|Degrees Offered / Length of Time: ||Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) 4-5 years; Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA) 3 years; Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) 3.5 years; Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine (CCHM) - 2.5 years
postgraduate offering; Master of Science in Nutrition - 2 years; Master of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology - 3 years; Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - 2 years; Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design - 1 year.|
|Combined Degrees Offered / Length of Time: ||Bastyr offers the following combined degrees and academic options:
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|
|Grading System: ||Competency based|
Bastyr University's fully accredited naturopathic doctor (ND) program is internationally renowned for the quality of its curriculum, clinical training and research. The University's faculty use a distinct multidisciplinary, science-based teaching approach and emphasize the inter-relation of mind, body, spirit and nature. This prepares future naturopathic physicians to become leaders and successful clinicians either in private practice or in integrative health care settings. A pioneer in natural medicine since its inception, the University designs innovative models for 21st-century medicine.
Students receive a thorough foundation in the basic medical sciences along with instruction in naturopathic medicine, clinical and laboratory diagnosis, nutrition, and counseling. Anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry serve as the foundation for further basic science courses and all chemical courses. Further courses include pathology, immunology, infectious diseases, embryology and research methods. Problem-solving, clinical cases and examples are an integral part of the basic science curriculum.
Clinical training at Bastyr University focuses on clinical diagnosis and therapeutics, including clinical studies in nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics and other specialty areas. Students receive their clinical education through supervised internships at the University's own teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, as well as at numerous off-site clinic placements. All ND students must accrue 132 hours in preceptorships. These hours are spent observing and “shadowing” health-care professionals in their practices. Bastyr ND students receive a minimum of 1,200 clinical training hours. Those hours must include a minimum of 350 direct patient contacts in order to graduate. Most of our students average 600 patient contacts by the time they earn their degree. Students in the ND/acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) dual program are eligible to participate in clinical internships 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.