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Sherman College of Chiropractic Reviews

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  • Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 of 5

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    Food and Dining

    LAST POINT: Sherman is not located in Spartanburg South Carolina like they claim. The school uses a PO Box address located in the city. Its actual location is in Boiling Springs South Carolina (about 15 mins from Spartanburg). This town has no sidewalks, no healthy places to eat, housing is a gamble, roads are atrocious, drivers (in SC in general) are DANGEROUS... I could go on. I spent many days wondering why anyone in the world would choose to live there. Do your research, and I hope this post helps anyone who can think for them self avoid wasting their time and money at this school.

    Dorm Life

    Side note, notice how the one other negative review on this site of Sherman is anonymous. I assure you that I am not the only student who feels this way, and the reason there isn't more honesty in online reviews about the college is because they intimidate students into the mindset of "if you disagree with us you're wrong and you will be scrutinized for your thinking" and anyone with the strength to hold onto their own views just keeps their mouth shut and head down until they graduate.

    Academic Rigor

    The reason I attended Sherman in the first place: I visited the college for its Showcase Sherman Weekend. They educate on chiropractic, have you meet the president and vice president, and have professors and students state their experiences in school. They feed you, do team building, and make you feel very welcome. A major plea of theirs is that you're not treated like a number, you're treated like a family member. The school is small, around 400 students, and I assure you that once you are accepted, they stop caring about your individual needs UNLESS you make it a point to brown nose the faculty and administration. If you have a problem of any kind, the school will go to all costs to prove your problem insignificant, and if it has to deal with a professor, Sherman undoubtably takes its employees side (I know this from first hand experience and a handful of friends with their concerns as well.) This is because most of the professors that work there graduated from there, and they know that its hard to hire people who weren't brainwashed from the start and they don't want to ruffle feathers of their beloved workers.. The school completely forgets that the students are the paying customers. Which brings another point to the table, since I had been in school there were 4 tuition raises across the board. To milk students of any last cost they could get right before they were graduated, to pay for a new building. In 2015 ~ 500,000 dollars was awarded for "executive compensation," this is public information that raises only a few eyebrows.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cons: The school bashes all of medicine outside of a dire need for something like surgery or other life saving intervention. They say "if you need to see a medical doctor for something then go see one" to cover their butt. However if you exclaim to mostly any faculty member (with a few exceptions of course) that you think you need to see a general or medical practitioner they gasp in disbelief and ask "Have you not had your spine checked?" This extreme has been to the point that last quarter, a student had been sick for months(stated by his classmates), and was then found dead in his room by his roommate after missing several days of school. This comment is not to exploit their passing, its to try and set the tone for truly how brainwashed students become to think that a clear nervous system can allow the body to heal any ailment. To the point where they believe that there is no use for modern medicine. Students stop taking their behavioral medications and end up throwing chairs through windows because they were taught that medication only treats symptoms not the cause. The school is set on subluxation (spinal misalignment) being the ONLY thing that causes disease and correcting them is the only thing that a chiropractor should be doing in their office, and if your beliefs are different you will get heavily scrutinized. Simply wanting to include diet and exercise into a patients care plan tips off your peers, most professors, and definitely administration. I know this first hand because I had to publicly defend my beliefs to a group of my classmates after class when I saw a group of them gossiping about me making it known in class that I planned on implementing exercise and nutrition in my future office. Aside from all the drama, there is no preparation for you to learn how to adjust. Sure in technique classes they teach you how to set up on a segment, how it should move, and theoretically how you would thrust to adjust it. But needless to say there are students that are about to graduate that cannot adjust the spine. The university is blind to this because the few case doctors are so swamped with work to oversee they don't have any time to assist you in your techniques. Which brings me to the reason I transferred out of Sherman. They teach what they call "The Sherman Package" of adjusting. Which is a hand picked combination of about 4 different assessment techniques for analyzing and adjusting the spine(there are roughly 100+ different chiropractic techniques.) None of which are actually congruent with each other, which leaves students with so many questions about what they are finding when checking the spine, leading to "adjustments" being given that may not be necessary. I get that you need to practice to become proficient at something, but they want you to do all of this outside the walls of the institution. The president and vice president actually tell students to secretly practice adjusting outside of school in order to get good, instead of figuring a way to implement that learning in their self proclaimed "Greatest Chiropractic College in the World." (Sherman professors actually exclaim that you wont be proficient at spinal analysis until you're at least 5 years in practice.) So if you choose to practice any technique within its analysis protocol, you have to forge your findings on paperwork to fit the "Sherman Package" analysis. Numerous students sneak their own analysis by case doctors for approval, instead of being honest and asking for real help with the technique they want to use their whole life. Why don't they just ask for help you ask? Because they would either be judged heavily, or there physically isn't a staff member that is understanding or proficient in their technique to refer to. My advice would be to check out schools like Life University or Palmer College in this regard. They allow many avenues for a student to study what they want to, to become the chiropractor that they want to be, and practice doing what they want to do in school. Their clinic systems are much more individualized. If you are certified in a technique through a club or seminar, they acknowledge that you're proficient in something and allow you to practice whatever that is, in school. Sherman would have you ignore whatever your true aspiration is, until you graduate.

