Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, is a nonprofit
institution internationally recognized as a pioneer in the study of natural healing. It is
the only regionally accredited education and research center for alternative, natural
medicine in the United States. Founded in 1978 by practicing naturopathic physicians,
Bastyr University's curriculum integrates the knowledge of modern science with the wisdom
of ancient healing methods and traditional cultures from around the world. Its mission is
to serve as a leader -- a vital force -- in the improvement of the health and well-being
of the human community through natural health education, research and community health
Bastyr University, located 12 miles north of
Seattle, Washington, is a fully accredited institution, internationally recognized as a
pioneer in the study of natural healing. It is the leading university for natural medicine
in the United States, encompassing a multidisciplinary curriculum, a world-renowned
research institute and the largest natural health clinic in the state of Washington.
Founded in 1978 by practicing naturopathic physicians, Bastyr University integrates the
pursuit of scientific knowledge with the wisdom of ancient healing methods and traditional
cultures from around the world. Its mission is to serve as a leader -- a vital force -- in
the improvement of the health and well-being of the human community through education,
research and community health care.
Education:Bastyr University offers a broad range
of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in the natural health sciences and
applied behavioral sciences, including: Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine; Masters of
Science in Nutrition; Masters of Science in Acupuncture or Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine; Bachelor of Science with majors in Nutrition and Oriental Medicine; Bachelor of
Science in Psychology; Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts in Applied Behavioral
Science; and certificate programs in Midwifery and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Research: The Bastyr University Research Institute
utilizes scientific methods to examine the effectiveness of alternative, natural treatment
regimens for a variety of diseases including AIDS and breast cancer. The mission of the
Research Institute is to examine the effectiveness of natural medicine treatments
currently in use, as well as discover and develop new therapies utilizing the principles
of science-based natural medicine. Several studies have been completed, with some
appearing in peer reviewed medical journals. In 1994, the Institute received a landmark
four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine to
establish a Center for Alternative Medicine Research in HIV/AIDS.
Community Health: The Natural Health Clinic of Bastyr
University, located at 1307 North 45th in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood, offers
quality natural health care to the surrounding community while providing essential
clinical training for students. The clinic has more than 25,000 client contacts annually.
Health care services provided at the clinic include: acupuncture and Oriental medicine,
botanical medicine, naturopathic medicine, nutritional consulting, women's health care,
homeopathy, physical medicine, sports medicine, counseling, and pediatrics. A sliding
scale fee is available. Special programs are available for patients with HIV/AIDS.
Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Naturopathic Medicine program is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical
Education. The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program is accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The American Dietetics
Association has approved the Nutrition Departments Didactic Program in Dietetics and
has granted developmental accreditation to the Dietetic Internship.
- Continuing Professional Education seminars and home study
programs, as well as community education workshops, seminars and classes
- Distance Learning courses in Nutrition and Traditional Chinese
Medicine (No new registrations taken between July 1, 1998, and June 30, 1999.)
- The Bastyr University Bookstore, offering mail order service
- One of the most comprehensive libraries on natural health in the
country, with 8,500 books, 275 journals/publications, and on-line resources
- A natural foods cafeteria open five days a week, serving three
meals a day
- Enrollment in Natural Health Sciences programs increased by 18.8% for the 97-98
academic year, including Naturopathic Medicine (24%), Nutrition (11%) and Acupuncture
& Oriental Medicine (17%).
- The Bastyr University AIDS Research Center has enrolled over 1,600
participants in a two-year nationwide longitudinal study on alternative medicine and
- The new B.S. in Psychology program with a health concentration
becomes the university�s fourth undergraduate program. (1998)
- Bastyr is approved as a provider by the Washington State Nurses
Association and the California Board of Registered Nursing. (1998)
- Bastyr is awarded the contract to run the nation's first publicly-funded
Natural Medicine Clinic, the King County Natural Medicine Clinic. (1996)
- The university moves to its new campus, set on 50 acres of forested land
on the north shore of Lake Washington. (1996)
- University President Dr. Joseph Pizzorno is appointed to the Seattle-King
County Board of Health, becoming the first naturopathic physician in the country to be
appointed to a board of health. (1996)
- The American Dietetic Association grants developmental accreditation to
Bastyrs Dietetic Internship program. (1996)
- The university is approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical
Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. (1995)
- The NIH Office of Alternative Medicine awards Bastyr a major grant to
establish a Center for Alternative Medicine Research in HIV/AIDS. (1994)
- Bastyr College celebrates transition to University status. (1994)
Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
This four-year accredited professional degree program prepares students
to practice as licensed, primary care naturopathic physicians with a firm foundation in
science-based medicine. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention, treatment and the
promotion of optimal health through therapeutic methods and natural substances which
encourage the self-healing process.
MS in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
This four-year academic program integrates the study of the classics of
eastern medicine, modern medical sciences, and the contemporary practice of acupuncture
and Oriental medicine. It prepares students to practice as acupuncturists or for advanced
work in the study of Oriental medicine and health care. Master of Science degrees are also
available in Acupuncture. The program also offers the option to complete an undergraduate
MS in Nutrition
The Bastyr University nutrition program is the only accredited
nutrition program in the country associated with a school of naturopathic medicine. The
two-year program strives to balance a whole, natural foods approach to nutrition with an
understanding of human behavior, human biochemistry and nutrient metabolism. Graduates
work as community and outpatient clinic nutritionists, nutrition consultants to the food
and fitness industries and as nutrition counselors on a holistic health care team.
