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Our Timeline of Progress: A Dialogue

New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) was founded in 1919 as the Columbia Institute of Chiropractic by Dr. Frank Dean, who served as the institution's first president for nearly 40 years. Located in New York City, the College grew through mergers with Columbia College of Chiropractic and Atlantic States Chiropractic Institute during the 1950s.

In 1959, Dr. Ernest Napolitano was named President. Under his leadership and through his skills as an author, educator, and lecturer, NYCC achieved national prominence. In 1979 the College was granted an Absolute Charter by the New York State Board of Regents and received professional accreditation of its Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree program from the Council on Chiropractic Education.

In 1985, NYCC was awarded regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, during the early 1980s the College moved from New York City to Long Island, opening a 50-acre campus in Old Brookville, and clinics in Greenvale and Levittown.

Upon his death in 1985, Dr. Napolitano was succeeded by Dr. Neil Stern, who was Acting President from 1985 to 1987, and then by Dr. Keith Asplin, who served as President from 1987 through 1989. Constrained in its efforts to expand the College on Long Island, the Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of the former Eisenhower College campus in Seneca Falls, New York, in early 1989. This was followed by the Board's appointment of Dr. Kenneth Padgett as President later that year. Dr. Padgett's motto, "Tradition in Transition," led to NYCC's greatest period of facility and technological upgrades during the 1990s.

In 1991, the College opened the Seneca Falls campus, 300 miles from its former location. The new campus, in the Finger Lakes region of central New York State, was a 286-acre site on which were existing academic, administrative, library, athletic center, and residence hall facilities. The hiring of many new faculty and renovations to the facility transformed a former liberal arts college into one of the profession's leading chiropractic educational institutions, in terms of program quality and the physical resources to support that quality. The year 1991 also saw the opening of a new chiropractic health center in Syracuse, New York, and the closing of the Greenvale Clinic.

Expansion of NYCC's educational facilities has been ongoing since the relocation of the College to Seneca Falls. The Ernest G. Napolitano Postgraduate Center opened in 1992. This 5,000 square-foot annex adjoins the Levittown Chiropractic Health Center, and provides a home for the College's active postgraduate and continuing education programs. In 1994, NYCC's third chiropractic health center was opened in western New York, near Buffalo, and a new 9,300 square-foot academic building was constructed on the Seneca Falls campus to provide additional classroom and laboratory space. Today, this building serves as a research and video teleconferencing center.

A new 38,000 square-foot academic building was completed on the Seneca Falls campus in 1998. This facility contains lecture halls equipped with advanced instructional technology, as well as faculty offices, and faculty and student lounges. In 1999, the College dedicated its new 17,200 square-foot Depew Chiropractic Health Center in the Buffalo area.

In 2000, Dr. Frank Nicchi, a 1978 alumnus and longtime faculty member, was appointed President of the College, succeeding Dr. Padgett.

In 2002, the College spearheaded a strategic planning process overseen by the newly formed Division of Institutional Quality and Assessment. That same year, NYCC's Post-Graduate Department enhanced its excellent traditional curriculum by offering courses online.

In 2003, the Seneca Falls Health Center, a 19,400 square-foot multidisciplinary, integrated healthcare facility, was opened to the public. At the same time, the former health center on the Seneca Falls campus was designated as the Campus Health Center to serve as an internship site where student interns meet the healthcare needs of the campus community of students, staff, and faculty, and low-income community members. The Syracuse Chiropractic Health Center was closed in 2003.

The Absolute Charter from the Board of Regents, which had been amended in 1989 to permit NYCC's move from Long Island to Seneca Falls, was amended again in 2002 to allow the College to offer new degrees in addition to the DC degree: the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. Two new master's degree programs ? Acupuncture (MSA) and Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) ? were approved by the New York State Education Department and, together with the BPS degree, were offered for the first time in September 2003. A Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging degree was added in October 2003, a Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition was approved for enrollment in the Fall of 2006, and a Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy was approved for enrollment in the Fall of 2007, an Advanced Certificate in Whole Food Nutrition in 2009, and in 2010, the Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction was approved.

Consistent with its civic responsibilities, NYCC volunteered to host the Special Olympics of New York fall games in 2003, 2004, 2009 and again in 2010.

In 2003, the college established a valuable program in collaboration with A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences enabling NYCC's alumni and friends to earn master's degrees, entirely online, in Public Health (MPH), healthcare Administration (MHA) or Geriatrics (GHM). That same year, NYCC began offering chiropractic services at Rochester's Monroe Community Hospital.

The College established a valuable clinical relationship in 2004 with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and in 2005 with Veteran's Association Medical Centers in Rochester and Buffalo. Also in 2005, the College's MSA and MSAOM programs received notice of approval as a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The year 2005 also saw NYCC, together with the University of Rochester, receive a five-year $2 million dollar grant to continue developing educational programs for health professionals to improve the care they provide to older adults.

