2021-2022 Chiropractic Classes

Hear from the Dean of the College of Chiropractic, Dr. Kathleen Galligan.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts, UWS has again elected to transition fall 2021 quarter 1 coursework to remote delivery.

The cohort starting in fall 2021 will be the third consecutive group to begin the DC program in a completely remote environment because of COVID-19. The institution has been delivering remote education for more than a decade in their college of graduate studies programs, and the transition from on-campus to remote for this part of the DC program has been seamless and met with much success. 

By transitioning to remote delivery, UWS is able to: 

• Facilitate a high-quality and interactive learning environment for incoming students that will not be disrupted by COVID-19 related restrictions. 
• Allow incoming quarter 1 students the flexibility to complete introductory instruction from their current home without having to relocate to Portland.

UWS is dedicated to ensuring incoming students start the DC program with the information and support they need to be successful. To that end, UWS continues to: 
(A)    Re-envision and re-design courses to optimize online instruction and learning. 
(B)    Establish cohorts of 10-15 students, led by a faculty mentor, to help build relationships.
(C)    Create opportunities for students to virtually connect with one another.  
(D)    Provide support services such as counseling, tutoring and academic coaching in a virtual environment.

View this video that includes quarter 1 faculty introductions. 

Listen as Alex Pham, chiropractic student, talks about his first quarter online learning experience.

Fall 2021 Welcome Week will be conducted virtually via student services.

Fall Class Welcome Week


Traditionally, we have held an on-campus Welcome Day for all new doctor of chiropractic students to learn about the university and its many resources. Since fall term will be delivered remotely, we are moving Welcome Day to a virtual Welcome Week!

Join us for this great opportunity to get acquainted with the university and your peers. If you have questions, please reach out to your student services team at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is UWS prepared to offer chiropractic content online?
UWS has been offering online graduate education in numerous health care fields for more than 10 years, so the adjustment to delivering chiropractic content in a virtual environment has been fully supported. Students starting in fall 2021 will actually be the third cohort to complete the entire first quarter of the program in a virtual environment. The DC curriculum was modified in consultation with professionally trained instructional designers from the UWS Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) who have extensive experience working with faculty to make sure students have a great experience. All DC courses currently have an online interface within the university’s learning management system allowing instructors to easily transition course content, lectures and class discussions to a virtual environment.

Will this impact how long it takes to complete the chiropractic program?
No. The DC program is still designed to be completed in 12 quarters (three calendar years).

What will the online learning experience look like?
The DC curriculum will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous lectures, laboratories and interactive forums, depending on the course and its content. This dual-mode approach ensures flexibility for students while also providing the opportunity to engage with faculty and student peers. Faculty will be available virtually during regular office hours, and technology is available to help facilitate virtual study groups and hangouts for students.

Will the curriculum be different?
The overall credit structure of the chiropractic program remains the same, but the sequence of when some of the content will be delivered will be reordered. Some coursework that has traditionally been taught in quarter 1 will not work in a remote environment. That coursework will be pushed to a later quarter when it can be done in-person, while other content traditionally taught in later quarters will be taught sooner.

Will there be any hands-on work / labs in the first quarter?
The chiropractic profession is inherently a hands-on endeavor, so the first quarter of the program will include introductory, hands-on skills and techniques that can be taught virtually, then practiced remotely in your home. In reordering the curriculum to accommodate online learning, the chiropractic program elected to move an introductory adjusting course (Psychomotor Skills) into the first quarter to help new students connect to the hands-on portion of the program right away. This reordering will prepare students for future terms in which they will be practicing hands-on adjustments and skills.

Are there specific items/books I should purchase to enhance my remote learning?

The textbook list can be found here.

All incoming students are required to purchase one of these two spine models to enhance the experience they have in their remote lab classes.

Spine model 1 – Preferred
Spine model 1 – Canadian Preferred
U.S. spine model 2
Canadian spine model 2 or Canadian spine model 3

What about the anatomy curriculum / labs?
Anatomy labs will be remote and include video instruction of cadaver dissection. The overall content that will be taught is not changing, but the order of instruction has been modified to maximize hands-on learning in later quarters. Reordering the content in this way allows students to build a holistic foundation of knowledge in anatomy so they can focus on spinal and extremity specimens in later terms.

