University Quick Facts

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Location

  • 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

Campus

  • Occupies 300,000 square feet on 25 scenic acres

Academic programs and degrees

College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:

  • Master of Acupuncture (M.Ac.)
  • Master of Oriental Medicine (M.Om.)

College of Chiropractic:

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

College of Undergraduate Health Sciences:

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Accelerated sciences courses
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Biology degree completion (B.S.)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health/Pre-Med

School of Massage Therapy:

  • Certificate
  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Status

  • 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

Faculty

  • 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  College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • 16:1  College of Chiropractic
  • 7:1  School of Massage Therapy
  • 9:1  College of Undergraduate Health Sciences

Enrollment (Fall 2014)

  • 882 total
  • 117  College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • 642  College of Chiropractic
  • 57  College of Undergraduate Health Sciences
  • 66  School of Massage Therapy

Financial aid

  • 95% of students receive state and federal loan assistance
  • Student default rate on federal student loans only 1.4%
  • Grants and scholarships available

Program length

College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:

  • Master of Acupuncture – 8 trimesters, 2 2/3 years
  • Master of Oriental Medicine – 9 trimesters, 3 years

College of Chiropractic

  • Doctor of Chiropractic - 10 trimesters, 3½ years

School of 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

College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – January and September 

College of Chiropractic – January and September

College of Undergraduate Health Sciences – January, May and September

School of Massage Therapy:

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

Student life and support

  • More than 40 student clubs, athletic teams and organizations
  • Peer tutoring, adjusted course schedules, academic counseling and disability services
  • Substantially reduced fees for health care at campus clinics, including family members

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

History

  • 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 College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and School of Massage Therapy 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, the College of Undergraduate Health Sciences was created to offer pre-professional courses for prerequisite fulfillment and bachelor's degree completion

Alumni

Stats

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

Services

  • 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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