However, they are not shunning the advantages of technology and have incorporated virtual and augmented reality learning tools into the building.

Palmer College consists of three campuses. The main campus is in Davenport, Iowa. The west campus is in San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange is home to the college’s only east coast campus.

As the Port Orange Campus celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, it is looking forward to retooling the older buildings. The process used for designing the new structure worked so well it will be used again to renovate the first three buildings.

Provost Weinert said, “We want to make sure we are always, constantly, listening and evolving the campus to meet the future needs.”

Those future needs include a near-term expectation that enrollment will exceed 900 students.


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