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Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is one of the world's leading academic centers for advancing knowledge in the natural health sciences. A two-decade pioneer in natural medicine, Bastyr continues to be in the forefront of developing the model for 21st century medicine.

Bastyr University's mission is to educate future leaders in natural health sciences that integrate mind, body, spirit and nature. Through natural health education, research and clinical services, Bastyr improves the health and well being of the human community.

Founded in 1978 as a college of naturopathic medicine, the university's offerings now include:

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  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • Exercise Science and Wellness
  • Herbal Sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Health Psychology

Bastyr University is just 10 miles from downtown Seattle. It is located on 50 acres of woodlands on the northeast shore of Lake Washington, adjacent to the beautiful 316-acre St. Edward State Park. The campus' remote location provides a tranquil environment for breaks between classes, and the nearby city offers a stimulating gathering place outside of school.

Philosophy of Learning

Apothecary Bastyr University's curriculum provides students with a combination of book studies and hands-on learning. For all programs, the philosophy is the same: treatment of the whole person, prevention of disease and encouraging individual responsibility for health and wellness. All majors take classes in basic sciences, whether the eventual goal is to be an acupuncturist or a fitness instructor. You'll find yourself challenged and stimulated and find faculty members who are uniquely vested in your success.


Pillars The University is the only regionally accredited education and research center for alternative, natural medicine in the United States. Since it was founded in 1978 to train naturopathic physicians, many degree programs have been added which provide opportunities to study natural health and applied behavioral science. Programs include acupuncture and Oriental medicine, applied behavioral science, exercise science and wellness, herbal sciences, naturopathic medicine, nutrition and psychology. Certificates in Chinese herbal medicine and naturopathic midwifery provide additional professional training, and a certificate in spirituality, health and medicine has also been added, for health professionals who want to round out their professional life by integrating a spiritual dimension.