Northwestern Health Sciences University

Northwestern Health Sciences University

Northwestern Health Sciences University was established on June 2, 1941 as the Northwestern College of Chiropractic. The university is located on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Northwestern Health Sciences University offers various degree and certificate programs in the fields of human biology, Oriental medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, and therapeutic massage. These courses are available through the following academic divisions:

  • Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Northwestern College of Chiropractic
  • School of Massage Therapy

Northwestern Health Sciences University supports more than 40 student clubs and organizations, including the Animal Chiropractic Club, the Activator Methods Club, the Chiropractic Neurology Club, Our Rhythm Club, the Student Senate, the Rock Club, the Nei Jing Club, the Northwestern Women in Health Care and the Hockey Club, among others.

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Contacting Northwestern Health Sciences University

Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 W 84th St
Bloomington , MN 55431
General Phone: (952) 888-4777

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Northwestern Health Sciences University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy224chiropractic, acupuncture, traditional Asian medicine
Therapy and Counseling45massage therapy
Family and Social Work2food and nutrition

Number of programs and degrees for Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Postbaccalaureate certificate21
Bachelor's degree491
First-professional degree1901
Master's degree342
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years451

Northwestern Health Sciences University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northwestern Health Sciences University had a total enrollment of 931 students (328 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 36%
Women 64%
Full-Time 18%
Part-Time 82%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 17%
Graduate 14%
First Professional 70%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 91%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 2%
20-21 4%
22-24 38%
25-29 39%
30-34 9%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
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Northwestern Health Sciences University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year

Northwestern Health Sciences University Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Bloomington, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Northwestern Health Sciences University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Years of College Work Before Admittancerecommended

Northwestern Health Sciences University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 12,070
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,070
Books and supplies $ 1,162

Financial Aid:
Northwestern Health Sciences University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1232800)

Northwestern Health Sciences University Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4132

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year13$74,3304$78,741
Associate professorcalendar year10$73,8789$64,040
Assistant professorcalendar year9$81,31612$53,059
Instructorcalendar year1*2*
Lecturercalendar year1*3$35,192
All faculty totalcalendar year34$74,20230$57,585

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Northwestern Health Sciences University Degree Programs (2007)

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Chiropractic (DC)
Traditional Chinese/Asian Medicine and Chinese Herbology

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage

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