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Prepare for Success in Your Future Practice

Our accredited Doctor of Chiropractic program prepares you for success in your future practice with expert instruction backed by robust clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics and community-based settings.

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Learn to evaluate, treat and prevent neuromusculoskeletal system disorders

Get extensive hands-on clinical experience in real-world healthcare settings

Pursue a Sports Emphasis as a part of your degree program

Business and professional foundations to help you build a practice

Small class sizes promote individualized attention

Receive strong preparation for national board exams

Graduate Confident and Ready to Advance your Career

Our #1 goal is to prepare you for success in professional practice. You will join NWHSU as a future colleague and graduate a well-rounded practitioner, confident in your clinical skills and ready to benefit your patients.

What our students are saying

Live and Learn in Bloomington, MN

Northwestern Health Sciences University is situated in Bloomington, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Known for its 10,000 lakes, theaters, art museums, parks, running and biking trails, professional sports teams, music and concerts, restaurants and the Mall of America, there’s no end to what you can do and see in Minnesota.

On campus, you will find a variety of clinics, a library, herbal dispensary and bookstore. Students also enjoy the pool, fitness center, gym, student lounge and heart-healthy cafeteria.

Maximize your success with a range of student support services including academic coaching, adjusted course schedules, personal counseling, peer tutoring, study skills assistance, career services and more.

Plus, experience a rich student life with:

  • More than 50 clubs and organizations, athletic teams and fitness clubs
  • On-site fitness center
  • Reduced healthcare fees for you and your family members at campus clinics
  • Campus social activities year-round

[The faculty] are all so well educated and well trained, with long family histories of traditional Chinese medicine. A student starts to gain, through them, the enthusiasm and commitment that they have.

Stacy Degen

2008 Graduate

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We apply what we learn in class to our daily lives. To see traditional Chinese medicine at work is awesome. The second thing I love about the program is my teachers. They are ready and willing to help every step of the way.

Rachel Kristyniak


There are many directions you can take your experience at NWHSUits all up to you! This is truly a healthy environment for learning and living, where your level of involvement will be supported each step of the way.

Ashley Blaine


Advantages of a Northwestern education

A rigorous, science-based curriculum

Explore whole-person health and natural pain management founded in Eastern tradition and modern science. We emphasize learning by doing—you will spend nearly 30 percent of your training on labs, methods and clinical internship, all emphasizing hands-on skill development.

Clinical experiences in a variety of settings

Gain extraordinary clinical experiences at Northwestern campus clinics and our many partner clinics throughout the Twin Cities. You can even practice in China through our partnership with Tianjin University.

An integrative approach to patient care

Extensive clinical care experiences provide opportunities to work alongside chiropractors, massage therapists, medical doctors and nurses. You will gain an understanding of the role each can play in providing the best care for your patients.

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Solo and group practices

Community-style practices


Integrative outpatient clinics

Specialty practices focused on special patient populations


Advantages of an Education from NWHSU

A rigorous, science-based curriculum

Our comprehensive curriculum covers gross anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, histology, neurological sciences—and all the clinical and chiropractic science courses you need to begin your career.

Clinical experiences in a variety of settings

You will gain valuable internship experience at NWHSU campus clinics and some of our more than 200 partner clinics throughout the Twin Cities. In your final trimester, you can deliver patient care in locations across the U.S. and around the world.

An integrative approach to patient care

Extensive clinical care experiences provide opportunities to work alongside acupuncturists, massage therapists, medical doctors and nurses. You will gain an understanding of the role each can play in providing the best care for your patients.


Employment of chiropractors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations (BLS.GOV)

Enjoy a Superior Student Experience


Earn Your Degree in a Growing Field

Find Employment in a Wide Range of Medical Settings

Leading Chiropractic School

Earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Northwestern Health Sciences University

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Leading Chiropractic School

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Earn Your Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from a Leader in Healthcare Education

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Northwestern Health Sciences University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Our most recent year completion rate of 89.5% exceeds the accreditation requirement by nearly 20%.

What Our Students Are Saying

Students will get the highest quality education in chiropractic and the basic sciences at Northwestern.

Dr. Katy Lundell


Northwestern teaches you about the art of chiropractic, the science behind it, and the passion to pursue it. The classes are tough, but the education is priceless.

Dr. Krystle Lieberman


Northwestern teaches students how to be a doctor of chiropractic and not just a chiropractor.

Dr. Cody Hoefert


NWHSU believes that diversity of students and faculty is transformational. Talk to our admissions team about our Diversity Scholarship for those who provide leadership in diversity, inclusion and/or social justice initiatives.

Strongly Supporting a Diverse Campus

Experienced faculty bring specialized training in such areas as pathology, radiology, pediatrics and sports injuries. Our instructors are authors, researchers and professional leaders whose years of experience translate into engaging and effective instruction.

Learn from Expert Faculty

At Northwestern Health Sciences University you can pursue a Sports Emphasis as part of your chiropractic degree program. This curriculum tract combines a series of electives into a cohesive thread that provides you with the knowledge and skills to confidently treat sports-related injuries and enhance your patients' athletic performance. Watch the video and download our Chiropractic Program Guide to learn more.

Gain Valuable Skills in Sports Injury Management

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Northwestern Health Sciences University is a leader in natural healthcare education and patient care. Our convenient location in Bloomington MN, small class sizes and robust clinical experiences make us a great place to start your chiropractic career.

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