Application Process

The application for fall 2019 will open on Sept. 1, 2018.

Submit your application

We’re thrilled that you’re taking this step towards enrolling at NUNM. We seek the most qualified individuals from different backgrounds into our degree programs. It is important to follow the application deadlines and requirements for each program.

The requirements for admission vary based on the degree program to which the applicant is applying. NUNM degree programs do not have a specific minimum GPA requirement, but only a small percentage of individuals of applicants are admitted with below a 3.0 GPA.

At NUNM, we value and encourage a broad range of life experiences, along with the development of multiple talents. Historically, many great physicians have had skills and creative abilities reaching far beyond the scope of science and medicine. Well–rounded people with backgrounds in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are often excellent candidates for medical professions. Candidates for admission for all programs are evaluated holistically and the following characteristics may be considered:

  • Dedication to service, compassion, critical thinking skills, ability to effectively communicate, self-discipline, self-awareness, and sense of purpose
  • Affinity for and/or prior experience with the program or field to which the applicant is applying
  • Scholastic record and other achievements
  • Understanding of health care issues
  • Recommendations

Steps to take when applying to your academic program NUNM

Criteria for selecting applicants for admission to NUNM’s programs include motivation, intellect, and character essential to becoming a physician or practitioner of natural medicine. Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance, maturity, and demonstrated humanitarian qualities. Work and/or volunteer experience in health care, coupled with an awareness of the field of natural medicine, is strongly recommended.

Application requirements vary by program. Please review your program below to determine application requirements. Candidates for any program other than the undergraduate degree completion programs may select two programs concurrently.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

Bachelor of Science in Integrative Therapeutics: Massage Therapy

Graduate Programs

Doctor of Naturopathic Program (ND)

  • Program prerequisites
  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • Familiarity with or exposure to naturopathic medicine
  • On campus interview for admission – by invitation only. Tips for your interview.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine (DSOM)

  • Program prerequisites
  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Official copy of all college or university transcripts
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • Familiarity with or exposure to (classical) Chinese Medicine
  • On campus interview for admission – by invitation only. Tips for your interview.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM)

  • Program prerequisites
  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Official copy of all college or university transcripts
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • Familiarity with or exposure to (classical) Chinese Medicine
  • On campus interview for admission – by invitation only. Tips for your interview.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN)

  • Program prerequisites
  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • An understanding of why this degree program is for you
  • An on campus interview is NOT required for the MScN program

Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis.

Master of Science in Integrated Medicine Research (MSiMR)

  • Program prerequisites
  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • An understanding of why this degree program is for you
  • An on campus interview is NOT required for the MSiMR program

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH)

  • Program prerequisites
  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Complete prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • An understanding of why this degree program is for you
  • An on campus interview is NOT required for the MScGH program

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Master of Science in Integrative Mental Health (MSiMH)

  • Program prerequisites
  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Two recommendation forms (preferably academic)
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Copy of active license – must either hold a license to work with patients in a medical/health care context (ND, MD, DAOM, MSOM/LAc, DO, DC, PsyD, RN, etc.) or be concurrently enrolled in a program that will provide them with such a degree.
  • Bachelor’s degree – candidates may apply while in progress
  • An understanding of why this degree program is for you
  • An on campus interview is NOT required for the MSiMH program

Recommendation Forms

All applicants are required to have two recommendations completed by their references. Once an application has been submitted, a recommendation form will be automatically emailed to your references. These forms should be completed by persons who know the applicant well and can evaluate the applicant’s skills and abilities. We look especially for those skills that transfer to the classroom setting (critical thinking, reasoning, writing, problem solving, assessment, etc.). Professors make great recommenders (assuming the student has taken a class with them). If an applicant has been out of school for a while, employers are also acceptable sources. Recommendations from family members, significant others, or close, personal friends are not viewed favorably by the Admissions Committee.

Where to send supplementary application materials

You may send supplementary application materials such as official transcripts and any other additional documents by one of the following methods:

On-Campus Interview

Completed applications will be evaluated, and those individuals who competitively meet requirements will be invited to a required interview on campus. Telephone and video (Skype) interviews are normally not granted, but may be considered under extenuating circumstances. The on-campus interview allows students to visit the college and decide if it is a good fit. For a full explanation of the interview process, visit the on-campus interview page.

Pursuing a degree on a medical school campus also requires, by State and Federal laws and licensure organizations:

  • Background check (applicant is responsible for the fee)
  • Drug testing
  • Release of Information
  • Proof of certain vaccinations, or letter of exempt

All graduate and professional degree candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university, or the equivalent (as determined by NUNM) from an institution outside the United States. No specific major is recommended for any degree program, although strong preparation in the natural sciences is required for the doctor of naturopathic medicine degree program.  A broad array of courses in humanities and liberal arts is strongly recommended for all degree programs.  Prerequisite coursework is a key consideration used to determine a student’s academic preparation for a program. Credit will only be given for prerequisite coursework earning a C or better. There is no advantage to holding a bachelor of science or bachelor of art, as long as you have completed the program’s prerequisites.

Criminal Disclosure

NUNM is primarily considered a medical school by training Chinese medicine practitioners and naturopathic primary care physicians.  NUNM, in accordance with state and federal laws, has high standards for the health care professionals we graduate. Individuals are held to high standard of professionalism, maturity, and character. In an effort to provide a safe environment for our academic and patient communities, a criminal background check is required upon admission. Professional licensing boards are required by law and/or policy to exclude individuals with certain convictions.

The existence of a conviction does not necessarily mean that a student will be denied admission to NUNM. Each case will be evaluated on its facts. Generally speaking, the rational relationship of the nature, severity, and decency of the crime to the interests and needs of NUNM will be assessed, and the responsibility and maturity of the person convicted will be carefully considered and weighed.

Applicants are selected regardless of race, gender, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disabilities, or any other protected class under local, state, or federal law.