Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Questions? 503.552.1660 / Toll-free 877.669.8737 or

All candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university, or the equivalent (as determined by NUNM) from an institution outside the United States. No specific major is required and there is no advantage to having a bachelor of art or bachelor of science degree. Applicants may apply with coursework in progress.

The below prerequisites are required to matriculate with a grade of C or better.

Note: All biology and chemistry science coursework and labs must be taken in a physical classroom and laboratory, unless previously approved, and may be taken at a community college. Please refer to acceptable online coursework for other prerequisites.

Course Prerequisites

College Mathematics – 1 course
Algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics

General Chemistry with lab – 2 courses
Science–major level

Organic Chemistry – 2 courses
Science–major level
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry – 1 course each
Science–major level

General Biology with lab – 2 courses
Science–major level – must cover concepts in cellular biology

Physics – 1 course
Must cover concepts in mechanics. May substitute an appropriate human kinesiology course (Evaluated on a case–by–case basis)

Social Science –2 course
At least one course must be in human psychology (life span or development)

Humanities – 2 course
At least one course must be English composition

Strongly recommended courses

  • Biochemistry or Cellular Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Botany
  • Statistics
  • Business and/or Marketing

Other suggested courses

  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Public Speaking
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Public Health

If in doubt about a specific prerequisite, contact the Office of Admissions before taking the course.