Quick Facts - ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
- Bachelor’s degree
- Grade C or better in prerequisite coursework
- Experience in the medical field and/or with naturopathic medicine
- While there is no minimum GPA requirement, the historical average GPA for admitted students is 3.4
- See all prerequisite information for naturopathic medicine program or read about our post-bacc program for completing prerequisites
Length of Program
- Four years for full-time students
- Five years for dual-degree tracks
Tuition and Fees (first year)
- Naturopathic doctor working as a primary natural care physician in private practice or at a clinic dedicated to integrative medicine
- Research scientist studying natural medicine
- Naturopathic consultant/advocate in industry, insurance or the political arena
- Wellness entrepreneur
- Natural medicine spokesperson/advisor
- Rural community doctor
- Dietary supplement entrepreneur or natural products specialist
- Corporate wellness educator
- Public health administrator
- Natural medicine author/public speaker
- Faculty member in naturopathic or conventional medical institution
Where are Naturopathic Physicians Licensed?
Currently, 17 states, five Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands all have laws regulating naturopathic doctors. Learn more about licensure from the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges.
Curriculum - Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
New Integrated, Patient-Centered Curriculum
Students get real-world experience from the start through the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) curriculum program implemented in 2012. In fall semester of their first year, students atttending either campus begin clinical training as observers at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle or Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego, helping them form a real-world understanding of the skills they’re learning in the classroom.
The integrated model also offers clinical training labs that combine multiple basic science disciplines with case studies, and teaches students to look at how the disciplines work together to support each body system (i.e. respiratory system, circulatory system, cardiovascular system).
For more information, read our article Bastyr Launches New Integrated, Patient-Centered Naturopathic Medicine Curriculum.
Expected Learning Outcomes
School of Naturopathic Medicine Professional Competencies:
Naturopathic Medical Expert
- Integrate naturopathic philosophy and principles into the care of patients, including honoring the sacredness of the therapeutic relationship
- Develop, maintain and value a comprehensive knowledge base that includes both biomedical sciences and naturopathic principles
- Prepare an assessment incorporating all appropriate history, physical examination, and diagnostic testing in order to formulate a naturopathic medical diagnosis
- Establish and sustain proficiency in a full range of therapeutic approaches
- Demonstrate consideration and accountability for clinical management decisions and their long-term implications
- Integrate outcome assessment and evidence-based medicine into every patient encounter
- Recognize the limitations of knowledge, skills, and scope of practice, and solicit a consultation or referral when pertinent
Naturopathic Health Advocate
- Educate other health professionals, patients, and the public about the benefits of naturopathic medicine and a healthy lifestyle
- Practice self-care in accordance with the principles of naturopathic medicine
- Collaborate with others to advocate for health promotion and disease prevention for both individuals and the community
- Promote environmental awareness and sustainable medical practices to improve the health of humans and the rest of the natural world
Naturopathic Health Professional and Scholar
- Communicate with patients, colleagues, and other members of the community with sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic differences and act with compassion and respect for human dignity, individuality and rights
- Demonstrate integrity and respect the laws and regulations in the jurisdiction of practice, including placing the protection of the public ahead of self-interest
- Master the entrepreneurial skills necessary to establish a thriving practice
- Utilize technology to optimize medical care and business operations
- Maintain and advance professional competence through ongoing education and research
The following curriculum tables list the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course are the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.) the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C) and the total contact hours for the course over the entire quarter (Tot.).Click here to download the PDF file.
San Diego ND Clinical Training
The teaching clinic at the San Diego campus, Bastyr University Clinic,
A recent expansion into a second building gives the teaching clinic more space to continue growing into the future. The space at 4110 Sorrento Valley Boulevard includes 11 clinical examination rooms, an IV clinic and laboratory, hydrotherapy and sauna facilities, physical medicine and exercise space, a botanical medicine lab and herbal storage facilities.
To make an appointment at the clinic, call (858) 246-9730.
In addition to on-campus training at Bastyr University Clinic, naturopathic medicine students program provide care to diverse, often underserved community members in the greater San Diego community at off-campus clinical sites.
Tuition for Master's & Doctoral Degrees
Average first-year tuition and fee costs for a typical credit load in the 2013/2014 academic year.The "first year" is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Average Credits1st year
Tuition & FeesFees include a $25 quarterly student activity fee. See the University Catalog for a full schedule of fees.
Books & Supplies
TotalThe budget used to determine financial-aid eligibility allows for an additional $21,600 for a 9-month period of living expenses for graduate students.
|Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine||78.5||$31,864||$6,425||$38,289|
|Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine||68||
|Master of Science in Acupuncture||66||$28,014||$3,846||$31,860|
|Combined BS/MS in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine||68||$28,630||$3,946||$32,576|
|Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences||37||$19,897||$1,100||$20,987|
|Master of Science in Nutrition (all tracks)Average first-year credit loads for nutrition master programs vary: Didactic Program in Dietetics (40 credits), Research (44), Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology (47).||44||
|Master of Science in Midwifery $3000 in extra transportation costs are automatically added for out-of-state students. Midwifery students living in Washington will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for this addition.||42.5||$22,470||$2,125||$24,595|
|Combined BS/MS in Midwifery||42.5||$22,470||$2,125||$24,595|
|Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology||36||$22,470||$1,800||$24,270|