While no minimum GPA is specified, only a small percentage of admitted applicants have below 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Candidates for admission are evaluated holistically based on:
- Dedication to service, compassion, critical thinking skills, ability to communicate, and self-discipline
- Affinity for and prior experience with naturopathic or Chinese medicine
- Letters of recommendation
- Overall scholastic record
- Understanding and appreciation of health care issues
- Other achievements
Applicants are selected regardless of race, gender, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disabilities, or any other protected class under local, state, or federal law.
All candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university, or the equivalent (as determined by NCNM) from an institution outside the United States. No specific major is advised though we require a strong preparation in the sciences, and encourage a broad background in the humanities and liberal arts. Prerequisite coursework is used to determine a student’s preparation for the program. Credit will only be given for prerequisite coursework earning a C or better. There is no advantage to holding a BS rather than a BA, as long as you have completed the program’s prerequisites.
Prerequisite courses not taken within seven years of matriculation into the program are subject to review. Additional coursework may be required.
NCNM has no provision for awarding credit for life experience.
NCNM requires applicants to provide any information on any criminal convictions other than a traffic violation. NCNM has this requirement for several reasons.
First, NCNM has a responsibility to ensure a safe environment for all members of our community and their property. Second, NCNM has an interest in evaluating the character, maturity, and responsibility of its applicants. Third, NCNM may academically advise students of difficulties that may arise in the course of the student’s efforts to obtain financial aid, clinical rotations, professional licensure, or other job placement. This is because financial aid, certain clinical rotations, and professional licensing boards are required by law and/or policy to exclude people who have certain convictions.
The existence of a conviction does not necessarily mean that a student will be denied admission to NCNM. Each case will be evaluated on its facts. Generally speaking, the rational relationship of the nature, severity, and recency of the crime to the interests and needs of NCNM will be assessed, and the responsibility and repentance of the person convicted will be carefully considered and weighed.