2020 Summer Trimester

The Campus

Northwestern Health Sciences University Bookstore

The University Bookstore offers the books, equipment and resources that our students need for classroom lecture, laboratory and clinical practice. The Bookstore also carries Northwestern insignia apparel, school supplies, portable tables, anatomical models, diagnostic equipment & clinic supplies for varied practitioners, nutritional supplements, gifts, health and beauty items, snacks and beverages. Students may also purchase discount movie tickets, bus passes, postage, copy and fax service. Textbooks and equipment may be ordered online for shipment or store pickup via our e-commerce site at www.nwhealthbookstore.com. The University Bookstore is also open to the public and mail order service is available.

The Greenawalt Library

The Greenawalt Library ensures access to information to advance the University’s mission and to prepare current and future professionals to become vital contributors to the delivery and advancement of health care. The library is available to all students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni and natural health care providers. Members of the public may also use the library’s resources.

An online catalog offers easy access to the library’s specialized collection of approximately 15,000 books and periodicals. The library delivers electronic full-text access to over 30,000 journals and subscribes to approximately 100 journal titles relating to natural health care, health sciences and life sciences. Interlibrary loan services link Northwestern to local, regional, national and international networks of libraries, supporting students, faculty and staff with resources beyond the library’s holdings. The university network connects library users with selected health science databases, class-related materials and standard office software.

Professional librarians tailor instruction sessions for students, faculty and staff in the use of library resources. The library’s web site provides information on library services and access to the online catalog, as well as research guidance and links to pertinent internet resources. The site highlights ejournal subscriptions (with links to full-text articles where available), new materials, and an Interlibrary Loan Request form. The Greenawalt Library houses a collection of DVDs, Club materials, software, and the appropriate equipment and facilities for their use. Our 14 A/V study rooms are available for audiovisual viewing and for group work. Library users enjoy seating at tables and carrels for quiet study.

The Greenawalt Library is named after Monte H. Greenawalt, DC, and his son, Kent S. Greenawalt, President of Foot Levelers, Inc. Their generous gift made it possible to expand this outstanding library facility in 1996 and to move into a 14,000 square-foot location in the University’s newest addition in 2008.

DeRusha Clinic

The DeRusha Clinic is a 9,000-square-foot, multi-disciplinary, patient care and instructional environment. Services offered are student chiropractic, active care, student acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and student and alumni massage therapy. The De Rusha Learning Center features 28 treatment rooms (13 acupuncture/massage therapy and 15 chiropractic) and an active care rehab space, all equipped with terminals for EHR; a digital X-ray suite; three student work rooms equipped with networked PCs and Internet access, and a conference room. The De Rusha Clinic is part of University Health Services.

The De Rusha Learning Center is named in honor of J. Lamoine De Rusha, DC, a long-time professor and dean emeritus at Northwestern. Dr. De Rusha committed his life to Northwestern College of Chiropractic and along with his wife, Klara, became an integral part of the campus culture. Dr. De Rusha was recognized internationally for his knowledge of chiropractic and neurology.

Bloomington Clinic

The Bloomington Clinic is a multi-disciplinary clinic, serving members of the public, from birth to advanced age with a variety of conditions. It is a fee-for-service clinic, working with third party payers for many of our services. Services include acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, chiropractic care, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, physical therapy and a clinical lab.

Northwestern Health Clinic Bloomington's care team involves hands-on care from interns in our Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program, supervised by licensed acupuncturists and interns in our Doctor of Chiropractic program, under the close supervision of our licensed Doctors of Chiropractic.

Northwestern Health Clinic Bloomington has 27 treatment rooms (13 acupuncture/massage therapy, 12 chiropractic, 1 naturopathic medicine and 1 physical therapy) as well as a lab and digital x-ray suite that allow interns and providers the ability to offer patients a quality healthcare experience.

H.C. Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics (WorkSiteRight)

In 2013, the University established a clinical specialty center consisting of two divisions. With funding provided by the estate of Harry C. Sweere, founder of the Ergotron, Inc., the H.C. Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics was created.

In 2017, the ergonomics division of the Sweere Center branded as WorkSiteRight and provides the business community with a variety of prevention and wellness services. These services include work-site training and educational seminars, needs assessment, ergonomic intervention, employee wellness coaching, and on-site care. Research goals include tracking of on-site care outcomes and return on investment for employers. WorkSiteRight operates in multiple locations across the United States.

The biomechanics division utilizes a sophisticated 3-D gait analysis and motion capture system, including forces affecting the joints of the body to assess human gait, regional and full body motion. This technology provides information for diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitative services for all ages, including conditions such as balance issues, sports-related injuries, performance enhancement and workplace or other injuries. Research applications for the biomechanics division focus on three-dimensional gait and human motion analysis using its instrumented treadmill and sophisticated motion capture video technology.

In 2019, the Center is working towards the establishment of the Northwestern Health Sweere Clinic, a multi-disciplinary, holistic healing center that will serve as a referral destination for complex neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.

