College of Professional Studies National University of Health Sciences

College of Professional Studies National University of Health Sciences

Lombard, IL
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National University of Health Sciences

Since 1906, National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) has set standards of educational excellence in health care education, and has provided a dynamic atmosphere where students and faculty of various complementary and alternative health professions work together in an integrative environment.

National University offers several programs in the exciting field of natural medicine, including doctor of chiropractic (DC) and doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND) degrees, and master of science degrees in both acupuncture and oriental medicine (MSAC, MSOM). An associate degree and certificate in massage therapy and a bachelor's degree completion program in biomedical sciences are also offered.

Educational Excellence

At National University, you will find the nation's highest entry standards for many of its programs so that students are prepared to successfully complete the rigorous curriculum. For example, NUHS is the only chiropractic school, and one of very few acupuncture and oriental medicine schools, to require completion of a bachelor's degree prior to admission. The science prerequisites for admission to the chiropractic and naturopathic programs are also strict, giving students the background needed to handle the programs' foundation in the basic sciences.

NUHS cuts no corners in medical education:

-- Students in the DC and ND graduate programs complete a full year of human dissection in the university's gross anatomy laboratory.

-- Acupuncture, oriental medicine, massage therapy, and undergraduate students also study anatomy through human dissection in the lab.

-- Students can work with the Anatomage Table, today's most technologically advanced digital visualization system for anatomy education.

-- Over 98% of the university's faculty holds PhD, DC, or MD degrees.

-- The university is the only one in its field to produce three medically indexed, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

-- The research department has received over $5 million in federally funded research grants, including several from the National Institutes of Health.

-- The Illinois site has one of the largest regional health science libraries in the Midwest.

-- Close to 80% of students receive financial aid including numerous institutional scholarships.

Defining the Future of Integrated Health Care

The university's mission in all of its programs is to prepare professionals ready to succeed in integrative medicine. This means that students, faculty, and clinicians of all specialties learn to work together as colleagues, sharing their knowledge and skills for better patient outcomes.

Chiropractic and naturopathic medicine students are trained as primary care doctors who view MDs as colleagues, not competitors. Similarly, acupuncture and oriental medicine students study both the full-range of traditional eastern medicine along with coursework in western evidence-based care.

During their clinical internships, students in the DC, ND, MSAc, MSOM, and massage therapy program, serve a diverse patient population in one of the university's integrative medical clinics. Professional degree students can also choose from numerous hospital rotations, including several at VA medical facilities.

Location and Visit Options

DC students can choose from either the university's Illinois or Florida sites. All other degree programs are offered in Illinois.

The university's 35-acre Illinois site in suburban Lombard offers convenient on-campus housing and is within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment options. NUHS also is just minutes away from the exciting cultural, sports, and entertainment offerings of Chicago.

The Florida DC program is offered on the campus of St. Petersburg College (SPC) as part of SPC's University Partnership Center. Students may avail themselves of all the college's amenities while receiving the same excellent curriculum and clinical internship options offered in Illinois. SPC is located in the heart of the vibrant Tampa Bay area, with its rich cultural heritage, recreational opportunities and some of Florida's most beautiful beaches.

National University of Health Sciences starts new classes in fall, spring, and summer. Flexible learning tracks allow students to tailor each program to their learning style. Many National University students also choose to earn multiple degrees while enrolled, saving both time and tuition costs, and expanding their future career options.

National University offers multiple visit events at both sites, including visit days, student-for-a-day programs, and individualized tours.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Robert Shiel
Dean - Illinois
Lombard, IL 60148-4583
Phone: 630-889-6461
Fax: 630-889-6499

Contact Info
Dr. Daniel Strauss
Dean - Florida
Lombard, IL 60148-4583
Phone: 727-394-6058
Fax: 727-394-6015


Entrance Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, Bachelor&Apos;S Degree, Character References, Undergraduate Transcripts; For Doctorate, Bachelor&Apos;S Degree, Character References, Undergraduate Transcripts, Written Essay. Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL (Minimum Score 550 Paper-Based; 79 Ibt).
Application Deadline:
For Fall Admission, 8/13 For Domestic Students, 8/1 For International Students; For Winter Admission, 12/10 For Domestic Students, 12/1 For International Students; For Spring Admission, 4/6 For Domestic Students, 4/1 For International Students. Applications Are Processed On A Rolling Basis.
Application Fee:
Student Statistics:
Average Age 25. 190 Applicants, 76% Accepted, 76 Enrolled.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$22,150
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

Student Population:
680 Full-Time (344 Women), 23 Part-Time (11 Women); Includes 56 African Americans, 73 Asian Americans Or Pacific Islanders, 36 Hispanic Americans, 23 International.


52 Full-Time (22 Women), 53 Part-Time/Adjunct (27 Women).


Faculty Research:
Discipline/Whole Practice Research (Including Practice-Based Research Networks), Mechanisms Of Action, Clinical Trials, And Evidence-Based Practice Of CAM Therapies; Educational Research In CAM Teaching Institutions.
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Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2014&Ndash;15, 174 Students Received Support, Including 10 Fellowships (Averaging $4,000 Per Year), 15 Research Assistantships (Averaging $2,500 Per Year); Teaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, And Tuition Waivers (Partial) Also Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.