Admissions - Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Program

Doctor of Chiropractic Degree

National University prepares students to become first-contact,primary care physicians fully qualified to diagnose, treat, andmanage a wide range of conditions. We believe a superior educationstarts with an evidence-based, broad-scope curriculum emphasizingintegrative medicine. 


What is Chiropractic Medicine?

Chiropractic medicine is a comprehensive health care professionthat addresses the wide variety of factors that impact upon humanphysiology. Chiropractic physicians specialize in natural,non-invasive health care and are trained to use a full range ofmedical diagnostic tools and a wide array of effective treatmentoptions in patient care.

Philosophy of Chiropractic Medicine

At National University, students are broadly educated andextensively trained in evidence based medicine to provide wholehealth healing to patients. During the course of study at NationalUniversity, students study in an integrative learning environmentalongside other natural health care focused professions. Studentsare well prepared to become first-contact, primary care physicians,ready to diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of patients andconditions. New graduates are also qualified to begin post-graduateeducation for several clinical specialties.

Chiropractic Medicine Treatments

Treatmentmodalities天天色综合,天天干影视 can include performing manipulation, functional andnutritional medicine, and lifestyle counseling, physicalrehabilitation therapy and providing supplements including vitaminsand natural botanical medicines. National University graduates areextensively trained as thorough diagnosticians to identify theappropriate treatment for their patients.

Chiropractic Careers

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Chiropractic Licensure

天天色综合,天天干影视Licensure of chiropractic medicine has different rules andprocedures depending which state, country, or international regionyou wish to practice. To practice as a chiropractic physician inthe U.S., students must pass the national board examinationsconducted by the They must also apply forlicensure in the state in which they plan to practice. Students areresponsible for familiarity with the state's scope of practice andlicensing and renewal requirements.

天天色综合,天天干影视To practice in Canada, students must pass the national boardexamination conducted by the . Individuals interested inpracticing in Canada should also inquire within their specificprovince or territory of interest for licensure requirements.Physicians wishing to practice in other international countries orregions may be required to pass the ) examination or other requirements specific toa location. Students are urged to visit the for more information.

The professional organizations representing chiropracticphysicians include the and the .

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Choosing Between a Career in Chiropractic Medicine orPhysical Therapy?

Chiropractic physicians enjoy a number of career advantagescompared to physical therapists or certified athletic trainers. Learnmore about these advantages and hear from NUHS graduate Dr.Randy Cybulski on why a DC degree could be a better choice for yourlong-term goals.

Chiropractic Sports Medicine

If you seek a career emphasis in chiropractic sports medicine,NUHS is an excellent choice. Learn more about sports medicineat NUHS.

Program Overview

Our Curriculum

You can earn your Doctor of Chiropractic degree in as little asten trimesters at our Illinoiscampus or our Florida site. Students attend school yearround and may complete the program in three years and fourmonths.

National University's distinctive and innovative curriculumprovides you with a comprehensive base in human biology andanatomy, and extensive hands-on training in diagnosis andtreatment. We train you to think like a physician. Throughout theprogram, you will learn how to master a variety of chiropracticadjustments through our diversified technique curriculum天天色综合,天天干影视, which alsoincludes flexion-distraction technique. The chiropractic program isa three-phase program.

Phase I: Basic Sciences

  • Spend one full year of anatomy and physiology in our anatomy lab whereyou'll perform complete human dissection rather than learning byprosection or virtual instruction.

Phase II: Clinical Sciences

  • Learn how to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide range ofailments.
  • Practice evaluation and diagnostic techniques with"standardized patients."
  • Gain valuable business knowledge on how toethically promote and market your practice.

Phase III: Clinical Practice

  • Experience your internship through one of a variety of clinical opportunities.
  • Expand your medical and leadership skills by participating incommunity outreach events.

Learn more about the program's curriculum by viewing:

  • Trimester-by-TrimesterCourses
  • Course Descriptions
  • Six Competencies

You may also explore our Flex Track schedules which allowstudents wishing to go at a slower pace to take a reduced courseload each trimester.

Broad-Scope, Patient-Centered Care

We prepare our students to evaluate and address the full rangeof factors affecting human health. You'll learn to diagnose andtreat each of your patients based on a thorough evaluation of theirunique health history and profile. You won't base your care on justone symptom, one part or region of the body, or one type oftreatment. Instead, you'll learn to think in terms of "whole healthhealing." You'll draw from a wide range of healing modalities andwork together with experts from other medical fields whenever itwill benefit your patient.


Our commitment to research is demonstrated by our journals, our extensive currentresearch, and the number of student research opportunitiesavailable. You'll find evidence-based practice天天色综合,天天干影视 is animportant part of each phase in our curriculum.

Nate PorcherNate Porcher(DC '13)
As a student, Nate wrote a research article on sports-relatedconcussions that was later published in the Journal ofChiropractic Medicine天天色综合,天天干影视 after he graduated. He had originallygiven a presentation on the research at the 2012 ChiropracticSports Symposium.


