Western States Chiropractic School

Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC) is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian, non-profit, professional school. The college holds tax exempt status under the provisions of Internal Revenue (IRS) code section 501(c)(3).

The governing body of the college is a board of trustees. The President, selected and appointed by the board, is the chief administrative officer, and is responsible for all administrative and academic affairs of the college.

Chiropractic education was introduced in Portland as early as 1904 when Drs. John and Eva Marsh opened Marshes’ School and Cure. In 1909, the college changed its name to Pacific College of Chiropractic.

In 1932 the Pacific Chiropractic College was reorganized and became Western States College. In 1937 the Health Research Foundation was formed as a non-profit organization under which Western States College operated. The College also offered a degree in naturopathy from the mid-thirties through the mid-fifties.

In 1946 the College relocated to southeast Portland, and then, in 1973, moved to its current 22-acre campus in northeast Portland. In 1967 the school’s name changed to Western States Chiropractic College.

WSCC has been a pioneer in chiropractic education since its inception. WSCC was the first to set up a four-year course of study; one of the first to be transferred from private ownership to non-profit status; the first to require two years of preprofessional requirements to enroll; one of the first to adopt a curriculum inclusive of all the basic sciences; and the first to be awarded a federal research grant.

The WSCC philosophy of chiropractic is based on the concept that the human body has recuperative, self-healing capabilities, and that there is a correlation between skeletal structure and optimum bodily function. The interdependence of structure and function, and the relationship between the nervous system–particularly the spine–and the rest of the body is the core element of WSCC’s approach to healing and wellness. This indicates that the first line of intervention for conservative care is to assure biomechanical integrity, with pharmaceutical and/or more invasive care (e.g., surgery) being utilized only after conservative options have been employed.

The mission of Western States Chiropractic College is to educate students in the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic; to cultivate those skills and attitudes that will foster clinical decision-making based on established chiropractic procedures, scientific knowledge, integrity, and a genuine concern for humankind; and to prepare its students for their role as primary care physicians, competent in diagnosis and in the chiropractic management of patients’ health care needs. The College is also committed to sponsoring active research, programs for post-graduate education, training for related health fields, and services which benefit the general community.

It is the policy of WSCC that we acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a college community. WSCC aspires to create respect for and appreciation of all persons that are a part of our college community. WSCC further strives to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity.

WSCC does not discriminate in education or employment on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, or veteran status, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy complies with the spirit and the letter of applicable federal and local laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Contact info:
Western States Chiropractic College
2900 NE 132nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97230-3099