The Sweere Center also provides student work-study learning opportunities. Sweere Center coordinators serve as mentors for students interested in the specialties of occupational health, ergonomics, and clinical biomechanics. In collaboration with NWHSU’s Continuing Education department, the Sweere Center provides continuing education programs in occupational health and ergonomics.

Human Performance Center

The Human Performance Center offers multiple specialty services, including a sport and performance clinic for competitive and recreational athletes whose needs include care for acute and chronic injuries, rehabilitation and injury prevention. Faculty clinicians, fellows and student interns also provide pre-participation examinations, concussion baseline screening, sideline coverage for local high schools and support for professional and amateur sports organizations. The HPC has agreements with a number of sports teams and organizations including Minnesota NFL Alumni, Strike Ultimate, Cougars Ultimate, Minnesota Vixen, Minnesota Freeze, Alliance Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, USA Tug of War, Concordia Academy, Mile to Marathon, Kaleena Miller Dance Company, VFW Veterans, MSP Ultimate, Drag n Thrust Ultimate, MoJo Ultimate, and Augsburg University. 

The clinical specialists of the Human Performance Center also serve as a resource for the undergraduate, professional and post-graduate academic programs of the university by contributing curriculum content and providing instruction. The courses the HPC faculty instruct are part of the NEW Sports Emphasis in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program and Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine program.  In addition, by offering opportunities to assist faculty clinicians and fellows in performance testing and patient care, students from all of the programs gain invaluable integrated clinical sports care and research experience.

With a primary focus on serving athletes through injury prevention, recovery interventions and performance enhancement, the HPC clinicians, faculty, fellows and interns actively research means of improving these services while working towards establishing new standards and best practices.

The Human Performance Center also serves the local professional community by hosting a monthly Sports and Performance Grand Rounds. This monthly seminar secures a prominent local provider to share his/her expertise with the local professional attendees and NWHSU students.

The Edith Davis Herbal Dispensary

The Herbal Dispensary is named in honor of Edith Davis, BA, L.Ac., DiplAc (1921–2008), the founder and first president of the Minnesota Institute of Acupuncture and Herbal Studies (MIAHS). Davis was a licensed acupuncture practitioner and teacher. Beginning in 1982, she became directly involved with the evolution of national acupuncture policy development and national certification standards and was the founding member of the Acupuncture Association of Minnesota. Davis was presented with the Acupuncturist of the Year Award by the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1985. The dispensary is dedicated to her leadership and contribution to the acupuncture and Chinese medicine community in Minnesota. The Edith Davis Herbal Dispensary provides a valuable hands-on teaching environment for student learning.

The Edith Davis Herbal Dispensary is an on-site Chinese herbal dispensary stocked with an extensive selection of top quality herbal products. The herbal dispensary carries more than 250 commonly used "loose" Chinese herbs (consisting of various raw and prepared materials which are boiled together to make a decoction or tea) as well as over 120 formulas and over 300 individual herbs in concentrated, powdered extract form. The dispensary also carries 200 prepared medicines (pills, capsules, and tinctures) which include over-the-counter topical plasters and liniments. The herbal dispensary fills herbal prescriptions for patients from licensed acupuncture practitioners and provides a valuable learning environment for students.


Bowl of herbs




Centers for Research and Innovation

The Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy

The Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy (CHIP) was established in 2010 in response to healthcare reform and the rapidly changing market environment. Working closely with members of the faculty and administration, CHIP is the primary health policy and advocacy division of the University. By developing strategic relationships with stakeholder groups and disseminating information to health professionals, policymakers and organizations, CHIP seeks to ensure that patients have adequate access to the quality care provided by our graduates.

The proximity of campus to the Minnesota State Capitol facilitates the ability for Northwestern students to meet with legislators and participate in annual lobbying days for their professions. Additionally, CHIP is involved in national advocacy efforts and annually organizes and accompanies a large contingent of Northwestern students who travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference.

On campus, CHIP hosts workshops, lectures and forums to expose students and other members of the campus community to health policy discussions that are relevant to their careers. Through leadership in several regional and national professional organizations and committees, CHIP has an extensive network to facilitate opportunities for Northwestern students and graduates.

The Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies

The Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinical Studies (WHCCS) is named for William Harris, DC, one of the University’s benefactors, and John B. Wolfe, DC, the founder and first president of Northwestern College of Chiropractic. The WHCCS was formed in 1991 as part of the 50-year celebration of Northwestern’s founding, and expanded in 2008 with the opening of the Wolfe-Harris Center for Excellence.

The WHCCS has engaged in studies investigating a range of treatments and healthcare models for spine related pain and disability, and are recognized in the scientific community as some of the highest quality evidence impacting complementary and integrative health care delivery. The WHCCS legacy of work with local, national and international collaborators has led to acquiring more than $22 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and other agencies.

Beginning in 2007, WHCCS faculty engaged in research education for students and university faculty through a $1.5 million partnership project funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health at the National Institutes of Health. This landmark project, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, developed of an innovative research curriculum spanning all of Northwestern’s academic programs. This project laid the foundation for education in evidence-informed practice competencies. These skills are essential to the next generation of high value health care providers, able to effectively integrate research evidence with their own clinical expertise and patient preferences.