The perfect location

SCNM is a community that believes in the healing power of nature. Spending time in sunshine, staying active and feeling the grass and earth beneath your feet does wonders for your physical and mental wellness. The amazing part of living in Arizona is the variety of experiences available to you. 

SCNM is located in Tempe, part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, one of the top 10 largest metropolitan areas in the nation. The cost of living in Phoenix and Tempe is lower compared to other cities with naturopathic medical schools. You'll get to enjoy the diversity of big-city life without the big-city cost of living. Living in Arizona, you'll also have endless opportunities to step outside of the metropolitan area and explore the outdoors. With gorgeous flora and fauna, beautiful mountains, and sunny weather all year-round, your experience at SCNM will be one filled with glorious moments from nature from sunrise to sunset. 

Cost of living 

Endless options for adventure

Bustling city or silent mountains? Warm desert or snowy peaks? In Arizona, the choice is yours – and nowhere else will you find so much to choose from. With five distinct regions, dozens of national and state parks, and hundreds of towns and cities, Arizona’s landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful.

With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Arizona is a goldmine for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hiking, biking, boating, swimming, golf, tennis, horseback riding, and even skiing and snowboarding during the winter months with just a short drive north to the mountains. Take a weekend trip to Arizona destinations including Sedona, Tucson, the Grand Canyon, Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains. Phoenix’s central location also makes it easy to drive to the bright lights of Las Vegas and the beaches of southern California, or Mexico in just a few hours.

In addition to the ease of exploring areas outside of Phoenix, you can enjoy the excitement and entertainment that awaits in Tempe. Spend time in the Mill Avenue District, a pedestrian-friendly downtown just west of SCNM that captures the spirit of a college town. Shady red brick sidewalks, turn of the century buildings, "A" Mountain, Tempe Town Lake, and more than 100 restaurants, nightlife venues and shops make the Mill Avenue District a popular destination for people all over the country. 

Love sports?  Phoenix has four professional sports teams: The Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Valley is also home to Spring Training for many major league baseball teams!

A place where you can live the naturopathic lifestyle

When describing health conscious cities, one might conjure up images of mountain bikers in Colorado or surfers and yogis in California, but with its the warm climate and laid-back lifestyle, Tempe's beautiful Sonoran desert location is a mecca for health-minded folks eager to soak up the sun and live an active lifestyle. Check out some of our student's favorite activities:

Farmers Markets

You might be surprised at the abundant farms full of organic produce here in the desert, but from September to May there really isn’t a better way to spend a weekend morning than at one of the many local farmers markets around town. Less than 10 minutes from SCNM is Singh Meadows, a beautiful location where you can find delicious food and juice stands, a yoga class under the sun, kids climbing trees, a serene pond, and even outdoor Moroccan-style beds--where else would you want to eat your freshly baked bread and homemade apple-fig jam?


If you’re into hiking, look no further. Most people don’t realize that the Phoenix metro area, also affectionately known as the “Valley of the Sun,” is surrounded by low-lying mountains on all sides. The city of Tempe, home to SCNM and ASU, has great hiking options only a short drive away. South Mountain is especially popular with students in Tempe, and includes incredible views of the valley below and an informative environmental education center. Whether you feel like checking out spring wildflowers in the Superstition Mountains, testing your knowledge of cacti and plant life at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, or blazing a rigorous trail during sunrise or sunset atop Camelback Mountain, there is no shortage of outdoor adventure nearby. Just be sure to bring plenty of water!


These days, there seems to be a yoga studio on every corner, and Phoenix is no exception. Students at SCNM need not venture far, however, as we have our very own yoga studio on campus. With different types of yoga classes offered, you can truly live the naturopathic lifestyle as a medical school student at SCNM. Or if you prefer going off campus for an energizing vinyasa practice or a soothing restorative class, check out Spirit of Yoga, located just 1.5 miles from campus. And be sure to mention you’re an SCNM student for your $8 drop in discount! 

Nearby health conscious towns

On a particularly warm summer day, you can find respite from the bustling city by driving just two hours north to spend a day among the red rocks of Sedona or the cool pines of Flagstaff. Known as the spiritual capital of the US, Sedona is full of gorgeous hiking trails situated along energy centers called "vortexes." And if you're looking for a reiki healer, massage therapist, or yoga class in Sedona, you will have more options that you know what to do with. Flagstaff, home to Arizona's Snowbowl, is the perfect place for winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding, or hiking through the changing leaves of the aspen trees in summer or fall. A down-to-earth town with a progressive edge, Flagstaff is also worth visiting for its unique and independent coffee shops, bookstores, and restaurants.

For more health-conscious events around the Phoenix area, the monthly Natural Awakenings calendar is a great resource as well, proving that even amid the urban sprawl of the city, this desert oasis has something for everyone.

Relocation, Housing & Employment

Moving to a new city can be hectic, but we know that once you move here you will love it! Nearby Arizona State University provides you with access to a rich college atmosphere and a variety of affordable housing and employment options, both during school and after you graduate. Nearly 70% of SCNM students are from out-of-state and have relocated to the sunny, beautiful Tempe area. There are several apartment and condo complexes within walking distance of campus, and on most days you’ll see students biking and walking to class.

Working at SCNM - More Than a Paycheck

Working a limited number of hours during school can support your academic performance and demonstrate your (removed some verbiage here) ability to succeed in a professional setting. Due to the rigors of the ND program, we don't recommend that you work a lot of hours, but most students find once they get acclimated to medical school they can comfortably work a few hours a week.

To be eligible for on-campus positions, students must be matriculated in a SCNM degree-granting program, enrolled at least half-time in classes and be able to present original identification that satisfies the requirements of Form I-9. International students must have a visa that permits them to work in the United States.

Types of Student Employment

Federal Work Study (FWS): Work part-time in the library, research department, medical center laboratory, or other departments within the college. You may also assist faculty and students as teaching assistants or tutors. Positions change quarterly. Contact the SCNM Financial Aid Office at 480.222.9202 or finaid@scnm.edu for more information. Interested students should complete a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must have received, and accepted, financial aid through the FWS program.

Hourly Employment: There are also non-federal work study opportunities available to students. These positions are available through the SCNM Human Resources Department directly. Positions are regularly posted here.