Natural Healers


Bastyr University

Bastyr University
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966

Phone: (425) 602-3330
Fax: (425) 602-3090

Two-thirds of adult Americans have used some form of complementary and alternative medicine, according to a recent national survey. As primary care physicians, naturopathic doctors play an increasingly significant role in this growing field. Bastyr University's scientifically rigorous naturopathic medicine program focuses on holistic principles, natural therapies and an orientation to patients as partners in their own healing.

Choose a Bastyr University education in naturopathic medicine
Bastyr's naturopathic medicine (ND) program is the largest in the country, offering a demanding four/five year medical school curriculum.

Key advantages of Bastyr University's ND program:

  • International reputation for science-based natural medicine
  • Outstanding faculty in basic sciences
  • More supervised clinical hours than required by accrediting standards
  • Preceptorships and off-site clinic placements
  • Research opportunities
  • Diverse career options, including primary care, research, industry, teaching, administration
  • Electives in adjacent fields, allowing for rich cross-fertilization of ideas and skills
  • Connection with the Bastyr University Research Institute

I received the best natural medicine education in the world at Bastyr. I know from clinical experience that I am a well-trained practitioner.

-- Laurie Steelsmith, ND, MSA ('93)
Bastyr University Alumna

Bastyr plans for your future
Graduates of Bastyr's ND program are qualified primary health care practitioners who, as they diagnose and treat disease, are focused on treating the whole person and promoting optimal health. Their scope of practice includes all aspects of family care - from pediatrics to geriatrics - and relies on a broad spectrum of modalities, including

  • Botanical medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Homeopathy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Naturopathic manipulation
  • Psychological counseling

Being a Bastyr ND student demands achievement, dedication and an open heart and mind.

Graduates leave Bastyr University qualified to pass professional licensure exams and prepared to set up and maintain private practices.

Bastyr students benefit from hands-on training

Students receive their clinical education through supervised internships at the university's own teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health (BCNH), as well as at various off-site clinic placements.

The student has the opportunity to enjoy, explore and discover. We're on the forefront, with license to build treatment strategies out of the latest published research data."

-- John Hibbs, ND
ND clinical coordinator, BCNH

A paid residency position at BCNH is another practical way to strengthen clinical skills.

Students in the ND/acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) dual program are eligible to participate in clinical internships in China. Elizabeth Marazita is one of 24 Bastyr students to start the 2002-03 academic year in China -- either at Chengdu University of TCM or Shanghai University of TCM. Chengdu University has been Bastyr's sister college since 1993 and is one of the four colleges approved by the State Council in 1956.

We have all had incredible experiences with our morning shifts at the hospital. Each day, we travel by university bus to the hospital togetherů then split up into groups of four to our various shifts: internal medicine, gynecology, Tui Na and trauma. We work with a major doctorů and possibly a translator to see patients.

-- Elizabeth Marazita
Dual track ND/AOM candidate

Bastyr offers academic options

  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) - 4-5 years
  • Naturopathic Midwifery Certificate (available to ND candidates and licensed NDs only)
  • Integrated Program: Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine/Master of Science in Acupuncture (ND/MSA) - 5 years
  • Integrated Program: Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine/Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ND/MSAOM) - 6 years

Bastyr University mission
Bastyr educates future leaders in natural health sciences that integrate mind, body, spirit and nature. Through natural health education, research and clinical services, we improve the health and well-being of the human community.

The naturopathic medicine department educates future physicians in the tradition of medical science and art of natural healing. We do this by providing a comprehensive understanding of the basic medical sciences, accurate diagnostic skills and the ability to apply the natural and minimally invasive methods of whole-person health care characteristic of naturopathic medicine.

Vision: Bastyr University will be the world's leading academic center for advancing knowledge in the natural health sciences.

Additional Programs
Bastyr University is an accredited private institution, internationally recognized as a pioneer in the study of natural healing. Founded in 1978 as a college of naturopathic medicine, the institution has continuously broadened its academic offerings, adding other natural health sciences degree programs:

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

Campus Location
Bastyr University's campus is located in Kenmore, Wash., just 12 miles north of Seattle. Bastyr students enjoy easy access to cultural offerings, including the city's live music scene, theaters and art galleries. Outdoor recreational opportunities also abound in the Puget Sound area.

If you are interested in any of our programs and would like to find out more, please request information.

For more information, visit the home page of Bastyr University.