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4-Year Accredited Medical School
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. NUNM is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and the degree program in naturopathic medicine is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.
Become a Successful Naturopathic Doctor
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. In four years, 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. Our approach is personalized care with the intent to change lives.
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 Teaching Clinics
NUNM’s active-learning curriculum emphasizes clinical training at our health centers. Students encounter real patients and clinical scenarios as early as their first quarter in our on-campus health center. 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―putting NUNM in the same league as Providence, Legacy, OHSU and Kaiser. And at our network of community health centers throughout the Portland metro area, our students have seen and helped thousands of underserved patients.
High NPLEX Scores
Our graduates are qualified to sit for the NPLEX board examination, which confirms licensure eligibility. Each block of our curriculum prepares the physicians of tomorrow to thrive in the current and challenging environments of healthcare provision in the U.S. Your tuition includes our NPLEX prep courses, which have resulted in very high NPLEX II scores. In fact, NUNM’s 2017 ND graduates scored an average of 96% on the NPLEX II!
Unique to NUNM, we offer certificate programs (homeopathic medicine, midwifery and more) and concurrent programs in conjunction with our ND program. Concurrent degree programs include research, global health, and nutrition and more.
Creating a healthy and balanced life as a busy practitioner. Ryan Minarik, ND, MSOM (’06), is a dual-degree success story.
After completing the Naturopathic Doctor program at NUNM, students are prepared with unmatched skills and knowledge that enables them to become leaders in public and private healthcare organizations. Graduates of NUNM’s ND program have the requisite skills to secure more than half of NUNM’s 60+ accredited medical residencies positions, which are becoming increasingly required for credentialing with U.S. healthcare insurers/payers.
Current graduates of NUNM’s ND program are or have been:
- Primary care physician (PCP)
- Rural community physician delivering needed services in remote communities (e.g., delivering babies, caring for neonates/elderly, providing minor surgery)
- Physician in urgent care center
- Primary care physician in rural and remote community medical clinics
- Specialist or consultant physician in hospital settings as well as large urban health centers
- Entrepreneur owner/partner in specialty/niche medical care clinic (e.g., wellness, natural medicine, pain, spa, sports medicine, regenerative care, etc)
- Chief Medical Officer
- Health Manager
- Research Scientist
- Public Health Administrator
- Teacher/Faculty in Medical Education
- Corporate Wellness Professional
- Advocate in industry, insurance or the political arena
- Wellness entrepreneur, Health Coach
- Natural medicine spokesperson/advisor
- Dietary supplement entrepreneur or natural products specialist
- Natural medicine author/public speaker