BS in Natural Health Sciences (majors in Nutrition, Oriental Medicine)
These two-year upper division programs lead to a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health
Sciences. They provide a firm foundation in the health sciences and preprofessional
preparation for careers in nutrition, acupuncture, medicine and other health care
BS and MA in Applied Behavioral Sciences
The university offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Applied
Behavioral Sciences through an affiliation with the Leadership Institute of Seattle
(LIOS), which manages these programs. The two-year Master of Arts degree program offers
three tracks: Systems Counseling, Managing and Consulting, and Leadership in Human
Systems. The Bachelor of Science degree program offers the third and fourth years of an
undergraduate program. These programs emphasize an experiential approach to education and
development of professional competencies.
BS in Psychology
The university�s newest two-year upper division program leads to a Bachelor of Science in
Psychology with a health concentration. It blends the study of psychology with exploration
of the roles of body, mind and spirit in health and healing. The program provides an
excellent preparation for graduate study or for careers in health care occupations.
Total Student Enrollment
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Applied Behavioral Sciences
- Enrollment in Natural Health Sciences programs increased by more
than 18 % for the 97-98 academic year, including Naturopathic Medicine (24%), Nutrition
(11%) and Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (17%).
- International students make up 7% of the student body,
representing ten foreign countries.
- Sally Ringdahl, N.D., 92 graduate of Bastyr, appointed Dean
of Naturopathic Medicine.
- Bastyr University receives approval to be a provider of continuing
education credits to nurses and nurse practitioners throughout most of the US.
- Bastyr University Research Institute received a major grant from a
German supplement manufacturer to conduct a clinical study on the effectiveness of 6
months of treatment with the herb Echinacea for reducing respiratory tract
infections in those with frequent episodes.
- The AIDS Research Center has enrolled 1,679 participants in a
two-year longitudinal study on alternative medicine and HIV/AIDS.
- The Breast Cancer Research Center received significant private
foundation support for basic and clinical research in breast cancer.
Natural Health Clinic
- Bastyr University's Natural Health Clinic recorded 17,745 patient
visits in fiscal year 1996-97, a 20% increase over the previous year.
- The Natural Health Clinic has developed collaborations with
several Seattle-area community health care agencies. Students conduct outpatient shifts at
the Norse Home (a retirement and assisted living community) and the Rainier Park and High
Point Clinics of the Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers.
- Students participate in clinic shifts for the Homeless Youth
Program at Seattles 45th Street Clinic, the nations first free drop-in health
clinic to offer both conventional and complementary medical treatments.
- For five consecutive years, Bastyr University has received Ryan
White federal funds, enabling the clinic to provide 1,100 free natural health care visits
this year for low-income patients with HIV/AIDS.
Other Recent Developments
- U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is the keynote speaker for the
1998 graduation ceremonies.
- Bastyr Universitys Extended Education Department cosponsored
several collaborative conferences including: Alzheimers Care: A Holistic Approach
(University of Washington, Alzheimers Association, Department of Social and Health
Services); Complementary Therapies (The King County Nurses Association).
- Bastyr University received outstanding media coverage including
The Today Show (NBC), World News Tonight (ABC), CNN, Fox News Network, NPR Morning
Edition, CBC Radio-Canada, People Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The
San Francisco Chronicle, and msnbc (1997).
- The Bastyr University Speakers Bureau, geared to educating the
public about natural medicine, provided speakers for more than 100 events in 1997.
- Bastyr University was awarded the contract to run the nation's
first publicly funded natural medicine clinic, the King County Natural Medicine Clinic
- University President Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. was appointed to
Seattle-King County Board of Health, becoming the first naturopathic physician in the
country to be appointed to a board of health (1996).
- A record number, 201 students, graduate in the 1995-96 academic
year Fall 1996 enrollment increases in Naturopathic Medicine (24%), Nutrition (82%) and
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (44%) graduate degree programs; total student
enrollment grows to 997
- University hires Darrell Williams, Ph.D., as Academic Vice
President The American Dietetic Association grants developmental accreditation to
University's new Dietetic Internship program
- The California Acupuncture Committee approves Bastyr University's
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine program
- In addition to programs for pharmacists, naturopathic physicians
and acupuncturists, Department of Extended Education begins offering programs for nurses,
chiropractors and licensed massage therapists
- Bastyr University Research Institute receives $385,000 from Madaus
AG of Cologne, Germany, to conduct clinical study on the effectiveness of the herb
Echinacea for treating respiratory tract infections
- AIDS Research Center enrolls over 1,000 participants in national
outcomes study on alternative medicine and HIV/AIDS
- AIDS Research Center receives $58,000 grant from the Office of
Research on Women's Health to recruit and retain women in the national outcomes study on
alternative medicine and HIV/AIDS
- AIDS Research Center receives additional $71,512 to support a
collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Multi-Center AIDS Cohort Study
- AIDS Research Center distributes $105,000 in research funds for
two pilot studies in alternative medicine and HIV/AIDS
- Bastyr University is awarded the contract to run the nation's
first publicly-funded natural medicine clinic; King County Natural Medicine Clinic opens
- University moves to new campus, more than tripling its space
- University President Dr. Joseph Pizzorno is appointed to
Seattle-King County Board of Health
- Keats Publishing, Inc. and Bastyr University cofound Bastyr
University Press, a book publishing imprint specializing in material on alternative and
- Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Chair Dr. Mark Nolting and Dr.
Joseph Pizzorno lead delegation to mainland China, including a visit to Bastyr
University's sister university, the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Bastyr University's Natural Health Clinic records 14,782 patient
visits in fiscal year 1995-96, an 18% increase over the previous year; patient contacts
(including dispensary visits) for that same period increase by 16% to 25,209
- For fourth consecutive year, the Natural Health Clinic receives
Ryan White federal funds, enabling the clinic to provide 1,100 free natural health care
visits for low-income patients with HIV/AIDS