The main administration building on the NYCC campus was named after former college president, Kenneth W. Padgett in 2006. The College continued to expand its outreach programs and establish clinical relationships with the Veteran's Association Medical Center in Canandaigua, N.Y. in 2006, and the Veteran's Association Medical Center in Bath, N.Y. in 2007. Additional valuable clinical relationships were established in 2007 with SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Farmingdale, and St. John Fisher University.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded NYCC a $1,124,244 grant in 2007. That same year, NYCC received an Empire State Advantage "Excellence at Work" Gold Award, and the College celebrated its largest fall class enrollment in 15 years. In addition, the college embarked on the construction of an instructional Chinese medicinal herb garden on campus.

NYCC President, Frank J. Nicchi, DC, MS, assumed the presidency of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges in 2009. That same year, the College launched its new Academy for Professional Success and was the only national educational institution to be selected to receive a Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award site visit. The year 2009 also brought NYCC recognition by G.I. Jobs as a "Military Friendly School" and by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a "Great College to Work For," (an award it earned again in 2010 in addition to appearing on the Chronicle of Higher Education's Honor Roll).

NYCC's acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program became The Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine (FLSAOM) of NYCC in 2009. FLSAOM held its first annual Traditional Chinese medicine Symposium at NYCC's Homecoming weekend that same year.

In 2010, NYCC received approval from New York State to deliver its Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition online and began doing so. The College's MSHAPI was launched primarily online and NYCC opened the Rochester Outpatient Health Center in Henrietta, New York. Additional clinical relationships were established in 2010 with Bryant & Stratton College, Roberts Wesleyan University, Finger Lakes Community and Migrant Health, and Georgetown University.

In 2011, NYCC was, for the third consecutive year, recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a "Great College to Work For." For the second year, NYCC was also named to the "Honor Roll".

NYCC students currently benefit from state-of-the-art technology and equipment with respect to classroom environments; basic-science, diagnosis, and technique laboratories; and X-ray, clinical, and research facilities at the Seneca Falls campus. Moreover, the College's modern health centers in Depew, Long Island, Henrietta and Seneca Falls ? along with several Veterans Hospitals in central New York and along the Eastern seaboard; satellite chiropractic clinical operations at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md.; Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.; multiple medical centers at State University of New York schools; and several other sites ? provide student interns with experiences at the finest clinical facilities available in chiropractic and acupuncture education. Video teleconferencing offers real-time, interactive communication and instructional linkages between all of NYCC's education sites.

Our Timeline of Progress

Where we’ve been and what we’ve achieved since our founding in 1919.

1919 - NYCC founded in New York City as Columbia Institute of Chiropractic by Dr. Frank Dean - first president serving for nearly 40 years

1950s - NYCC grew by merging with Columbia College of Chiropractic and Atlantic States Chiropractic Institute

1959 - Dr. Ernest Napolitano named President - he served as president until 1985, helping NYCC achieve national prominence

1979 - College was granted an Absolute Charter by the New York State Board of Regents and professional accreditation of its Doctor of Chiropractic degree program from the Council on Chiropractic Education

1980 - College moved to Old Brookville, Long Island, and opens clinics in Greenvale and Levittown

1985 - NYCC was awarded regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

1985 - After the passing of Dr. Napolitano, he is succeeded by Dr. Neil Stern as acting president from 1985-87 and Dr. Keith Asplin, president from 1987-89

1989 - Unable to expand in Long Island, NYCC purchased the former Eisenhower College campus in Seneca Falls, NY

1989 - Dr. Kenneth Padgett was appointed president - his motto of “Tradition in Transition” heralds NYCC’s greatest period of facility and technological expansion during the 1990s

1991 - Seneca Falls campus opened on 286-acre site, and chiropractic health center opened in Syracuse as Greenvale center closes

1992 - Ernest G. Napolitano Postgraduate Center opens - 5,000 square-foot annex adjoins the Levittown center, providing a home for the College’s postgraduate and continuing education programs

1994 - NYCC’s third chiropractic health center opened in Depew New York, near Buffalo

1994 - New 9,300 square-foot academic building constructed on the Seneca Falls campus to provide additional classroom and laboratory space - today’s research and video teleconferencing center

1998 - New 38,000 square-foot academic building opened, featuring lecture halls and offices equipped with advanced instructional technology

1999 - Expanded 17,200-square foot Depew Chiropractic Health Center debuts

2000 - Dr. Frank Nicchi, a 1978 alumnus and longtime faculty member, appointed President of NYCC

2002 - Absolute Charter from NYS Board of Regents amended to allow College to offer new degrees in Bachelor of Professional Studies and Masters of Science

2002 - NYCC received an Absolute Charter from the New York State Board of Regents enabling the College to offer additional academic degrees

2002 - NYCC spearheaded a strategic planning process overseen by the newly formed Division of Institutional Quality and Assessment (IQA)

