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National University of Health Sciences: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About the National University of Health Sciences

Founded in Davenport, Iowa, in 1906 before moving to Chicago in 1908, the National University of Health Sciences is a private, not-for-profit school now located in Lombard, Illinois, approximately 20 miles west of Chicago. Specializing in chiropractic medicine and related fields, this institution is known for its integrative approach to patient care and medical research. There is an additional campus in Seminole, Florida, and the school's Doctor of Chiropractic program is also offered at St. Petersburg College.


The National University of Health Sciences is divided into the College of Professional Studies, College of Allied Health Sciences and Lincoln College of Postprofessional, Graduate and Continuing Education, with graduate students making up the majority of the student body. Students at the undergraduate level can work towards an Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy or a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, while graduate students can earn degrees in chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and oriental medicine. Students can also earn certificates in massage therapy and chiropractic assistantships - the latter is available at the Lombard campus only. A Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Practice is available for practicing professionals, along with continuing education courses.

Graduate students are offered at least one year of clinical internship experience. They also have the option of specializing in business management, though all programs include some training in this area. All programs include hands-on experience and the opportunity to work with different professional specialists. With as much as $5 million dollars in research grants and a faculty of approximately 120 professionals, the school allows students to participate in integrative research projects across different health science fields.

National University was the first to offer chiropractic students hospital experience and has the only chiropractic program that requires a bachelor's degree to be admitted. In addition, the American Chiropractic Association uses the school's Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics as its official publication.


Students can apply for entry into any of National University's trimesters, beginning in January, May or September. Online or paper applications are accepted and must include two reference letters, an essay and all previous college transcripts. GPA requirements are specific to each degree program and range from 2.75 to 3.00. Most undergraduate and graduate programs list several required prerequisites, including prior coursework and degrees earned. An accelerated prerequisite program is also offered to help prospective graduate students fulfill the lower-level science courses needed to enter one of the master's or doctorate programs. Students should check out the rule for admission to their particular field of study.

Of the 850 students who attended National University in the fall of 2011, 753 were at the graduate level, with 95% being full-time. The majority of undergraduate students (62%) were female, and the majority of undergraduates were white (64%), African American (12%), Hispanic (10%) and Asian (9%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and other costs vary per program. The estimated cost to attend National University for the 2011-2012 academic year, including tuition and fees, was $13,999 for undergraduate students and $16,463 for graduate students. Special activity, technology and diagnostic kit fees add to the overall cost, depending on the program. Books and supplies should also be figured into expenses, and housing costs depend on whether the student lives on- or off-campus.

Loan programs, scholarships, work-study and federal grants are available to all students who can demonstrate financial need and/or academic excellence. National University offers its students 27 institutional scholarships based on academic merit, financial need and areas of research interest.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificate, associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Trimester**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 97 undergraduate, 753 graduate in 2011*
Student Housing 1/3 of students live on campus; must be 21 years old**
Colleges and Programs Three colleges; 9 degree and certificate programs; residency and prerequisite programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 6 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Master's: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (18)
Doctorate: Chiropractic (133)*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; applications accepted for January, May and September trimesters**
Tuition (2011-2012) Each program varies; estimated undergraduate tuition is $13,999 per year; average graduate tuition is $16,463 per year (includes fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal and institutional grants and scholarships (59%), Pell grants (47%), federal loans (99%)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics; **National University of Health Sciences.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 200 East Roosevelt, Lombard, Il, 60148
  • Phone: 800-826-6285
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