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Barcelona College of Chiropractic Prospectus


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Barcelona College of Chiropractic Prospectus

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  2. 2. WelcomeWelcome to the first college of chiropractic in the Mediterraneanregion.The Barcelona College of Chiropractic opened its doors in October2009 to all those interested in embarking on a career in chiropractic.The enthusiasm for the BCC in the broader health care communityhas been matched by the willingness of two of Spain’s premier publicuniversities, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat de Girona,to formally collaborate with the BCC.A team of world-class teachers deliver the 5-year long full-time cur-riculum. Throughout the programme of study students develop theirclinical skills, first by observation and with time by actually provid-ing care in the BCC Chiropractic Centre. The two official languagesof the school are Spanish and English. The programme of study isstructured, with the help of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s languagedepartment, so that by the time students graduate from the BCC theywill be fluent in both languages.On the 12th of November 2010, the BCC was granted candidate foraccredited status with the European Council on Chiropractic Educa-tion (ECCE). The BCC is now working hard towards achieving full ac-credited status with ECCE. Students who graduate from accreditedcolleges are eligible to apply for registration to practice as a chiro-practor in other countries.Thank you for your interest in a career in chiropractic and for consid-ering the BCC in your future. Given the enormous pressure that thetraditional health care system is under and the position of chiroprac-tic as a leader in the pursuit of natural health and well-being, therehas never been a better time to become a chiropractor and serveyour community.Adrian Wenban, B.Sc., B.App.Sc., M.Med.Sc., MACC.Principal, Barcelona College of Chiropractic
  3. 3. The BArcelonA Vision, mission, aims and objectives Established in 1993, idEC is the UPF’s institute of continuing edu- cation. It aims to develop continuing education and training pro- college of Vision: We, at the BCC, ascribe to a vision that sees human beings and grammes for professionals. With its strong focus on quality and aca- society developing sustainably through the cultivation and enrichment demic excellence idEC has now consolidated a prestigious reputation by offering masters and postgraduate programmes. chiroprAcTic of the human body, mind and spirit. We believe that educating chiro- practors has an integral role to play in bringing that vision to fruition. Additionally BCC students attend the language programme, offered Mission: Our mission is for the BCC to deliver a programme of study by the Programa d’Ensenyament de Idiomes (PEI or Programme that leads to the graduation of compassionate, bilingual chiropractors of Teaching of Languages), which is given on the UPF’s Ciutadella committed to the pursuit of personal development and excellence, and campus. The agreement also opens the way towards the UPF being capable of integrating the philosophy, science and art of chiropractic in involved in the further development of the BCC’s final year of study. providing high quality cost-effective chiropractic care. Universitat de Girona Aims and Objectives: We aim, amongst other objectives, to provide chiropractic students with the educational opportunity to gain the atti- The agreement with the Universitat de Girona (UdG) takes the form of tudes, knowledge, skills needed to become competent primary contact a collaborative agreement related to the BCC’s use of the anatomi- health care providers capable of practicing either independently or in a cal dissection rooms and other specialised laboratories, which are collaborative setting. the most modern in the region. Additionally, practical classes for the BCC’s science subjects will be delivered with the assistance of appro- priately trained UdG teaching staff. A second collaborative agreement with the UdG provides for BCC students and staff to have access to the Institutional Support UdG’s on-campus library facilities (including the digital library). Spanish Chiropractic Association (Asociación Española de Quiropráctica, AEQ) Educational Resources The AEQ is the national association representing chiropractors in Spain. The AEQ was founded in 1986 and legalised the same year by The curriculum of the Barcelona College of Chiropractic is delivered the Ministry of the Interior with the approval of the Ministry of Health. using the following educational resources: It is a member of the European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU) and the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). • idEC Lectures and seminars in both the basic and clinical sciences are In October of 2007 the members of the AEQ voted in the affirmative taught in the IdEC building in Calle Balmes. In addition, BCC stu- to support the further development of the Barcelona College of Chi- dents may use the cafe and other idEC facilities. ropractic. Moreover, representatives from the AEQ and the Fundació Privada Quiropráctica have now signed a collaborative agreement • UdG wherein it was agreed that the two entities would work together to- Practical classes related to basic science subjects are delivered ward the further development of the BCC. in the dissection rooms and other specialised laboratories located in the UdG’s Faculty of Medicine.Students also have access to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) UdG’s on-campus and on-line library facilities. The Barcelona College of Chiropractic has signed several collabora- • UPF Library tive agreements with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), one of the BCC Students also have access to the UPF library and UPF IT most prestigious public universities in Spain. The UPF has gained an resources. international reputation in terms of both research and teaching. • BCC Chiropractic Centre As part of these agreements, the BCC delivers the majority of its class- At the BCC Chiropractic Centre students will, during their early es on the UPF’s campus (idEC building located on Calle Balmes). First year lectures translated simultaneously 4 5
