Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine - National University of Natural Medicine - NUNM (2024)

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Your First Year: In-Person or Online By the Numbers Learn More Clinical Trainingin Naturopathic Medicine Accreditation and Licensure Contact NUNM FAQ Program News Sara Danko empowers fellow NUNM graduates to build strong communities Tia Hernández envisions women’s health as a priority NUNM grad Yolanda Fernández advocates for social justice, equitable health access NUNM names Dr. Dee Saunders as AVP of Clinical Education and Administration Program Options ND Admissions Requirements for ND Prerequisite Courses Documents and Essays Required Documents and Essays for the ND Program Estimated Program Cost Total ND Degree Credits ND/MAc Admissions Requirements for ND/MAc Prerequisite Courses Documents and Essays Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MAc Program Estimated Program Cost Total ND Degree Credits Total MAc Degree Credits ND/MScGH Admissions Requirements for ND/MScGH Prerequisite Courses Documents and Essays Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MScGH Program Estimated Program Cost Total ND Degree Credits Total MScGH Degree Credits ND/MScN Admissions Requirements for ND/MScN Prerequisite Courses Documents and Essays Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MScN Program Estimated Program Cost Total ND Degree Credits Total MScN Degree Credits ND/MSCR Admissions Requirements for ND/MSCR Prerequisite Courses Documents and Essays Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MSCR Program Estimated Program Cost Total ND Degree Credits Total MSCR Degree Credits ND/MAcCHM Admissions Requirements for ND/MAcCHM Prerequisite Courses Documents and Essays Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MAcCHM Program Estimated Program Cost Total ND Degree Credits Total MAcCHM Degree Credits

The National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is North America’s first and most renowned naturopathic medical school. At NUNM, we offer a meticulously crafted four-year program that paves the way for you to achieve a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).

Our program seamlessly integrates traditional naturopathic modalities with modern clinical healthcare practices and principles with modern clinical training, guided by renowned faculty who enable you to shape the future of naturopathic medicine.

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Your First Year: In-Person or Online

Experience flexibility with our innovative and unique online option for the first year, allowing you to complete 25% of your ND degree remotely. Join us at NUNM to experience the most comprehensive naturopathic program in North America and become an integral part of shaping the future of healthcare.

By the Numbers

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First Year Online

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Program Length:
4 or 5 Years

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Total Credits:
302 Hours

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Per Credit Cost:
$522

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  • Curriculum
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
  • ND Faculty
  • Preceptorship Program
  • Naturopathic Therapies
  • Naturopathic Scope of Practice in Oregon
  • Naturopathic Principles of Healing
  • Post-graduate Residency Opportunities
  • Certificate Programs
  • Student Research Opportunities

Clinical Trainingin Naturopathic Medicine

Clinical training in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program will expose you to the most diverse patient population of any naturopathic medical school. Students at NUNM learn real-world clinical skills starting in year one, completing more than 1,200 clinical learning hours upon graduation. Our on-campus teaching clinic is certified as a Tier 4 Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH).

In addition to being recognized as a leader in patient-centered care, this designation allows us to serve Oregon’s Medicaid population. More than 50% of our patients are on Medicaid and for some, coming to our clinic may be the first time they see a doctor of any kind. For our students, this provides exposure to treating patients with acute, complex and chronic symptoms.

Accreditation and Licensure

NUNM is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The ND program is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). Both are governing bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national board examinations administered by NABNE, the basis for naturopathic licensure in states that recognize naturopathic physicians. Learn more about licensure in the United States for naturopathic physicians.

Contact NUNM

Questions about the program or application process? Contact NUNM Admissions today!

FAQ

Naturopathic physicians in the United States and Canada are licensed differently across states and provinces due to variations in regulatory standards and legal requirements, resulting in a variety of regulations governing their practice. Learn more about naturopathic licensing from state to state

Yes, as a private, non-profit university, tuition is the same for both residents and non-residents of Oregon.

The online first-year naturopathy program at NUNM mirrors the intensity of the in-person ND medical program. Over three terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring), students complete 26 credits per term, totaling 312 instructional hours. Expect roughly 21 hours of weekly self-paced online coursework and 5 hours of scheduled synchronous tutorials. Students should dedicate 1-2 hours of study, group work, assignments, and exam prep per instructional hour. This workload is estimated to be around 60+ hours per week. View the online curriculum. (Link to online curriculum)

Not entirely. In the first year of online naturopathic school, around 80% (20-22 hours) of instruction is asynchronous, allowing students to access course materials conveniently. The remaining 20% (4-6 hours) consists of scheduled tutorials with faculty that require attendance.

Clinical education in the first year includes 30 didactic/tutorial hours and ten clinical observation hours. Overall, 1,254 clinical training hours are required for graduation. These accumulated hours also count toward the 4,100 hour minimum necessary for accreditation by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).

