Welcome to University of Western States (UWS)! We are glad you stopped by to learn more about us. You should know that UWS is one of the oldest institutions in North America focusing on whole-person health care. We realize that world-class health care exists because of excellent health professionals and that health care extends beyond science. Empathy, relationships and communication combined with evidence-informed approaches are required to deliver whole-person, patient-centered care. It is a progressive approach that our students — and their patients and clients — take to heart.
With a number of highly specialized degrees and certificates — including doctor of chiropractic, human nutrition and functional medicine, exercise and sport science, clinical mental health counseling, diagnostic imaging, and sport and performance psychology — UWS is helping create a new breed of health care professionals. Students never lose sight of why they chose their path: to realize the transformative power of education and training that enriches their experiences and improves the lives of their patients.
We invite you to get to know UWS — and join us on our quest to help change the face of modern health care.
One of the best ways to get to know UWS is by visiting Portland and taking a tour of our campus. Whether you’ve already been accepted and want to spend the day with us or you’re still deciding and want to make UWS a quick stop during your west coast vacation, we are happy to schedule a personalized tour for you. Come visit!
Wondering about housing around campus? UWS does not offer on-campus housing, however, we offer housing resources and information to assist students looking for places to live in Portland and surrounding areas near the university.
What makes Portland so great?
5. Local artisan shops at every corner
4. You can easily, safely bike everywhere
3. Food carts galore
2. 10,000 acres of public parks
1. Portland is a city unlike any other: the people, the culture and the atmosphere make it truly one-of-a-kind
My experience with the online environment was so much better than I anticipated. I feared a lack of connection with my professors and my classmates but I was very wrong. The online system is extremely user-friendly and help is always a click away. I’ve grown with my classmates and I love learning alongside people from a variety of backgrounds.
– Tracey Giambertone, RD
This is a much better online learning environment compared to my previous experience at another institution. No longer am I limited by local connections. I find that my cohorts are from all over the country and bring a wealth of knowledge and world experience to the classroom discussions.
-Marques Stevenson, EdD-SPP Student