Bastyr University -Seattle, Washington



Bastyr University knows that you want to be extraordinary. In order to do this, you need an exceptional education that integrates health, science and nature. Recognized globally for its rigorous curriculum and leading edge research, Bastyr University’s School of Naturopathic Medicine has been producing industry leaders who are changing the world for over 40 years. We also have a campus in California, browse Bastyr University’s San Diego, CA Campus page for more degree offerings available at that location.

14500 Juanita Drive NE
Kenmore, WA 98028

Phone: 425.602.3332


Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (with optional dual graduate degrees in Acupuncture, Counseling Psychology, and Public Health; optional dual Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)

How Selection Works

Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance, maturity and demonstrated humanitarian qualities. In evaluating applicants, the Schools of Naturopathic Medicine seeks qualities of motivation, intellect and character essential to becoming a physician.

Concrete exposure to the practice of naturopathic medicine through job-shadowing or interviews with NDs is strongly recommended.  Work or volunteer experience in other types of health care is a plus. The prerequisite coursework is the minimum required preparation for the study of naturopathic medicine. Applicants may apply with coursework still in progress, but must complete prerequisites before beginning the program.

Please note: If you are unsure about a specific prerequisite, contact an admissions advisor before taking the course. The admissions office may require a course description to verify content. Descriptions may be read over the phone, e-mailed, faxed or sent by regular mail.

Prerequisite Courses

In selecting applicants for admission, the Bastyr University naturopathic medicine program seeks those qualities of motivation, intellect, and character essential to becoming a physician. Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance, maturity, and demonstrated humanitarian qualities. Work or volunteer experience in health care and exposure to the practice of naturopathic medicine are both strongly recommended.

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

Please note: If you have questions about a specific prerequisite, contact an admissions advisor before taking the course.

Courses Quantity
General Chemistry I and II 2 semesters or 3 quarters
General Biology* I and II 2 semesters or 3 quarters
Organic Chemistry I 1 course
Organic Chemistry II or Biochemistry (preferred) 1 course
Physics -Algebra or Calculus based (no lab required) 1 course
Intro to General Psychology or Developmental/Lifespan Psychology 1 course
College-level Algebra 1 course

Please note: Required chemistry and biology courses must be intended for science majors. All courses are subject to review by the admissions committee.

*Biology must cover cell biology and genetics

Required Abilities & Skills

Bastyr University is committed to providing equal opportunities for differently-abled persons. The following policy has been adapted from the American Association of Medical Colleges guidelines to ensure that prospective students have the physical and mental capacities to perform the required duties of a naturopathic physician.

Candidates for the naturopathic medicine degree must be able to demonstrate appropriate observational and communication skills, motor function, intellectual-conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social maturity. Technology can compensate for some disabilities in certain areas, but candidates should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary means that a candidate’s judgment must be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation.

  • Observation: Candidates must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, including but not limited to microbiologic cultures and microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. Candidates must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation requires the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation. These are enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.
  • Communication: Candidates must be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients to elicit information; describe changes in mood, activity, and posture; and perceive nonverbal communications. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with all members of the health care team.
  • Motor: Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. Candidates should be able to do basic laboratory tests (urinalysis, CBC, etc.), re-position a patient, carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and read ECGs and x-rays. Candidates should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment required of physicians are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the administration of intravenous medication, application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways, the suturing of simple wounds, and the performance of simple obstetrical maneuvers. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
  • Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, a critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, candidates should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes: Candidates must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing work loads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities assessed during the admissions and educational processes.

See the Bastyr University Catalog for more information.

Summer Prerequisites

The following course(s) are generally available to fill prerequisites during the summer quarter for the ND program. Summer registration information is sent to all applicants by the admissions office each spring. For further information, please contact Admissions at (425) 602-3332 or email

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

  • Organic Chemistry I & II

Recommended Reading

Bastyr University librarians have compiled volumes of useful reading material for NDs and other health care practitioners. The guide lists core books and journals that naturopathic doctors and other health practioners interested in natural medicine will find clinically useful.

Read more here.

Compare all of the AANMC-member schools ND program Academic Prerequisites here

• Four years for full-time students

• Five years for dual-degree tracks

Tuition and Fees: (first year) $40,697

Master of Science in: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Midwifery, Nutrition (with optional Didactic Program in Dietetics), Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology, Nutrition and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (dual degree), Acupuncture


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (Seattle and San Diego campuses), Maternal-Child Health Systems

Master of Public Health

Bachelor of Science with a Major in: Health Psychology, Herbal Sciences,  Integrated Human Biology, Nutrition, Nutrition and Culinary Arts, Nutrition and Exercise Science

Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design, Chinese Herbal Medicine

Dietetic Internship

Simkin Center for Allied Birth Professionals Courses for Birth Professionals


November 1 Early decision deadline
February 1 Priority application deadline
March 1 Financial aid application deadline
September 24 Program begins: entrance in fall quarter only (with summer start option for those eligible)