BUFFALO, N.Y. (CN) - Three graduates of D'Youville College's Doctor of Chiropractic program say their alma mater lied to prospective students by telling them a degree from the school would make them eligible for licensure "in all states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, all Canadian provinces and many foreign countries." The plaintiffs say it ain't so.
The plaintiffs say that when they completed the program at the college in Buffalo, they found "that in fact the program was not recognized by a significant number of state licensing boards throughout the United States, including, but not limited to, California and North Carolina."
Nicole Enzinna, Amy Borynski-Kurtz and Heather Mahley says the private liberal arts college knew it was making "false and deceptive representations" but failed "to notify students of the deficiencies in the acceptance of its Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in 'all states.'"
D'Youville is one of 15 colleges in the country that offer an accredited chiropractic doctorate degree, according to the complaint.
The program was fully accredited by The Council on Chiropractic Education in 2007.
The graduates say the tuition D'Youville charged was "significantly more than they would have paid at most, if not all, of the other 14 schools offering a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree."
They say the school, a few blocks from the U.S.-Canadian border, boasted on its Web site of being the first liberal arts college in New York state to offer a chiropractic degree program. It was founded in 1908.
Each plaintiff seeks more than $100,000, alleging breach of contract and violation of the New York General Business Law.
They are represented by Jeffrey F. Reina and Joseph J. Manna with Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria.
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