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Parker University, originally founded as Parker College of Chiropractic in 1982 in Irving, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), moved to its present location in Dallas in 1989. Parker transitioned into Parker University in 2011, as did WSCC becoming University of Western States, becoming the 3rd chiropractic college to be a university in last 12 years since National Chiropractic College transition into National University of Health Sciences.
Parker University, originally founded as Parker College of Chiropractic in 1982 by Dr. James W. Parker, is located in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Parker formed the college after successfully operating 18 chiropractic practices throughout the State of Texas and building a chiropractic seminar company, Parker Seminars, that still serves the chiropractic community today. Dr. Parker opened the college with one goal in mind: Spreading chiropractic worldwide. Originally located in Irving, Texas, the main campus relocated to its current 18-acre location in 1989. The original Irving campus facilities were then converted into what is now the Irving Chiropractic Wellness Clinic – an adjunct facility owned and operated by Parker University. Parker also operates additional wellness clinics in Dallas and Flower Mound, Texas as well.
The first class graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in September 1985 with 25 students. Since that time, total enrollment has grown to nearly 1000 students. In 2011, Parker College of Chiropractic was renamed Parker University to allow for additional bachelor and master degree programs including topics such as Nutrition, Sports Management and Public Health. The change to university status also paved the way for articulation and other agreements with regional universities for student exchange programs and other shared resource efforts.
With nearly all 50 states, Canadian provinces, and several foreign countries currently represented in the student population, Parker University is one of the most diverse chiropractic universities in the world.
Dr. Parker served as president of the college until the mid-1990s. Parker University’s current president, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, was named president in 1999. Dr. Mancini received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Parker College of Chiropractic, the university’s former moniker, in 1990.
The Parker Chiropractic Wellness Clinics provide chiropractic care to the public. Parker University used to maintain three public clinics in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area including the first on Parker’s campus in Dallas, the second in Irving, and a third clinic in Flower Mound. The Flower Mount clinic closed down in 2012. Patients receive treatment from Parker University College of Chiropractic senior interns (Those who are in Trimesters 8,9 and 10) who are supervised by licensed doctors of chiropractic.
The Parker University Animal Clinic located on its Dallas campus offers animal chiropractic care as animal chiropractic becomes more widespread for the care of pets and sport performing animals such as race horses.
The animal clinic offers chiropractic care and routine veterinary care for animals of employees and students.
The Parker University School of Massage Therapy is located in Dallas and is a massage program at Parker University.
In 1951 Dr. Parker developed postgraduate chiropractic seminars, which were known as Parker School of Professional Success (PSPS) and known as Parker Seminars today.
Parker Seminars holds an annual seminar in Las Vegas and other seminars throughout the U.S. and internationally. In recent years Parker Seminars has traveled to Cincinnati, Chicago, New Orleans, Montreal, Australia, and Rome.
Parker University Continuing Education aids doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants, and massage therapists in providing continuous training necessary to reach their required continuing education hours to maintain their license. Parker’s Continuing Education program offers training in the most recent chiropractic wellness and massage techniques. Classes are held on the Dallas campus, during Parker Seminars, or online.
Scientists at Parker Research Institute have produced what they consider to be evidence that Vitamin B may help block pain in laboratory rats.
Parker Research Institute examines issues related to health, wellness, and how the chiropractic fits into the overall picture of public health.