ST. LOUIS - The presidents of Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. and Logan University of Chiropractic/University Programs met on the Logan campus yesterday and officially signed a 3+3 articulation partnership agreement between the two schools. George B. Forsythe of Westminster and J. Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD, of Logan signed the formal agreement at a special all-school event held in the lobby of the administration building on Logan's Chesterfield (Mo.) campus.
The 3+3 program enables qualified students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in just six years, one year less than a traditional academic study time required by the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program. Under this program, a student must successfully complete 93 credit hours at Westminster with at least a 2.50 grade point average in order to be able to enroll at Logan. By the end of their first year in the Doctor of Chiropractic program when they have completed 33 credit hours of work at Logan with at least a 2.00 grade point average, these students will have earned the basic science credit hours needed to complete their bachelor's degree from Westminster as well as have satisfied their basic science requirements during the first year of graduate studies at Logan leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Westminster students will be assigned an appropriate advisor to help guide them through their academic preparation for admission to Logan and their work to attain chiropractic licensure. This advisor will work with the Admissions Office at Logan to ensure a smooth transition between the two schools. Enrollment in the program is now available for the fall 2013 semester.
"I believe our new agreement with Logan will be a mutually beneficial development for both Colleges," says Westminster President Forsythe. "We will help Logan attract the high quality, well-trained students they expect and this exciting new partnership will offer Westminster the opportunity to attract students who might not have otherwise considered us."
"We're excited to enter into a 3+3 agreement with Westminster College," Logan President Dr. Clay McDonald says. "This is a 'win-win' situation for motivated students who want to earn their undergraduate degree from Westminster while they are already pursuing their Doctorate Degree in Chiropractic at Logan. We are looking forward to enrolling Westminster students at Logan who want to take full advantage of this outstanding program."
Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 percent over this decade, faster than the average for all occupations. Interest in the field is believed to be high because of the nonsurgical methods of treatment used in chiropractic care.
Since 1935, Logan University of Chiropractic/University Programs has been preparing students to enter the health care marketplace to become successful Doctors of Chiropractic. Its 12:1 student/faculty ratio is well known for the personalized instruction it offers. To fulfill individual professional goals, Logan also offers its students, graduates and other professionals a choice of two academic master's programs, offered both online and in an on-campus format, a Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance. In 1973, the College moved to its 112-acre hilltop campus in Chesterfield, a western suburb of St. Louis.