Why a Campus in California?
Bastyr University California is the state's only fully accredited higher-education institution for naturopathic medicine.
Which is quite surprising, really. The University conducted years of market research before selecting the San Diego location. Multiple encouraging indicators factored into the decision:
- Residents of California, and the San Diego area in particular, hold a high level of interest in natural medicine. That bodes well for a future teaching clinic and for alumni hoping to establish practices.
- California also has an acute primary care shortage, an opportunity that could be filled by naturopathic doctors. Only one in four counties in the state has the recommended ratio of 60 to 80 primary care physicians for each 100,000 residents, according to the California Medical Association. The problem is expected to worsen as physicians retire, baby boomers age and require more care and an estimated 6 million Californians become newly insured in 2014 under the federal Affordable Care Act.
- California is one of 16 states to license naturopathic doctors (NDs) to practice as primary care professionals (thanks in part to the University's advocacy to the 2003 state Legislature).
- Prospective students who were surveyed gave San Diego their highest preference among several finalist sites. Prospective faculty did the same. Their reasons: the city's quality of life, a culture friendly toward natural medicine and a strong presence of medical and higher-education institutions (see more on the San Diego health research cluster).
- The California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA) expresses strong support for a Bastyr campus in California. “We export more naturopathic medical students than any other state," says CNDA President Simon Barker, ND, a Bastyr alumnus. "I meet with people on a weekly basis who tell me they want to stay nearby. As a Southern California resident, I'm particularly excited. Not only does it provide a source of hope and pride for us, it also provides a source of training for tomorrow's primary care doctors in California."
See our San Diego campus blog for recent news and updates about the new campus, which opened in fall 2012.
The San Diego campus will be located at 4106 Sorrento Valley Boulevard in the center of the city's life sciences cluster and approximately 14 miles north of downtown.
It lies within walking distance of the San Diego Coaster commuter train (which connects to more light-rail lines), and is within a short drive of the University of California-San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital and the VA San Diego Medical Center.
Bastyr University California can be reached by calling (858) 246-9700.