The Diplomate (DPHCS)

The Diplomates’


The crown jewel of the ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy is the 300+ hr Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards.  The program has produced the finest philosophic minds in the profession.

e89d6e6c1fe0b6c75bb2183ced5d586cThis course is an intense study of Chiropractic theory and its application to practice and patient care.  “The degree of D.C., Doctor of Chiropractic, means learned in the science of Chiropractic, for the word doctor, is derived from the Latin word, doctus, meaning learned.  Later, when the course was extended so that students could become more proficient in Chiropractic, the degree of Ph.C. was established. Ph.C. means Philosopher of Chiropractic.  A graduate with a Ph.C., in addition to being a Doctor, is also a Philosopher.”  So wrote R.W. Stephenson, DC, PhC in 1927.

Chiropractors who have completed year one and have their LCP, ACP, or SCP are eligible to enroll in years two and three.  Following the LCP 2023 course, the 2nd & 3rd years of the program (to complete the DPhCS) is set to begin in the Spring of 2024.  Registration is now open!  Contact us for further information.


Beginning in March, this course has just a four-weekend commitment each year, and four self-paced online units to reinforce our live sessions.  You will learn our philosophy in-depth, as well as come away able to articulate these important concepts to your community and build the understanding you need them to have.


The Center is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing you the very best experience—explained in the most organized and explicitly-designed manner.  As such, The DPhCS is the ONLY course in the world adhering to the syllabus designed by the Council on Chiropractic Philosophy.  Dr. Barge and his original team he began the Council with, have done a brilliant job in making this course as perfect as possible.  There is NO equal!


By earning your membership among the Diplomates of Chiropractic Philosophical Standards, you will have taken your place in the top tier of the foremost restorative health profession of the 21st century.  Philosophic proficiency benefits your patients, your practice, and your profession!


Is it possible to have a more appropriate venue arranged than at Palmer College of Chiropractic?  It was here that our philosophy was fleshed out by gifted minds over our formative years.  It was here that every brilliant mind from DD Palmer to Dr. Fred Barge, taught philosophy, and asked the questions that set the stage for your practice.  No matter where you graduated, Palmer houses the history of YOUR profession.  It is YOUR home, and now, the place where you will grow into the Chiropractor you knew you could.  The Center is proud to have arranged our use of this magnificent setting!


We pledge to offer the finest program to create the best understanding of our philosophy.  Our seasoned faculty, experienced at teaching post-graduate level for decades, stand ready…for you.

The pride these graduates show in their depth of understanding in applying our unique philosophy is well-earned.  This program is the only one of its kind and is lauded by both practitioners and educators as the preeminent post-graduate course in Chiropractic study.

“There is nothing more authentic than this course” 

—  Eric Russell, DC, LCP, DPhCS

“The DPhCS course will change your entire Chiropractic life for the better.” 

Gary Street, DC, LCP, DPhCS, PhC

“This course was one of the best decisions I made for my practice.  I grew in ways I did not even imagine.  Even my explanations are far more simple, yet impactful to those under my care.  My advice is to join the DPhCS!”

—Kathleen Carten, DC, LCP, DPhCS, DICCP (peds)
Bonds of Fellowship
The bonds you form with the colleagues in your class will be among the strongest enduring friendships you will find.  Sharing this professional growth offers a spirit of camaraderie.  A private dinner has been part of the course since first designed by Dr. Barge.  This allows for open discussion among all attendees.


  • Eight weekends of live sessions
  • Eight self-paced online units

Total Hours (Yrs 2-3 = 224)

Eight 18-Hour live weekends

Eight 10-Hour online sessions

Live Classes 2024

  • March 22-24
  • May 3-5
  • August 2-4
  • November 1-3

(Tentative Schedule)

2025 Dates

  • March 21-23
  • May 2-4
  • August 22-24
  • November 7-9

(Tentative Schedule)

Total Investment

  • $5500-
  • $4125- (Chiropractic Students)
  • $2750- (Chiropractic School Faculty)

Upon completion, DPhCS aspirants receive their graduation diplomas and pins at a ceremony during the Council on Chiropractic Philosophy Annual convention.

Our Faculty

Including the sharpest minds in Chiropractic philosophy: Lance Lorfeld, Brad Poock, Christopher Passalacqua, Dan Lyons, Rob Sinnott, Kathleen Carten, and many other top speakers.

“A great profession can only be sustained by authentic transmission of its principles from generation to generation.”—FH Barge, DC, PhC, LCP

It has been SIX YEARS since this Yr 2-3 was offered. As you might imagine, many have been waiting patiently for this opportunity. DO NOT HESITATE! We don’t want you to miss out on this amazing course.

To reserve your place for “The DPhCS”, click the link below, or contact us at for other convenient payment arrangements.


We look forward to meeting you there, and taking this journey to the top of the profession together!

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