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Sonoran University of Health Sciences

 

This is where your journey begins. Where you become the change you want to see in medicine and healthcare. Where evidence-based research is done and the healing power of nature takes shape. It’s time for your ambitions to show, you’ve earned it! Show the world what you’re capable of doing. Sonoran University of Health Sciences is here to inspire, nurture and support you along the way. We provide the landscape, but the focus is your journey in naturopathic medicine and nutrition.


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What Does it Mean to be a University Student?


Sonoran University is expanding its degree offerings to include new opportunities for our students. While maintaining its naturopathic medicine core. The schools of naturopathic medicine and nutrition will now be known as College of Naturopathic Medicine and College of Nutrition.

Sonoran University will offer students the opportunity to participate in concurrent enrollment programs, allowing them to pursue and complete two degrees in parallel.

With the elevation to a university, our growing degree offerings mean more faculty and staff access for our students. Allowing the continuation of interdisciplinary faculty to facilitate a dynamic learning environment. 

The College of Naturopathic Medicine as a college within Sonoran University of Health Sciences will be part of a more diverse ecosystem. The University’s other disciplines—all grounded in the healing power of nature—broaden our alliances with other professions. These professional relationships will be invaluable for critical future issues including licensure, regulatory, access to care, and accreditation.

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Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences is not being purchased or merging with any other institution. We are changing our name to Sonoran University of Health Sciences to better serve our students and alumni, as well as represent our growth and expansion of educational programs, clinical care, research, and community service.

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences is accredited institutionally by the Higher Learning Commission. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine is programmatically accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. We are additionally licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.  Our accreditation and license status will not be impacted by the name change to Sonoran University of Health Sciences.

Our first 30 years as Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences are an important part of our history. We have a few ways that we will connect our transformation to our history. The institutional seal includes the leaf from the N in the current SCNM logo.  We also have a nod to the historical leaf within the new institutional logo. We are exploring the possibility of a physical timeline on campus that will detail the rich history of our first 30 years.

We understand there are strong connections to our history as a single degree-granting institution focused on naturopathic medicine. Our institution is growing. We are already a multi-program institution, and we are becoming a larger entity – this larger entity has space to continue the rich history with our College of Naturopathic Medicine while adding space for new programs within our College of Nutrition and future colleges. Naturopathic Medicine continues to be a vital part of our institution.

We engaged in a detailed process with our branding partner, twoxfour, which began by conducting focus groups with alumni, students, faculty, staff, partners and donors, and trustees. The data collected built a picture of the institution and twoxfour then used the picture to propose possible names. Our branding committee helped to narrow the options down to five which were shared with the community via survey. The survey was used to narrow down to two names and additional research was conducted on the two names to determine which would best serve the institution moving forward and the Board of Trustees voted to approve Sonoran University of Health Sciences on December 6, 2021.