University Overview

University of Western States (UWS), located in Portland, Oregon, offers a world-class, integrated education to students and provides the community with an unsurpassed, natural approach to health and wellness.

Founded in 1904 as a chiropractic college, UWS has evolved into a university offering a variety of health and wellness degrees. We have been a leader in health sciences education through integrated, evidence-informed curricula grounded in our dedication to the most up-to-date health care research and practices. We are committed to honoring our roots in chiropractic by integrating other related fields of study to support a well-balanced and whole-body approach to our wellness education.

We support our students as they embark on rigorous courses of study, helping them to achieve a life-balance and providing them with resources that will ready them for successful careers in health service. We also offer care to our community, with several regional clinics staffed with highly qualified health care professionals and senior interns.

Our vast network of partners in related fields makes us a valuable resource not only to students, but to health care professionals throughout the country.

Mission, Vision and Values

To advance the science and art of integrated health care through excellence in education and patient care.

Quality of life and wellness are advanced through transformative education and health care.

Core themes

  1. Student Success
  2. Faculty & Staff Engagement
  3. Integrated Health

“For the good of the patient”
The UWS motto captures the intent behind much of what happens at UWS. At the core of university decision-making is the greater professional responsibility to the patients who ultimately benefit from the fulfillment of the university mission through integrated health care.


University of Western States has been the leader in integrating health and science since 1904, beginning as the second oldest chiropractic educational program in the world. Today, UWS provides a comprehensive curriculum developed from over a century of research and experience providing effective health care services and professional health sciences education. UWS is one of the oldest universities in Portland, Oregon.

Visit our history site for the full story of University of Western States as told by historian emeritus Lester Lamm, DC.


Accreditation is the voluntary process by which institutions of higher education assure and continuously improve the quality of their academic programs and supporting systems. UWS has both regional institutional accreditation and programmatic accreditation for the Doctor of Chiropractic program. UWS also offers accredited online university programs. The master’s degree programs in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine; Exercise and Sport Science; and Sport and Performance Psychology are accredited regionally through the Northwest Commission.

Regional Accreditation
University of Western States is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities refers to the institution as a whole.

Doctor of Chiropractic Program
The Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at University of Western States is awarded programmatic accreditation by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

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Degree Authorization

State of Oregon
The Oregon Office of Degree Authorization approves University of Western States to award degrees. The Oregon Department of Justice is the agency to which students may file a complaint for Oregon.

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