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Why Life West – From Our Students’ Perspective

The Bigger Why

With so many potential paths to take, why Chiropractic?  Why Life West?

Students take a path into Chiropractic for their own reasons. Some have had their own great experiences with chiropractic care. Many see themselves in a health care profession and see the benefit to a more natural approach to care and results – as opposed to throwing pharmaceuticals at symptoms. Some are in it for the money and the autonomy that life as a chiropractor affords. Many are some combination of all of those and more.

We’ve built our chiropractic degree program with intention and purpose. That purposely-built curriculum, culture and overall approach at Life West creates practice-ready chiropractors who can consciously answer their own “why”. So rather than continue to preach about the program we’ve built, continue below to hear students discuss the “whys”. Why chiropractic? Why Life West?

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Our purpose

What is your overarching why?

Life West has a vision to create a brighter future for humanity through excellence in modern chiropractic education. Our overarching why is our lasting purpose – to GIVE, to DO, to LOVE and to SERVE.

Holly on “Becoming”

The journey to becoming a successful chiropractor goes far beyond the classroom. Holly explains how she is shaping her “why” at Life West and how you can build your own “why.”

Erica on Serving

When we serve others and share a common goal to make a difference all our work becomes more meaningful and more rewarding. Erica explains how service helps her to grow.

Kaitlyn on Purpose

When Kaitlyn came to the Life West WAVE event, she learned about “Lasting Purpose.” Kaitlyn shares her experience going on a chiropractic service trip to India.

Our Approach

Why Clinically Inspired Learning?

You are looking for a clinical setting where you will have great mentor doctors teaching you real-world skills. As you work with the public in clinic, you develop the confidence and skills that take your education to the next level.

Kaitlyn on Clinical Experience

Senior student, Kaitlyn, describes how she recruited new patients and developed a success strategy in the Life West Clinic, that has set her up to go into practice right away when she graduates.


What is the focus of the curriculum?

What is the focus of the curriculum? Is it focused on simply passing boards or building for sustainable success in the field? At Life West we focus on the SCIENCE, ART, PHILOSOPHY and BUSINESS of chiropractic.

Erica on Curriculum

Erica explains how the science, technique and clinical curriculum fit together at Life West and why she feels the philosophy behind the curriculum helps her.

Jill on Curriculum

Jill shares a story of learning to palpate the spine and how the balanced curriculum has given her a head start in her success in school.

Authentic Culture

Why The Life West Culture Matters

The community at school reflects the tribe you will have with you for the rest of your career. Life West is thriving because of our extraordinary community.

Kristine on Authenticity

Kristine tells the story of how she connected to the community at Life West. She thought at first it was too good to be true – until she visited us a few times and realized that this place is truly unique.

Erica on Culture

Life West has many successful and even famous graduates who give back. Erica describes encounters with mentors and connections who have helped her to gain invaluable info beyond the classroom.

Holly on Connection

Life West students are super connected to each other and support each other in the program. Holly explains how she has been able to do challenging things with the help of her chiro family at Life West.