Diplomates and Certifications

For current diplomate and board certified professionals

Continuing education/recertification

All College of Graduate Health Sciences courses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are approved for continuing education credit in most states. Current board certified professionals may enroll in individual graduate courses to partially fulfill recertification requirements. Contact your professional board for confirmation.


For enrolled graduate students

Diplomates and certifications

Upon completion of the Master of Health Science requirements, you will also have completed the necessary academic requirements to be eligible to apply for the board/diplomate exam or certification in your specialty.

Clinical Chiropractic Orthopedics
  • 405 hours of clinical orthopedic studies
  • Three human case studies
  • Specialization in Sports and Physical Rehabilitation, Occupational Health or Special Populations (Pediatrics, Geriatrics) 
  • Fulfillment of guidelines to apply for diplomate status (DACO) with the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists
Clinical Nutrition

Some certifications in clinical nutrition, depending on your background, may be acquired before completion of the Master of Health Science degree.

  • 405 hours of clinical nutrition studies
  • Three human case studies
  • Experience building nutrition into a clinical practice
  • Fulfillment of guidelines to apply for the following credentials:

Diplomate (DACBN) of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition 
Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) - Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists
Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) - Clinical Nutrition Certification Board 
Diplomate (DCBCN) of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition
Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® - Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board      

Diagnostic Imaging

To become a board-certified chiropractic radiologist (DACBR) through the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR) candidates must:

  • Complete a three-year postgraduate residency
  • Receive a recommendation to take the board examinations from the chair of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at Northwestern
  • Pass both Parts 1 and 2 of the ACBR examination 
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