Baker University and Cleveland University – Kansas City have forged a partnership that provides qualified undergraduate exercise science students an opportunity to matriculate to Cleveland University’s chiropractic school after three years.

The program’s 3+3 model allows participating students to enter the job market earlier after completing a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Baker and a Doctor of Chiropractic Science from CUKC in six years as opposed to the traditional seven years.

“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’s degree in exercise science while enrolled in the CUKC Doctor of Chiropractic program,” said Dr. Gery Hochanadel, CUKC vice president of academic affairs.

Students will develop foundational relationships with CUKC professors during their undergraduate experience at Baker. The 3+3 model also reduces the students’ total education costs.

“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.

Baker and CUKC will celebrate the new partnership with two signing ceremonies on April 11. Baker will host the first signing at 1 p.m. on its Baldwin City Campus in the Lincoln-Kemper room inside historic Parmenter Hall. Then, at 3 p.m., the platform party, which includes the architects of the agreement—President Lynne Murray and Dr. Chris Todden of Baker, and Dr. Carl Cleveland III and Dr. Gery Hochanadel of CUKC—will travel to the Spiritual Center on CUKC’s campus in Overland Park for the second event. Media members are welcome.

“Baker University is proud to partner with an institution of Cleveland University’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.”