Students can earn a biology and chiropractic degrees at SPC

PINELLAS COUNTY — St. Petersburg College (SPC) and National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) have collaborated to allow students to complete both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree in less time.

The Advanced Scholars Program is a joint recruitment and dual admission effort that creates a coordinated curriculum specifically for exceptional students who maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher at SPC.

“National University of Health Sciences and St. Petersburg College have enjoyed an exceptional relationship for many years,” said NUHS President Joseph Stiefel, MS, EdD, DC. “We have found yet another way to work together for the benefit of our students and our community. Collaboration is the cornerstone to our success, and I look forward to much more with SPC.”

NUHS is one of 17 educational institutions that are part of the University Partnership Center (UPC) at SPC.  The UPC provides students in the Pinellas County area with integrative educational opportunities with students from other schools and healthcare disciplines, and access to a wide variety of services and programs on multiple campuses. This innovative campus-sharing program allows NUHS to offer its Doctor of Chiropractic program through SPC.

“NUHS has been a UPC partner for over a decade now, and they continue to find ways to connect with​ and support the SPC family,” said Catherine Kennedy, associate vice president, Academic Affairs and Partnerships at SPC.  “Here is an example of us all coming together to ​benefit students, who can make their last year of their SPC biology bachelor degree also their first year of their NUHS doctor of chiropractic degree, all while studying here in Pinellas County.”

Qualified students will complete three years of undergraduate study or a minimum of 90 semester credits leading toward their Bachelor of Science in Biology with a subplan in cellular and molecular biology at SPC. Before completing their undergraduate degree, students will then start the five-year DC program at NUHS. After successful completion of all coursework in the first four trimesters at NUHS, they can be granted their bachelor degree from SPC.

“Many limited entry programs have additional requirements needed to be admitted, but this partnership will lessen a student’s time to completion for both their bachelor’s degree and their chiropractic degree,” said Dr. Natavia Middleton, dean of Natural Science and Engineering at SPC. “We welcome any student who feels that they want to pursue their bachelor’s degree in biology, as this partnership will fulfill our commitment of service to Floridians who may not otherwise have had this opportunity.”

For more information or to apply to the Advanced Scholars Program at SPC and NUHS, contact Nikkia Parchment at NUHS at 727-302-6461 or email

National University of Health Sciences, is a not-for-profit educational institution with locations in Illinois and Florida, was founded in 1906. National University sets the standard in training for careers in health care, offering graduate programs in chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and oriental medicine as well as undergraduate degrees in massage therapy and biomedical sciences.

A historic leader in evidence-based health care, National University publishes three medically indexed scientific journals. National University also provides whole health patient-centered care in its five integrative medical clinics. More information about NUHS can be found at

About St Petersburg College

St. Petersburg College alumni rank 1st in the state of Florida for possessing the most valuable job skills among two-year colleges. Founded in 1927, SPC is Florida’s first two-year college and the first to offer bachelor’s degrees. They offer more than 110 degree and certificate programs, including many high-demand, high-skill industry-recognized workforce certifications.

Their career-focused curriculum is created with input from industry experts to give students the skills they need to meet the needs of today’s employers. Our new Pathways Program gives students a clear roadmap to success to ensure they are taking the right courses – in the right sequence – to meet their goals.

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