Admission – Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

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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 ND, MSOM, MAc or dual–track programs. 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.


The following coursework is the minimum required preparation for the study of naturopathic or classical Chinese medicine. Applicants may apply with coursework still in progress, however, prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation.

College Mathematics – Algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics 1 course 
General Chemistry with lab (science–major level) 2 courses
Organic Chemistry (science–major level)Must include carbonyl compounds
Organic Chemistry and biochemistry (science–major level)Must include carbonyl compounds
2 courses
1 course each
General Biology with lab (science–major level)Must cover concepts in cellular biology 2 course
Physics – Must cover concepts in mechanics.*
*May substitute an appropriate human kinesiology course (Evaluated on a case–by–case basis)
1 course
Social ScienceAt least one course must be in human psychology 2 courses
HumanitiesAt least one course must be English composition 2 courses
Note: If in doubt about a specific prerequisite, contact the Office of Admissions before taking the course.

Strongly recommended courses

  • Biochemistry or Cellular Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Botany
  • Statistics
  • Business and/or Marketing

Other suggested courses

  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Public Speaking
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Public Health