  4. 4. years, observe experienced chiropractors caring for their pa- tients. During the later years of study students will provide the STudieS The BCC Curriculum care themselves whilst under the close supervision of appropria- With the assistance of curriculum development experts and feed- tely trained BCC staff. back from major stakeholders, the BCC has developed its unique curriculum that strives to marry the discipline of chiropractic with • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) advanced teaching, learning and assessment strategies. The VLE ia an on-line learning and support system. This virtual forum allows for lecture and administrative material to be displa- Science, Art and Philosophy yed. It also provides the students with the ability to communicate philoSophy —Why?— with BCC staff on-line. Traditionally, chiropractic was seen to be based on three pillars: Sci- ence, Art and Philosophy. Finding the balance between these three pillars in the curriculum is a priority for our academic team. In keep- ing with chiropractic principles, the curriculum combines the study Accreditation of basic and clinical sciences with a deep reflection on the body’s innate ability to optimise its own health. In the USA and some European countries, chiropractic is a govern- ment regulated primary contact health care profession that forms Science ArT Bilingual School part of both the private and public health care systems. In Spain, —What?— —How?— however, legislation related to chiropractic has not yet been devel- The BCC is an international college with two official languages - oped and therefore the practice of chiropractic is still not specifically Spanish and English. During the first year, the College offers simul- regulated. taneously translated lectures and supportive language courses, to enable students to follow classes while improving their language. The accrediting agency in Europe for programmes of study in chiro- During the last two years, all theory classes are taught in English practic is the European Council on Chiropractic (ECCE), which has while practical experience takes place in Spanish. been a full member of the European Association for Quality Assur- ance in Higher Education (ENQA) since 2010. On the 12th of Novem- Research ber 2010, the ECCE’s Committee on Accreditation granted the BCC candidate for accredited status. From the beginning our curriculum enables students to acquire un- derstanding and practice of the scientific method, investigation and The BCC is now working towards being granted full accredited status evidence-based practice and critical/analytical thinking. Students with ECCE which, provided all goes well, will be granted once the are well prepared for carrying out a major research project in the BCC graduates its first class of students (2014). Once a College has final years of the programme of study. full accredited status with ECCE, graduates are eligible to sit entry examinations worldwide. Personal Development Planning and Reflective Practice These modules aim to enhance the students’ ability to understand what and how they are learning and to help them review, plan and Life in Barcelona take responsibility for their own learning, while discovering that learning is always linked to action and theory to practice. Regarded as one of the best places in the world to live and among the most important European cultural hubs, Barcelona is a perfect Clinical Experience location for studying to become a chiropractor. Positioned between the Mediterranean and the striking Pyrenees mountain range, this Contact with patients is essential from the very beginning and thus, city in Spain’s North East is perfect for all year round outdoor activi- the BCC offers its students the opportunity to observe and interact ties, and is rapidly becoming recognised as the health care capital of with experienced chiropractors caring for patients in the BCC Chiro- the country. practic Centre. Throughout much of the 4th and 5th years students provide chiropractic care to patients whilst under the close supervi- sion of trained professionals.6 7
  5. 5. progrAMMe The BCC’s Programme of Study in Chiropractic is a five year full- time scheme of 310 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • Advanced Chiropractic Technique I (Special needs of STudy The list of modules and credits of the five years of study is outlined and Ancillary Techniques) 10 below. All modules are compulsory: • Clinical Skills II (Clinical Examination and Problem Solving) 15 YEAR OnE 70 ECTS • Radiology/Radiography and Special Imaging 15 • Chiropractic in Society III (Non-biological causes Semester one modules of health and disease) 5 • Human Structure and Function I 10 • Clinical Practicum I 5 • Molecules of Life (Introduction to Biochemistry) 5 Semester two modules FOURTh YEAR 60 ECTS • Human Structure and Function II 10 • Neurology I (Including Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology) 5 Semester one modules • Advanced chiropractic Technique II 5 Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • Clinical Biomechanics and Chiropractic Technique I 15 Semester two modules • Chiropractic