College and Program Accreditation

Notification of Comprehensive Evaluation Visit

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities will be conducting a comprehensive evaluation visit to the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) on April 10-12, 2017. NUNM has been accredited by the Northwest Commission since September 2004 with the most recent re-affirmation of accreditation in 2014. This visit is to evaluate NUNM’s Year-Seven Comprehensive Report.

Any comments regarding the qualification of NUNM for accreditation can be sent directly to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Attn.: Third Party Comments, at 8060 165th Ave NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052.

Comments must be received no later than March 10, 2017. Copies of third-party comments will be made available to members of the evaluation committee and to NUNM at least 10 days prior to the scheduled evaluation. Anonymous comments will not be considered and all comments will be considered public commentary.

Copies of Commission policy Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Year Seven Evaluations can be viewed on the Commission’s website or by contacting the Commission office at 425.558.4224.

Accrediting Organizations

Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities

National University of Natural Medicine is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052

For more information download:

NWCCU Evaluation Report, June 2014

Three-Year Self-Evaluation Report to NWCCU, March 2014

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education

The degree program in naturopathic medicine is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, a professional accrediting agency for naturopathic medicine programs.

P.O. Box 178, Great Barrington, MA 01230

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine of the National University of Natural Medicine is accredited under Master’s Degree standards, by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.

8941 Aztec Drive, Suite 2, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Phone: 952.212.2434

Both programmatic accreditors are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree program is additionally approved by the California Board of Acupuncture and the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (allowing graduates to sit for their state licensing exams).

For further information regarding programs at the National University of Natural Medicine, please contact:

Office of Admissions
National University of Natural Medicine
049 SW Porter Street, Portland, OR  97201
Phone 503.552.1660