FARMINGTON, Maine — Kathryn A. Foster, president of the University of Maine at Farmington, and J. Clay McDonald, president of Logan University, have recently signed an articulation agreement that establishes a new, “3 + 3″ dual-degree, pre-chiropractic program between the two institutions.
The program makes it possible for qualified students to earn a bachelor of science degree in biology from UMF and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Logan’s College of Chiropractic in six years, one year less than the traditional academic study required by a doctor in a chiropractic degree program.
Students will begin their studies at UMF, completing basic science course work and satisfying academic requirements for both degrees concurrently, allowing students to save time and money. The program is available to students beginning in the fall 2013 semester.
Under the provisions of the “3 + 3″ program, qualified students must successfully complete 96 credit hours at UMF with a grade point average of at least 2.75 to be eligible to be admitted to Logan. Upon admission to Logan and completion of the required 32 hours of course work in their first year while maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average, students will have completed both their bachelor’s degree at UMF and satisfied their first year of graduate studies leading to their doctor of chiropractic degree.
“We are so excited about our new partnership with Logan University,” Foster said. “UMF has a rich tradition of preparing students for professional studies in business, law and the medical field. This new program expands those choices for our students while connecting them with one of the top chiropractic colleges in the country.”
Logan’s chiropractic model is a nondrug, noninvasive form of health care. It’s based on the relationship between the structure and function of the human body and includes the ability of the body to heal itself naturally given the right circumstances, according to a statement on the UMF website.
Logan graduates recognize and embrace the fact that chiropractic care plays a significant role in managing this nation’s $80 billion back pain epidemic. Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 percent over this decade, faster than the average of all occupations, the statement said.
“Logan University has a solid reputation as one of the best chiropractic colleges and universities in North America,” McDonald said. “We are poised to place our graduates at the forefront of integrated health care. Together, working with the University of Maine at Farmington, we can live this vision.”
A nationally-recognized liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student/faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful.
Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation and pre-professional studies.
For more information on UMF’s new pre-chiropractic program, visit www.umf.maine.edu/majors-academics/pre-chiropractic/.