National University of Health Sciences is part of the University Partnership Center at St. Petersburg College (SPC). This innovative campus-sharing program allows us to offer our Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the SPC campus in Florida.
The University Partnership Center (UPC) is an alliance of seventeen colleges offering degree programs to more than a million people in the Pinellas County area. The UPC provides partnerships and educational programs, facilitates interactive instruction, and offers learning resource support services. DC students will attend classes on the SPC campus, but as students of National University. The UPC is the first of its kind in Florida and one of only a handful nationwide.
We have multiple visit opportunities throughout the year!
- Maximum of 20 students admitted for each trimester start
- DC program starts 3 times per year in September, January, and May
National University’s distinctive and innovative curriculum provides you with a comprehensive base in human biology and anatomy, and extensive hands-on training in diagnosis and treatment. We train you to think like a physician. Throughout the program, you will learn how to master a variety of chiropractic adjustments through our diversified technique curriculum, which also includes flexion-distraction technique. The chiropractic program is a three-phase program.
Phase I: Basic Sciences
- Spend one full year of anatomy and physiology in our anatomy lab where you’ll perform complete human dissection rather than learning by prosection or virtual instruction.
Phase II: Clinical Sciences
- Learn how to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide range of ailments.
- Practice evaluation and diagnostic techniques with “standardized patients.”
- Gain valuable business knowledge on how to ethically promote and market your practice.
Phase III: Clinical Practice
- Experience your internship through one of a variety of clinical opportunities.
- Expand your medical and leadership skills by participating in community outreach events.
Learn more about the program’s curriculum by viewing:
You may also explore our Flex Track schedules which allow students wishing to go at a slower pace to take a reduced course load each trimester.
Our SPC faculty boasts the same top-quality instructors you would expect from an NUHS program, including shared faculty experts with the highest academic credentials in science and health care.
You’ll benefit from our modern laboratories and classrooms outfitted with the latest technology and equipment including interactive classrooms, Smart Boards, and technique tables. In addition, our students have access to all the resources and amenities of SPC’s other campuses.
Virtual and Video Tours
Get a feel for our Florida site anywhere.
National University offers students the unique opportunity to work on hydraulic tables in the multi-purpose technique lab. Students work in the technique lab early in the program, perfecting skills on state-of-the-art equipment.
Gross Anatomy Laboratory
The campus anatomy lab boasts state-of-the-art downdraft dissecting tables for nine cadavers. Ceiling-mounted high definition cameras encourage detailed instruction from faculty and group viewing of cadavers.
Training and Assessment Center (TAC)
Digitized with remote cameras, speakers and intercoms, the Training and Assessment Center allows digital capture of live interactions between students and standardized patients.
NUHS Whole Health Center-Pinellas Park
Located just two blocks from campus, student interns serve the general patient population alongside DC clinicians in this integrative community medical clinic.
St. Petersburg College
In addition to the facilities unique to National University, our students have access to the resources and amenities of SPC’s many campuses. In addition to six libraries, five student cafés, five bookstores, and several wellness centers equipped with a variety of fitness equipment, students can participate in 36 student clubs and organizations.
SPC is close to three airports and the vibrant city of Tampa. Classes at our Florida site are taught in two main buildings: Caruth Health Education Center (Phase 1, Terms 1-4) and the Annex (Phase 2, Terms 5-8).
Check out our Virtual Tour »
Explore the Annex building and the Caruth Health Education Center building at our Florida site in two video tours with Dr. Joseph Stiefel, President of National University of Health Sciences.
Our membership in UPC allows us to partner with multiple universities to give you exciting integrative medical experiences:
- Gain an understanding of other health professions as you share knowledge and experience.
- Our interns provide pre-entry physicals for multiple health education programs, as well as the SPC athletics teams. We also provide medical support to a number of SPC athletic events.
- Participate in unique interdisciplinary learning experiences with nursing, EMS , and dental hygiene students.
- Other opportunities our Florida students have are unique clinical preceptorship and rotation opportunities, including Bay Pines, VA Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla., NUHS Veterans Clinics (Lombard, Ill. and Pinellas Park, Fla.), and Vincent House (nutrition presentations to individuals recovering from mental illness, etc.).
“My NUHS education as a primary care doctor has helped me communicate with other health care providers and know how to co-manage all types of conditions. I love the integrative medicine approach. In the Florida program, you are in regular communication with nearby nursing and physician assistant students. We were able to begin great relationships with other health care professionals.” (Read more…)
— Dr. Eric Brennan (2014 DC graduate)
Advanced Scholars Program Opportunity for SPC Students!
Your last year of SPC Biology can also be your first year toward pursuing a rewarding career in chiropractic medicine at National University of Health Sciences – Florida (NUHS).
The Advanced Scholars Program allows exceptional SPC Biology students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (who meet all other criteria for admission) to start the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program prior to completing their bachelor’s degree. Students will then transfer credits back from the DC program to earn their bachelor’s degree from SPC. Students complete both degrees in less time, which saves a year of tuition and expenses.
Contact Cassie Canchola, Manager – Admissions Operations, at [email protected] or 630-889-6207 to learn more about this exciting program!
*Students must major in Biology at SPC, with a sub-plan in cellular and molecular biology to be eligible for this program.