About the AECC

Here at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) we have a global reputation as a leader in musculoskeletal healthcare. We are proud to offer students the opportunity to benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities and reputation, which we have earned through continuously driving innovation and development.

aecc students in the rehab centreSince opening our doors to students in 1965 as the first chiropractic college in Europe, we have built on our success each year through our commitment to excellence in all that we do, now offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

We remain committed to excellence in education, clinical training and research which allows us to cultivate an environment in which our students are encouraged to achieve the highest standards and our teaching staff are regarded among the best in the world. As such, those who are attracted to undertake our courses come from various educational and professional backgrounds, such as:

  • Science
  • Sport
  • Exercise science
  • Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Physiotherapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Nursing
  • Radiography
We are an independent provider of higher education but benefit from government funding through our relationship as an Associate College of Bournemouth University. In 2012 we invited the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in to assess us, (which is not compulsory for an independent provider) achieving very pleasing outcomes and highlighting specific areas of excellence including the use of professional benchmarks as quality standards and the teaching clinic as a training facility for students.  Programmes starting in September 2017 will be validated by AECC and not BU. Currently we are applying for University College title and we hope our new name will be in place by September 2017. In this case, our current name of AECC will be replaced by our new name, which will incorporate the University College title

A short history of the AECC 

original college building in parkwood road1965 AECC opens its doors as the first chiropractic educational facility in Europe to be recognised and supported by the British Chiropractic Association, (BCA) and the international chiropractic community.

1969 The first students graduate from the AECC. Just one from the original 1965 cohort completed of the 14 who started the course, plus an additional student who started his education in America.

Mid 1970’s Student numbers had grown rapidly and a new building to house students was needed.

1982 Purchase of Boscombe Convent (the building AECC still occupies today) was completed and the official opening took place on 21st May 1982.

1988 AECC chiropractic course validated by Council for National Academic Awards, making the AECC the first school in the field of opening the parkwood collegecomplementary/alternative medicine in the UK to offer a validated degree.

1990 AECC starts to provide Continued Professional Development for healthcare professionals.

1993 Partnership with Portsmouth University who validated our chiropractic degree

1995 Postgraduate courses started at the AECC.

1999 AECC’s research institute, IMRCI, established.

2005 Partnership agreement with Bournemouth University. This allows AECC students to attract public funding for their education.
2007 BSc (Hons) Clinical Exercise Science course established with Bournemouth University.
Centre for Ultrasound Studies established at the AECC offering postgraduate musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound education and training.
2009 AECC opens its state-of-the-art teaching clinic boasting 34 treatment rooms, exercise centre, x-ray facilities and ultrasound, undertaking over 50,000 treatments per year. 

2014 AECC purchases an Open Upright MRI scanner.

2015 AECC looks forward to celebrating 50 years of MSK education.

AECC is home to the British Society for the History of Chiropractic which aims to promote study of the history of chiropractic; promote preservation of historical source materials; and provide opportunities for collaboration, discussion and critical analysis.

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