Northwestern Health Sciences University Earns Reaffirmation of Accreditation from HLC

Accreditation extension provides higher education opportunity for integrative health students

Today, Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU), a premier evidence-based professional and integrative healthcare center of learning, announced it has earned reaffirmation of accreditation from the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). NWHSU is also eligible for the Open Pathway, a method for select institutions to maintain accreditation with the HLC.

NWHSU participated in the IAC evaluation process through self-study and site visits where leadership showcased faculty and students, education processes, strategic plans as well as the university’s vision for the future. NWHSU met 100 percent of all requirements, signifying stable leadership and a pathway for future growth.

The IAC extended NWHSU’s accreditation until 2029-30, further positioning NWHSU as a leading evidence-based university. The 10-year accreditation extension allows NWHSU to continue moving forward with planned growth initiatives, including programs and focused educational departments such as the newly formed College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine announced earlier this year.

The accreditation reaffirmation signifies the commission’s confidence in NWHSU’s ability to expand and continue leading as a high-quality complementary and integrative healthcare educational institution, made evident by the university’s chiropractic board exam pass rates consistently landing in the top three of all chiropractic programs.

“Northwestern Health Sciences University is committed to excellence for its students and staff,” said Deb Bushway, President of NWHSU. “We are thrilled to receive the accreditation reaffirmation and ability to choose the open pathway to maintain our accreditation. Our goal is for students to excel in the classroom and position them to become leaders in their respective fields of complementary and integrative care. This stamp of approval allows us to continue to provide a quality education to aspiring professionals, and in turn, shape future advancements of our healthcare system.”

As a result of its accreditation reaffirmation, NWHSU is poised to thrive with the following benefits:

  • Showcasing itself as a leading integrative health sciences university by meeting 100 percent of the accreditation criteria.
  • Increasing stability and infrastructure, benefiting both present staff and students.
  • Achieving high graduation and board exam pass rates.
  • Attracting the most qualified and dedicated professors and brightest students in the future.
  • Allocating financial aid to increase diversity among the current and prospective students.
  • Assuring a high-quality education and preparing students for a future in healthcare.

NWHSU’s commitment to advancing healthcare through integrative and complementary care is evidence of this accomplishment. The timing of the accreditation reaffirmation could not be more meaningful, even amid a global pandemic the university remains inspired to transform healthcare through patient-centered and evidence-based care that optimizes health and well-being.

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