Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) and Baker University (Baker) formalized a partnership with an articulation agreement signing event on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at both campuses. The partnership provides qualified students from Baker's undergraduate exercise science program to attend the CUKC doctor of chiropractic graduate program after their junior year of study.
The platform party included the architects of the agreement: President Dr. Carl Cleveland III and Dr. Gery Hochanadel of CUKC, and President Lynne Murray and Dr. Chris Todden of Baker.
"Baker University is proud to partner with an institution of Cleveland University-Kansas City's caliber," Dr. Murray said. "Exercise science is one of Baker's fastest growing majors. As the program continues to evolve to fulfill the needs of the booming allied health field and prepare students for the rigors of graduate school, this partnership ensures that our students who want to study chiropractic science can continue their education at an institution with a rich history of excellence in the field."
The agreement follows a 3+3 model which allows participating students to enter the job market after completing six years of study as opposed to the traditional seven years. Students will complete a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Baker and a Doctor of Chiropractic Science from CUKC. Students will also develop a foundational relationship with CUKC professors during their undergraduate experience at Baker.
"This 3+3 articulation agreement formalizes a partnership between two outstanding institutions and provides for a well-defined, smooth transition for Baker students to concurrently finish a bachelor degree in exercise science while enrolled in the CUKC Doctor of Chiropractic program," states Dr. Gery Hochanadel of CUKC.
"Cleveland's academic leadership joins with me in celebrating this articulation agreement, as we have had many of Baker's Exercise Science graduates enroll and thrive in the Cleveland doctor of chiropractic program. These Baker students come well prepared in the prerequisite sciences, and bring a true appreciation of the importance of proper exercise and joint biomechanics, that is so fundamental to chiropractic practice and patient management," said Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, CUKC President and grandson of the founders.