2020-2021 Course Catalog 
    
    Oct 19, 2020  
2020-2021 Course Catalog

Admissions



Undergraduate Programs

NUNM offers three Bachelor of Science degrees: Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences (BSiHS), Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (BScN), and an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nutrition to Master of Science in Nutrition (BScN-MScN). These programs offer students the opportunity to complete the final two years of their degree, while building a solid scientific foundation in pre-health/pre-med education.

For admission consideration to undergraduate degree programs, students must have completed 60 semester or 90 quarter credits of transferable coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 prior to the program start date. Transferable coursework is defined as college-level courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities that meet lower division, general education requirements for baccalaureate degree programs. Generally, professional/technical courses will not transfer. Only courses with a grade of “C” or higher will be considered for transfer credit. Grades of P/NP or S/U grading will not be accepted.

Age of Course

Prerequisite courses not taken within seven years of matriculation into the program are subject to review. Additional coursework may be required.

Application Process

Applicants for the School of Undergraduate Studies must submit the following required items to complete an application:

  • Application for Admission: A file is created for the applicant once a complete application is received and accompanied by the application fee. Prospective students may start their applications at nunm.edu.
  • $50 Application Fee: This fee is nonrefundable.
  • Transcripts: Applicants are required to submit official sealed transcripts from each college and/or university attended.
  • Essays: Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich this community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays. The application for admission indicates the length or word limitation based on the program to which the applicant is applying.
  • Recommendation: The recommendation form should be completed by a person who knows you well and can evaluate your skills and abilities. Once the application is submitted, the recommendation form will be sent out to the recommender. Professors make great recommenders (assuming you have taken a class with them). If you have been out of school for a while, employers are also acceptable sources.

Applicants are selected regardless of race, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disabilities, or any other protected class under local, state or federal law.

Application Deadline

NUNM begins to accept undergraduate applications Sept. 1, 2019, for fall 2020. The preferred application deadline is May 1, 2020.

Please follow the application’s detailed instructions and direct all application materials to:

Office of Admissions
National University of Natural Medicine
49 South Porter Street
Portland, OR 97201

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that materials are received by NUNM on time. Application materials become the property of NUNM and will not be returned or forwarded to other institutions.

Undergraduate Program Prerequisites

English Composition 2 courses
Math 1 course
Must be algebra, calculus or math-based statistics  
General Biology Full sequence
One academic year of general or principles of biology, including lab. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students. (2-3 courses)
General Chemistry Full sequence
One academic year of general or principles of chemistry, including lab. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students. (2-3 courses)
Humanities/Arts & Letters 3 courses
Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.  
Social Sciences 3 courses
One of these courses must be human psychology. In addition to human psychology, other courses in psychology, anthropology, social sciences, political science, economics, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.  
Total Transfer Credits  
Completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Coursework can be in progress at the time of application. A maximum of 3 quarter or 2 semester credits of physical education may be applied.  

Requirements for Admission to the Accelerated Nutrition Program (BScN-MScN)

New students may apply to be admitted to the accelerated BScN to MScN program if they meet the following requirements that are over and above the regular admissions requirements for the BScN program:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited college or university of 3.3.
  2. Submit an essay that specifically discusses why they believe they are a good candidate for the accelerated nutrition program.

Current NUNM students already enrolled in the BScN program may apply for entry into the accelerated BScN to MScN program no later than July 1 of the student’s first year at NUNM in the BScN program. In order to qualify for the accelerated program, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have obtained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and successfully completed all courses in the first three terms of the BScN program at NUNM.
  2. Submit an essay that specifically discusses why they believe they are a good candidate for the accelerated nutrition program.

Graduate and Professional Programs

Applicants interested in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine (DSOM), Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN), Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR), Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH), Master of Arts in International Development and Service (MA in IDS), and Master of Arts in Community Organizing and Social Activism (MA in COSA) programs must have a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants may apply to undertake two programs concurrently, with the exception of the ND/DSOM combination and combinations with MA in IDS or COSA. All application and prerequisite coursework requirements must be met for both programs. While at NUNM, students may add a concurrent program by applying for admission to the second program. For admission consideration, students must meet the criteria for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in their current program at the time of application.

A GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly recommended. Credit will only be given for prerequisite coursework earning a “C” or better. Applicants may apply with prereq coursework still in progress; however, the Office of Admissions must receive all official transcripts showing completed coursework prior to matriculation. For the purpose of prerequisites, the Office of Admissions defines a “course” as either a quarter or semester term.

Age of Course

Prerequisite courses not taken within seven years of matriculation into the program are subject to review. Additional coursework may be required.

Application Process

Applicants for the graduate and professional programs must submit the following required items to complete an application:

  • Application for Admission: A file is created for the applicant once a complete application is received and accompanied by the application fee. Prospective students may start their applications at nunm.edu.
  • $75 Application Fee: This fee is nonrefundable.
  • Transcripts: Applicants are required to submit official sealed transcripts from each college and/or university attended. For applicants who have prerequisite coursework in progress or will have an undergraduate degree conferred after receiving an admission decision, an official and updated transcript must be submitted prior to matriculation at NUNM.
  • Essays: Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich this community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays. The application for admission indicates the length or word limitation based on the program to which the applicant is applying.
  • Recommendations: Two recommendation forms should be completed by persons who know you well and can evaluate your skills and abilities. Once the application is submitted, recommendation forms will be sent out to the two listed recommenders. Professors make great recommenders (assuming you have taken a class with them). If you have been out of school for a while, employers are also acceptable sources. Recommendations from family members, significant others or close, personal friends are not viewed favorably by the Admissions Committee.
  • Resume: The resume should include work experience, research, activities, community service and any honors/awards received.
  • Supplemental Materials: These include statements regarding academic dismissal, criminal charges, scholarship statements, diversity statements, and/or an addendum with any additional information the applicant wishes to share with the Admissions Committee. Videos and lengthy manuscripts will not be reviewed, and will be returned to the applicant.

Applicants are selected regardless of race, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disabilities, or any other protected class under local, state or federal law.

Application Deadlines

Initial consideration goes to candidates who apply by the dates listed below. However, NUNM continues to consider applicants on a space-available basis thereafter. Applicants may apply up to one year in advance for admission.

ND, CCM and Graduate Studies: Fall 2020
Scholarship Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

CCM programs: Winter 2021
Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2020

Online MScN program: Winter 2021
Application Deadline: Dec. 28, 2020

Candidates who have selected NUNM as their first choice are encouraged to apply on or before the scholarship deadline.

Please follow the application’s detailed instructions and direct all application materials to:

Office of Admissions
National University of Natural Medicine
49 South Porter Street
Portland, OR 97201

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that materials are received by NUNM on time. Application materials become the property of NUNM and will not be returned or forwarded to other institutions.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee, determines that the learning objectives are met. NUNM does not accept life experience in lieu of prerequisite credits.

On-Campus Interview

Applicants to the Colleges of Naturopathic and Classical Chinese Medicine, who competitively meet requirements, will be required to complete an interview on campus. Telephone and online interviews are normally not granted, but may be considered under extenuating circumstances. The interview allows students to visit the university and decide if it is a good fit. The School of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies does not require an interview.


ND Program Prerequisites

General Chemistry (science-major level) 2 courses
Lab work required  
Organic Chemistry (science-major level) 2 courses
Biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course  
General Biology (science-major level) 2 courses
Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.  
General Physics 1 course
Must include mechanics  
Mathematics 1 course
College algebra, calculus or math-based statistics  
English Composition 1 course
Psychology 1 course
Any general psychology course 100-level or higher  
Social Sciences and Humanities 2 courses
Strongly Recommended Courses
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics
  • Business and/or Marketing
 
Other Suggested Courses
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Public Speaking
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Public Health
 

Global Health (MScGH) Program Prerequisites

General Biology 1 course
Any discipline  
Mathematics 1 course
Algebra or statistics  
Social Sciences 1 course
Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology​  

Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR) Program Prerequisites

General Chemistry 2 courses
General Biology with lab 1 course
Mathematics 2 courses
Precalculus, calculus 1 or math-based statistics  
Social Sciences 1 course
Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology​  
Humanities 1 course
English composition  
Strongly Recommended Courses
• Statistics
• Cell Biology
• Ethics
 

Nutrition (MScN) Program Prerequisites

General Chemistry 1 course
General Biology 1 course
Human-related biology course required; anatomy and physiology strongly recommended  
Mathematics 1 course
Algebra or statistics  
Psychology 1 course
Any general psychology course 100-level or higher​  

