Naturopathic Medicine

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There are many pieces to the naturopathic medical school application, including your GPA, personal statement, list of experiences, letters of recommendation, and biographical information. Use the navigation below to explore each aspect of preparing for naturopathic medical school.


  • What is a Naturopathic Physician?
  • Naturopathic Medicine combines both nature and modern medicine to stimulate the body to heal itself.  Naturopathic Physicians (ND) are primary care providers trained to diagnose and treat patients with a range of acute and chronic health conditions.  Naturopathic Medicine believes in looking at more than just the body and take into account the mind and spirit of the individual.  To learn more about Naturopathic Medicine, visit AANMC's website. 
  • Becoming a Naturopathic Physician
  • Obtain a bachelor's degree and complete all pre-medical requirements, including prerequisites and experiences (4+ years)

    Attend a naturopathic medical school (4 years)

    Pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX)

    Become licensed in the state you wish to practice

    Maintain certification & complete Continuing Medical Education (ongoing)

  • Naturopathic Medicine Prerequisites
  • Naturopathic Medical School Prerequisites Courses to Take at UC Davis
    Most schools require:  
    General Biology BIS 2ABC
    General Chemistry CHE 2ABC
    Organic Chemistry CHE 8AB OR CHE 118ABC
    Biochemistry BIS 105 OR BIS 102 & BIS 103
    Physics PHY 7ABC OR PHY 9ABC
    Psychology PSC 1
    English Composition any combination of ENL, UWP, or COM courses

    * Check you major requirements before choosing classes.

    Click here to see Naturopathic Medicine program information and their requirements.

    Note: The above courses are only suggested, not absolute. 

    You may choose any major while planning to pursue Naturopathic Medicine, however some schools prefer majors in or having a strong foundation in the sciences. 

    All pre-health students should strive for a minimum GPA of 3.0, although the better you perform, the more opportunities you will have. Students who enter the program will typically have an average GPA between 3.1 – 3.3 at each institution.  Most ND schools want to see students receive no less than a C in each of their pre-requisite courses.   

    Visit AANMC's prerequisite page to view the list of prerequisites required by each naturopathic medical school. 

  • Experiences
  • The MCAT and/or the GRE are not required for admission into naturopathic medical school.  

    Naturopathic medical schools recommend shadowing or interviewing an ND prior to applying to schools. Shadowing/interviewing ND's can help students showcase their interest and understanding of the naturopathic medical field. 

    There are no hour requirements for naturopathic medical school, but all pre-ND students should have some clinical experience. Some examples of clinical experience include:

    Health Related Internships through the Internship and Career Center (ICC)
    Opportunities to publish and present research through the Undergraduate Research Center
    Participate in the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program (EMRAP)
    Intern through the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Xperience
    Become an EMT
    Global Health Internships through Study Abroad
    Health Internships through the Washington Program
    Volunteering for the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference
    Completing community service using the ICC Community Service Database
    Join or create a student organization
    Volunteer at a Student Run Clinic

  • Applying to Naturopathic Medical School

    The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Centralized Application Services (NDCAS) is used by 4 out of the 7 Naturopathic Medicine Schools:

    Boucher Institute of Medicine
    Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
    Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
    University of Bridgepoint College of Naturopathic Medicine

    The 3 remaining schools require that potential applicants apply through their website or own application system.  Please check their websites for further details. 

    Personal Statement
    The NDCAS personal statement contains the following prompts:
    Why do you want to become a naturopathic doctor?

    What is the role of naturopathic medicine/naturopathic doctors in the healthcare system?

    How do you see the naturopathic profession evolving?

    Discuss any life experiences that have helped to prepare you for the rigorous academic demands and individual challenges associated with this program of study.

    The naturopathic medical school personal statement also varies by school, but generally the personal statement will answer how and why there is an interest in the specific ND program to which the applicant is applying to. 
    Personal statements are limited to 6000 characters (including spaces), approximately 1 page in length.
    The personal statement is your first chance to provide admissions committees with subjective information about your qualifications and your reasons for choosing this particular career. In other words, the personal statement is your initial opportunity to present yourself as an interesting and unique applicant who deserves a closer look.
    Letters of Recommendation

    Naturopathic medical schools require a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation, or evaluations. The maximum amount that can be submitted is 5.

    One reference must be academic (i.e. faculty), one reference must be from a healthcare professional, and other evaluators can be employers or advisors that can attest to your abilities.


    Interviews are required by all naturopathic medical schools and are offered to eligible applicants later on in the admissions process. Interview styles include conversations with faculty members, admissions counselors, and/or current students, and can be traditional or situational type interviews. 

    Supplemental Applications

    Curriculum Vitae or Resumes may be requested by schools as a supplement to your application. Check with schools to see if a CV or Resume is required to be submitted with NDCAS. 

    Choosing Naturopathic Medical Schools

    There are 7 Accredited Naturopathic Medical schools and 8 campuses in the United States and Canada, with only 1 school in California: 

    Bastyr University
    Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
    Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
    National University of Natural Medicine
    National University of Health Sciences
    Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
    University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • More questions? Check out our FAQ page or schedule an appointment with an advisor!