College Admission Requirements

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NCNM offers degree programs in four distinct areas of study, as well as certificate programs. Information regarding prerequisites for specific programs along with general information that applies to all programs can be found using the links to information both on this page and other pages on our site. 

Admissions & Prerequisites

General Requirements


ND Program

Age of Course


MSiMR Program

Academic and Selection Factors


MSOM Program

Credit for Life Experience


MScN Program

Criminal Disclosure


MAc Program



Combined ND/MSOM & ND/MAC programs

Auditing Courses

Acceptable Online Coursework


International Students


General Information for All Programs

Academic and Selection Factors

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 (Letters are not required for the MSiMR and MScN degrees.)

  • 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.

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 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.

What Does it Mean to be an NCNM Graduate

As of 2012, NCNM is the alma mater to more than 2,008 practicing naturopathic physicians from nearly every state and province and many foreign countries. In the past year, the main clinic recorded over 20,000 patient visits making NCNM one of the nation’s most successful natural medicine facilities. For your reference, we've made available the results of several alumni surveys from 1999 to 2010. Access alumni income survey results here.