The Barcelona College of Chiropractic has developed a full-time curriculum to train chiropractors so that they are able to meet the challenges of practicing independently or in collaboration with other health care providers.
With the assistance of curriculum development experts and feedback from major stakeholders, the Barcelona College of Chiropractic has developed its own unique curriculum that strives to marry the discipline of chiropractic and advanced teaching, learning and assessment strategies.
Science, Art and Philosophy
Traditionally, chiropractic was seen to be based on three pillars: Science, 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 aimed 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.
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.
During the first year, the school will provide a supportive language course to students in order to ensure their successful adaptation to the bilingual curriculum. During this first year, lectures will be translated simultaneously into English and Spanish to enable all students to follow 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 in English and practical experience in the BCC’s Chiropractic Centre will be in Spanish.
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 scientific method, other methods of investigation and evidence-based practice, including critical and analytical thinking.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance that research abilities are developed 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 ensure that the teaching of research related skills is incorporated into the teaching and assessment of all modules.
The curriculum of BCC includes the module “Research I: Research Protocol Design” (5 ECTS), designed for students to move from an overview on a research topic to a well-developed 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: Investigation Methods and Project" (15 ECTS) will provide students (individually or in a group) with the skills and opportunity to conduct a research project of their own design.
Personal Development Plan and Reflective practice
The curriculum of the BCC gives support to personal development as students prepare for a career as a practicing chiropractor.
Personal Development Planning (PDP) aims to enhance the students’ 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 learning 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 Planning and Reflective Practice I and II aim to help students start to approach their learning in a reflective way. 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 which are the best conditions for their learning.
In their future career, reflection must be a daily part of 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 make the most out of useful learning opportunities.
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 extensive training in all aspects of patient care and having passed a clinic entrance examination, students provide chiropractic care to patients whilst under close supervision.