Campbellsville University has ushered in a new era of chiropractic education in Central Kentucky.
A ribbon cutting was held Friday for the university’s new School of Chiropractic at the Conover Education Center in Harrodsburg.
“What an incredible opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Trevor Foshang, dean of Chiropractic Education.
When the doors to the 45,000-square-foot educational facility in Harrodsburg open for students in January, the school will be the first in Kentucky and only the 20th nationally accredited, chiropractic doctoral program in the country. It also will be the only chiropractic school within a 300-mile radius and just the fourth affiliated with a regionally accredited liberal arts university.
Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said even though chiropractors treat an average of 35 million Americans each year, there are relatively few options for students interested in pursuing a chiropractic degree.
“With the nearest school about 300 miles away, the vision and opportunity for Campbellsville University to take a leadership role in educating the next generation of students of chiropractors became pretty clear for us,” Hedgepath said.
CU is accepting applications for its first class of students at chiropractic.campbellsville.edu. Students who begin classes in January will be on track to graduate in 2025.
Dr. Dennis Short, associate vice president for chiropractic education and dean of chiropractic operations, said the School of Chiropractic has been five years in the making.
“With your help, we will make this chiropractic college the best in the world,” Short said. “We’re not going to settle to be mediocre.”
Short said graduates from the CU School of Chiropractic will have one-third less student loan debt compared to other programs.
“This was no small feat, but we did it,” he said.
Dr. H. Keith Spears, interim president for Campbellsville University, said the opening of the School of Chiropractic is a milestone for Campbellsville University.
“For more than a century, this institution has developed servant leaders and when we put people in health care, that is true servant leadership,” Spears said.
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, a Harrodsburg native, said the school was just the latest milestone for CU in her hometown, the state and the region.
Coleman said the School of Chiropractic will give graduates a variety of skills to be successful in their careers.
“As a teacher, I certainly appreciate this program’s commitment not just to the science of becoming a chiropractor but the other skills these graduates are going to need to be successful,” she said. “Like the business classes, because most chiropractors own their own business, so being able to know how to do that in addition to their craft is going to make this an even more remarkable investment. These graduates are going to be able to hit the ground as soon as they graduate. This is the spirit of what makes Kentucky special.”