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  1. 1. academic year 2009 / 10
  2. 2. Welcome Welcome to the first college of chiropractic in the Mediterranean region. The Barcelona College of Chiropractic will open its doors in October 2009 to all those interested in embarking on a career in chiropractic. The enthusiasm for the BCC in the broader health care community is reflected in the speed with which the necessary funds have been raised and by the willingness of two of Spain’s premier public uni- versities, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat de Girona, to formally collaborate with the BCC. A team of world-class teachers will deliver the 5-year long full-time curriculum. Throughout the programme of study students will de- velop their clinical skills, first by observation and with time by actu- ally providing care in the BCC Chiropractic Centre. The two official languages of the school are Spanish and English. The programme of study is structured, with the help of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s language department, so that by the time students graduate from the BCC they will be proficient in both languages. Thank you for your interest in a career in chiropractic and for consid- ering the BCC in your future. Given the enormous pressure that the traditional health care system is under and the position of chiroprac- tic as a leader in the pursuit of natural health and well-being, there has never been a better time to become a chiropractor and serve your community. Adrian Wenban, B.Sc., B.App.Sc., M.Med.Sc., MACC. Director, Barcelona College of Chiropractic
  3. 3. The Barcelona College of Chiropractic Mission The Barcelona College of Chiropractic is the first chiropractic college in the Mediterranean region. In large part its development has been a response to the need, expressed by the public and other health care providers, for more well trained chiropractors in this region. Barcelonaoffersmuchinthewayofhealthyliving:goodweather,healthy outdoor lifestyle, beautiful beaches, Mediterranean diet and world class sporting facilities (The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event celebrated in Barcelona, Spain). As a result, Barcelona provides the perfect location for pursuing a career in chiropractic. The BCC aims to provide its students with the attitudes, knowledge, skills and those clinical caring and reasoning abilities needed in order to become a chiropractic health care provider capable of practicing in- dependently or in a collaborative setting. Additionally, via its teaching, learning and assessment strategy the BCC aims to support students in the development of both their own individualised approach to chiroprac- tic and their life long learning skills. Institutional Support Spanish Chiropractic Association (Asociación Española de Quiropráctica, AEQ) The AEQ is the national association representing chiropractors in Spain. The AEQ was founded in 1986 and legalised the same year by the Ministry of the Interior with the approval of the Ministry of Health. It is a member of the European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU) and the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). In October of 2007 the members of the AEQ voted in the affirmative to support the further development of the Barcelona College of Chiro- practic. Moreover, on the 29th of May 2009, representatives from the AEQ and the Fundació Privada Quiropràctica signed a collaborative agreement wherein it was agreed that the two entities would work together toward the further development of the BCC. Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) The Barcelona College of Chiropractic has signed a collaborative agreement with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), one of the most prestigious public universities in Spain. The UPF has gained international prestige in terms of both research and teaching. As part of this agreement, the BCC will deliver the majority of its classes on the UPF’s campus (idEC building located on Calle Balm- es). Additionally BCC students will attend the language programme, offered by the Programa d’Ensenyament de Idiomes (PEI or Pro- gramme of Teaching of Languages), which will be given on the UPF’s Ciutadella campus. The agreement also opens the way towards the UPF being involved in the further development of the BCC’s final year of study. Established in 1993, idEC is the UPF’s institute of continuing edu- cation. It aims to develop continuing education and training pro- grammes for professionals in close collaboration with the world of business. With its strong focus on quality and academic excellence idEC has now consolidated a prestigious reputation by offering mas- ters and postgraduate programmes that are well adapted to the edu- cational needs of the business and professional worlds. Universitat de Girona The agreement with the Universitat de Girona (UdG) takes the form of a collaborative agreement related to the BCC’s use of the ana- tomical dissection rooms and other specialised laboratories. Ad- ditionally, practical classes for the BCC’s science subjects will be delivered with the assistance of appropriately trained UdG teaching staff. A second collaborative agreement with the UdG provides for BCC students and staff to have access to the UdG’s on-campus and on-line library facilities. Educational Resources The curriculum of the Barcelona College of Chiropractic will be de- livered using the following educational resources: • idEC Lectures and seminars in both the basic and clinical sciences will be taught in the IdEC building in Calle Balmes. In addition, BCC students may use the cafe and other idEC facilities. • UdG Practical classes related to basic science subjects will be deli- vered in the dissection rooms and other specialised laboratories located in the UdG’s Faculty of Medicine. Students will also have access to the UdG’s on-campus and on-line library facilities. 4 5
