For Logan College students to gain knowledge and skill; for Logan graduates to better serve their patients and for the community to benefit from chiropractic care, the college must grow and progress. Over the past 18 months, Logan College of Chiropractic has succeeded in expanding the scope of chiropractic education and care in the patient and health care communities.
If you step onto the Logan suburban St. Louis campus today, you’ll easily notice the college’s physical growth. From the 47,000-square-foot William D. Purser, DC, Center to the new Gateway Plaza, Logan has created an infrastructure that promotes integrated, progressive learning for students, health care professionals and the community alike.
The Purser Center is a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art educational facility that opened on the Logan campus in April 2007. It features a 1,500-seat main hall which can be divided into two smaller classrooms for lectures and continuing education seminars. The building lobby is large enough to accommodate graduations, homecomings and college-related banquets, other student, postgraduate and alumni events, business conferences and community activities. The facility is equipped with sophisticated wireless technology and supports distance learning. A naturally sloped, outdoor grass amphitheatre is also part of the project’s design.
The $21.7 million project is the largest capital improvement program in Logan history.
Last fall, under the direction of Vice President of Academic Affairs Patrick M. Browne, Logan launched its new Master of Science degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation under the broader identity of Logan University. The degree is designed to offer a specialized advanced degree option for sports injury management. It requires 50 hours of course work including classroom, lab and clinical experience taken over a five-trimester period (approximately 20 months). This program is open both to students admitted to the DC program who wish to earn concurrent MS and DC degrees, and to students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to enroll in the master’s-level courses. Practicing DC’s can also be admitted to the program. As Logan continues to expand its range of degree offerings, the college will utilize the official nomenclature of Logan University for all masters-level programs.
Logan College’s master’s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation affords students numerous opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary clinical settings with professional, collegiate and high school sports teams in conjunction with the college’s state-of-the-art BIOFREEZE® Sports and Rehabilitation Center, which opened in February 2006, and was designed specifically to treat athletic injuries. Logan established its first-ever clinical rehabilitation program, under the direction of Dr. Laney Nelson, a nationally known figure in the world of chiropractic sports injury care and rehabilitation, to ensure that the college continues to play a major role as a leader in determining the future course of chiropractic education and training.
This on-campus center is dedicated to reversing physical damage to the human body caused by stress and injury. It offers state-of-art holistic rehabilitation treatments, based on the concept of assessing and lowering a person’s biological age versus focusing on the limits of their actual chronological age. The center’s "biological age" approach to wellness combines physical rehabilitation, nutrition and comprehensive wellness assessment and treatment in a thorough 4-step program. This center also serves as a health and wellness resource for chiropractic physicians, other health care professionals, corporations, small businesses, schools, community groups and other organizations, one that will heighten the quality of life in the St. Louis metropolitan region.
Logan’s expanded grant and research efforts recently netted the college its first federal monies. A $234,000 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant will fund Logan’s Musculoskeletal and Obstetric Management Study (MOMS). The grant has a non-competitive renewal over three years, totaling $750,000.
According to Dr. Rodger Tepe, Dean of Research and Development, internal funding from Logan College has been supporting this project since 1998. The result has been a successful and on-going collaboration between Logan College of Chiropractic and Washington University School of Medicine’s clinics at Barnes-Jewish and Missouri Baptist hospitals. Under the direction of Logan faculty member Dr. Clayton Skaggs, MOMS has developed solid interdisciplinary relationships among chiropractic physicians, medical physicians and nurses in hospital-based clinic settings serving the health care needs of pregnant women in the St. Louis community.
Bottom line, all of this research is motivated by a single purpose—to help identify and provide solutions for musculoskeletal problems in pregnant women. The MOMS project is a step in this direction, a step in which an interdisciplinary team (including chiropractic and medical physicians) works together to treat and prevent pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain.
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