Quick Facts - ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND)
- Bachelor’s degree
- Grade C or better in prerequisite coursework
- Concrete exposure to the practice of naturopathic medicine, by job-shadowing if possible, or by interviews with one or more naturopathic physicians
- 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
Kenmore, Washington, and San Diego, California.
- 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.
Program Summary – ND California
Students study naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University California because they seek careers that match their values. They prepare to become successful naturopathic doctors (NDs) with the help of passionate faculty and a rigorous integrated curriculum that unites science and nature.
The program leans heavily on robust clinical training. Under the supervision of faculty clinicians, students learn to be compassionate, skillful practitioners who provide personalized treatment for their patients. Our graduates consistently achieve top scores on the Naturopathic Licensing Examinations (NPLEX). And because our graduates speak the common language of science, they work as colleagues with other health care providers in integrative settings.
- Highly accomplished faculty and a strong academic advising program.
- Integrated, patient-centered curriculum that grounds students in basic sciences (including research training) and diverse naturopathic modalities.
- Clinical training that begins in fall quarter of your first year at the University's teaching clinic, Bastyr University Clinic.
- Regional accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine is a recognized provider of postdoctoral natural medical education by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).
- Close proximity to pristine beaches at Torrey Pines State Park and, next to campus, the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, with miles of protected trails.
- Small class sizes
- Access to the University's numerous resources, including financial aid.
- Robust student clubs, including Student Council and the Bastyr/UCSD Integrative Medicine Club.
- Passionate, diverse classmates from across the United States.
- Career planning assistance to help prepare for careers in independent practice, integrative health clinics, research, natural products or many other possibilities. Learn about the careers of alumni.
Prerequisite Coursework (ND)
The following coursework is the minimum required preparation for the study of naturopathic medicine. Applicants may apply with coursework still in progress, but prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation.
Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university is required. No specific major is advised. In addition to a strong preparation in the sciences, a broad background in the humanities and liberal arts is encouraged. Prerequisite coursework is used to determine a student’s preparation for the naturopathic program. No credit is given for prerequisite coursework earning a C- or lower.
- College-level Algebra: 1 course
- Chemistry (science-major level): at least 4 courses. Must include a minimum of either two sequential courses in organic chemistry or one course in organic chemistry and one course in biochemistry. The chemistry sequence should include an introduction to biological molecules. (The standard prerequisite for science-major level organic chemistry is one year of general chemistry.) Appropriate lab work required.
- General Biology (science-major level): 2 semesters or 3 quarters. Must cover concepts in cellular biology and genetics. Appropriate lab work required. Individual courses in the biological sciences may count if the above competencies are met, i.e., anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and botany.
- Physics: 1 college-level course. It must be algebra-based; calculus-based is also acceptable. A lab is not required.
- Psychology: 1 course. Introduction to psychology is recommended.
Optional Summer Start
Applicants who have completed all of the prerequisite coursework and who have been fully admitted to the ND program may take selected first-year ND courses the summer prior to beginning the ND program. This helps to significantly lighten the first-year course load.
Strongly Recommended Courses
Though not required for admission, faculty recommend students complete biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, and botany coursework in addition to the prerequisite requirements. These courses will substantially enhance students' ability to master the naturopathic course material.
Other Suggested Courses
Biomedical ethics, philosophy of science, public speaking and English composition.
Age of Course
Required chemistry and biology courses not taken within seven years of matriculation into the program are subject to review by the admissions committee. Additional coursework may be required.
Credit by Examination
Applicants may submit AP, IB and CLEP scores for prerequisite consideration for math and psychology, and AP or IB scores for physics. Students who have had prior AP or IB coursework in chemistry and biology may submit AP or IB scores for biology or chemistry exams. Students must submit the original score received directly from the testing center. Decisions regarding credit are assessed on a case-by-case basis. The admissions committee reviews test scores within the context of an applicant's academic history. All equivalency decisions made by the admissions committee are final.
Curriculum - Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
New Integrated, Patient-Centered Curriculum
Naturopathic medicine students gain real-world experience immediately in the integrated curriculum introduced in 2012. In fall semester of their first year, students begin clinical training as observers at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle or Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego.
The integrated model also offers clinical training labs that combine multiple basic science disciplines with case studies. Students learn 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 Leader
- 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 appropriate
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 costs for a typical credit load in the 2014-2015 academic year.The first year is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Average CreditsFirst 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.
|Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine||78.5||$32,810||$6,425||$39,235|
|Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine||68||
|Master of Science in Acupuncture||66||$28,014||$3,300||$31,860|
|Combined BS/MS in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine||68||$27,075||$3,000||$30,075|
|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 $3,000 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||$23,510||$2,125||$25,660|
|Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health*||45||$29,275||$1,200||$30,475|
|Master of Public Health*||43.5||$27,638||$2,200||$29,838|
|Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology||36||$23,355||$1,800||$25,155|
See also Financial Aid at Bastyr
PLEASE NOTE: For financial aid purposes, cost of attendance includes costs above plus $21,600 per nine months to cover room & board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.
*Tuition rates for the Master of Science in Maternal-Child Health and Master of Public Health are estimates based on the current tuition costs.
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