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Naturopathic Medicine

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Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) relieve their patients' suffering by relying on and supporting the patient's own ability to heal. Naturopathy is focused on patient education, and NDs teach their patients to strengthen and enhance their bodies' abilities with a sensible combination of diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies.

According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AAND), "Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health."

Contact Ken Cushman, Faculty Advisor in Naturopathic Medicine.

Students planning to apply to a graduate program in Naturopathic Medicine can complete the prerequisite courses at TCC.  Most schools including Bastyr University expect students to obtain a Bachelor’s degree prior to acceptance into their program.  The program of studies listed below leads to the Associate in Arts & Sciences Degree Option A.  Upon completion of this degree, students may be able to transfer to most four-year colleges and universities as juniors.  Although TCC makes every effort to consult with various colleges and universities regarding requirements, students are encouraged to consult catalogs, websites and advisors at their chosen four-year institution during their freshman year.

Preparation:  While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics. Students should gain exposure to the naturopathic medicine profession by observing, assisting, and gaining work experience in offices, clinics, hospitals, and research facilities, and by exploring the medical literature.

Program Planning:  Students should meet with an advisor during their first quarter at Tacoma Community College.  Many courses have prerequisites, are offered only once or twice a year, and are sequential.  Careful selection of classes each quarter is necessary to complete the program without delay.

First Year

CHEM& 161
Math& 141*
Phys& 114x
PE activity3
CHEM& 162
BIOL& 160**
Engl 1012
PE activity3
CHEM& 163
Biol& 221
Phys& 116x
PE activity3
Psyc& 100
Cmst& 2202

Second Year

Chem& 261
Biol& 222
Engl& 1023
Chem& 262+
Biol& 223
Biol& 2411
Chem& 263+
Bot 1011
Biol& 2421

  • *Co-requisite for Chem161, take before if possible; Math 147 also meets the math requirements at Bastyr but is not acceptable if getting a Bachelor’s degree in science.
  • **Not required for most Naturopathy schools but a prerequisite to the General Biology series and A&P.
  • + Bastyr wants two quarters of Organic Chemistry, but they require an introduction to biological molecules that doesn’t happen until Chem263; The alternative is to take Chem261 and then biochemistry which can be taken at UWT.
  • XBastyr requires only one quarter of Physics but they want it to include optics, electricity and magnetism that is in Physics 116.
  • 1Strongly recommended for Bastyr.
  • 2Other suggested for Bastyr.
  • 3Suggested additional courses to obtain an AAS option A direct transfer degree include two social science distribution courses, one more humanities distribution course, one multicultural distribution course, three credits of PE activity courses and Engl102.

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Bastyr University Naturopathic Medicine Program

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