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Prerequisites, Requirements & Application Process

The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine is a graduate level medical college. Students are accepted throughout the year as part of two incoming groups per year - one in the spring and one in the fall. Below, you’ll find information about the admissions process including requirements, deadlines and more. Questions? We're here to help. Call us at 480-222-1136 or email us at admissions@scnm.edu.

The following are general admission requirements that must completed and submitted:

  1. Complete a four-year 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 http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
  2. Complete all 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).
  3. Knowledge of computers and access to a reliable computer and software for use in completing college course work.

  • 12 semester credits in biology with labs (for science majors)
  • 3 semester credits in general organic chemistry with lab (for science majors)
  • 3 semester credits in biochemistry OR an additional 3 semester credits in organic chemistry (for science majors)
  • 3 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). 

We encourage you to send us your unofficial transcripts for a prerequisite evaluation. Please email your unofficial transcripts to admissions@scnm.edu and include your full name, mailing address and phone number. The above list indicates minimum requirements but it should not be inferred that admission is guaranteed for any applicant who meets them. 

  1. Application through NDCAS non-refundable application fee $115. To learn more about NDCAS, visit their FAQs page
  2. 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.
  3. Personal essay
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV) or professional resume
  5. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including military training transcripts for veterans, traditional college coursework, and vocational training, showing completion of academic requirements.
  6. In person interview (qualified applicants selected for interview will be contacted by the Admissions Office)
  7. 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.
  8. If accepted into the ND program, you will be required to obtain and read Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 7th 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.

SCNM is still accepting applications for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

SCNM accepts applications on a rolling basis. 

Fall 2018 start (early October): August 1st priority deadline

Spring 2019 start (early April): October 1st priority deadline

Space may be available after the priority deadline. Call us at 480-222-1136 or email us at admissions@scnm.edu for more information.

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
  • Admission denied - applicants who are denied may reapply after one (1) year

Applicants who have been offered either full or provisional admission may, in extreme circumstances, apply for a deferral of their entrance, not to exceed two 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 are eligible to reapply 12 months later. 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:

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.

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.