Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

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NUNM’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree is an intensive four-year program that prepares uniquely skilled physicians to deliver comprehensive health care with a heart. Students can expect a rigorous biomedical education. Combining primary care with the foundation of evidence-informed traditional nature cure, we focus on experiential education and our students benefit from a preceptorship program, simulation labs, diverse clinical experiences, internships and research.

Our approach is personalized care with the intent to change lives. We teach our students to think, critique and develop their individual strengths as healers; to customize evidence-informed therapeutic options to each patient’s situation and preferences; and to motivate and educate patients on how to live with less pain, burden and suffering. The entire program is focused on how to succeed in practice, how to curb the current epidemic of chronic disease, and how to make a meaningful and positive impact on the communities we serve.

NUNM’s active-learning curriculum emphasizes clinical training through our health centersdelivered in an innovative, clinically integrated system where students encounter real patients and clinical scenarios as early as their first quarter. We are unique among naturopathic medical schools, both for our high quality of patient care and for the number of clinics in which our students can intern. Our two main health centers are state-certified as Patient Centered Primary Care Homes (PCPCH), a recognition of our high standards of patient care and patient outcomes. In addition, we provide health services throughout the Portland metro area through our network of community clinics.

As a student, you will learn how to anticipate, guide and coordinate care with specialists, behavioral and mental health providers, and community partners to a diverse community of patients with a range of presenting health conditions. This is followed by progressive and challenging clinical rotations during the first three years of the program. This design prepares students to smoothly transition into the role of physician in their fourth year, under the watchful mentorship of accomplished academic and clinical teachers.

Our graduates are qualified to sit for the NPLEX board examination, which confirms licensure eligibility. Every block of our curriculum prepares the physicians of tomorrow to thrive in the current and challenging environments of healthcare provision in the U.S. The ND degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.

Certificate and Concurrent Program options are offered in mental health, research, midwifery and nutrition, among others.

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We are now accepting applications to the ND program for the Fall 2019 term. Apply Now