Fall 2020/Winter 2021 Chiropractic Start

Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts later in the year, UWS has elected to transition all fall and winter term coursework for new students to an online delivery.

If you are starting the program in fall 2020, your first two quarters (fall and winter) will be delivered online.

If you are starting the program in winter 2021, your first quarter (winter) will be delivered online.

By transitioning these quarters to online 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 students the flexibility to complete introductory instruction from their current home without having to relocate to Portland in fall 2020 or winter 2021.

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 is actively: 
(A)    re-envisioning and re-designing courses to optimize online instruction and learning. 
(B)    establishing cohorts of 10-15 students, led by a faculty mentor, to help build relationships.
(C)    creating opportunities for students to virtually connect with one another.  
(D)    transitioning support services such as counseling, tutoring and academic coaching to a virtual environment.

View this video with:

  • Student overview of their experience with online classes
  • Quarter 1 faculty introductions 

Planning to start fall 2020 

Quarter 1 in fall 2020 will be completely online. The university will be increasing virtual opportunities to engage students and orient them to the program, its content, and its classroom and clinical instructors. 

Q1students will be placed in cohorts of 10-15 students before the start of the program and assigned a faculty mentor. Throughout the first quarter, the faculty mentor will regularly engage the cohort to orient them to the DC program, its curriculum and philosophy, clinical practice, and the chiropractic profession as a whole. Also, by being placed in a small cohort, Q1 students will have opportunities to build relationships with students 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 throughout the DC program.

– Students starting in fall 2020 will also complete quarter 2 in winter 2021 online. In Q2, students will continue with virtual and online instruction to build a strong foundation in general sciences, anatomy, surface anatomy and spinal assessment that will prepare them for the hands-on components of the program in subsequent terms. Similar to fall 2020, winter Q2 students will continue engaging with their faculty mentor and small cohorts (assigned in Q1).

Q3 in spring 2021 includes several labs and hands-on requirement in which students will need to be on-campus and living in the Portland area. Spring 2021 starts on April 5, 2021.

Fall Class Welcome Week September 29-October 2

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!

Schedule of events: 

Monday, September 28 – No live events
Welcome Week begins! 
Students will be sent an email with final Welcome Week schedule of events, Zoom registration links, Welcome Guide (again), Student Resource Navigator, and any other reminders to their UWS email address.

Tuesday, September 29 REGISTER HERE
Welcome Celebration (live event, 2 – 3 p.m. Pacific time) 

2 – 2:30 p.m. – President’s Welcome: Dr. Brimhall 

2:30 – 2:40 p.m. – Deans’ Welcome: Kathleen Galligan, Marty Kaeser 
Faculty mentorship program info 

2:40 – 3 p.m. – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UWS: Equity team 

  • Overview of Equity Team and Core Values, Dana Sims 
  • Land Acknowledgement, Kara Burnham 
  • Pronouns 101, James Albrecht 

Wednesday, September 30 – REGISTER HERE 
Student Support and Resources (live event, 2-3 p.m. Pacific time)  

2 – 2:20 p.m. – Remote Learning Tools and Resources: Denise Dallmann, Catherine Sybrant 

  • Educational software, learning tools and resources 

2:20 – 2:25 p.m. – Library, Kim Olson-Charles 

  • Library online tools, resources, how to get help 

2:25 – 2:30 p.m. – Technology Services, Topher Rosenau 

  • ServiceHub and getting support 

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Registrar and school finances, Michelle Dodge, Kim Lamborn, Victoria Inogamova 

  • DC course schedule, registration, and registrar functions 
  • Financial aid, scholarships, and paying your tuition 

2:45 – 3 p.m. – Student services and academic success, James Albrecht, Jenna Geracitano 

  • Tutoring, academic coaching, counseling, writing tutoring, accommodations 

Thursday, October 1
International Student Information Session (live event, 12 – 1 p.m. Pacific time*)  – REGISTER HERE

 12 – 1 p.m. – Natasha French, Stephen Glass, Peggy Burgus 

Student Activities and Involvement, 2 -3 p.m. Pacific time – REGISTER HERE  

2 – 2:15 p.m. – Peer Mentorship Program and Switchboard: Chelsea Nordby 

2:15 – 3 p.m. – Student Life and Involvement: James Albrecht, Tori Bensel 

The presentations will be about one hour.  
(*All live events will take place over Zoom and will be recorded and made available to watch later at your convenience.) 

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! 

Planning to start winter 2021

Students beginning the chiropractic program in winter 2021 (January 4, 2021) will be online for quarter 1. The university will be increasing virtual opportunities 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 to orient them to the DC program, its curriculum and philosophy, clinical practice, and the chiropractic profession as a whole. Also, by being placed in a small cohort, Q1 students will have opportunities to build relationships with students 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 throughout the DC program.

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

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 will be fully supported. 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 Quarter 2 or 3 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 and second quarters 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 fall and winter 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
or
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.

Do I need to travel to Portland for any reason in Fall 2020 or Winter 2021?
No. New students will not be required to be on campus for any reason.

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 and 2 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 and Q2. 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. If necessary, UWS is prepared to also offer Quarter 2 (spring quarter) in an online environment, but the university will continue to monitor all expert guidance and provide students an update as soon as a decision is made.

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/winter, 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.

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.

Additional information for International Students

When should Canadian/international students submit I-20 application forms for their student visa?
Although there is no requirement to enter the U.S. or be on-campus during the first or second quarter, 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

*Because the fall term will be entirely online, international students will not be able to enter the U.S. under their student visa status until 30 days before the return to on-campus classes; currently UWS anticipates that the return to on-campus classes for new students to be April 5, 2021.

UWS will send out an informational email about the I-20 forms at the time of 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.

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.