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  • Bloomington, Minnesota (pop 85,000) – a safe, quiet suburb of Minneapolis
  • Close to major freeways, shopping centers, airport and other amenities typical of a major metro area


  • Occupies 300,000 square feet on 25 scenic acres

Academic programs and degrees

College of Chiropractic

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Biology degree completion (B.S.)

College of Health and Wellness:

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Master of Acupuncture (M.Ac.)
  • Master of Oriental Medicine (M.Om.)
Massage Therapy
  • Certificate
  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health/Pre-Med
Undergraduate Health Sciences
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Accelerated sciences courses
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Biology degree completion (B.S.)


  • Private, nonprofit
  • Fully-accredited university
  • 3 academic programs in natural health care
  • Undergraduate courses to help fulfill entrance prerequisites or complete a bachelor's degree
  • Cited in Minnesota statute as a research institution along with the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic


  • 138 full and part-time
  • Teaching, research and clinical faculty
  • 78% of all faculty hold the highest degree in their respective field

Student-faculty ratio

  • 5:1  Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • 16:1  Chiropractic
  • 7:1  Massage Therapy
  • 9:1  Undergraduate Health Sciences/Post-Bac Pre-Health

Enrollment (Summer 2015)

  • 750  total
  • 110  Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • 499  Chiropractic
  • 57  Massage Therapy
  • 84  Undergraduate Health Sciences/Post-Bac Pre-Health

Financial aid

Program length

College of Chiropractic

  • Doctor of Chiropractic - 10 trimesters, 3½ years

College of Health and Wellness

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Master of Acupuncture – 8 trimesters, 2 2/3 years
  • Master of Oriental Medicine – 9 trimesters, 3 years
Massage Therapy
  • Certificate (Day schedule) – 3 trimesters, 11½ months
  • Certificate (Evening schedule) – 4 trimesters, 15½ months
  • A.A.S degree – 3 to 5 trimesters, 11½ to 19½ months

Enrollment dates

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – January and September 

Chiropractic – January and September

Massage Therapy:

  • Day schedule – January and September
  • Evening schedule – May and September

Undergraduate Health Sciences/Post-Bac Pre-Health – January, May and September

Student life and support

Clinical services

  • Northwestern is the largest provider of natural healthcare services in Minnesota
  • A University public and teaching clinic system
  • Chiropractic, acupuncture, Oriental medicine, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, nurse practitioner services and healing touch


  • Founded in 1941 as Northwestern College of Chiropractic
  • In 1986, created chiropractic radiology consulting service
  • In mid 1980’s, developed first community-based internship program in all of chiropractic education
  • In 1999, became of the one of the nation’s first natural healthcare universities with the addition of the Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs to the existing College of Chiropractic
  • In 2000, secured first federal grants for research in low back and neck pain
  • In 2008, major expansion created new library, classrooms, student and alumni center, videoconferencing capability and digital radiology lab
  • In 2011, Undergraduate Health Sciences programs were added to offer pre-professional courses for prerequisite fulfillment and bachelor's degree completion
  • In 2013, the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health/Pre-Med program was created to allows students with a bachelor’s degree to complete the prerequisite requirements for a healthcare professional school
  • In 2015, the College of Health and Wellness brought together the Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Massage Therapy, Undergraduate Health Sciences and Post-Bac Pre-Health/Pre-Med programs



  • Total alumni = 7,336 (including 277 in Canada, Mexico, and other foreign countries)
  • Alumni live in 50 states and 21 countries


  • 3 alumni associations for career development and networking
  • Promotional opportunities in alumnipublication Northwestern Naturally
  • Services to support your practice
  • Use of Alumni House for campus visits
  • Alumni and career services office

Annual and regular events

  • Homecoming and symposiums
  • National speakers and healthcare forums
  • Continuing education and practice success seminars

Employee life

  • Substantially reduced fees for health care at campus clinics, including for family members
  • Tuition remission and reimbursement for classes at the University and other institutions
  • National speakers and healthcare forums
  • Use of campus amenities including gym, swimming pool and fitness center
  • Representative Faculty Senate and Staff Senate
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