Cleveland University-Kansas City

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Cleveland University-Kansas City is located at 10850 Lowell Ave, Overland Park, Kansas, United States. Cleveland University-Kansas City is known primarily for its Doctor of Chiropractic degree program, but offers other educational options in the health sciences. The university was started by one of the first families of chiropractic and is located in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan. It is the only chiropractic institution in the nation still under the leadership of a founding family member. The university has been in operation in Kansas City area since 1922 and has been at its current location since 2008.


The Central Chiropractic College in Kansas City was founded in 1922 by Drs. C.S. Cleveland Sr., Ruth R. Cleveland and Perl B. Griffin, and graduated its first doctor of chiropractic in 1924.

The original campus was a converted residence that doubled as the college facility and home of Dr. Carl Sr., Dr. Ruth and young son Carl S. Cleveland Jr. Dr. C.S. Cleveland Sr., the first president, was a pioneer in the field of chiropractic and chiropractic education.

The college was incorporated December 1922 as a non-profit, "benevolent association," which gives it the distinction of being the oldest surviving and continuously operating non-profit chiropractic college. The Articles of Incorporation were amended in 1924 to change the name of the institution to Cleveland Chiropractic College. Cleveland Chiropractic College-Los Angeles was located at 590 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90004. It had been in operation in Los Angeles since 1911, and had been at the location in Hollywood, since 1976. The campus officially closed after the ending of the summer trimester in August 2011.

In 2015, Cleveland Chiropractic College changed the name of the institution to Cleveland University-Kansas City. "The name change and expanded identity supports the university's degree program expansion, and is centered around the university's vision for providing leadership in health science and health promotion education," said Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, university president and leader of the university's 10-year strategic plan.

Today, the university is led by Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, the grandson of the founders. As the chiropractic profession moves into the 21st century, Cleveland University-Kansas City continues to grow and develop in keeping with the vision of its pioneers.


Cleveland University-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Ill. 60604-1413,, (312) 263-0456.

The Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at Cleveland Chiropractic College is awarded programmatic accreditation by The Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, Ariz., 85258-4321, Phone: (480) 443-8877, Website:


Two primary buildings provide 177,000 square feet (16,400 m2) of space. In addition, these buildings house the Public Health Center, the Student Clinic, a cafeteria, the Cleveland Fitness Center and the Special Beginnings daycare center.[citation needed]

The college offers the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, a Master of Science in Health Promotion, Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and an Associate of Arts in Biological Sciences. Students pursuing these degrees, as well as students pursuing degrees in other health care professions, can take their prerequisite physical and life sciences courses in accelerated, eight-week intervals at the college. Accelerated academic programs allow students to earn degrees concurrently.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 38°55′56″N 94°40′45″W / 38.9321°N 94.6792°W / 38.9321; -94.6792