  4. 4. • BCC Chiropractic Centre At the BCC Chiropractic Centre students will, during their early years, observe experienced chiropractors caring for their pa- tients. During the later years of study students will provide the care themselves under the close supervision of appropriately tra- ined BCC staff. Accreditation In the USA and some European countries, chiropractic is a govern- ment regulated primary contact health care profession that forms part of private and public health care systems. In Spain, legislation related to chiropractic has not yet been developed and therefore the practice of chiropractic is still not specifically regulated. No official registration board or governmental accrediting agency, related to the education and training of chiropractors, presently ex- ists in Spain. The Barcelona College of Chiropractic plans to seek candidate status with the European Council of Chiropractic Educa- tion (ECCE) before the end of 2009. The ECCE is the European council that gives formal accreditation to chiropractic education in Europe. Currently, only four chiropractic educational institutions have achieved this accredited status in Eu- rope. The earliest that ECCE accreditation would be awarded to the BCC is when its first class of students graduates. Studies The BCC Curriculum The Barcelona College of Chiropractic has developed a 5-year full-time curriculum to educate and train competent chiroprac- tors able to meet the challenges of practicing independently or in collaboration with other health care providers. With the assistance of curriculum development experts, and with feedback from major stakeholders, the BCC has developed its own unique curriculum that strives to marry the discipline of chiropractic with advanced teaching, learning and assessment strategies. Science, Art and Philosophy Traditionally, chiropractic was seen to be based on three pillars: Sci- ence, Art and Philosophy. The commitment to find a balance between these three pillars in the content of the curriculum is one aspect of what makes the training and education offered by the Barcelona College of Chiropractic unique. Consistent with chiropractic principles and theory, the BCC team has worked to develop a curriculum that combines the study of basic and clinical sciences with a deep reflection on the body’s innate ability to optimise its own health potential. Bilingual School The Barcelona College of Chiropractic is an international college in that it has two official languages - Spanish and English. As a result, whether students are native English or Spanish speakers when they first start studying at the college, they will be linguistically supported in becoming proficient in the other language before their period of study at the BCC is completed. Philosophy —Why?— ART —How?— Science —What?— 6 7
  5. 5. During the first year, the school will offer supportive language courses to students in order to ensure their adaptation to the bilingual cur- riculum. Additionally, during this first year, lectures will be translated simultaneously into English and Spanish to enable all students to fol- low classes easily while improving their language level. Being fluent in both languages will be important for the last two years of the curriculum because all theory classes will be taught in English whilst all practical experience in the BCC’s Chiropractic Centre will take place in Spanish. Research The curriculum of the Barcelona College of Chiropractic aims to enable students to acquire, in addition to knowledge, attitudes and skills relevant to Chiropractic, understanding and practice of the sci- entific method, other methods of investigation and evidence-based practice, including critical and analytical thinking. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that research ability is devel- oped from the beginning of the curriculum and not relegated to the later years, during which students face a greater overall workload. With this in mind, the curriculum has been structured so as to en- sure that the teaching of research related skills is incorporated into the teaching and assessment of all modules. Moreover, the curriculum of the BCC includes the module “Re- search I: Research Protocol Design” (5 ECTS), designed for stu- dents to move from an overview on a research topic to a well-de- veloped protocol that provides consideration of theory, ethics and other related issues. Once students have familiarised themselves with research protocol design, the module titled, “Research II: In- vestigation Methods and Project” (15 ECTS) will provide students (individually or in a group) with the skills and opportunity to con- duct a research project of their own design. Personal Development Planning and Reflective Practice The curriculum of the BCC supports the personal development of students as they prepare for a career as a practicing chiropractor. Personal Development Planning (PDP) aims to enhance the stu- dents’ ability to understand what and how they are learning and to help the learner review, plan and take responsibility for their own learning. Through the use of PDP it is expected that students will learn to get the most out of their student experience whilst learn- ing to take responsibility for their clinical and academic development and becoming more aware of the many opportunities provided by such development. During the first two years, the modules Personal Development Plan- ning and Reflective Practice I and II aim to help students start to approach their learning in a reflective way. It is expected that in this way, they will discover that