MSOM/DSOM Program Prerequisites

General Chemistry 1 course
General Biology 1 course
Physics 1 course
Must include mechanics  
Psychology 1 course
Any general psychology course 100-level or higher  
Humanities 1 course
Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement  
Strongly Recommended Courses
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Chinese Language (old Mandarin; complex characters)
• Systems Science
• Mythology
• Quantum Physics
• Philosophy of Science
• Biochemistry
• Cellular Biology
• Chinese History/Culture
 

International Applications

In addition to the requirements previously outlined, international applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete an international student Certificate of Finance. In order to issue an I-20, the U.S. government requires NUNM to verify that applicants have sufficient funds to pay for all expenses while studying at NUNM.
  • If English is a second language, submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). NUNM requires a score of 550 on the written exam, or 213 on the computer exam and 80 on the internet-based test.
    • Also accepted is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.0 or higher or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a score of 53 or higher.
  • Submit all non-U.S. accredited transcripts for translation and evaluation to one of the following approved evaluation services:

International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
310.258.9451 | ierf.org

World Education Services, Inc.
212.966.6311 | wes.org

Transcripts from accredited Canadian colleges and universities are generally exempt from this requirement. NUNM reserves the right to require outside evaluation in certain cases. Transcripts in French must be submitted for translation to one of the services above.

Transfer Credit Policy

Applicants wishing to transfer to any of NUNM’s programs must meet the following requirements:

  1. An applicant who applies for transfer credit must meet the current admission requirements at NUNM on the date the student applies for admission, including the verification of good academic standing. All transfer students must meet the prerequisites as stated in the catalog.
  2. Credits being considered for transfer to the graduate or first professional programs must be graduate level and completed at a U.S. Department of Education recognized and regionally accredited institution and/or a U.S. Department of Education approved programmatic accreditor. Transfer credit will only be approved for courses from a professional degree program or a graduate program closely related to the health sciences.
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  3. Only credits recorded on an official transcript of the issuing institution with an equivalent grade of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale will be considered for transfer. If an application is received before coursework at another institution has been completed, transfer credit will be considered to be conditional until satisfactory completion of the outstanding coursework.
  4. Credits accepted for transfer must be determined by NUNM to be substantially equivalent to the courses offered by NUNM. This determination is to be made by the program director or designee. All requests for transfer credit are considered on a course-by-course basis, and a catalog or course description will be required. Challenge examinations may be required to determine whether coursework is comparable.
  5. Credits accepted for the transfer of coursework must have been awarded within seven years of the date of admission to NUNM, except that NUNM may, at its discretion, accept older credits if the entering student holds a graduate degree in an academic discipline closely related to the health sciences and has been working in the field.
  6. The ND, DSOM and MSOM degree programs could take a minimum of three years education at NUNM, even with maximum transfer credit awarded, due to differences between programs.
  7. NUNM does not give transfer credit for life experience.
  8. Applications for students transferring programs must include the “Verification of Student Conduct” form completed by an official from the applicant’s previous institution stating that the applicant is in good academic and behavioral standing at the time of application.
  9. Credits will be evaluated preliminarily for transfer before an offer of admission is made. The applicant will receive a copy of the formal transfer credit evaluation with a list of courses that must be taken at NUNM and a tentative class schedule for their first term, if they are admitted. Students will sign a letter agreeing to the final list of approved transfer credits.
  10. Any veteran receiving GI Bill® benefits while attending NUNM is required to obtain transcripts from all previously attended schools and submit them to the VA School Official (located in the Registrar’s Office) for review of prior credit.

Second professional degree candidates, defined as a healthcare practitioner with a doctoral or master’s level degree, may apply for fall or winter admission to the MSOM or DSOM programs. Depending upon prior completed coursework, a full-time schedule may not be available for one of these terms of entry. A proposed class schedule for the intended term of entry and a degree completion plan can only be created after a candidate’s prior coursework has been evaluated. Please note that there is a $75 nonrefundable transcript evaluation fee.

The following are transfer policies specific to each NUNM college and school beyond those in the general transfer policy section above.

