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Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND)

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Our Cutting-edge Curriculum Delivers Medical Education to the NDs of Tomorrow

SCNM’s innovative curriculum leads the profession. SCNM broke the mold for naturopathic medical education in 2010 when it launched the first revised ND curriculum organized by systems and taught in an integrative block. SCNM’s innovative curriculum, the first for any of the AANMC schools, is organized and delivered for optimal student learning through the use of the most advanced teaching methods, such as team-based learning and case-based instruction. These methods promote problem solving and critical thinking, which support student engagement in early clinical experiences. Clinical milestones are achieved throughout the program and provide the appropriate progression of medical education for graduates to become successful naturopathic physicians.

What to Expect

Our naturopathic medical degree program is comprised of rigorous academic study and extensive supervised practice. You'll learn the same basic sciences as you would at a conventional medical program and additionally, you'll learn all the naturopathic therapies. Graduates become primary care physicians with a focus in preventative medicine and natural treatment.

Upon completion, you will be awarded a doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND) degree. Graduates sit for professional board exams to become licensed as naturopathic physicians within licensed states or as individual jurisdictions allow. As a naturopathic physician with an SCNM education, you will join a generation of physicians dedicated not just to healing and preventing illness, but to empowering patients to take and regain control over their individual health and well-being. You will become part of a chapter of medical history that is simply inspiring.

  • Program of Study

    The program begins with early clinical experiences and basic sciences taught in a body-systems format, similar to a conventional MD program. The final two years are clinically focused, giving you the opportunity to work with various patient populations at the SCNM Medical Center and our nine community clinics.

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  • Natural Advantage

    SCNM is proud to offer the Natural Advantage program, an innovative pre-matriculation program that prepares new students for the rigors of medical school. SCNM is the first to offer such a program among the accredited naturopathic medical schools, modeled after similar programs offered at top-tier allopathic medical schools.

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  • Residencies

    The residency program at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine is a one-year, post-graduate, formal-education program that offers our residents onsite and extended site rotations with doctors in the community. Residents have opportunities to do research, write case studies, go to health fairs and see private patients. This is a great opportunity to receive training in a mentored environment, and last year residents saw over 1,300 patients as part of the program.

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  • Career Paths

    As a naturopathic physician, you will enter the medical profession at an unprecedented inflection point in its history. Nineteen states and five Canadian provinces license naturopathic doctors, allowing full incorporation into a broad range of conventional primary practice and insurance plans. As conventional medicine continues to embrace the enduring truths of naturopathic medicine, more states are poised to enshrine NDs in their laws and regulations. Where licensure has yet to arrive, naturopathic physicians enjoy a robust entrepreneurial practice amidst one of the most dynamic times health care has ever experienced.

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  • Therapies

    With Arizona’s broad scope of practice, you’ll become an expert at using all naturopathic modalities to treat, heal and inspire your patients. 

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  • Research

    We take a different approach to research. Our researchers and students are putting the science behind historical therapies, and they’re also creating new treatments for therapeutic care.

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SCNM is accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Both accreditations are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more here.