2002 -The New York Chiropractic College Post-Graduate Department offers courses on-line in addition to its excellent traditional curriculum already available

2003 - Grand opening held for Seneca Falls Health Center, a 19,400 square-foot multidisciplinary integrated healthcare facility

2003 - NYCC closed Syracuse Chiropractic Health Center

2003 - NYCC hosted Special Olympics Fall Games

2003 - NYS Education Department approved two new master’s degree programs in Acupuncture (MSA) and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM)

2003 - NYCC entered into partnership with A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences, enabling NYCC’s alumni and friends to earn master’s degrees in Public Health (MPH), Healthcare Administration (MHA) or Geriatrics (GHM). The programs are 100 percent online

2003 - NYCC offered Chiropractic Services at Rochester’s Monroe Community Hospital

2003 -New York State approved NYCC’s Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging degree program

2004 - NYCC approved for Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S)

2004 - NYCC established relationship with SUNY Buffalo begins - Fall ‘04

2004 - NYCC established relationship with Monroe Community Hospital

2004 - NYCC hosted and won Chiro Games

2004 - NYCC established a clinical relationship with State University of New York at Buffalo

2004 - NYCC hosted the Special Olympics Fall Games

2005 - NYCC established a clinical relationship with the Rochester VA

2005 - NYCC established a clinical relationship with the Buffalo VA

2005 - NYCC received notification it had been approved as a candidate for accreditation of its Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA) and Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) programs at the October 23 meeting of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)

2005 - NYCC, together with the University of Rochester, announced receipt of a five-year, $2 million dollar grant to continue developing educational programs for health professionals to improve the care they provide to older adults

2005 - President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton visit NYCC campus

2005 - Dr. Lewis J. Bazakos, 1978 graduate of NYCC and chairman of the College’s board of trustees, was elected chairman of the ACA’s board of governors

2006 - NYCC’s main administration building was named after former NYCC President Kenneth W. Padgett:  Kenneth W. Padgett Administration Building

2006 - NYCC established a clinical relationship with the Canandaigua VA

2006 - NYCC’s Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN) approved for enrollment

2007 - Classes began for NYCC’s Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy (MSCA)

2007 - NYCC established clinical relationship with Bath VA

2007 - NYCC established a clinical relationship with State University of New York at Farmingdale

2007 - NYCC established a clinical relationship with State University of New York at Stony Brook

2007 - NYCC established a clinical relationship with St. John Fisher University

2007 - NYCC granted $1,124,244 from -the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

2007 - NYCC constructed instructional Chinese medicinal herb garden

2007 - NYCC earned Empire State Advantage “Excellence at Work” Gold Award

2007 - NYCC enrolled its largest 2007 fall class of 134 first-time chiropractic students in 15 years

2009 - NYCC Launched its Academy for Professional Success

2009 - NYCC was selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a “Military Friendly School for 2010”

2009 - New York Chiropractic College was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s as “Great Colleges to Work For”

2009 - NYCC in 2009 was the only educational institution, nationally, to be selected for a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award site visit

2009 - NYCC President Frank J. Nicchi, DC, MS, was elected president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges

2009 - NYCC was awarded $84,935 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

2009 - NYCC adopted a new name for its School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM): Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic College

2009 - NYCC, through its Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic College (FLSAOM) held its first annual Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Symposium at the NYCC Homecoming Weekend event

2010 - NYCC received approval from New York State to deliver its Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN) program online and began doing so

2010 - NYCC developed a master’s of science program in Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction (MSHAPI) and received New York State approval to deliver the program

2010 - NYCC hosted Special Olympics of New York Fall Games

2010 - NYCC opened new outpatient health center in Henrietta, near Rochester, N.Y. providing chiropractic care, acupuncture and Oriental medicine and digital-radiology diagnostic imaging services

2010 - NYCC launched its Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction (MSHAPI) primarily online

2010 - NYCC offered its Master of Science in Applied Clinical Anatomy (MSACA) entirely online 

2010 - NYCC established clinical relationship with Bryant & Stratton College

2010 - NYCC established clinical relationship with Roberts Wesleyan University

2010 - NYCC established academic relationship with Georgetown University

2010 - NYCC established clinical relationship with Finger Lakes Community and Migrant Health

2010 - NYCC developed a whole foods nutrition certificate program with a curriculum addressing whole foods nutrition

2010 - NYCC was, for the second consecutive year, recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2010 “Great Colleges to Work For.” NYCC was also named to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2010 Honor Roll”

2010 - Standard & Poor’s reviewed the credit rating of the College’s long-term bond obligations and affirmed NYCC’s investment grade, “BBB” rating and stable outlook

2010 - NYCC selected as the only educational institution, nationally, to receive a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award site visit

2011 - NYCC was, for the third consecutive year, recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a "Great College to Work For." For the second year, NYCC was also named to the "Honor Roll".

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