Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) is committed to attracting high-caliber students who exhibit motivation, intelligence, perseverance, and the potential to become excellent practitioners. Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance, occupational history, professional potential, level of maturity, concern for others, and previous experience and knowledge of naturopathic medicine. Accepted students should possess communication skills, an ability to establish positive relationships, maturity and integrity, and must demonstrate a commitment to naturopathic medicine.
If you have any questions, please call 480.858.9100 or 888.882.SCNM (7266) or text us at 480.719.6434.
To request information, please complete our online request form.
Admission Application Deadlines
SCNM accepts applications on a rolling basis. Candidates who have selected SCNM as their first choice are encouraged to apply on or before the early decision date. If you have missed a deadline, please contact the Admissions Office to see if space is still available. Application deadlines are as follows.
Are you prepared to enter naturopathic medical school?
Read this article, co-authored by SCNM’s Chief Academic Officer, Becky B. Clark, Ed.D., in the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions’ (NAAHP) “The Advisor” to learn more about ND pre-competencies and competencies.
Winter Start (Early January): Priority deadline is July 1 the year prior.
Fall Start (Late September): Priority deadline is March of the same year.
Visit https://portal.ndcas.org to submit an application.
- Application through NDCAS non-refundable application fee $115.00. To learn more about NDCAS, visit the FAQs page.
Three letters of recommendation mailed directly to NDCAS
- One academic reference
- One reference from a regulated health care professional
- One additional reference from either of the above categories or a past employer/volunteer supervisor
- Personal essays
- Curriculum vitae (CV) or professional resume
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, showing completion of SCNM academic requirements
- In person interview (qualified applicants selected for interview will be contacted by the Admissions Office)
- If accepted into the ND program, you will be required to undergo a criminal background check (CBC) and give permission for the results to be provided to SCNM. All expenses associated with the CBC are the responsibility of the applicant. The offer of admission will not be considered final until completion of the background check, with results deemed acceptable by SCNM.
- If accepted into the ND program, you will be required to obtain and read Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 5th Edition By Davi-Ellen Chabner, BA, MAT, prior to New Student Orientation. An examination on medical terminology will be administered to all new students at orientation.
All prospective students who wish to enter the ND program must complete and submit the following general admission requirements:
- Completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) prior to matriculation.
Total post-secondary course work must be completed at a regionally accredited or candidate college or university. To search for your institution in the U.S. Department of Education’s database of accredited postsecondary institutions visit www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
- Complete the following academic prerequisite coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at a regionally accredited or candidate college or university prior to matriculation into the ND program. (Applicants with science courses older than seven (7) years must demonstrate competency in the discipline(s) in question and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis).
- Knowledge of computers and access to a reliable computer and software for use in completing college course work.
ACADEMIC PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK
- 12 semester credits in biology with labs (for science major level)
3 semester credits in general organic chemistry with lab
3 semester credits in biochemistry OR an additional 3 semester credits in general organic chemistry (for science majors)
- 6 semester credits in psychology (Developmental psychology is recommended. Behavioral or cognitive learning courses will also be considered in lieu of psychology).
6 semester credits in English (3 credits must be in English composition.)
6 semester credits in humanities (philosophy, religious studies, fine arts, history, foreign languages, women's studies, performing arts).
The above list indicates minimum requirements but it should not be inferred that admission is guaranteed for any applicant who meets them. Interested in taking additional prerequisite coursework to strengthen your application? Click here.
The Admissions Committee makes the final decision regarding an applicant’s admission. The decision may be one of the following:
Accepted with provisions – must meet admission requirements prior to matriculation
Application pooled – admission decision pending review of additional information
Deferral of Admission
Applicants who have been offered either full or provisional admission may, in extreme circumstances, apply for a deferral of their entrance, not to exceed four quarters. Applications for deferrals are accepted on a space-available basis.
An application for deferral will not be processed until the admission deposit is received. Students deferring admission must do so by the end of the first week of class in the quarter for which they were accepted. Students applying for a deferral of admission must meet any and all new admission requirements for that entrance year. A student who desires a deferral must make a request in writing to the Admissions Office. A nonrefundable deferral application fee is required to transfer a deposit to a new entering class.
Applicants who have submitted a full application for admission to SCNM within the past 12 months are eligible to submit a re-application. This includes applicants who were denied admission to SCNM or who wish to renew their application. The following items must be received by the Admissions Office to be considered for reapplication:
- Complete the reapplication form.
- Non refundable re-application fee
- Official transcripts for any course work completed since original application
- One additional letter of recommendation
Applicants for reapplication must complete the interview process and all other prerequisites for admission.
Applications to SCNM will stay active (on file) for no more than one year. After this time, an applicant must reapply for admission by submitting a full application packet (including letters of recommendation, transcripts and fees), meet new admission requirements (if applicable), and participate in the interview cycle.
Good luck! Please contact your admissions representative if you have any questions at 480.858.9100 or 888.882.7266.
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, veteran’s status, religion, sexual orientation or marital status in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment or any other program, practice or activity.