University of Western States

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About University of Western States
Located in Portland, Oregon, University of Western States (UWS) offers a world-class integrated education to more than 1,000 students located in the United States and abroad through online and on-campus programs. 

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Degree programs
• Doctor of Chiropractic
• Graduate and Professional Studies
- Exercise and Sport Science
- Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine
- Sport and Performance Psychology
- Sports Medicine
• Bachelor’s Completion Programs
- Human Biology 

Why uws?
Portland, Oregon, embraces innovative approaches to health and wellbeing, making it the ideal locale to learn, develop, and practice the whole-person health care taught at University of Western States.

Founded as a chiropractic college, UWS has evolved into a university offering a variety of health and wellness degrees. UWS is a proud partner and founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM), which advances health care through education, research, and advocacy.

UWS has world-class faculty with extensive industry experience. Faculty continually work to benefit and advance integrated health care through their own research and continuing education pursuits.

UWS offers quality continuing education and certification opportunities for postgraduate study. The University promotes healthy behaviors and positive lifestyle changes for the members of our community through service, education, and research. We service our community with four health clinic locations throughout Portland that are staffed with highly qualified health care professionals and senior interns.

Student life
The campus is in a quaint Northeast Portland neighborhood and is just 20 minutes from the lively downtown Portland scene. Students, both online and on campus, develop lifelong friendships. UWS has a far-reaching alumni network to build professional connections for future employment and networking.

Health sciences
Discover a new kind of health sciences education at University of Western States. Founded in 1904, UWS is an integrated health sciences university with an enduring commitment to educating health care professionals. The University motto, “For the good of the patient,” guides every aspect of the institution. UWS is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Passionate about the health sciences field and want to make a true difference in the lives of others? Learn more about our wide range of on-campus and online programs. 

Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
UWS is home to the second-oldest chiropractic physician program in the world. The Doctor of Chiropractic program is a rigorous 12-academic-quarter, first-professional doctoral degree offered on campus in Portland. The evidence-informed curriculum emphasizes an integrated approach to patient care, preparing students to work with a variety of professionals in the health care field. The program has a clinical component for hands-on experience in the evaluation and care of patients beginning as early as the first quarter.

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (HNFM)
Are you interested in health care but prefer a more holistic approach? Our Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program, with Master of Science and graduate certificate options, is flexible and 100% online. Learn how to treat the root cause—instead of just symptoms—with our clinically oriented HNFM program.

Exercise and Sport Science (ESS)
Our ESS master’s degree program has a strong exercise science core with the ability to focus on health and wellness promotion or nutrition. Taught by world-class faculty with extensive athletic industry experience, our evidence-informed curriculum is entirely online and prepares students with firsthand knowledge needed to succeed in this diverse field.

Sport and Performance Psychology (SPP)
The SPP online program is designed to help provide students with the skills in positive and applied sport psychology needed to enhance performance and maximize human potential. Our curriculum is designed to help students become certified mental performance consultants through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology with Master of Science, doctoral degree, and graduate certificate options.

Sports Medicine
The Sports Medicine master’s program is designed for health care providers seeking specialization in the conditioning and treatment of athletes. Pursuing this degree opens up opportunities in the diverse industry and enhances a provider’s marketability to athletic populations. Students may save time and specialize in the field by completing this degree concurrently with the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
The completion program is available to UWS DC students and is an opportunity for students to complete an undergraduate degree, obtain a solid foundation in health and pre-medical sciences, and fulfill bachelor’s degree requirements for other graduate study programs.

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9 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Chiropractic Colleges                
Sport Studies                
Sports Medicine                
Sports Psychology          


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Student Body

885 students

513 full-time

372 part-time




Application Fee
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Housing Offered? no


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