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The founding of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic

King, S. and Young, K.J. (2002) The founding of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. Chiropractic History, 22 (2). pp. 25-30.


In response to a call from the profession in Great Britain to provide publicly funded chiropractic education, the University of Glamorgan in Wales added a chiropractic program in its School of Applied Sciences in 1997. Named the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (W.I.O.C.), it began with forty students for the class of 2001 and was soon attracting more applicants than its target of seventy-five students per class. To meet further demand and to comply with accreditation criteria in Europe, a pre-chiropractic course commenced in 1999 and was immediately oversubscribed. The clinic opened in 2000 and was also immediately successful, receiving patients from all over south Wales. The founding of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic represents a milestone in chiropractic education in the United Kingdom, and indicates a trend likely to continue around the world. As chiropractic gains wider acceptance and as the costs of private tertiary education reach untenable levels, the public university will become the predominant site of training in the profession.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Association for the History of Chiropractic
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