National University of Health Sciences is proud to be a leader in advocating for and obtaining certification and accreditation for chiropractic education institutions, and continues this commitment to full accreditation of all of its programs.
In 1942, National became a not-for-profit educational and research institution in accord with the corporate laws of Illinois and the requirements of the United States Department of the Treasury governing tax-exempt institutions. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Illinois granted official status to National University as a degree-granting institution in 1966 for both the bachelor of science in human biology and the doctor of chiropractic degrees.
Also in 1966, National was fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education of the American Chiropractic Association. Complaints regarding possible non-compliance with the standards of that body should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation, 8049 N. 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85258-4321, 480-443-8877. The doctor of chiropractic program was also approved by registration with the State Education Department of the State of New York in 1972.
In 1974, the college was recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and was accredited by North Central in 1981. The university is accredited now by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413, 800-621-7440, 312-263-0456.
The chiropractic college started evolving into a university concept between 1993 and September 2000, when the institution officially changed from a college to a university and was renamed National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). The Massage Therapy Certification Program was introduced in 1999 as part of the university plan to expand its program offerings.
In May 2004, National University submitted a request for change to the HLC to add two master’s degree programs, the master of science degree in diagnostic imaging and the master of science in advanced clinical practice, which received HLC approval in October 2004.
In September 2005, National University submitted a request for change to include approval for a doctor of naturopathic medicine program, for which it had retained a full-time program director. The September 2005 request for change also included a request for approval of two degree programs that had been in planning stages for several years, a master of science in acupuncture and a master of science in oriental medicine. In addition, National University requested approval of an associate of applied science degree in massage therapy to be offered in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
In July 2016, NUHS received a full 10-year reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Massage Therapy Certification Program & Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy Degree
The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, Virginia, 22201, Phone – 202-888-6790, Fax – 202-888-6767, granted National’s Massage Therapy Certification Program fully accredited status on October 25, 2002. The program was reaccredited by COMTA in October 2017.
The associate of applied science degree in massage therapy is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413, 800-621-7440, 312-263-0456.
Naturopathic Medicine Program Accredited by CNME
National University’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program was granted accreditation by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) on October 13, 2012. Accreditation status allows NUHS graduates to sit for the NPLEX examinations, which are the gateway to practice in licensed states. The program was reaccredited by CNME in October 2016.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Programs Accredited by ACAOM
The Master of Science Degree in Acupuncture and the Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine of the National University of Health Sciences are accredited under the Master’s Degree standards by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone, 952-212-2434; fax, 952-657-7068.
This full accreditation, which took place February 25, 2011, assures that NUHS graduates are eligible to sit for the licensing examinations conducted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The program was reaccredited by ACAOM in February 2016.
Chiropractic Medicine Program Accredited by CCE
National University of Health Sciences’ chiropractic degree program in Lombard, Illinois, has been accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) since 1971, and by its predecessor, the American Chiropractic Association Committee on Accreditation since 1966.
In December 2008, National University accommodated a focused site visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association in St. Petersburg, Florida, to seek approval for the offering of a doctor of chiropractic medicine program on the campus of St. Petersburg College (SPC) through its University Partnership Center. The HLC gave approval for the program in April 2009. In August 2009, NUHS received notification from the CCE that it had accepted NUHS’ application for a substantive change to extend its accreditation to include an identical chiropractic program to be offered at St. Petersburg College. The program opened in September 2009.
On July 29, 2011, the University received notice from the CCE advising: “The Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Program at the National University of Heath Sciences is awarded programmatic accreditation at both the Illinois campus and the Florida site by the Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321, Phone: (480) 443-8877, Website: www.cce-usa.org.” The Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine degree program at both the Florida site and Illinois campus was reaccredited in January 2018.
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.
Additional Approvals and Listings
- Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education
- Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs – Approval Agency for Veterans’ Education, U.S. Code of Veterans’ Benefits
- Illinois Student Assistance Commission
- All state board examiners in chiropractic
- All composite boards of medical examiners
- Canadian and various other foreign chiropractic boards of examiners
- U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for attendance by non-immigrant students
- U.S. Department of Education
- Academic Directory Listings
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
- American Library Association
- Directory of Illinois Schools
- Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Universities
- HEP Higher Education Directory
- Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
- Medical Library Association
- National Association for College Admission Counseling
- Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges