University of Western States

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University of Western States
Former names
Western States Chiropractic College, 1904-2003
Type Private
Established 1904
Academic affiliation
President Joseph Brimhall
Students 915
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
45°32′35″N 122°31′23″W / 45.5430°N 122.5230°W / 45.5430; -122.5230Coordinates: 45°32′35″N 122°31′23″W / 45.5430°N 122.5230°W / 45.5430; -122.5230
Campus Urban
University of Western States logo.jpg

University of Western States (formerly known as Western States Chiropractic College) is a chiropractic college in Northeast Portland, Oregon. The private school has about 475 students.[1]


University of Western States can trace its history back to 1904 originally named the Marsh School and Cure by John and Eva Marsh.[2] In 1967 the name became Western States Chiropractic College.[1] In 1973, Western States relocated to its current 22-acre (8.9 ha) campus in Northeast Portland.[1] The institution name changed again to University of Western States in 2010.[1] University of Western States was the first chiropractic college to receive a federally funded research grant through the United States Health Resources and Services Administration.[citation needed] Western States added a new $4 million lecture hall in 2001, and a $3.6 million anatomy laboratory in 2011.[1] The anatomy lab took first place for its category in the TopProjects contest held by the Daily Journal of Commerce.[3]

Academic programs[edit]

University of Western States offers a three-four-year program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. The school also offers an optional Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, taken concurrently, as well as a Masters in Exercise and Sport Science,[4] a Masters in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine,[5] and postgraduate education programs.

UWS offers an Ed.D. in Sport and Performance Psychology[6] as well as a Masters Degree.[7]

In 2006, the University began a one-year Massage Therapy certificate program in Portland which expanded to Salem's Chemeketa Community College in 2011. That certificate program is no longer offered in Salem.[8][9]

In 2015, UWS launched the Northwest Center for Lifestyle and Functional Medicine (NWCLFM) to help educate students on achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle focusing primarily on diet, exercise, and positive cognitive behavior.[10][11]


External links[edit]

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