Bastyr University

Bastyr University

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine


4106 Sorrento Valley Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92121

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Format: Campus

Program Description:

We educate naturopathic primary care physicians who care for the health and well-being of their communities, through education, research, leadership, and clinical services. Respecting the naturopathic principles, we integrate science, nature and spirit.

Students study naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University because they seek a career that resonates with their core values, including a belief in natural healing and whole-person medicine. They prepare for success as naturopathic doctors with the support of our state-of-the-art clinical training model, which prepares students to formulate effective, personalized treatment plans for patients.

This in-depth clinical training, coupled with Bastyr's robust basic sciences curriculum, is responsible for our graduates consistently earning top scores on the Naturopathic Licensing Examinations (NPLEX). And because our graduates speak the common language of science, they work as peers with other health care providers in integrative settings.

Program Features

  • Beginning in fall quarter of their first year, extensive training at the University's teaching clinics, as well as at several community clinics in the San Diego and Seattle areas.
  • Passionate faculty and a strong academic advising program.
  • A multi-disciplinary curriculum that allows students to explore natural health care modalities in the University's other degree programs.
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  • earch institute supported in part by funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), allows students to engage in numerous research projects, including studies on botanical medicines, herbal supplements and complementary oncology therapies.
  • Small class sizes coupled with the University's numerous resources.
  • A well-developed residency program for naturopathic doctors.
  • A diverse student body drawn from all across the United States and 28 other countries.

Dual-Degree Options

Naturopathic medicine students at the Kenmore campus can broaden their therapeutic knowledge and future practice by earning a dual degree. With careful planning, adding a second professional licensure to an ND degree can benefit future clinical work by broadening the scope of your practice.

Dual-degree options for ND students at Bastyr University in Washington include:

  • Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
  • Master of Science in Midwifery
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Public Health

Pursuing a second degree during the ND program is a rigorous undertaking, and requires students to remain in good standing in each program. Dual-degree students begin the ND program first. Then they typically apply to the additional degree program during the second year of the four-year ND track or third year of the five-year extended track, although earlier entry may be possible.

Advantages, challenges and application processes can vary for each dual-degree program.

Study Abroad Opportunities:

Spa Medicine in Germany - September (annually)

Students on this two- to three-week trip study spa (or "sanitas per aqua") medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy and nature cure, and learn about the roots of naturopathic medicine in the country of its birth. There is a physical medicine prerequisite for this course. Coordinator: Dr. Aimee Huyck

Additional Opportunities:

In addition to this opportunity within the naturopathic medicine program, there are study abroad/away opportunities offered by the Acupuncture Medicine and Herbal Sciences programs.

And while not affiliated with Bastyr University, the non-profit Natural Doctors International offers service learning opportunities to experience the unique combination of Nicaragua, naturopathic medicine, and teaching methods developed by educator and philosopher Paulo Freire. 


Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of 162 higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, the 2014 CNME Handbook of Accreditation for Naturopathic Medicine Programs is available via download from the CNME website.

Eligibility Requirements:

- Bachelor’s degree or higher - 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 3.3 - 3.4. See all prerequisite information for naturopathic medicine program or read about our post-bacc program for completing prerequisites.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): $36,357

Out State Tuition (per year): $36,357

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other separate health profession school

Locale: Large Suburb

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