About the College of Chiropractic

Founded in 1991, the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic (UBCC) offered the first university-based chiropractic program in the nation. The four-year, semester-based program is comprised of basic and clinical sciences as well as clinical internships which prepare students to become primary care physicians. Students closely interact with faculty, learning to diagnose and care for patients using an evidence-based approach. Graduates fully understand the relationship between the structural and neurological aspects of the body and possess the ability to integrate care within the current health care environment.

UB offers state-of-the-art facilities for the study of basic and clinical sciences and chiropractic technique procedures. The anatomy, neuroanatomy, pathology, radiology library, and spacious clinics are all recently renovated. A new learning laboratory offers technologically-advanced, computer-aided instruction in many areas, including anatomy, biomechanics, histology, physiology, and radiology.

Rotations and externships at various off-campus teaching clinics provide UBCC students with diverse clinical experiences. Each semester, select students participate in rotations at two regional Veterans Administration Hospitals where they assist in providing chiropractic care to veterans. Students also have the opportunity to assist UB clinical faculty with the treatment of patients at six community health centers across Connecticut. Further experiences are available in the surrounding Bridgeport community, including internships with the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team, Stony Brook Medical Center’s Neuroradiology unit, and established private practices.

Senior chiropractic students also actively provide care in UB’s on-campus out-patient clinic. Students have the opportunity to work in an integrated health care setting alongside UB’s Acupuncture, Dental Hygiene, and Naturopathic Medicine students. UBCC also has a state-of-the-art human performance lab where students can directly work with athletes from UB’s NCAA Division II sports teams.

Vision Statement

To graduate future chiropractic physicians capable of providing excellent evidence-influenced, patient-centered, and coordinated health care.

Mission Statement

To educate chiropractic students to be successful providers of highly-competent, patient-centered care by utilizing best practice educational methodologies, engaging in relevant scholarly activities, and providing effective service to our University, College, and local communities.

Core Values

Diversity & Respect

  • Honor and Respect for all individuals regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religious background
  • Appreciate the opportunities created from learning about the traditions and beliefs of others
  • Recognize that a diverse set of ideas enriches the learning environment

Collaboration & Excellence

  • Strive to achieve excellence in all duties and tasks
  • Seek out the opportunities to develop professional relationships
  • Facilitate collaboration amongst health care professionals

Integrity & Success

  • Practice honesty, righteousness, decency, and fairness at all times
  • Achieve success by utilizing a high level of integrity and strong moral compass
  • Foster a culture of continuous reflection and quality improvement

Innovation & Scholarship

  • Devise a curriculum and learning environment employing best practice learning theories and methodologies
  • Create and apply innovative methods for teaching physical medicine techniques
  • Advance the chiropractic profession through scholarship and research


  • Enable success by mentoring all students with a high level of attention to their individual needs
  • Develop fair, valid, transparent, and rigorous assessment methods
  • Inspire scholars and future leaders who advance the science and practice of chiropractic health care


  • Assess a patient’s health care needs accurately
  • Design care plans considering the needs and desires of the patient coupled with the practitioner’s expertise and the best available evidence
  • Provide all health care services in a compassionate and respectful manner
  • Promulgate the belief that high-quality health care is a right and not a privilege

Health and Well-being

  • Recognize that the body is an integrated unit with intrinsic self-regulating and healing mechanisms
  • Acknowledge that health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity
  • Empower and educate individuals to achieve their health care goals