Mission and History

Mission

The Doctor of Chiropractic Program contributes to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the University by advancing chiropractic health care through education, scholarly activity, and clinical and community service, and by:

  • Providing educational resources and opportunities for students to obtain the knowledge, skills and attributes to practice chiropractic effectively, ethically and safely as a portal-of-entry, primary-care doctor
  • Advancing scholarship within the chiropractic profession by supporting University research efforts, advocating scholarly activity within the curriculum, and promoting the utilization and interpretation of evidence in clinical practice
  • Providing clinical relevance and experience throughout the curriculum, active-participation internships in a mentor-model delivery of clinical services, and interdisciplinary practice and externship opportunities
  • Providing community outreach programs with the aim to develop a lasting commitment to public service

First Location

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Northwestern's first location in downtown Minneapolis (1941).

History

Founded in 1941 as the Northwestern College of Chiropractic, it is the foundation for the chiropractic profession in Minnesota.

Dr. John B. Wolfe, a civil engineer turned doctor of chiropractic, started a new college with the help of one colleague and three students. He founded the college to respond to the need for a school that offered a broad program in clinical, chiropractic, and basic sciences. By 1949, a postwar influx of veterans raised the enrollment to 280.

Northwestern prospered as a school because of its rigorous academic program and the quality of the students and faculty. As more doctors of chiropractic graduated from Northwestern, the profession grew, and they referred more students to the school.

Seven decades later we're still here – bigger and more influential than ever – with:

  • A strong emphasis on the basic sciences
  • A diverse approach to instruction in chiropractic techniques
  • A body systems approach to the clinical sciences
  • A broad perspective on chiropractic scope-of-practice
  • A community-based internship program
  • A final trimester internship in chiropractic clinics in the U.S. and many foreign countries
  • A successful clinical research program

After 50 years as a leader in chiropractic education, the College of Chiropractic became the foundation for Northwestern Health Sciences University, which incorporated the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the School of Massage Therapy and the College of Undergraduate Health Sciences.

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