About NCNM

NCNM is Globally Recognized

Established in 1956, NCNM is the oldest and one of the most respected colleges of natural medicine in the world. NCNM’s participation in international medical education and research is routinely solicited.

NCNM Graduates are in Demand

Vast numbers of U.S. healthcare consumers are seeking preventive, noninvasive and high-quality natural health care. NCNM graduates are among the best trained physicians in the world for the delivery of such care.

NCNM Attracts Outstanding Students

NCNM students are motivated high achievers who are taking steps to make the world a better place. They are passionate about contributing to the health and well-being of patients seeking healthcare assistance from knowledgeable, caring practitioners.

NCNM Programs are Expanding

NCNM currently offers

In addition, we have a nationally certified graduate medical education program providing residencies for naturopathic physicians.

NCNM is at the Forefront of Natural Medicine Research

NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute has earned international acclaim for its outstanding evidence-based research in natural medicine. Helfgott researchers, who have been awarded a number of NIH-funded study grants, specialize in clinical trials and are trained in natural and integrative medicine research design. Studies have included acupuncture, pain management, cancer, diabetes, gastrointestinal projects, herbal medicine, nutrition, mind-body medicine and more. Helfgott features state-of-the-art basic science labs and institutional resources for students learning to conduct rigorous, high-quality clinical research. Faculty and student research projects are published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. At Helfgott, we believe in collaborative research and make every effort to include conventional biomedical and other complementary and alternative medicine institutions in our projects. Helfgott promotes a strong student research program.

NCNM’s World-Class Faculty are Helping to Shape the Future of Medicine

NCNM is nationally recognized for its outstanding training of naturopathic physicians, Chinese medicine practitioners, nutrition therapists, integrative medicine researchers, public health advocates, mental health experts and others. NCNM’s faculty, many of whom have achieved international recognition in their fields of expertise, have dedicated their lives to teaching and mentoring generations of students to start them on their journey toward becoming exceptional practitioners and leaders in natural health. Our faculty and alumni have helped usher in a new wave of understanding in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world about the benefits of natural medicine and its innate power to help patients attain health and well-being.

NCNM Influences National Policy

The growing integration of conventional and natural medicine is reshaping policies and laws pertaining to health care, including healthcare reimbursement, credentialing, research and access. Because NCNM educational programs blend both conventional and complementary medicine, the opinions of its administrators, faculty and graduates have become increasingly important in the ongoing development of national health policy.

NCNM Meets or Exceeds all Pertinent Regulatory Standards

Northwest Commission of Colleges & Universities

NCNM is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) for its Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and by the Accreditation Council on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) for its Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program. NCNM is accredited at both the masters and naturopathic doctoral degree levels with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU is one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Secretary of Education.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052

For more information download the: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities:  A Peer-Evaluation Report 2011

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
The degree program in naturopathic medicine is programmatically accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, a specialized accrediting agency.

P.O. Box 178
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
NCNM’s MSOM and MAc programs are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. ACAOM is a specialized accrediting agency for the approval of programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.

8941 Aztec Drive, Suite 2
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Phone: 952.212.2434

Both programmatic accreditors are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree program is additionally approved by the California Board of Acupuncture and the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (allowing graduates to sit for their state licensing exams).

For further information regarding programs at the National College of Natural Medicine, please contact:
Office of Admissions
National College of Natural Medicine
049 SW Porter Street, Portland, OR  97201
Phone 503.552.1660