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From the President

Your journey into chiropractic is your own.  How can we help?

Students considering a Doctor of Chiropractic degree tend to come across Life West at different stages in their journey. Whether you know very little about chiropractic and are here to learn more, or you’ve already decided this is your path and want details, we’re extremely excited that you’re here. We want to help in any way we can.

Everything we do is meant to help you along on your journey — not simply preparing you to be a practice-ready Doctor of Chiropractic — but also helping you choose how to exercise your passion for helping others.

Life West is different by design. We’re excited to show you why.

With sincere gratitude,

Dr. Ron Oberstein
President, Life Chiropractic College West

Explore the Field

A look at chiropractic as a profession


Approximate Licensed Chiropractors in the U.S.


Approximate 2017 Chiropractic Market Size*


Forecasted 2025 Chiropractic Market Size*


BLS projected 10-year growth (through 2028)


Approximate graduating chiropractors in the U.S. annually


Average CA Chiropractor Salary (Dec. 2019 -

*Market size and forecast data: Grand View Research – Dec. 2018

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A Snapshot of Life West


Average doctoral students enrolled at Life West


Graduation timeline for Life West students


Academic Staff to Student Ratio at Life West
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Why Life West?

You’ll spend 3+ years in a chiropractic doctoral program. Make them count.

Life West’s chiropractic degree program is designed to help you graduate practice-ready – ready to transition into long, rewarding and profitable careers as Doctors of Chiropractic.

Our approach (The Life West Advantage) is anchored by a strong belief that providing students more hands-on, practical experience with patients simply creates stronger doctors. We firmly believe that the “why?” is important – that your “why?” is important.

Finally, we believe that rooting your journey in a philosophy of Give. Do. Love. Serve. creates stronger connections with your fellow students, your patients, your colleagues, your profession and the world as a whole.

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The Life West Advantage

Clinically Inspired Learning — the Alchemy of Clinical Experience & Academics

Other schools take a sequential approach to their curriculum – classroom studies followed by the clinic component. At Life West, we approach the two in tandem so students see the application of their academic studies in the real-word environment.

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The Life West Advantage

More hands-on experience. Earlier clinic entrance. More techniques.

Building on our curriculum, we believe giving students the earliest hands-on experience and maximizing their time spent with patients in a clinical setting are the most effective way to prepare practice-ready chiropractors.

Life West students enter clinic earlier, graduate with significantly more clinic hours and are offered more technique and specialization options than any other program.

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The Life West Advantage

The field’s leading Preceptorship program

Life West pioneered the Chiropractic Preceptorship Program and continues to offer the most extensive in-the-field education options. Students are encouraged and supported to spend their final year working off-campus in busy chiro offices around the world. Continue gaining experience under the mentorship of a DC of your choosing – with an overwhelming percentage of preceptorships transitioning to Associate DC roles upon graduation.

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Life West Advantage

International Service Trips

India • Mexico • Tonga

Life West was founded on the ethos of Give, Do, Love & Serve. Students have the opportunity to live that ethos through Life West’s International Service Trips including Tonga, India, Mexico & beyond. Learn chiropractic, give back to undeserved communities and travel.

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The Bay Area is not only a chiropractic hot spot with tons of great chiropractors and seminars, but it also offers an amazingly wide variety of activities and beautiful destinations. People come here from all over the world for a reason.

Amy MarkhoffLife West Alumni

When people start talking about Life West, people always seem to mention that this amazing institution provides a family-like feel the minute you step on to the campus. Now that I am here, I understand why; it is the unique family feel and energy at Life West which is undeniable.

Morgan ObersteinLife West Alumni

Champions Discovery Weekend was a game changer! I wasn't sure about what I wanted to do before I came - and afterward I was confident I was making the right decisions for my career. The best part was - they never "sold" me. It was an authentic and interactive weekend that put me in the drivers seat for my life.

Holly SchonbergerChampions Discovery Weekend Attendee

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