Dear Kentucky Association of Chiropractors,
Campbellsville University is excited about the prospects for our new Chiropractic School. Despite the Covid-19 epidemic, the university is continuing with its quest to establish Kentucky’s first chiropractic program. The following is a brief update on our progress.
The Chiropractic School will be a signature structure at the university’s Harrodsburg’s center. A new city street is currently under construction to coincide with the completion of the chiropractic hall, situated at the corner of University Drive and Commerce Street, providing a direct connection to U.S. 127, the main thoroughfare for the City of Harrodsburg. This will connect the school to CU-Harrodsburg Conover Center athletic complex, residence halls and primary academic/administrative facilities. The chiropractic school will become the focal point of a mini university community, replicating much of what is found on the university’s main campus, 1¼ hour drive south. Students will have access to Harrodsburg amenities, yet study in a secure area away from busy traffic.
Currently, the construction of the 42,000 sq./ft chiropractic building is well underway. The foundation, exterior walls, framing, floors, ceiling, roof, etc. are complete. Most of the electric, communication and plumbing infrastructure has been roughed-in and the drywall phase is beginning. This 2-story building will have a timeless neo-classical architecture with a traditional brick exterior accented with 20-foot-tall white columns at its entry portico.
The internal décor will be a blend of modern and traditional elements, complementing the professional stature of the chiropractic academic program. High (20 feet) ceilings in the main atrium with steel and glass railings will be accented by stained cherry woods, bringing together the image of state-of-the-art science with the tradition of an academic institution. The atrium common area will include a gathering area enhanced with a Starbucks Coffee Shop. Similarly, the digital implementation with cadavers and the chiropractic adjustment simulator will add a modern approach to a traditional chiropractic curriculum of academic, philosophy, and clinical training.
Prior to the inception of the Campbellsville chiropractic program, many chiropractors, especially new graduates, were asked about ways in which to improve chiropractic education. Business knowledge, patient management, and clinical readiness were among the most mentioned. Listening to those concerns, the Campbellsville Chiropractic School leadership intends to better prepare the next generation of graduates for successful chiropractic practices. Examples of this vision includes the previously mentioned chiropractic simulators, allowing students who struggle with adjustment techniques to better sharpen their skills through repetition and biofeedback. A business course curriculum will be specifically designed to help new graduates understand corporate structures, insurance billing, accounting and effective patient communication.
Campbellsville University plans to accept students into the new Chiropractic School during the 2021-2022 academic year. If you know of any potential students that would like to join the wonderful profession of chiropractic, please share with them. And, should you or other chiropractic professionals, whom you may know, be interested in becoming part of this exciting new teaching experience, please get in touch with me. My contact information is below.
Dr. Dennis Short D.C.
Dean of Chiropractic Operations