Prospective Students

joseph brimhallWelcome to University of Western States! Since 1904, our institution has been a worldwide leader in the education of health care professionals. We are pleased that you are interested in becoming a part of our community.

At UWS you will find a unique array of academic programs designed to prepare students as experts in the disciplines of integrated health care. From our world renowned Doctor of Chiropractic program, to our Master of Science programs in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Sports Medicine, Exercise and Sport Science, and Diagnostic Imaging and our latest doctoral and master’s program in Sport and Performance Psychology, our evidence-informed curricula are solid and progressive.

All academic programs at UWS incorporate the most current scientific studies with core clinical education, integrating basic and clinical sciences with the art of providing compassionate and competent patient-centered health care.

Our students consistently demonstrate academic distinction, deliver exceptional service to their professions and provide the highest quality health care. UWS is proud of the leadership and rich heritage we contribute to enhancing health and well-being.

The future of health care thrives at UWS. We focus on interprofessional and interdisciplinary education, preparing highly competent professionals to provide effective and efficient patient care and to promote healthy lifestyles. UWS graduates exemplify the skills and attributes necessary to meet our individual and collective responsibilities to society.

In electing to share the UWS vision, you make the best choice available in integrative health care education. I wish you the best as you pursue your dreams and achieve your personal vision.

Joseph Brimhall, DC, FICC

About Campus

University of Western States is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood only 20 minutes from downtown Portland. University of Western States is committed to providing students with a safe environment in which to learn. UWS has established a number of safety measures in order to keep students, faculty, staff and campus visitors safe and well informed about campus safety. These protocols include our campus alert system, campus security program and counseling support. Please view the Annual Security Report for UWS here. This report provides information pertaining to keeping our campus safe as well as crime statistics for the past three years.

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!


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

Join us in this weird and wonderful land.

Online Learning

Our online programs are flexible and 100 percent online. No on-site visits to Portland are required (though you’re very welcome to visit!). At UWS, we strive to make the online learning experience community-driven and free of unnecessary stress. Interactive discussion forums allow students with a diverse array of educational and professional backgrounds to learn from each other, as well as from assigned readings and lectures. In addition, our weekly modular schedule means that students can log on at the times most convenient for them, rather than being required to bend their work and family schedules to meet at a predetermined hour.


tracey giambertoneMy 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



marques stevensonThis 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




Student Experience

Get to know UWS through the voices of students and read posts about student-focused news and happenings on our student experience blog.

student experience