Transfer Credit Specific to the College of Naturopathic Medicine

  • Transfer credit will be considered for applicants to the ND program who are eligible to sit for a first professional medical licensing examination in the United States.
  • Transfer credit will be allowed for first-year and some second-year ND courses. Credit for clinical experiences or clinical education at another school is not transferable.
  • NUNM has a requirement that all ND students complete 16 elective credits, in addition to the required core curriculum, in order to encourage students to take additional coursework in areas of special interest and round out their education at NUNM. Transfer students may be allowed transfer credit for some of their noncore coursework if completed in a doctoral program at a regionally accredited institution. This determination will be made by the ND program cirector or designee.
  • Applicants seeking advanced-standing status into the ND program must hold a first professional medical degree. Accepted are medical (MD), osteopathic (DO) and chiropractic (DC) doctors who have graduated from a regionally accredited institution. Satisfaction of this requirement meets the NUNM prerequisite condition for a bachelor’s level degree.

Transfer Credit Specific to the College of Classical Chinese Medicine

Due to the classical orientation of the MSOM and DSOM programs, only a limited number of credits from programs with a traditional orientation are transferable.

Applicants with completed coursework in U.S. institutions: Only AOM coursework completed at a school approved by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) will be accepted for transfer.

Applicants with completed coursework in international institutions: Transfer credit will be considered for applicants to the CCM degree programs who are deemed eligible to sit for NCCAOM licensing examinations. They must first submit their educational records to either the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) or World Education Services (WES) for a course-by-course educational transcript evaluation.

Applicants with completed coursework in China: All applicants who choose to apply to AACRAO must first have their credentials verified via the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) and submitted directly to AACRAO. To apply with CDGDC, go to: chinadegrees.cn./en/.

Transfer Credit Specific to the School of Graduate Studies

Programs within the School of Graduate Studies at NUNM may accept up to one third of the total credits required for graduation from the graduate program as transfer credits. Individual programs may have stricter limitations, so applicants should contact the program director and refer to the course catalog for more specific limitations.

In general, in order to qualify as transfer credits, the following requirements must be met:

  • Courses being transferred are obtained at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Courses being transferred are at the graduate level.
  • They are determined by the program director to have met course competencies of similar courses required for graduation from NUNM’s program.
  • They must have been awarded a grade of B- or higher. A pass (P) grade or similar grading methods are not acceptable.
  • They must be no older than seven years old at the time of admission into the program. (Exceptions, for a course to be transferred, may be granted in cases where the individual has been working in the field related to the course content since the time they took the course. The program director will make this determination.)
  • Students must complete an NUNM Transfer of Credit Agreement upon admission to the university. Transfer credits will not be considered after matriculation.
  • Contact the Office of Admissions for information on transfer courses from international institutions, as these require additional documentation.

Specific transfer credits may be used to satisfy requirements for specific courses in multiple programs. In other words, if a person were to enroll in the Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research program and the Master of Science in Global Health program, a statistical analysis course might be transferred in that would meet the requirement of Biostats in both programs. The basic principle is that we do not wish to force students to retake course material they have already mastered.

Transfer Credit Specific to the School of Undergraduate Studies

Applicants to the School of Undergraduate Studies may transfer credit for courses that are substantially similar to courses offered as part of NUNM’s undergraduate programs. Students are required to complete a minimum of 50 credits in the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences program; 51 credits in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program; and 34 undergraduate credits in the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nutrition to Master of Science in Nutrition program at NUNM. All transfer credits must be completed at a regionally accredited institution, and are evaluated for relevance and subject to approval by the program director.

Transfers from NUNM to Other Institutions

Transfer of credit from NUNM to other institutions is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Credit generally depends on comparability of curricula and may depend on comparability of accreditation. NUNM is regionally accredited. Inquiries should be directed to the receiving institution to determine the transferability of credits from NUNM.

Transfer of Core Credits and Electives Between NUNM Programs

Graduate-Level Programs

Some core course credits may be eligible for transfer among NUNM programs to satisfy program requirements. All transfer credits are subject to approval by the program director. Master and doctoral students may take elective credit from any NUNM graduate-level degree program, as long as they meet the prerequisites.

Undergraduates Taking Cross-Listed Graduate-Level Courses

Undergraduate students who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree at NUNM may take any elective course in the undergraduate program and cross-listed courses in graduate programs, as long as they meet the prerequisites. In addition, core courses in other undergraduate programs can be taken for elective credit (maximum of 18 credits).