About Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC)

The College

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.

History of the College- 100 Years of Chiropractic

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.

Western States Chiropractic Philosophy

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.

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Western States Chiropractic College does not discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, handicap or sexual orientation in admission or access to programs or activities. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Enrollment Management.

Established policies and procedures which guide the life of the college are published and available to all interested persons. A complete copy of official policies may be found in the College Administrative Policy Manual, which is available in the library, the deans’ offices, and the Office of the Registrar.