in Society I (History and Philosophy) 5 • Advanced chiropractic technique III 5 • Introduction to the Study of Human Tissues 10 • Personal Development, Planning and Reflective Practice I 5 Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • English or Spanish 5 • Clinical Skills III (Integration) 15 • Chiropractic in society IV (Trends in health care and Health promotion) 5 YEAR TWO 60 ECTS • Clinical Practicum II 30 Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • Clinical Biomechanics and Chiropractic Technique II 10 FIFTh YEAR 60 ECTS • Clinical Skills I (Clinical Examination, Special Imaging and Problem Solving) 10 Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • Chiropractic in Society II (Contemporary Studies) 5 • Clinical skills IV (Integration) 5 • Neurology II (Including Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology • Chiropractic in society V (Overview and ethics and Introductory Clinical Neurology) 15 in clinical practice) 5 • Microbiology and Public Health 5 • Research 20 • Pathophysiology 10 • Clinical Practicum III 30 • Personal Development, Planning and Reflective Practice II 5 YEAR ThREE 60 ECTS Title Awarded Semester one modules Once students have satisfactorily completed and passed all modules • Clinical Approaches to Special Needs 5 included in the five years of study, they will be awarded the follow- ing title - Título Superior en Quiropráctica del Barcelona college of Semester two modules chiropractic – escuela Superior internacional. • Clinical Toxicology 58 9
  6. 6. AdMiSSion In order to be admitted into the programme of study offered by the Barcelona College of Chiropractic: courSe feeS The annual fee to study at the Barcelona College of Chiropractic is €9,800.00. Please visit to get more informa-reQuireMenTS tion about flexible ways of making payment. candidates who have completed their secondary education in Spain- The applicant will need to show that they have completed This includes: preferably the Bachillerato de Ciencias de la Naturaleza y la Salud or the Bachillerato Tecnológico*, and that they have passed the Span- • Teaching: lectures and seminars, and any other compulsory edu- ish University Access Tests (“Pruebas de acceso a la universidad”, cational activity related to the programme of study. PAU), or that they have passed the special exam for entrance into • Basic science practicals (these take place at the Universitat de universities in Catalonia for students over 25 years of age. Girona) • Travel to and from the Universitat de Girona candidates who have completed their secondary education in a eu • Linguistic support and simultaneous translation service (in the country or Switzerland- The applicant will need to have a qualifica- first year) tion equivalent to the Bachillerato from his/her home country and • Leadership weekend (first year) have studied enough science modules preferably Biology or Chem- • Access to the BCC Virtual Learning Environment istry*. • Student support services • Student insurance candidates who have completed their secondary education over- • Library services seas (all countries except eu countries and Switzerland)- The ap- • Use of a BCC laptop computer plicant will need to have the equivalent to the Bachillerato from his/ • Internet access within the BCC’s premises her country and demonstrate that he/she has studied enough sci- • Educational Starter Pack ence modules, preferably Biology or Chemistry*. • Induction • Administrative fee language – The BCC is an international college whose two official languages are Spanish and English. Students are expected to have This price does not include the preparatory September courses for a high level of knowledge of at least one of the two languages and the first year (language and sciences) as they are not mandatory for basic knowledge of the other. all students. computer Knowledge - In all cases, applicants must have user-level knowledge of computers. Payment options interview - The admission process will be concluded with a personal interview. The BCC has several options to facilitate students in meeting their pay- ment commitments (monthly installments, mentoring programmes Please, visit for details on requirements of and bank loans). Please contact BCC staff for more information, as admission to the BCC. each applicant will be considered on a case by case basis. * Candidates who have completed the Ciclo Formativo de Grado Superior might be considered for entrance into the programme depending on the subjects taken and will be considered on a case by case basis. Exceptionally, good candidates with an insufficient level of sciences to enter the programme, will be invited to prepare and attend the BCC science entrance examination and, upon passing this, will be accepted into the programme.10 11
  7. 7. Dr. Adrian Wenban, Principal of the BCC Dr. Walker is also a fully licensed, Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP). He has worked as an associate in a number of Dr. Adrian Wenban graduated from the University of New South chiropractic centers in the UK, and has previously been the director Wales with a Bachelor of Science degree, major in anatomy, in 1987. of two chiropractic practices in Wales. In 1990 he graduated from the Phillip Institute of Technology (now RMITU) with a bachelor of applied science, major in chiropractic, Dr. Walker currently lives in Barcelona with his wife, a kinesiologist, and subsequently (1990-91) presented as a postgraduate lecturer in and with their young daughter. He currently teaches the Chiropractic chiropractic pediatrics for Phillip Institute of Technology. In 1999 he Biomechanics and Chiropractic Technique modules at the Barcelona graduated from the University of Newcastle’s Center for Clinical Epi- College