learning is always linked to action and theory to practice. It will also prepare students to think about the best conditions for their learning. In their future career, reflection must become a part of their daily rou- tine and must therefore take on a more or less instinctive character. Developing these skills will be useful not only while they are studying to become a chiropractor, but in the years ahead when practicing as a qualified chiropractor. Through the acquisition of reflective skills and life long learning, they can develop a kind of intuitive radar tuned to making the most out of useful learning opportunities. Clinical Experience Contact with patients is essential from the beginning of the course and thus, the Barcelona College of Chiropractic offers its students the opportunity to observe and interact with experienced chiropractic professionals caring for patients in the BCC Chiropractic Centre. Throughout much of the 4th and 5th years, after having received ex- tensive training in all aspects of patient care and having passed a clinic entrance examination, students provide chiropractic care to patients whilst under close supervision. 8 9
  6. 6. Outline of the Programme of Study The BCC’s Programme of Study in Chiropractic is a five year full- time scheme of 310 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. The list of modules and credits of the five years of study is outlined below: Year one 70 ECTS Semester one modules • Human Structure and Function I 10 • Molecules of Life (Introduction to Biochemistry) 5 Semester two modules • Human Structure and Function II 10 • Neurology I (Including Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology) 5 Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • Clinical Biomechanics and Chiropractic Technique I 15 • Chiropractic in Society I (History and Philosophy) 5 • Introduction to the Study of Human Tissues 10 • Personal Development, Planning and Reflective Practice I 5 • English or Spanish 5 (all modules are compulsory) Year two 60 ECTS Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • Clinical Biomechanics and Chiropractic Technique II 10 • Clinical Skills I (Clinical Examination, Special Imaging and Problem Solving) 10 • Chiropractic in Society II (Contemporary Studies) 5 • Neurology II (Including Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology and Introductory Clinical Neurology) 15 • Microbiology and Public Health 5 • Pathophysiology 10 • Personal Development, Planning and Reflective Practice II 5 (all modules are compulsory) Year three 60 ECTS Semester one modules • Clinical Approaches to Special Needs 5 Semester two modules • Clinical Toxicology 5 Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • Advanced Chiropractic Technique (Special needs and Ancillary Techniques) 10 • Clinical Skills II (Clinical Examination and Problem Solving) 15 • Radiology/Radiography and Special Imaging 15 • Chiropractic in Society III (Non-biological causes of health and disease) 5 • Clinical Practicum I 5 (all modules are compulsory) Fourth year 60 ECTS Semester one modules • Research I: Research Protocol Design 5 Semester two modules • Research II: Research Methods and project 15 Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • Advanced chiropractic Technique II 5 • Clinical Skills III (Integration) 10 • Chiropractic in society IV (Trends in health care and Health promotion) 5 • Clinical Practicum II 20 (all modules are compulsory) 10 11
  7. 7. * 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. Fifth year 60 ECTS Semester one modules • Advanced chiropractic technique III 5 Year long modules (semesters 1 & 2) • Clinical skills IV (Integration) 10 • Chiropractic in society V (Overview and ethics in clinical practice) 5 • Clinical Practicum III 40 (all modules are compulsory) Title Awarded Once students have satisfactorily completed and passed all modules included in the five years of study, they will be awarded the follow- ing title - Título Superior en Quiropráctica del Barcelona College of Chiropractic – Escuela Superior Internacional. Admission Requirements In order to be admitted into the programme of study offered by the Barcelona College of Chiropractic: Those who have completed their secondary education in Spain- The applicant will need to show that they have completed the Bachill- erato de Ciencias de la Naturaleza y la Salud or the Bachillerato Tec- nológico*, and that they have passed the Spanish University Access Tests (“Pruebas de acceso a la universidad”, PAU), or that they have passed the special exam for entrance into universities in Catalonia for students over 25 years of age. Those who have completed their secondary education in a EU coun- try or Switzerland- The applicant will need to have a qualification equivalent to the Bachillerato from his/her home country and have studied enough science modules preferably Biology or Chemistry*. Those who have completed their secondary education overseas (all countries except EU countries and Switzerland)- The applicant will need to have the equivalent to the Bachillerato from his/her country and demonstrate that he/she has studied enough science modules, preferably Biology or Chemistry*. Language – The BCC is an international college whose two official languages are Spanish and English. Students are expected to have a high level of knowledge of at least one of the two languages and basic knowledge of the other. Computer Knowledge - In all cases, applicants must have user-level knowledge of computers. Interview - The admission process will be concluded with a personal interview. Please, visit for details on requirements of admission to the BCC. 12 13
