Alumni Services


We want to hear from you!

As UWS enters its 115th year, we are kicking off a year-long Listening Tour to engage our alumni and friends in the future of the university. The Listening Tour will be comprised of alumni and friends events, in-person listening sessions and an online feedback form for alumni and friends.


To empower our UWS alumni and friends community by supporting collaborative relationships and mentoring connections, and providing access to excellent professional resources and service, to foster successful career development and professional growth.

Our Services


UWS Switchboard is a digital space to connect with the UWS community by asking for what you need and offering what you want to share.

Professional Resources

Alumni services is working hard to find excellent resources for you in your professional life. We welcome your suggestions for areas of focus where you need support, and feedback on the resources we link to.

Recommended resources:

  • NCMIC’s practice resources provide detailed information about business planning, financing and insurance. Other topics covered include office management and hiring tips, as well as best practices for marketing and networking.
  • ACA’s practice management resources include sample documentation and coding information (available to ACA members), as well as broader practice management information available to all.
  • Practice Academy is designed to teach health care practitioners how to ethically and effectively build and grow their private practices or small businesses. Articles provide tips and techniques for building a successful online presence. Recommended reading – “Building a Digital Presence: Simplified
  • Wellpdx is an online directory of chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists practicing in the Portland area.
  • Holistic Entrepreneur Association is an online resource and community designed to provide health and wellness practitioners with resources and tools to build successful practices.


Selling a practice, looking for a job or hoping to find your newest employee? Visit our classifieds section to find opportunities and post ads.

Alumni Benefits

We’re developing new resources and adding benefits. Have requests or suggestions to share? Contact us!

Campus Directory

Find contact information for current UWS staff and faculty, as well as the Board of Trustees in our directory.

Get Involved

Refer a Student

Student referrals carry immeasurable benefits to our community and our legacy of excellence in health sciences education. Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a student at UWS? Submit a referral form on their behalf so we can recognize you both. Please note that by submitting this form you are opting in to receive invitations and other correspondence by email and post so that we can recognize your generous gift to the university.

Student Referral Recognition Program FAQs:

When did this program begin?
This recognition program began with the entering class of fall 2015. Student referrals that occurred before fall 2015 are typically not eligible for retroactive recognition. Prior referrals were individually acknowledged by admissions staff at the time the student applied or enrolled.

When is recognition shared and made public?
Recognition is shared and made public during the term a referred student enrolls. Recognition requires that all three components of the process have been completed. Please note: the time between when a student applies and a referrer submits their form and when the student enrolls can be up to a year or more, if the student defers entry.

Who can refer?
UWS alumni, faculty, staff, board members, friends of UWS and current students may all refer new students.

Please note: academic program directors and all admissions/recruiting staff including faculty and staff who complete paid travel on behalf of admissions/recruiting are ineligible to be recognized as referrers.

What UWS programs are eligible for student referral recognition?

  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • EdD Sports Performance Psychology
  • EdD Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Masters of Science in Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine
  • Masters of Science in Sports Medicine
  • Masters of Science in Exercise and Sport Science
  • Masters of Science in Diagnostic Imaging
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Sport Psychology
  • Graduate Certificate in Positive Leadership Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Sports Nutrition
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Does the university recognize people who write letters of recommendation for applicants?
No. Letters of recommendation are a regular application requirement for entry into graduate and professional degree programs. Our student referral recognition program is designed to celebrate the relationships between prospective students and UWS alumni and friends. While one person may in some instances act as both a referrer (the person who inspires a student to pursue this educational path) and a letter writer (the person who recommends a prospective student be offered acceptance to a program based on knowledge of their education, character or professional accomplishments), these are distinct roles.

Please direct any additional questions or concerns to the UWS alumni relations team at

Mentoring and Shadowing

What is the UWS Mentor Network?
The UWS Mentor Network is a program for students and alumni to receive support as they face various points and transitions in their education and professional careers. Incoming students of all programs are encouraged to sign-up as protégés. Current students are welcome to sign-up as protégés, ambassadors and mentors. Alumni can offer their expertise to current students, serve as ambassadors to prospective students, or get connected with alumni mentors of their own. Join the UWS Mentor Network today!

Shadowing Opportunities
Shadowing provides current and prospective students a space for varied in-person clinical observation. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to observe different types of practitioners and practice models in action, and is usually of brief duration – a few hours to a few days.

Interested students, as well as alumni and friends open to students shadowing can email Students should include their preferred location and type of practice or clinical focus they’re interested in. Alumni and friends can include their clinic information and preferred contact method.

Preceptor Program

What is the preceptorship?
The preceptorship is an opportunity for 12th quarter interns in the Doctor of Chiropractic program to complete their education in the office of an experienced, licensed, approved chiropractor in private practice. Preceptorships are designed to expand the opportunities for individualized learning and professional growth by interns prior to graduation. The preceptor is the clinical teacher, role model and mentor contributing to the final component of the intern’s clinical education and training.

How do I participate as a UWS preceptor doctor?
Doctors interested in applying to be preceptors for the university can visit our preceptor page for more information or express their interest via email to A representative from the preceptor program will respond to inquiries and will review the eligibility requirements, describe the application process and prepare an application packet for completion. Application packets are sent directly to the preceptor doctor through email.

How often will I have an intern placed in my practice?
Hosting an intern in a preceptorship is not an automatic or continual process.  Doctors approved as eligible preceptors are identified as such. Interns select their preceptorship location and are placed with the approved preceptor. Preceptorships are normally 10 weeks in length.

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