Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Become a naturopathic doctor in a four-year medical program

As the U.S. healthcare system evolves, there’s more need than ever for qualified doctors that can serve the diverse needs of our patient populations. Licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained to diagnose and treat illness. Like an MD, NDs are primary care physicians―a patient’s first stop for medical care. NDs take a whole-person approach to wellness. They listen to and collaborate with their patients to choose the best approach to care.

Licensed naturopathic physicians earn a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree, which includes over 4,100 hours of total instruction with 1,200 hours of hands-on clinical training. ND degree programs must meet the standards established by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), a governing body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about the CNME’s program standards.

NDs are in demand as primary care doctors, research scientists, specialists in hospital settings, and more.

The most in-demand naturopathic doctors graduate from NUNM

As North America’s oldest naturopathic medical school, we have over 60 years of history educating today’s leading naturopathic doctors. You’ll learn from renowned faculty that shaped the modern practice of naturopathic medicine—a practice that blends the best of conventional health care with the best of traditional nature cure.

Our naturopathic medicine degree program prepares graduates with the skills to thrive in a complex healthcare landscape. Students at NUNM learn a broader range of medical skills than any other naturopathic medical school, including experience with transgender medicine and end-of-life processes. Upon graduation, NUNM alums are highly qualified for competitive residencies. In fact, more than 50% of all U.S. naturopathic residents are NUNM alums.

Clinical training with 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.

Deepening our commitment to Portland’s under-served population, our 20+ community clinic sites allow us to meet patients where they are in their cultural and residence communities. At NUNM you’ll get real-world experience with the most diverse group of patients of any naturopathic medicine program; practicing first-hand how to diagnose patients whose symptoms may be complicated by mental illness, respond compassionately to those who may have experienced medical trauma, and partner with hospitals and community programs to provide the best treatment.

Meet a student

LaKota Scott wants Native women to have better access to medicine.

Growing up in the Diné (Navajo) Nation, LaKota Scott saw a real need for medicine that blended traditional wisdom, modern science, and collaborative patient care. For her, naturopathic medicine offers the best of all worlds. A recipient of a Scholars for a Healthy Oregon – Naturopathic Physicians Opportunities  (SHONPO) scholarship, LaKota aspires to practice medicine within indigenous communities after graduation. In her final years at NUNM, LaKota is preceptoring with Zaagi’idiwin, a doula training and maternal health organization, working with midwives in the Diné (Navajo) Nation. 

“I realized that they [Native peoples] needed someone who understood not only their language, but their cultural values and belief systems—that was missing in the care they received from non-native medical providers. Naturopathic medicine resonated with the way I grew up and the way I understood healing culturally.” –LaKota Scott, class of 2020

LaKota is preceptoring with Zaagi’idiwin, a doula training and maternal health organization, working with midwives in the Diné (Navajo) Nation.

Learn under the broadest scope of practice in North America

students looking at a medicinal plant in the garden

Our campus in Portland, Oregon, gives students the unique opportunity to experience the forefront of natural medicine education in the epicenter of the modern U.S. natural medicine movement.

  • In Oregon, naturopathic medicine is widely practiced and naturopathic doctors are welcomed at all levels of the healthcare system. Our students have access to mentors at integrative clinics, in large hospital systems, and educational partnerships with conventional medical schools like Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).
  • Our research institute is leading the way in evidence-based natural medicine study. We have over $3 million in grants and a number of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Oregon has the broadest scope of naturopathic licensure in the U.S. This means that our students get more hands-on experience with more medical skills and modalities than any other naturopathic school. Oregon licensure empowers naturopathic doctors to fully participate in their patients’ care, from preventive pediatrics, to prescribing pharmaceuticals, to performing ultrasounds. Learn more about Oregon’s scope of practice and why it matters for medical education.

Customize your own career path

NUNM students can pursue areas of focus within the field of natural medicine. With additional degree programs, certificate tracks and faculty mentors, our students have the option to specialize in:

  • Nutrition
  • Global health
  • Chinese medicine and acupuncture
  • Integrative medicine research
  • Midwifery and obstetrics
  • Homeopathy
  • Shiatsu
  • Oncology
  • Physical medicine and bodywork
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pain and opioid management

Have a successful career as a naturopathic doctor

NUNM students are ready for a successful career. In the first year after graduation, more than 90% of our ND graduates have jobs using their degree.* Our curriculum prepares students to pass licensure exams, match with postgraduate residencies, and start a practice.

In their final year, students take a 70-hour course to prepare them for the NPLEX licensing exam and, in 2017, our graduates scored an average of 96% on the NPLEX II.

Our graduates are uniquely qualified to serve in a wide variety of healthcare careers and positions, from primary care doctors in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), to complementary providers in leading oncology hospitals.

*This data was created using a snapshot of employment outcomes collected 15 months after graduation.

Meet an alumna

See how NUNM grad Stephanie Culver, ND (’14), is building a career that blends professional excellence with family life.

Wondering what your career after NUNM could look like?

  • Specialist in an integrative cancer clinic. Watch the video.
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  • Dean of students for health and well-being at a leading liberal arts college. Read the story.
  • Provider in a functional and regenerative medicine clinic. Watch the video.
  • Leading expert, speaker and lecturer on functional gastroenterology. Read the bio.
  • Medical director for a certified laboratory revolutionizing the way hormones are tested. Read the story.

Program News

Faculty Highlight

Kimberly Windstar, MEd, ND

With more than 30 years of teaching experience, Dr. Kimberly Windstar’s extensive medical practice and personal growth work have helped her develop a distinctive style of care. “I strive to create a space of unconditional acceptance for my patients,” she says. Dr. Windstar uses a variety of treatments in her practice, including lifestyle education, botanical medicine, diet and nutritional supplementation, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, holistic pelvic care and more.

A recognized authority in women’s health, Dr. Windstar supervises student interns on clinical rotations at the NUNM Health Centers and teaches courses in gynecology, tutorials throughout the core curriculum, practitioner cultivation and mindful self-compassion. She is also the course director for the reproductive systems block. Her love of teaching led Dr. Windstar to create unique clinical mentorship opportunities for naturopathic students for nearly 15 years.

Dr. Windstar received a Master of Education degree from California State College in 1982, and graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1991 (now known as National University of Natural Medicine) with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree.

Program Options

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

  • ND

    Admissions Requirements for ND

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally 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 Sciences 2 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 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
    Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
    Social Sciences & Humanities 2 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.
    • 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 & 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)

  • ND/MScGH

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MScGH

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally 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 Sciences 2 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 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
    Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
    Social Sciences & Humanities 2 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.
    Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
    • 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.
    • Social Science — 1 Course
      Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

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

    Documents & 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)

  • ND/MScN

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MScN

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally 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 Sciences 2 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 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
    Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
    Social Sciences & Humanities 2 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.
    • 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 & 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)

  • ND/MSiMR

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MSiMR

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally 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 Sciences 2 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 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
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
    Social Sciences & Humanities 2 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.
    Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
    • 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.
    • Social Science — 1 Course
      Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

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

    Documents & 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/MSiMR 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)

    • MSiMR: 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)

  • ND/MSOM

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MSOM

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally 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 Sciences 2 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 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
    Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
    Social Sciences & Humanities 2 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.
    Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of 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.
    • Humanities — 1 Course
      Courses in the areas of 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 & 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/MSOM 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)

    • MSOM #2

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