Year I

Course Requirements


AN 1102 Human Histology

The human microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues are introduced with emphasis on connective, muscle and nerve tissues and their relationship with the human body function in health and disease. The histological and developmental structure of the human body is presented with a focus on the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the functional relationships between structures, along with the clinical significance of these structures to a practicing chiropractor.

AN 1103 Basic Body Mechanics and Principles of Rehabilitation

Basic biomechanical principles and properties of the spine; the mechanical concepts of basic body mechanics; and advanced topics involving moment calculation are presented, with emphasis on their application to spinal manipulative therapy. The biomechanics of the joints of the upper limb, and cervical and thoracic spine are examined to explain how pathologies develop. Due to the preponderance of low back pain, detailed attention is given to the functional anatomy and pathomechanics of the lumbar spine and the concept of lumbar spine stability. Treatment, rehabilitative exercise and prevention strategies are discussed.

AN 1106 Human Gross Anatomy: Back and Lower Limb

Gross human anatomy is explored, with the focus on the back and lower limb regions. Particular emphasis is placed on the relationships between the structure and function of the neuromuscular and skeletal systems, from infancy through childhood, puberty, adolescence, adulthood and old age, and the clinical significance of these structures to the practicing chiropractor.

AN 1107 Human Gross Anatomy: Head, Neck and Upper Limb

Gross human anatomy is explored, with the focus on the head, neck and upper limb regions. Particular emphasis is placed on the relationships between the structure and function of the neuromuscular and skeletal systems, from infancy through childhood, puberty, adolescence, adulthood and old age, and the clinical significance of these structures to the practicing chiropractor.

CD 1201 Introductory Diagnosis for Chiropractic Practice I

History taking and physical examination techniques for the vital signs, head and neck, sinuses, nose and mouth, ear and hearing, eye and vision, skin, hair and nails are introduced. The general principles of clinical diagnosis are explored.

CD 1302 Orthopaedics for Chiropractic Practice I

Clinical diagnosis of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, focusing on the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and pelvis, including their effects on the nervous system is explored. Emphasis is placed on the importance of history taking and physical examination of the spine (including observation, ranges of motion, orthopaedic tests, neurological examination, soft tissue palpation, joint and bony palpation). Informed consent, contraindications to manipulation and the importance of back education are discussed.

CE 1101 Chiropractic Clinical Practice I

A comprehensive introduction to the structure and function of CMCC’s clinical teaching environment, instruction in the theory and application of evidence informed clinical practice, exposure to the skills required to effectively retrieve, critically appraise, and apply current health care information and literature are provided. Integration of skills and knowledge learned in other areas of the program, including interviewing, informed consent, clinical examination skills, and the reinforcement of clinical skills and knowledge acquired in other areas are facilitated.

CP 1101 Chiropractic Practice: Principles and Professional Foundations

The historical and foundational approach to health that is unique to chiropractic is presented. Issues pertaining to the philosophy, art and science of chiropractic,
professionalism and the unique ethical responsibilities of the health professional student and practitioner are explored.

CT 1102 Chiropractic Skills I

The course begins with examination procedures from simple observation and progresses to postural analysis, the development of the skills necessary to locate all points of surface anatomy pertinent to a chiropractic examination, development of the skills necessary to perform joint challenge and analysis, along with motion palpation and joint pain provocation. Treatment skills include the introduction of 11 of the most commonly used high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) adjustive procedures, soft tissue and osseous non-thrusting procedures.

DI 1101 Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation for Chiropractic Practice I

A comprehensive introduction to normal imaging anatomy of the spine, pelvis, and skull, including paediatric and adult congenital anomalies, and normal variants is provided. Structural deformities, such as scoliosis, other congenital malformations and various pathomechanical states, and categories of bone pathology, including neoplasms, infections and metabolic endocrine and vascular disorders, are presented. An introduction to the use and interpretation of advanced imaging of the spine is included.

DI 1102 Fundamentals of Radiography

The fundamentals of radiography, including radiation physics and the safe production of quality images, are introduced to facilitate understanding of how radiographs are produced.

PH 1101 Biochemistry I, Intermediary Metabolism

The metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins is introduced with emphasis on biological control mechanisms and the application of these principles in chiropractic practice.

RM 1301 Applied Research and Biometrics

Knowledge and skills for critically appraising research methodology and the scientific literature are developed. The application of these critical appraisal skills is explored relative to treatment, diagnosis, prognosis and causation where different strategies are considered and an evidence informed understanding of patient care is presented.