Accredited Naturopathic Schools

Accredited Schools Overview

The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education accredits four-year, campus-based doctoral programs in naturopathic medicine (ND programs) that qualify graduates for licensure in the U.S. and Canada. CNME does not accredit online ND programs, and these programs do not qualify individuals for licensure.

Accreditation is a rigorous process that ensures schools are providing a standards-based education that combines traditional natural health knowledge with modern medical training. Schools are required to meet certain standards before being accredited and must be reaccredited at least every seven years. The standards are public and transparent and can be viewed in the CNME Handbook of Accreditation. Only graduates from CNME accredited schools/programs are eligible for licensure in U.S. states and Canadian province that regulate naturopathic doctors.

Accredited Naturopathic Schools

Bastyr University

Naturopathic Medicine Program (Washington State campus)
14500 Juanita Drive, N.E.
Kenmore, Washington 98028-4966
425.823.1300
bastyr.edu

Naturopathic Medicine Program (California campus)
4106 Sorrento Valley Boulevard
San Diego, California 92121
425.823.1300
bastyr.edu

Accreditation was initially granted in April 1987 and last reaffirmed in October 2019. The next full-scale evaluation is scheduled for spring/summer 2024, with a decision on continued accreditation to be made in the fall of 2024. The university has institutional accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a U.S. Department of Education-recognized regional accrediting agency.

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine Program
Suite 300
435 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3L 5N8
Canada
604.777.9981
binm.org

Initial CNME accreditation was granted December 2008, and reaccreditation was last granted October 2019 retroactive to May 2018. The next evaluation visit for reaccreditation is scheduled for fall 2022 or winter 2023, with a decision to be made at the spring 2023 Council meeting. The college is recognized by all Canadian provinces that regulate naturopathic doctors.

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine Program
1255 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario M2K 1E2
Canada
416.498.1255
ccnm.edu

Initial CNME accreditation was granted September 2000, and reaccreditation was last granted May 2020. The next evaluation visit for reaccreditation is scheduled for fall 2026 or winter 2027, with a decision to be made at the spring 2027 Council meeting. The college is recognized by all Canadian provinces that regulate naturopathic doctors.

National University of Natural Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine Program
049 S.W. Porter
Portland, Oregon 97201
503.552.1660
nunm.edu

Initial CNME accreditation was granted April 1991, and reaccreditation was last granted May 2015. The next evaluation visit for reaccreditation is scheduled for fall 2021, with a decision to be made at the spring 2022 Council meeting. The college has institutional accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a U.S. Department of Education-recognized regional accrediting agency.

National University of Health Sciences

Naturopathic Medicine Program
200 E. Roosevelt Road
Lombard, Illinois 60148
800.826.6285
nuhs.edu

Initial CNME accreditation was granted October 2012, and reaccreditation was last granted October 2016. The next evaluation visit for reaccreditation is scheduled for spring 2022, with a decision to be made at the fall 2022 Council meeting. The university has institutional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, a U.S. Department of Education recognized regional accrediting agency.

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

Naturopathic Medicine Program
2140 E. Broadway Road
Tempe, Arizona 85282
480.858.9100
scnm.edu

Initial CNME accreditation was granted in November 1999, and reaccreditation was last granted May 2019. The next evaluation visit for reaccreditation is scheduled for winter 2026, with a decision to be made at the spring 2027 Council meeting. The college has institutional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, a U.S. Department of Education recognized regional accrediting agency.

University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine Program
60 Lafayette Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
203.576.4109
bridgeport.edu

Accreditation was initially granted in March 2006 and last reaffirmed in October 2018, retroactive to May 2018. The University of Bridgeport decided in 2019 to phase out its ND program and discontinue enrolling new students. The university is now in the process of teaching out the remaining students enrolled in the program. The ND program anticipates that the teach-out process will be completed in 2022. During the teach-out period, the ND program will continue to have CNME accreditation status. The university has institutional accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a U.S. Department of Education recognized regional accrediting agency.

Candidate Programs

Note that candidacy, sometimes referred to as “pre-accreditation,” precedes accreditation. Candidate ND programs are similar to accredited programs: they meet the same standards as accredited programs, and their graduates are eligible for licensure in the U.S. and Canada. Candidate programs have five years in which to achieve accreditation.

Universidad Ana G. Méndez

Naturopathic Medicine Program
P.O. Box 3030
Gurabo, Puerto Rico 00778
787.743.7979
www.uagm.edu

Universidad Ana G. Méndez
Candidacy status was granted in May 2015 for a period of five years. Due to the COVID-19 situation, an evaluation visit for initial accreditation that was scheduled for April 2020 has been postponed until August 2020 and the candidacy status of UAGM’s naturopathic medicine doctoral program has been extended for six months until fall 2020. The CNME will make a decision on initial accreditation at its fall 2020 meeting (date to be determined). The university is accredited by Middles States Commission on Higher Education, a U.S. Department of Education recognized national accrediting agency.
Patients can be assured that NDs who graduate from a CNME-accredited naturopathic medical program receive a comprehensive education.

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Patients can be assured that NDs who graduate from a CNME-accredited naturopathic medical program receive a comprehensive education.