    In three sentences

    Pros: Sherman college teaches that chiropractic should be specific and accurate, adjustments only given when necessary, and that true health comes from a nervous system that is free of interference. The power that organized the body heals the body, and when that power is operating at 100% with no interruption, "ease" is achieved and healing takes place. There are a select few professors(maybe 5) who truly want you to maximize your strengths as a doctor, and be awesome at helping people however YOU choose to do so. The campus is small and buildings are easy to navigate. The Farmers Table is the schools eatery and the food they offer is delicious.

  • Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 of 5

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    Greek Life

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    Clubs and Activities

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    Great for these types of students

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    Bang for the buck

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    What to do for fun

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    Food and Dining

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    Dorm Life

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    Academic Rigor

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    Tips for prospective students

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

    In three sentences

    Dr. Irwin and Dr. Donofrio are cancers to the college. After the college lost itâ??s accreditation it became a boards baby. Good luck getting a quality education here. You will learn everything to pass boards and make the college look good, but very little about being a good Chiropractor. The college does not care about your success. There are students going into clinic in 8th quarter that can not locate a subluxation much less correct one. All they care about is board scores

  • Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 5

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Sherman has clubs for many different techniques as well as an athletic club, Christian Chiropractic Club, and a pediatric club just to name a few.

    Bang for the buck

    Sherman is definitely the best, most philosophically driven chiropractic school out there. It is the place to go to become the best chiropracTOR you can be.

    What to do for fun

    There are great hiking places around and plenty of shopping opportunities. Spartanburg itself is relatively small, but Greenville is only 20 minutes away, so there is plenty to do there. Also, Ashville and Charlotte NC are about an hour away and offer everything you could want from a big city.

    Food and Dining

    Sherman has a cafeteria with great, locally grown food. There are different specials every day, and it is open for breakfast and lunch.

    Dorm Life

    Sherman doesnt have dorms on campus because of the size of the school, but with USC Upstate and Wofford College so close, there are plenty of dorm-style apartments only minutes away.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are full of tons of information, but the professors all have extra tutoring hours, and there are upper quarter students that will help as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Load up on your general sciences so that when you are in the lower quarters you arent receiving too much new information at once. Preparation is key! Also, its always good to shadow or intern for a principled chiropractor and begin to get immersed in the chiropractic philosophy.

    In three sentences

    Sherman College is one big family of principled, philosophically driven chiropractors. The professors all know you by name and genuinely want you to succeed. The small, intimate classes make it easy to ask questions and succeed.

  • Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 5

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    At Sherman College you are treated like family. You won't regret your decision!

    What to do for fun

    Sherman offers students the opportunity to play co-ed softball, we have a basketball court, workout gym, and a volleyball court. Each summer we have a one day volleyball tournament, a giant slip-n-slide on Cardiac Hill, Jousting, water balloons and corn hole. In the Cafe there is a foosball table as well.

    Food and Dining

    Sherman College has the Spine Dining Cafe that offers breakfast and lunch. It isn't big but it is sufficient for the size of the college. It is relatively inexpensive but again, learn to manage your finances. I wouldn't recommend buying lunch everyday, the expenses add up.

    Dorm Life

    As of now, Sherman College does not have dorms. However, several local apartment complexes offer discounts to Sherman students. Living expenses aren't too bad in Spartanburg but you still need to manage your money wisely.

    Academic Rigor

    The class load can be intense but everyone is going through the same thing you are, therefore you have people there to help. Upper quarter students are always looking to lend a helping hand to get you through your classes. The biggest piece of advice I can give to you is to review your notes frequently and do not cram before exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking at chiropractic schools, look at their philosophy and if it is congruent with yours. Sherman College stands strong in their philosophy and will stand by you as you develop your philosophy.

    In three sentences

    I feel that Sherman College is the best college in the field of Chiropractic. The college focuses on making each student the best chiropractor possible through teaching the philosophy, the science and the art. The college aims to provide the students with every opportunity possible to learn and gain more knowledge in order to succeed in their future of being a Chiropractor.

  • Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 5

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    never anything happened in the past 20 years.

    Greek Life

    exist but not sure about it...

    Clubs and Activities

    Lot of different type of clubs open at lunch time, too many to be able to go to all.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for student that desire to listen in class and memorise most of it there. Also great for student who like to get challenged, as well as for student that are hardworking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tradition : Bagel Fest: first quarter have to take up a song or more and put words on it in the context of chiropractic. lot of fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper college of chiropractic in the USA, and cheap cost of living too.

    What to do for fun

    lot of extracurricular activities with class members like bowling, volleyball, rugby from school, and other

    Food and Dining

    great cafeteria, people there are wonderful. have also fridge and microwave oven. Affordable food, but they don't take credit card...

    Dorm Life

    no dorms...

    Academic Rigor

    can't have more than 10 % absences.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have been to Cleveland Chiropractic college before, they were so rude there and didn't care about student, this was a great change. get a bachelor before entering the college as more states are requiring it!

    In three sentences

    Teacher really teach the material and care for the students. also have counselor really following you through the program. Feel like one big family and accepted right away :)