Admission Requirements – Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine

If you are applying to the Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine program at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), please review the specific application requirements. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Graduate applicants may apply to undertake two programs concurrently, except for the ND-DAcCHM combination.

All graduate and professional degree candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accredited college or university, or the equivalent (as determined by NUNM) from an institution outside of the United States. Credit will only be given for prerequisite coursework earning a grade of C or better.

  • Application for admission
  • $75.00 application fee
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Designated essay questions
  • Official copy of all transcripts
  • Two recommendation forms (academic or professional)
  • Complete the prerequisite table in the application for admission
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent – candidates may apply while in progress
  • Grade of C or better in prerequisite coursework – candidates may apply while in progress
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)
  • B or higher cumulative GPA is strongly recommended
  • Familiarity with or exposure to naturopathic medicine
  • On-campus interview for admission (Virtual interviews at this time) – by invitation only.

Dual Program Options

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

  • Master of Acupuncture (ND-MAC)
  • Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization (ND-MACCHM)
  • Master of Science in Clinical Research (ND-MSCR)
  • Master of Science in Global Health (ND-MSCGH)
  • Master of Science in Nutrition (ND-MScN)

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 program dean (or designee), utilizing the transcript evaluation procedures, determines that the learning objectives are met. NUNM does not accept life experience in lieu of prerequisite credits.

General Chemistry (science-major level)
Lab work required
2 courses
Organic Chemistry (science-major level)
Biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course
2 courses
General Biology (science-major level)
Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
2 courses
General Physics
Must include mechanics
1 course
College algebra, calculus or math-based statistics
1 course
English Composition1 course
Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
1 course
Social Sciences and Humanities2 courses
Strongly Recommended Courses Anatomy and Physiology Biochemistry Statistics Business and/or Marketing 
Other Suggested Courses Biomedical Ethics Philosophy of Science Public Speaking Microbiology Immunology Public Health

Required Documents and 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.

  • 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 (double spaced) 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.
  • 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)