Founder Dr. Michael Cronin and co-founders Dr. Kyle Cronin, Dr. Konrad Kail, Dr. Dana Keaton, Dr. Hugh Hawk, and Deborah Mainville-Knight incorporate SCNM
Treating the whole person and embracing the healing power of nature
Welcome to Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. SCNM has a rich history of sending naturopathic physicians into the world with not just a knowledge of naturopathic medicine but a rich experience in its healing effects. We train and prepare graduates for the future of medicine and health care. Since day one, we have been an innovator in the field of naturopathic medicine and we strive to advance the profession and opportunities for graduates.
As a student at SCNM, you’ll learn in the classroom setting and clinic environment as well as in student clubs, activities and study groups. At SCNM, students are united in a calling to become NDs and the supportive community is here to fuel their success.
Now that you know more about the medicine we teach and practice, it’s important to know about our long history in the Valley of the Sun providing education and care for those looking for integrative care. From our inception, we've blended new ways of learning and teaching with timeless principles of naturopathic and conventional medicine.
SCNM was founded in 1993. It quickly outgrew its first home and moved to the current Tempe campus in 1996. The medical center remained in Scottsdale until 2010 when a campus expansion made it possible to co-locate academic learning with clinical services and training in Tempe.
Anyone who has visited the campus will tell you that SCNM is much more than a bricks and mortar academic institution…it’s a place where passionate, like-minded students, faculty and staff come together to make a difference in people’s lives. And, the feeling is tangible on campus.
Throughout the decades, our student body grew from its inaugural class of 42 to its current size exceeding 400. We remain committed to our founders’ vision of making the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine a force for change to help transform healthcare.
SCNM opens its doors in Scottsdale, AZ, to 42 naturopathic medical students
SCNM research program established, the SCNM Medical Center opens in Scottsdale, AZ
SCNM confers the degree of naturopathic physician on 31 individuals at the first graduation, SCNM relocates to the Tempe campus as a result of continuous growth in enrollment, faculty and staff
Naturopathic medicine in Arizona hits a major milestone when CIGNA signs a contract covering naturopathic medical care for Maricopa County employees
SCNM receives initial accreditation status with the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
SCNM receives a generous donation from Dolisos, enabling SCNM to bring Dr. Stephen Messer to chair the Department of Homeopathy
SCNM announces the opening of the SCNM Career Center, the first of its kind in naturopathic medical education, the SCNM Medical Center undergoes a renovation making it a green facility
SCNM and Gaia Herbs receive a $2.2M grant from the NIH to study the plant echinacea from "soil to bedside", SCNM opens a children's clinic at the Arthur M. Hamilton Elementary School in South Phoenix
SCNM embarks on renovation and expansion of main building with the addition of the Connors and Sullivan Biomedical Sciences Wing, SCNM creates a residency in homeopathy, the first of its kind in the U.S.
SCNM students found Naturopaths Without Borders (NWB), the first Naturopathic Gathering forum is held at SCNM
AANP recognizes the SCNM Career Services Department for national lobbying efforts for naturopathic physicians
SCNM’s Pediatric Department Chair, Dr. Matt Baral appears on Dateline special “Autism: The Unorthodox Practice of Chelation”, Drs. Jonci Jensen and Leila Turner found the Naturopathic Medical Student Association
With generous philanthropic assistance, SCNM expands services and builds a beautiful new clinic at the Hamilton Elementary School, SCNM Residency Program approved by the CNME
SCNM Research Department partners with Arizona State University Biodesign Institute, the University of Arizona, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute. The Doctoré Development Center (DDC) opens
SCNM acquires a 42,000 square foot building adjacent to the college for the new on-campus medical center
SCNM launches the first major curriculum revision in the profession in decades, featuring systems-based sciences education, team-based learning and a field observation clinical program
SCNM is one of the first schools to launch the profession's centralized ND application system (NDCAS), new SCNM Medical Center's grand opens, SCNM’s Dr. Christine Girard, is named AANP Physician of the Year
Total SCNM enrollment reaches all-time high of 387 students
SCNM expands partnership with Sojourner Center, the largest domestic violence center in the U.S., and opens a free community clinic at a second location
SCNM's community clinic opens at Adelante Healthcare Mesa, SCNM breaks ground on a new 47,000 sq. ft. Community Commons building
Total SCNM enrollment reaches a record 427 students, campus expansion further progresses with interior design touches by Jain Malkin, known as one of the best healthcare designers in the world
Grand opening of the new Community Commons Building, SCNM becomes first Arizona medical school to open a Student Veterans of America chapter
The Pain Relief Center at SCNM is introduced.
SCNM hosts Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya, The City of Tempe awards SCNM one of eight MLK Diversity Awards
The Pain Relief Center changes its name to the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine after a generous donation from Dr. Riordan.
SCNM introduces the first Honors Tracks Programs, which give students extensive opportunities to practice in specific areas.