Why National

Defining the Future of Integrated Health Care

National University of Health Sciences is the nation's premier institution for health science education. Here you'll find outstanding preparation in integrative health care professions such as chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and oriental medicine, massage therapy, biomedical science, and more.


Why Choose National University?

Our Philosophy

At National University, we believe a superior education in health care starts with an evidence-based, broad-scope curriculum emphasizing integrative medicine. In addition, our university is committed to preparing health professionals dedicated to patient-centered care. What does this mean?

Integrative Medicine
We believe in bringing together professionals from a broad range of medical specialties for the benefit of patients and the health care industry as a whole.

Evidence-Based
The diagnostic and healing modalities taught at National are based in sound science and backed by clinical research.

Broad-Scope
We prepare our students to evaluate and address the full range of factors affecting human health, including biomechanical dysfunction, genetics, trauma, hygiene, microorganisms, nutritional status, exercise, motion, posture, environment, stress, emotion, and human relationships.

Patient-Centered Care
At National University, we teach our students how to diagnose and treat each of their patients based on a thorough evaluation of their unique health history and profile. Our future doctors are not taught to base their care on just one symptom or one type of treatment, but instead to think in terms of "whole health healing." They will draw from a wide range of healing modalities and work together with experts from other medical fields whenever for the benefit of each patient.

Academic Superiority

National University's academic program is rigorous, uncompromising and built on a solid foundation in the basic sciences. In addition, we immerse our students in hands-on training in diagnosis and treatment methods.  

Since our academic programs are so demanding at NUHS, we maintain high entry standards for our students. Beginning Fall 2013, students entering the doctor of chiropractic (DC) or doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND) programs at National University will be required to have a baccalaureate degree and a minimum GPA of 3.00. Those between a 2.75 and 2.99 may be admitted under an Alternative Admissions Track Plan (AATP). National will be the only chiropractic degree program to require a bachelor's degree in addition to the raised GPA requirement. Our other programs, likewise, have stringent admission requirements.  

The result? The student body at National University is of a higher academic caliber. As a result, our students routinely score well above national averages on required board and licensure tests. Our graduates continually credit the solid academic foundation they received at NUHS as the reason for their confidence and success.

Unparalleled Career Preparation

The world of health care is moving towards integrative medicine. Consumers are demanding less reliance on drugs and surgery, and a more balanced approach from their doctors. That's why new opportunities are growing for National University graduates in hospitals, the military, nursing homes, integrative care clinics, and innovative private practices.

With a degree from National University, our graduates will be better positioned for these new opportunities because we teach them how to function in an integrative medicine setting. They know how to co-manage cases with a team of diverse specialists. They have confidence in making and sharing their diagnoses with colleagues and serving as a valued member of an integrative medical team.

The new world of health care seeks highly trained healers who understand medical science and bring diagnostic skill and professionalism into the treatment room. That's what National University's career preparation is all about.

History of Excellence

National University is respected worldwide as a leader in integrative medicine. Why? Because National University never compromises its dedication to evidence-based science as it moves natural health care forward into mainstream medicine. Whenever you see natural health care gaining respect, advancing to a higher standard, earning acceptance in mainstream health care circles, National University graduates are there.

Historical Highlights

  • National was the first to offer hospital experience to chiropractic students, the first to push for national accreditation of chiropractic colleges.
  • We were the first to own our own Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit.
  • We were the first and remain the only chiropractic college to require a bachelor's degree for admission.
  • National University's Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics was chosen by the American Chiropractic Association as their official research publication.
  • We have received over $7 million in grants for research projects over the past decade from the National Institutes of Health.
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