Yes, first-year students will have the option to take electives. ND students are required to complete a total of 16 elective credits to enhance the breadth of their education, but we suggest that students take no more than three electives in their first year.

The tutorials will be delivered via a hybrid model: independent, group work and scheduled synchronous time. Labs will be postponed to in-person intensive practic*ms. Students will complete approximately 14 weekly lab hours during the program’s second year.

While 80% of the online ND program offers flexible, asynchronous learning, the workload averages over 60 hours per week (26 instructional hours + 52 study/assignment hours). Similarly, the on-ground program is a large time commitment. This academic intensity, often unprecedented before medical school, leaves little time for employment. If considering part-time work, it’s advised to experience the first term before committing, as the workload might be more demanding than anticipated.

Yes, students can complete a second degree program. For some programs, it’s advised to switch to a 5 year or 6 year track.

No, the online naturopathic medicine courses are solely available for the first year of the ND program.

The 4-year naturopathic medical training prepares students to practice primary care/general medicine. Students may also pursue areas of interest via electives or certificates while studying at NUNM. Graduates may pursue additional training via specialty associations and board certification in a variety of areas, including oncology, pediatrics, gastroenterology, psychiatry, endocrinology (men’s health or women’s health), environmental health and others.

Program News

Sara Danko empowers fellow NUNM graduates to build strong communities

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ND-MAcCHM grad and general student commencement speaker encourages new alumni to develop a network for future success.

Tia Hernández envisions women’s health as a priority

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ND grad and clinical programs student commencement speaker says intersections in healthcare are critical to wellness.

NUNM grad Yolanda Fernández advocates for social justice, equitable health access

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice student commencement speaker draws on growing up in Puerto Rico, early experiences with medicine.

NUNM names Dr. Dee Saunders as AVP of Clinical Education and Administration

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Former Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Clinical Affairs passionate about improving clinical education and modernizing medical reporting.

Program Options

The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • ND
  • ND/MAc
  • ND/MScGH
  • ND/MScN
  • ND/MSCR
  • ND/MAcCHM
  • ND

    Admissions Requirements for ND

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    Biological Sciences2Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
    Chemical Sciences4Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
    General Physics1
    Mathematics1Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
    English Composition1
    Psychology1Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
    Social Sciences & Humanities2Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    • Biological Sciences — 2 Courses
      Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
    • Chemical Sciences — 4 Courses
      Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
    • General Physics — 1 Course
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
    • Social Sciences & Humanities — 2 Courses
      Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents and Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the ND Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants.(double spaced)

    • ND: Primary Care

      While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc.(maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
    Credits82.71
    Cost/Credit$504
    Tuition$41,686
    Fees**$1,080
    Total$42,766

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2023-2024 academic year.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

    Total ND Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      286

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      302

    • ND/MAc

      Admissions Requirements for ND/MAc

      Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

      A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

      Prerequisite Courses

      Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

      Biological Sciences2Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
      Chemical Sciences4Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      General Physics1
      Mathematics1Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
      English Composition1
      Psychology1Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
      Humanities1Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      Social Sciences & Humanities2Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      • Biological Sciences — 2 Courses
        Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
      • Chemical Sciences — 4 Courses
        Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      • General Physics — 1 Course
      • Mathematics — 1 Course
        Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
      • English Composition — 1 Course
      • Psychology — 1 Course
        Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
      • Humanities — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      • Social Sciences & Humanities — 2 Courses
        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

      A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

      Documents and Essays

      Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

      Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MAc Program

      • Resume

        A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

      • Personal Statement

        Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants.(double spaced)

      • ND: Primary Care

        While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc.(maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

      • MAc

        Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the MAc Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

      Estimated Program Cost

      First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
      Credits82.71
      Cost/Credit$504
      Tuition$41,686
      Fees**$1,080
      Total$42,766

      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2023-2024 academic year.

      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

      The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

      Total ND Degree Credits

      • Core program credits

        286

      • Elective credits

        16

      • Total required credits

        302

        Total MAc Degree Credits

        • Core program credits

          158.75

        • Elective credits

        • Total required credits

          158.75

        • ND/MScGH

          Admissions Requirements for ND/MScGH

          Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

          A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

          Prerequisite Courses

          Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

          Biological Sciences2Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
          Chemical Sciences4Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
          General Physics1
          Mathematics1Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
          English Composition1
          Psychology1Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
          Social Sciences & Humanities2Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
          • Biological Sciences — 2 Courses
            Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
          • Chemical Sciences — 4 Courses
            Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
          • General Physics — 1 Course
          • Mathematics — 1 Course
            Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
          • English Composition — 1 Course
          • Psychology — 1 Course
            Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
          • Social Sciences & Humanities — 2 Courses
            Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

          A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

          Documents and Essays

          Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

          Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MScGH Program

          • Resume

            A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

          • Personal Statement

            Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants.(double spaced)

          • ND: Primary Care

            While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc.(maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

          • MScGH Personal Statement

            Please share what interests you about this program, why you believe you’re a good match for the program, and what you hope to do in the future with this degree.(2000 words max, double spaced)

          Estimated Program Cost

          First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
          Credits82.71
          Cost/Credit$504
          Tuition$41,686
          Fees**$1,080
          Total$42,766

          * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2023-2024 academic year.

          ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

          The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

          Total ND Degree Credits

          • Core program credits

            286

          • Elective credits

            16

          • Total required credits

            302

            Total MScGH Degree Credits

            • Core program credits

              50

            • Elective credits

              12

            • Total required credits

              62

            • ND/MScN

              Admissions Requirements for ND/MScN

              Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

              A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

              Prerequisite Courses

              Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

              Biological Sciences2Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
              Chemical Sciences4Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
              General Physics1
              Mathematics1Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
              English Composition1
              Psychology1Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
              Social Sciences & Humanities2Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
              • Biological Sciences — 2 Courses
                Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
              • Chemical Sciences — 4 Courses
                Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
              • General Physics — 1 Course
              • Mathematics — 1 Course
                Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
              • English Composition — 1 Course
              • Psychology — 1 Course
                Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
              • Social Sciences & Humanities — 2 Courses
                Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

              A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

              Documents and Essays

              Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

              Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MScN Program

              • Resume

                A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

              • Personal Statement

                Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants.(double spaced)

              • ND: Primary Care

                While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc.(maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

              • MScN: Career Goals

                Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career.(maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

              Estimated Program Cost

              First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
              Credits82.71
              Cost/Credit$504
              Tuition$41,686
              Fees**$1,080
              Total$42,766

              * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2023-2024 academic year.

              ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

              The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

              Total ND Degree Credits

              • Core program credits

                286

              • Elective credits

                16

              • Total required credits

                302

                Total MScN Degree Credits

                • Core program credits

                  52

                • Elective credits

                  12

                • Total required credits

                  64

                • ND/MSCR

                  Admissions Requirements for ND/MSCR

                  Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

                  A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

                  Prerequisite Courses

                  Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

                  Biological Sciences2Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
                  Chemical Sciences4Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
                  General Physics1
                  Mathematics2Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
                  English Composition1
                  Psychology1Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
                  Social Sciences & Humanities2Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                  • Biological Sciences — 2 Courses
                    Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
                  • Chemical Sciences — 4 Courses
                    Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
                  • General Physics — 1 Course
                  • Mathematics — 2 Courses
                    Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
                  • English Composition — 1 Course
                  • Psychology — 1 Course
                    Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
                  • Social Sciences & Humanities — 2 Courses
                    Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

                  A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

                  Documents and Essays

                  Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

                  Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MSCR Program

                  • Resume

                    A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

                  • Personal Statement

                    Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants.(double spaced)

                  • ND: Primary Care

                    While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc.(maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

                  • MSCR: Background and Goals

                    Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research.(maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

                  Estimated Program Cost

                  First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
                  Credits82.71
                  Cost/Credit$504
                  Tuition$41,686
                  Fees**$1,080
                  Total$42,766

                  * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2023-2024 academic year.

                  ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

                  The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

                  Total ND Degree Credits

                  • Core program credits

                    286

                  • Elective credits

                    16

                  • Total required credits

                    302

                    Total MSCR Degree Credits

                    • Core program credits

                      57

                    • Elective credits

                      9

                    • Total required credits

                      66

                    • ND/MAcCHM

                      Admissions Requirements for ND/MAcCHM

                      Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

                      A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

                      Prerequisite Courses

                      Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

                      Biological Sciences2Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
                      Chemical Sciences4Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
                      General Physics1
                      Mathematics1Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
                      English Composition1
                      Psychology1Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
                      Humanities1Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                      Social Sciences & Humanities2Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                      • Biological Sciences — 2 Courses
                        Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
                      • Chemical Sciences — 4 Courses
                        Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
                      • General Physics — 1 Course
                      • Mathematics — 1 Course
                        Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
                      • English Composition — 1 Course
                      • Psychology — 1 Course
                        Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
                      • Humanities — 1 Course
                        Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                      • Social Sciences & Humanities — 2 Courses
                        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

                      A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

                      Documents and Essays

                      Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

                      Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MAcCHM Program

                      • Resume

                        A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

                      • Personal Statement

                        Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants.(double spaced)

                      • ND: Primary Care

                        While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc.(maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

                      • MAcCHM #2

                        Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

                      Estimated Program Cost

                      First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
                      Credits82.71
                      Cost/Credit$504
                      Tuition$41,686
                      Fees**$1,080
                      Total$42,766

                      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2023-2024 academic year.

                      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

                      The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

                      Total ND Degree Credits

                      • Core program credits

                        286

                      • Elective credits

                        16

                      • Total required credits

                        302

                        Total MAcCHM Degree Credits

                        • Core program credits

                          214.75

                        • Elective credits

                          6

                        • Total required credits

                          220.75

                        Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine - National University of Natural Medicine - NUNM (2024)
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