  8. 8. Economic information Fees The annual fee to study at the Barcelona College of Chiropractic is €9,500.00* (if paying in one instalment). This includes: • Teaching: lectures and seminars, and any other compulsory edu- cational activity related to the programme of study. • Basic science practicals (these take place at the Universitat de Girona) • Travel to and from the Universitat de Girona • Linguistic support • Student support services • Student insurance • Library services • Use of a BCC laptop computer • Internet access within the BCC’s premises • Educational Starter Pack • Induction • Administrative fee This price does not include the preparatory September courses for the first year (language and sciences) as they are not mandatory for all students. Student Loans Banco Sabadell Atlántico study loan for students of Barcelona Col- lege of Chiropractic: Under an agreement signed between the Fundació Privada Quiropràc- tica and Banco Sabadell Atlántico, students will have the opportunity to apply for a very affordable loan with which they can finance their studies at the Barcelona College of Chiropractic. The full amount of the loan is up to €55,000.00. This is to be repaid across 10 years (the first 5 years whilst studying and the last 5 years are those subsequent to graduating from the BCC). During the first 5 years, whilst still a stu- dent, only interest at a subsidised rate needs to be paid. The interest rate for the student loan is Euribor + 0.75%. * Fees may vary in coming academic years because of charges, which may be imposed by institutions outside, but collaborating with, the BCC, or because of taxes imposed by the Spanish authorities. Please, visit for the latest information. The BCC Chiropractic Centre offers chiropractic care to patients and has the following objectives: • To teach chiropractic adjusting skills to students, whilst conve- ying a commitment to excellence and skills related to life long learning. • To teach those attitudes, knowledge and clinical skills that are fun- damental to the practice of chiropractic. • To provide health and wellness to the community through quality chiropractic care at a reasonable price. Team The BCC Chiropractic Centre team works to provide the best chiro- practic care for its patients. During the first year students observe and assist in the centre. In subsequent years, after extensive training and passing rigorous clin- ic entrance examinations at the end of the third year, students are given the opportunity to care for patients whilst under the supervi- sion of tutors. Chiropractic Care Any patient care, provided by students at the BCC Chiropractic Cen- tre, will be closely monitored by experienced personnel. The Centre Chiropractic Centre 14 15
  9. 9. combines advanced chiropractic analysis technologies with profes- sional conduct and the active collaboration of the patient. Initial chiropractic visits include an informative class focused on the role of chiropractic and the body’s ability to heal. Additionally, there will be a private consultation, a full physical examination and a thor- ough spinal analysis. Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays: from 11.00 to 14.30 h. Monday to Thursday: from 18.00 to 21.30 h. Fees for care at the Chiropractic Centre • First visit + care 60 € • First visit 40 € • Subsequent visit 30 € Contact BCC (Centro Quiropráctico) C. Mallorca 364,bajos. 08013 Barcelona. Spain. Tel. (+34) 93 208 04 19 Foundation The Fundació Privada Quiropràctica (FPQ), a non-profit foundation compliant with the Spanish Law of Foundations, was founded in 2007 and is now registered as a foundation in the Generalitat de Catalunya with the following registration number: 2427. According to its articles, the objectives of the FPQ are the “promotion of chiropractic, the promotion of activities and research aimed to im- prove the capabilities and opportunities of chiropractic professionals and the promotion of activities that increase the scientific and social recognition of chiropractic professionals”. Barcelona College of Chiropractic In order to achieve its objectives, the FPQ’s Board of Governors have to date focused their efforts on, and passionately pursued, one proj- ect: the Barcelona College of Chiropractic. Donations The Fundació Privada Quiropràctica is the non-profit government registered entity responsible for overseeing the development and management of the BCC, for signing contracts and agreements and for receiving donations and funds related to the Barcelona College 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 Boyce Kinnison at 00 (34) 697 415 904 or send an e-mail to the following address: ( Practical classes for students. 16 17
  10. 10. Contact Universitat de Girona Medical Faculty Mòduls M20 Campus de Montilivi 17071 Girona ������������������ ��� �������� ������ �� ������ �������������� ������������������ ������ ��� � � � ������ ������������������ ��������������������� ���������������� �������������������� �������� �������� � ������������ � ����� � ����� ������� � ������� � ������� ����������������� � ������� �������� ������� Barcelona College of Chiropractic (Offices) C. Mallorca 364, 2º1ª 08013 Barcelona. Spain. Tel. (+34) 93 476 53 10 Email: Barcelona College of Chiropractic (Chiropractic Centre) C. Mallorca 364,bajos 08013 Barcelona. Spain. Tel. (+34) 93 208 04 19 ����� ����������������� � ������ � ������ � ������� � ������� �������� � �� �������� �������� ������������ ����� ���� �� ������� ������� ���� �� idEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra C. Balmes 132-134 (Corner of C.Rosselló) 08008 Barcelona Public transportation: Metro (Diagonal Station: L3, L5) Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Provença Station) Buses: 7, 15, 16, 17, 27, 28, 32, 33, 34, 54, 66. 18
  11. 11. With the support and collaboration of: c. Mallorca 364, 2º1ª Barcelona 08013 Spain (+34) 93 476 53 10