Take the Lead

University of Western States offers a world-class, integrated health care education and provides an evidence-informed approach to health and wellness. Our graduates deliver high-quality health care based on science, the professional’s skill and knowledge, and the preferences and experiences of the patient or client.

The university is in the forefront of an emerging, whole-person philosophy of health care. As a leader in health sciences education since 1904, University of Western States provides integrated, evidence-informed curricula grounded in our dedication to current research and practices. The commitment spans across all of our graduate and professional programs: chiropractic, human nutrition and functional medicine, diagnostic imaging, clinical mental health counseling, sport and performance psychology and sports medicine. 



  • To bring together all of our health and wellness degrees and certificate programs, both online and on-campus, the university embarked on a strategic rebranding effort in 2018. This rebranding ensures both our students and programs embody the transformative and integrative health care model to Take the Lead and best serve their patients and clients.
  • Entering our 115th year, UWS is Taking the Lead to relocate to a new campus space less than three miles from our current campus. The new space will ensure sustainability for years to come and include a 21st century technology infrastructure that helps support our growing online student population as well as our on-campus students.
  • To learn more about the campus relocation, visit our Facilities Planning webpage.
  • UWS continues to Take the Lead by recruiting a diverse student population from across the U.S. and the world, who are committed to provide an evidence-informed approach to health and wellness.





Imran, Aaqil and Aslam MoledinaBand of Brothers

For many people, family is more than shared DNA and holidays. We often share habits, hobbies, quirks and interests. This trend is apparent in a band of brothers whose interest in the human body and their desire to help others brought them all to University of Western States for the doctor of chiropractic program.

Find out how Imran, Aaqil and Aslam Moledina Take the Lead by bringing together their passion and education. Read more



Gary Schultz

UWS Professor Chair of CCE

The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) is the accrediting agency for doctor of chiropractic educational programs in the United States and ensures high-quality education and integrity.

Find out how UWS professor Gary Schultz, DC, DACBR Takes the Lead by serving as the chair of the CCE to promote high standards in education to advance and shape the future of the profession. Read more



Alumna Jan Neal Creates New Scholarship

Recognizing the burden of purchasing supplies, technology, textbooks and other learning materials, Dr. Jan Neal created a new annual scholarship matching challenge that provided fifteen $500 scholarships to chiropractic students.

Find out how Dr. Jan Neal Takes the Lead to give back generously to her alma mater to ensure student success for years to come. Read more



SABCAFirst-Ever Pacific Northwest SABCA Chapter

In spring 2018, six UWS students founded the first-ever Pacific Northwest chapter of the Student American Black Chiropractic Association (SABCA).

By becoming a recognized chapter, UWS students become eligible to apply for and receive American Black Chiropractic (ABCA) scholarships and can recommend that ABCA conferences be held in the region.

Find out how SABCA Takes the Lead both through their efforts on campus and nationally. Read more



sports medSports Med Students Aid Community

Hands-on training is an emphasis of the sports medicine program at UWS. Students work with local sports teams and athletes, some who would otherwise not have access to such high-quality sports medicine care. The UWS faculty and students are often the first medical professionals that their patients see for their injuries and other sports-related medical conditions.

Find out how UWS sports medicine students Take the Lead training on location for their practicum experience at local high schools. Read more



Students FirstUWS Employees Give Back to Students

When UWS employees support what they love most about UWS with tax-deductible gifts, they are going that extra mile, helping UWS devote more resources to putting students first in ways that are most meaningful to them.

Find out how UWS employees Take the Lead by donating to the UWS employee giving recognition program, Students First. Read more




kim davisAlumna Kim Davis Founds Multidisciplinary Sports Medicine Practice

After learning the mechanics of the human body and seeing a need for specialized training, a UWS alumna founded RunLab, a clinical gait lab and multidisciplinary sports medicine facility that takes a revolutionary approach to running-specific health care.

Find out how Kim Davis, DC, ART Takes the Lead as founder and CEO of RunLab. Read more




World-class health care exists because of world-class practitioners. 

Health care and medicine extend beyond science. They’re exercises in empathy and excellence provided through rigorous evidence-informed curricula aimed at producing quality health care providers that deliver whole-person, patient-centered care.

Today’s integrated health systems are as complex as they are nuanced. Because of that challenge, we make certain our students never lose sight of why they came to us: to realize the transformative power of education that enriches their lives and improves the lives of their patients.

We are University of Western States. And we are leading the evolution of health care education. One graduate at a time. One patient at a time.

And there’s no counting the ways our graduates will Take the Lead.