About Us

Dr. Cleveland with a group of chiropractic students in their lab coats

Pioneering health education for more than 95 years

Cleveland University-Kansas City began as a chiropractic college in 1922, its roots planted by pioneers in the profession. The institution is proud to be recognized as one of the oldest nonprofit chiropractic colleges in the nation. Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, president, a third-generation chiropractor, and the grandson of the founders, leads the University.

Degrees for today’s health care careers

CUKC has expanded their degrees to meet a wider range of health care careers while ensuring that chiropractic remains a cornerstone program.

In 2015, Cleveland completed the final phase of its transition to University status. Building on the success of its existing health care degree programs, Cleveland is evolving with the planned launch of several new health sciences programs in the near future.

Hands-on-training and technology focused classrooms

Cleveland boasts a retreat-like campus setting on 34 picturesque acres in suburban Overland Park, Kansas, part of the Kansas City metropolitan community. More than 90 years of history, tradition, knowledge and achievement went into the development of Cleveland’s state-of-the-art technology classrooms, labs and patient-care facilities, all of which lead to a better kind of health care.

Educating health care leaders is our goal

At Cleveland, everything is connected to well-being. The institution’s mission is to promote health, wellness and vitality. Ultimately, the goal is to educate leaders in chiropractic and the health sciences to be the difference in health care.

Our Vision

The Cleveland vision is to be recognized and respected as a leader in health promotion.

Our Mission

The Cleveland mission is to provide strong student-centered academic and professional education with a focus in the areas of life sciences and health promotion through education, scholarship and service.

Our Core Values


  • Responsible and ethical behavior
  • Honest and open communication
  • Responsibility for our individual actions


  • Highest quality in teaching, scholarship and service
  • Embrace compassion


  • Treat all individuals with dignity and respect
  • Encourage an environment that attracts, nurtures and supports diversity
  • Sensitivity to differences in learning styles, ideas and beliefs


  • Partnerships, interaction and relationships
  • Cooperative efforts to achieve our common goals


  • Encourage activities and behaviors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle
  • Chiropractic care is essential for optimizing health and well-being


  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Enthusiastic pursuit of new ideas

Our Doctor of Chiropractic Program Mission

The Doctor of Chiropractic program mission lies in the areas of education, scholarship and service and in the advancement of chiropractic.

  • The education mission of the institution is to prepare competent, entry-level doctors of chiropractic as primary health care providers and to offer continuing education for doctors of chiropractic.
  • The scholarship mission of the institution is to conduct research and scholarly activities in areas related to chiropractic education and health care, and to collaborate with other institutions and health care providers in scholarly activities.
  • The service mission of the institution is to provide health care and outreach services to the community, support services to alumni and other health care providers, and volunteer services to civic and professional organizations.

Undergraduate Program Mission

The Cleveland Undergraduate Studies program mission is to provide a respected and recognized undergraduate studies program specializing in life sciences and health promotion preparing graduates to continue in health-related education programs.

Master of Science Program Mission

The mission of the Cleveland Master of Science in Health Education and Promotion program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and foundation to become leaders and educators in health promotion. Graduates are eligible for examination as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).