How will I connect with faculty?
In addition to some courses being taught in a live, synchronous lecture environment, faculty will also hold regular and flexible remote office hours to ensure students can ask questions and receive guidance. You will also be assigned a specific faculty mentor who will help to orient you to the curriculum and philosophy, clinical practice and the professional as a whole.

What if I need additional help/tutoring?
Academic tutoring, individual counseling and all other student support services are already being delivered in an online environment for current UWS students. The online model for these services has been so popular with current students that they are likely to remain as a virtual option indefinitely.

Can I use the UWS campus if I want?
We care about our students and want them to have the optimal learning experience. The university had planned to offer in-person opportunities for quarter 1 students living in or visiting the Portland area but in order to be equitable and also consider the health and safety of our students we have developed virtual opportunities in Q1 to engage students and orient them to the program, its content, and its classroom and clinical instructors. Q1 students will be placed in cohorts of 10-15 students before the start of the program and assigned a faculty mentor for Q1. Throughout the first quarter, the faculty mentor will regularly engage the cohort with academic and professional instruction and guidance.  The cohort model is designed to help Q1 students build relationships with classmates that will be in their in-person classes in subsequent quarters in the program. By establishing these relationships early on, students will have a group they can study and learn with Q1 as well as throughout the DC program.

When are in-person courses expected to begin?
UWS is guided by the Oregon Health Authority, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), and a number of other governing agencies that are all providing recommendations and requirements for both public health safety and course delivery methods. As of now, students beginning in October 2021 will not need to be on campus in Portland until January 2022. 

Will tuition remain the same?
Yes. Although the chiropractic program has been temporarily transitioned to an online format, students will continue to receive the same number of instructional credits.

The tuition for the chiropractic program is calculated for the entire program and then divided evenly across 12 quarters to maintain a consistent cost and keep tuition lower than if it were a pay-per-credit program. In the event that, due to the online delivery format, necessary assessment methods will not allow enrolled students to complete classroom or clinical requirements, the program will make arrangements for students to complete these requirements in a subsequent term without additional cost to the student beyond the total program tuition.

If I’m not able to attend UWS this fall, can I defer my admission?
Students may defer their admission for up to one year. If you do not attend another university during that time your admissions and any financial aid should remain the same. Please contact your admissions advisor for more information.

Where can I find out more?
Visit the COVID-19 resource page, check out our social media channels including your Facebook cohort group and you can also contact the admissions department at [email protected] or 800-641-5641.

Additional information for International Students

When should Canadian/international students submit I-20 application forms for their student visa?
Although international students cannot move to the U.S. until the 30-day window before in-person classes, UWS still asks all Canadian and international students to submit their completed I-20 forms by the end of August. This will allow students to be entered into the U.S. government international student database and streamline the paperwork process once in-person classes resume.

When will I receive I-20 documents for my student visa? https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students

UWS will send out an informational email about the I-20 forms after acceptance and a follow-up email with the I-20 forms about 2 weeks later. Once we receive your completed I-20 form (preferably 1 month before the program start date) and you have met all conditions of your acceptance, we will issue the I-20 and mail it to your home address. *International students will not be able to enter the U.S. under their student visa status until 30 days before on-campus classes.

Canadian students: Upon receipt of the issued I-20 sent to your home address, you can pay the I-901 SEVIS fee ($350 USD), print the receipt and enter the US within 30 days of the start of on-campus classes with your furniture and belongings, passport, I-20 documents and your SEVIS fee payment receipt. 

Canadian students do not need a consulate interview and will instead receive their visa status at the border as an I-94 card or stamp in their passport from the border agent. 

Other International students: Upon receipt of the issued I-20 sent to your home address, you can pay the I-901 SEVIS fee ($350 USD), print the receipt and schedule a visa interview with the embassy/consulate. When you receive a visa, you can enter the US within 30 days of on-campus classes with your furniture and belongings, passport, I-20 documents, visa and your SEVIS fee payment receipt.

Canadian and International students: At the border/customs: make sure the border agent adds a I-94 card or stamp to your passport that says: F-1 and D/S. F-1 is your visa status and D/S means duration of stay.

If my country has been affected by COVID-19, will I still be allowed to attend UWS?

UWS continues to welcome students from around the world. We are closely monitoring the situation and will adhere to any decisions made by the U.S. government.