Cleveland-Kansas City University’s College of Chiropractic Celebrates a Century of Health Care Education


Cleveland-Kansas City University (CUKC) celebrates its centennial this year 2022, marking a century of healthcare education. In honor of this historic event, the university will host the annual Cleveland Centennial and Midwest Conference and Exposition, October 20-23, 2022.

The weekend will feature over 30 presenters who will cover a variety of topics relevant to today’s healthcare professionals. The special guest will be Shaun White, Olympic gold medalist and entrepreneur.

A partial list of topics covered includes sports chiropractic, women in chiropractic, animal chiropractic, neuroscience, techniques, and best practices in patient care. Doctors of Chiropractic can receive up to 16 hours of continuing education credits during the conference, while enjoying a weekend of learning, inspiration and networking for the chiropractic profession.

In 1922, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland, his wife, Dr. Ruth R. Cleveland, and a colleague, Dr. Perl B. Griffin, founded the Central College of Chiropractic in Kansas City, Mo. Its first students graduated degree in 1924, and that same year the institution was renamed Cleveland Chiropractic College.

Since that time, the college has continued to grow with Kansas City. After moving four times over the years to accommodate this growth, he found his long-term home in Overland Park, Kan. 435 near Antioch Ave. Its facilities provide an exceptional learning environment for students and a health center providing chiropractic care to patients. Its 34-acre site also provides ample room for future growth over its next century.

CUKC President, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, is the grandson of the founders and a fourth generation chiropractor. In addition to the DC degree offered by its College of Chiropractic, its College of Health Sciences offers AA degrees in Radiation Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and BS in Human Biology and Exercise Science, as well as master’s degree programs focused about health. After 100 years of health care education spanning five generations of the Cleveland family, it is an achievement that continues to impact the education of students in Metro KC, nationwide and around the world.

CUKC’s centennial is not only a time to honor the pioneers and individuals who fought and sacrificed to keep this institution alive, but also to celebrate the present,” Cleveland said. “We look forward to the next century and all that it holds for our students, the university, and ultimately future patients who will lead healthier lives through the care provided by our elders…and for CUKC, 100 years it’s just the beginning.”

In addition to the university’s centennial, Dr. Cleveland is celebrating 40 years as the institution’s president in 2022. Join us in Overland Park, Kansas, October 20-23 for a can’t-miss celebration with world-class speakers, special shows, entertainment, fireworks and more.

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