Getting to Know NCNM
NCNM is globally recognized
Established in 1956, NCNM is the oldest and one of the best known colleges of its type in the world. Because ninety percent of global health care involves methods other than conventional western medicine, NCNM's participation in international medical education and research is routinely solicited.
NCNM graduates are in growing demand
United States health care consumers are increasingly seeking preventive, noninvasive, and low-risk health care. According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) administered in 2007, 38% of adults use natural medicine. Two-thirds of U.S. health care consumers are expected to use natural health providers by the end of this decade. NCNM graduates are among the best trained physicians in the world for the delivery of such care.
NCNM attracts outstanding students
The average undergraduate GPA at NCNM is 3.4. The average age is 28. NCNM students are intelligent, motivated high achievers who want to make the world a better place. They want to contribute to the health and well-being of patients seeking healthcare assistance from knowlegeable, caring practitioners.
NCNM influences national policy
The integration of conventional and alternative medicine is reshaping policies pertaining to health care reimbursement, credentialing, research, and access. Because NCNM educational programs blend both conventional and complementary medicine, the opinions of its leaders and graduates have become important in the refinement of national health policy.
NCNM programs are expanding
NCNM currently offers a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, a Master of Acupuncture, and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research; as well as numerous certificate programs. We also have a nationally certified graduate medical education program providing residencies for naturopathic physicians. The feasibility of additional advanced-degree programs is presently being studied.
NCNM meets or exceeds all pertinent regulatory standards
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 and Master of Acupuncture programs. NCNM is accredited at both the masters and naturopathic doctoral degree levels with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Northwest Commission is one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Secretary of Education.
NCNM is at the forefront of natural medicine research
Research at NCNM occurs at the Helfgott Research Institute, which has clinical, physo-physiology and basic science labs. With several NIH funded studies, researchers at Helfgott are contributing to the evidence base in natural medicine. NCNM collaborates on integrative medicine research locally, nationally and internationally.