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Holy Names University and Life Chiropractic College West announce bachelor’s degree completion partnership

(Oakland, CA – February 3, 2021) — Holy Names University (HNU) is offering a new bachelor’s degree completion path for students pursuing advanced chiropractic degrees at Life Chiropractic College West (Life West). Students of Life West who have yet to complete their bachelor’s degree may do so at HNU, with a degree in Kinesiology, Interdisciplinary Studies, or a Self-Designed major.

The two institutions, both located in the East Bay, share a deep commitment to access and to preparing service-minded graduates.

Says Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Holy Names University, Kim Bowers, “Chiropractors who obtain their undergraduate degree from Holy Names will enter the work force prepared to offer equitable care to a diverse group of clients. This partnership is a win for both universities and future chiropractic patients throughout the Bay Area.”

In February of 2020, Holy Names University and Life Chiropractic College West signed a partnership agreement that supports the training of highly skilled chiropractic doctors while reducing their time to degree by one year (see press release). This partnership provides students with the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in a total of six years.

Qualified Kinesiology students at Holy Names University may enter the Life West Doctor of Chiropractic degree program after the completion of their third year of study at HNU. While admission to Life West is not guaranteed, HNU students who apply by the early-decision deadline will receive priority-applicant status, which means their applications will be reviewed as soon as possible by the Life West admissions department and they will be granted an interview by their admissions panel.


Holy Names University (HNU) has been empowering and preparing a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service since 1868. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education through 15 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs. Student-centered, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, HNU meets the needs of all learners, including first-generation students and working adults. Nestled in the Oakland hills of California, the University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit hnu.edu.

About Life Chiropractic College West

Life Chiropractic College West traces its founding to 1976, when the institution was known as Pacific States Chiropractic College. In April 1978, the first group of students at Pacific States Chiropractic College began attending classes.

Life Chiropractic College West, which offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic education. Life Chiropractic College West is accredited by both the WASC Senior College and University Commission and the Council on Chiropractic Education, agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information on Life West, visit lifewest.edu.