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Kutztown University and Palmer College Embark on co-Sponsored Degree Program

Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, right, and Palmer College of Chiropratic Vice Chancellor James O'Connor, sign an agreement in a ceremony in Davenport, Iowa, Thursday. June 28, 2018

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (KU) President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson signed an agreement with Palmer College of Chiropractic (PCC) in Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, co-sponsoring a new program that offers qualified students the opportunity to earn degrees from both institutions.

Available starting fall 2018, the dual degree program includes three years of programming at KU, followed by attendance at PCC. Students who complete all requirements for both programs earn a Bachelor in Biology from Kutztown University and a Doctor of Chiropractic from PCC.

Upon successful completion of the first year of studies at Palmer, a maximum of 30 Palmer credit hours may be transferred toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at KU. Students who successfully complete the dual degree program will be eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies at both Kutztown University and PCC.

"A number of our students have chosen to continue at Palmer after completing their bachelor's degree at KU," Hawkinson said. "This agreement provides additional and accelerated opportunities to attain their goals with greater ease and efficiency and is a testament to Palmer's outreach to other institutions."

Dr. Gregory "Doc" Jones, a 1975 Palmer graduate and a recipient of the KU President's Medal in 2016, shepherded the dual program discussion between the two institutions. In addition to coaching the KU rugby program for the past 33 years, Dr. Jones operated his own medical practice - an accomplishment he hopes is among those future students will achieve through this agreement moving forward.

"The chiropractic field is expected to grow 12 percent by 2026, which is well above the national average," said Dr. Anne Zayaitz, Kutztown University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "We are pleased to partner with Palmer College to provide a well-defined and high-quality academic path toward a very promising profession."

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