General Information

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National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) offers advanced study in five degree programs specializing in the field of natural medicine through the Schools of Naturopathic Medicine, Classical Chinese Medicine, and Research and Graduate Studies.

The requirements for admission vary based on the degree program to which the applicant is applying. NCNM degree programs do not have a specific minimum GPA requirement, but only a small percentage of individuals of applicants are admitted with below a 3.0 GPA.

Candidates for admission for all programs are evaluated holistically and the following characteristics may be considered:

  • Dedication to service, compassion, critical thinking skills, ability to effectively communicate, self-discipline, self-awareness, and sense of purpose.
  • Affinity for and/or prior experience with the program or field to which the applicant is applying.
  • Scholastic record and other achievements.
  • Understanding of health care issues.
  • Recommendations.

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 recommended for any degree program, although strong preparation in the natural sciences is required for the doctor of naturopathic medicine degree program.  A broad array of courses in humanities and liberal arts is strongly recommended for all degree programs.  Prerequisite coursework is a key consideration used to determine a student’s academic preparation for a program. Credit will only be given for prerequisite coursework earning a C or better. There is no advantage to holding a bachelor of science or bachelor of art, as long as you have completed the program’s prerequisites.

Age of course

Prerequisite courses not taken within seven years of matriculation into the program are subject to review. Additional coursework may be required.

Credit for Life Experience

NCNM has no provision for awarding credit for life experience.

Criminal Disclosure

NCNM is primarily considered a medical school by training Chinese medicine practitioners and naturopathic primary care physicians.  NCNM, in accordance with state and federal laws, has high standards for the health care professionals we graduate. Individuals are held to high standard of professionalism, maturity, and character. In an effort to provide a safe environment for our academic and patient communities, a criminal background check is required upon admission. Professional licensing boards are required by law and/or policy to exclude individuals with 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 decency of the crime to the interests and needs of NCNM will be assessed, and the responsibility and maturity of the person convicted will be carefully considered and weighed.

Applicants are selected regardless of race, gender, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disabilities, or any other protected class under local, state, or federal law.