Featured Chiropractic Alumni

Thumbnail of Brian Hutcheson, DCDr.Brian Hutcheson (DC '13)
Dr. Brian Hutcheson
is the first DC hired by Hope Health, aregional medical center with nine facilities and a patient base of32,000. He will help develop their integrative medicine section,and serve on the center's integrative boards for diabetic patientsand pain management. He says: "National is the only school thatcould have prepared me for this opportunity." Read more»


National University of Health Sciences' chiropracticdegree program in Lombard, Illinois, has been accredited by theCouncil on Chiropractic Education (CCE) since 1971, and by itspredecessor, the American Chiropractic Association Committee onAccreditation since 1966. The chiropractic degree program in St.Petersburg, Florida has been accredited since 2009.



Consider National University for its distinct advantages and bewell-prepared for the career that awaits you.

Integrative Learning

Students learn in the classroom with students in other healthprograms, as well as treat patients collaboratively within anintegrative clinic. National University's focus on collaborativelearning encourages students to become colleagues rather thancompetitors. This better prepares them for future careers intoday's field of integrated health care. Additionally, NUHSstudents can expand their career credentials by enrolling in dual degree programs.

Primary Care Focused

天天色综合,天天干影视Students in the chiropractic medicine program at NationalUniversity are trained to become primary care physicians, focusedon providing patient-centered care and whole health healing.Central to the chiropractic curriculum at National University isthorough training in diagnosis and a focus on the complete healthcare of a patient, and not merely specific issues or symptoms.

Superior Manipulation Techniques

As a student at National University, you will learn a variety ofmanual therapy techniques through our diversified techniquecurriculum, which includes training in flexion-distractiontechnique. Learn more about techniques»

Rigorous Medical Education

The chiropractic medicine program at NationalUniversity emphasizes broad-scope, science-based teaching throughEvaluation & Management courses. These unique courses focuson pairing the knowledge learned in the basic science courses withclinical reasoning. You'll learn how to decide on the correctchiropractic manipulation and medical procedures needed to treateach patient condition.

We train students to work effectively with other health careprofessionals such as MDs, DOs, NDs, and more. With such a thorougheducation in the basic and clinical sciences, graduates will speakthe same language as those in other health care fields.

Campus Location and Facilities

天天色综合,天天干影视National University is proud to offer the Doctor of Chiropracticprogram in two locations: Lombard, Illinois, and St. Petersburg,Florida. The Lombard campus is conveniently located 15 miles fromthe city of Chicago with easy access by car or Metra train. The St.Petersburg site is conveniently located 18 miles from downtownTampa. Both areas are home to some of the largest health carecommunities with hundreds of hospitals and area clinics, giving youcountless opportunities to pursue a career in an integrated healthcare setting.

Students are taught in modern classrooms utilizingstate-of-the-art technology such as SMART boards. Our gross anatomylaboratory housing over 40 human cadavers, allows you to learnby hands-on dissection rather than prosection or virtualinstruction. In addition to hands-on dissection, NUHS offers The AnatomageTable, today's most technologically advanced digitalvisualization system for anatomy education. Active learningcontinues during clinical science studies in our Training and AssessmentCenter where you will work with "standardized patients" todevelop your clinical and communication skills. Learn more about ourfacilities »



天天色综合,天天干影视Each DC student serves a full-year clinical internship that isdesigned to provide interns with the kind of challenging,real-world experience that is key to their future professionalsuccess.

The clinical experience can be completed at either a WholeHealth Center, or a variety of other internship opportunitiesincluding non-profit clinics, clerkships, or hospital rotations.Opportunities are available in Illinois and Florida. Learn more »

Other Program Opportunities

Dual Degrees
Students who earn their DC degree at National University have theoption to earn a second degree (ND, MSOM, or MSAc) through dual enrollment天天色综合,天天干影视. Because there areshared courses between the programs, there will be a reduction ofthe total number of hours needed to complete the second degree.Students are not eligible to begin dual enrollment until the thirdtrimester of their initial or primary program of study.

The opportunity to earn doctorates in chiropractic andnaturopathic medicine in less time than earning them separately atdifferent schools led Dr. Drobin to National University. "NUHS doesa good job of exposing you to everything," she explained, notingthat she added 100 hours of acupuncture instruction after findingacupuncture students to be great resources. "I'll be able to refermy patients for acupuncture treatment because of the knowledge Inow have."

Postprofessional Programs
After graduation, students may pursue a number of postprofessionalprograms such as our master's and residency programs or a widevariety of continuing education classes. Additionally, students maypursue specific courses and programs while completing their firstprofessional program. (Students must meet prerequisite requirementsand attain approval from the Dean of Lincoln College prior toentry.)

Advanced Scholars Program
Qualified undergraduate students from South Dakota StateUniversity or the NUHS bachelor of scienceprogram, can earn a BS degree and a DC degree in less time and atless cost through our Advanced Scholars Program天天色综合,天天干影视.The first year in the DC program will count toward both degrees,giving students the chance to finish both a BS and DC degree in 6.5years.

DC MPH Coordinated Degree Program
Students pursuing a DC degree, have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Public Health degreeor Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research天天色综合,天天干影视from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Through acoordinated program, students are able to utilize some of theirNUHS coursework to shorten the length of the MPH program. Studentsmust be accepted separately into the DC program at NationalUniversity and the MPH and MS CTS programs at UIC.

2017-Madigan -Edit Copy 2Dana Madigan - DC/MPH Graduate
Dana researched access to chiropractic care in the country ofGhana, and presented her research at the American Public HealthAssociation. Dana was also the first DC student selected for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, and the firstgraduate of the coordinated DC/MPH degree program.

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