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MISSION

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 care.

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.

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CORE PROGRAMS

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.

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ACCREDITATION

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 Department’s Didactic Program in Dietetics and has granted developmental accreditation to the Dietetic Internship.

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OTHER PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

  • 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
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RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 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 HIV/AIDS. (1998)
  • 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 Bastyr’s 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)
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DEGREE PROGRAMS

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 degree.

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 occupations.

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.

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VITAL STATISTICS

 

1998-1999

1997-1998

Total Student Enrollment

1049

980

Naturopathic Medicine

460

407

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

141

155

Nutrition

130

120

Psychology

18

N/A

Midwifery

13

N/A

Applied Behavioral Sciences

211

199

Distance Learning

109

68

Certificate programs/other

47

31

Full-time/Core Faculty

33

31

Adjunct Faculty

112

111


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1997-98 Highlights

Educational Programs

  • 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.

Research

  • 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 Seattle’s 45th Street Clinic, the nation’s 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 University’s Extended Education Department cosponsored several collaborative conferences including: Alzheimer’s Care: A Holistic Approach (University of Washington, Alzheimer’s Association, Department of Social and Health Services); Complementary Therapies (The King County Nurses Association). (1998)
  • 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 (1996).
  • 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).
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1996 Highlights

Educational Programs

  • 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

Research

  • 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

Other Developments

  • Bastyr University is awarded the contract to run the nation's first publicly-funded natural medicine clinic; King County Natural Medicine Clinic opens in October
  • 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 complementary medicine
  • 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
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