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William Penn University Pens Partnership with Palmer Chiropractic for a 3+1 Program


William Penn University has penned a new dual-program partnership with Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.  Students pursuing their degree in Biology at William Penn University will have the opportunity to receive their Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic.

“This partnership with Palmer Chiropractic College offers our students a wonderful opportunity to advance their careers in health care with a highly respected professional program,” said Noel Stahle, William Penn University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Through this 3+1 agreement, a student can complete three years at William Penn University towards their undergraduate studies. Once the student completes the first year’s coursework at Palmer in the Doctor of Chiropractic program, credits can then be transferred back to WPU to complete the undergraduate degree. This essentially allows you to complete your first year of our Doctor of Chiropractic program while simultaneously completing your undergraduate degree. Students will spend a minimum of five academic years (eight months each year) at PCC.

The Palmer 3+1 Program is able to accelerate students’ path to beginning their chiropractic career. Rachael Trapp, a William Penn student, will begin her studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic this October. “I think this program is extremely beneficial to any student who is seriously interested in chiropractic,” said Trapp. “The atmosphere at Palmer is unique and this program allows students to perfect their craft at a fast pace.”

Rachael transferred to William Penn after a short stint at Coffeyville Community College. She spent two years at William Penn University and is elated to begin at Palmer. “I am looking forward to receiving the best education possible and learning more about the human body so that I can help people perform everyday activities pain and drug-free.”

Rachael says her inspiration to pursue a career in this field of study comes from her father, Dr. Conrad Trapp, who is also a Palmer College alum. “I can’t wait to follow in his footsteps,” said Trapp. She grew up watching him make a difference in his patient’s lives and cannot wait to do the same.

To learn more about the Palmer 3+1 Program at William Penn University, visit


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Miranda Keeler
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(641) 673-1078 |

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