of Chiropractic. demiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) with a Master in Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology). In his 20 years as a chiropractor Dr. Wenban has worked in over 60 Dr. Pablo Pérez de la Ossa, Course Leader different practices spread over 5 different countries. He has served as an Associate Governor of the Australian Spinal Research Founda- Dr. Pablo Pérez de la Ossa graduated from the Universitat de Barce- tion for many years. lona with a BSc in Biology, and major in Biochemistry, in 1990. He did his doctorate at the same university, and received his PhD award in Dr. Wenban presently lives in Barcelona, Spain with his wife, also a 1995. Dr. Pérez de la Ossa did postdoctoral research at the New York chiropractor, and two children. He is currently the principal of the University from 1996 to 1999. In 2000 he entered the Biochemistry Barcelona College of Chiropractic, and is a member of the Spanish Department of the Faculty of Medicine of the Universitat de Barce- Chiropractic Association (AEQ), a foreign member of the Chiroprac- lona as a biochemistry teacher. tic Association of Australia (CAA), a member of the Association for Medical Education in Europe and a member of the Australian Epide- During his professional career he has carried out research related to miological Association. human metabolism, molecular mechanisms of the cancer and heart transplant dynamics. He is presently Course Leader at the Barcelona College of Chiro- Dr. Martyn Walker, Chiropractic Technique Teacher practic and teaches biochemistry and cellular biology. Dr. Martyn Walker graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiroprac- tic, University of Glamorgan with a BSc (Hons) Chiropractic in 2002, and graduated with a diploma in Sports Science in 1997. In 2003 Dr. Walker began his academic teaching career as a senior lecturer and senior clinical floor tutor at the University of Glamorgan teaching the final year chiropractic students, clinical patient management, clinical diagnosis and facilitation of appropriate clinical treatment protocols through an evidenced based, and biopsychosocial model of healthcare. Dr. Walker was also at that time an assistant lecturer for third year students teaching functional rehabilitation, assessments of physiological adaptations to soft tissue trauma, repair, and func- tional rehabilitation protocols. Dr. Walker also worked for the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) as an external examiner/consultant for the test of competence. He is currently a member of the General Chiropractic Council.12 13
  8. 8. � Barcelona College of Chiropractic (Offices) �� � �� �� �� �� Calle Mallorca 364, 2º1ª �� ��� �� �� �� �� � � �� � � �� �� Practical classes for students. 08013 Barcelona. Spain. � � �� Tel. (+34) 93 476 53 10 � �� �� �� �� �� �� Email: �� �� foundATion �� The fundació privada Quiropràctica (fpQ), a non-profit foundation �� �� �� �� �� � �� �� compliant with the Spanish Law of Foundations, was founded in 2007 �� � �� �� �� Barcelona College of Chiropractic �� � and is now registered as a foundation in the Generalitat de Catalunya �� ��� �� �� with the following registration number: 2427. ���� �� (Chiropractic Centre) � � �� � ��� � ���� Calle Mallorca 364,bajos � �� �� �� �� � According to its articles, the objectives of the FPQ are the “promotion � 08013 Barcelona. Spain. of chiropractic, the promotion of activities and research aimed to im- Tel. (+34) 93 208 04 19 prove the capabilities and opportunities of chiropractic professionals and the promotion of activities that increase the scientific and social knowledge of chiropractic professionals. idEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra �� ��� �� �� ��� �� �� � Calle Balmes 132-134 (Corner of C.Rosselló) � �� �� ���� � ��� � �� � ���� 08008 Barcelona �� �� � �� ��� �� Barcelona College of Chiropractic � �� �� � �� Public transportation: �� �� � �� � Metro (Diagonal Station: L3, L5) In order to achieve its objectives, the FPQ’s Board of Governors have �� �� �� �� �� ��� �� �� �� Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya to date focused their efforts on, and passionately pursued, one proj- �� �� �� �� � �� �� �� (Provença Station) ��� �� �� �� �� ect: the Barcelona College of Chiropractic. �� � �� � �� Buses: 7, 15, 16, 17, 27, 28, 32, 33, 34, 54, 66. �� � Donations Universitat de Girona The Fundació Privada Quiropràctica is the non-profit government Medical Faculty registered entity responsible for overseeing the development and Mòduls M20 � ������ management of the BCC, for signing contracts and agreements and Campus de Montilivi ���� ����� ��� ��� ��� ��� for receiving donations and funds related to the Barcelona College 17071 Girona ���� ��� of Chiropractic. ������ ��� ��� �� � ��������������������� �� ���������������� � ���� � �� ���������� � ��� � If you would like to support the Barcelona College of Chiropractic ���������� � � �� �� ��� � � � � �� � �� by making a much appreciated donation, or if you would like more �������� information related to donating, please contact Marc Pastor at (+34) 93 476 53 10 or send an e-mail to the following address: HOW DO I APPLY? Thank you for your interest in our programme of study. To start the application process: 1 Go to 2 Click on the enrolment tab 3 Read the Entry Requirements document 4 Fill in and return the Application Form ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT • Timetable examples and academic calendars • Information about accomodation in Barcelona • Chiropractic seminars with BCC participation • Financial information14
  9. 9. c. Mallorca 364, 2º1ª Barcelona 08013 Spain (+34) 93 476 53 10 info@bcchiropractic.esWith the support and collaboration of: