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Contents Letter from the President


The College


Patient Care


Community Clinics


School of Naturopathic Medicine


School of Classical Chinese Medicine


School of Research & Graduate Studies


The City


Student Life


Join Us


Prerequisites 43 Facts at a Glance


Alumni Association


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In the world of natural medicine, everything is changing fast. Naturopathic doctors, classical Chinese medicine practitioners and natural medicine researchers are increasingly becoming an integral part of the healthcare landscape as patients and other healthcare professionals recognize their considerable contributions of health and well-being. The basics are always with us: how to sustain good health and, when illness does intervene, finding the treatments and protocols that will be the most appropriate, the most effective, and the least invasive. At NCNM, we launch careers in natural medicine. We combine time-honored practices with cutting-edge advances. We’ve been at the forefront of natural medicine education for six decades and will be for many more to come. Our teachers are amazing. Our clinics are your classroom. Let’s get you ready. —David J. Schleich, PhD NCNM President

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is to educate and train physicians, practitioners and pre-professionals in the art, science and research of natural medicine.

The College We are proud of our longstanding legacy of academic excellence. Founded in 1956, NCNM is the oldest college of naturopathic medicine established in North America. NCNM continues its vision of innovation and leadership by offering superior education and training in natural medicine to new generations of physicians and practitioners.

NCNM offers five accredited degree programs: Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR), Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN), and Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH). Our campus, located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, offers students and faculty the benefits and advantages

of city living at its most sustainable within an urban setting infused with natural beauty, culture and social conscience. In addition to our onsite teaching clinic, NCNM has access to nearly 15 local clinics offering diverse clinical experiences to students. The college supports a tightly knit, inspiring learning environment, and a vital, groundbreaking research community.

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Patient Care

Community Clinics

The NCNM Clinic—the largest natural medicine clinic in the Northwest— offers patients a full spectrum of naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine treatments. Our teaching clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive patient care, where students assist doctors in all aspects of diagnosis and treatment, learning skills required for expert patient treatment.

By working with diverse communities, students gain an appreciation of different practice settings and become skilled at meeting the needs of various patient populations. We currently provide patient care at nearly 15 community clinics located throughout the greater Portland area, giving students the opportunity to help medically underserved patients who require treatment for a wide range of health concerns.

The clinic’s peaceful atmosphere reflects the healing philosophy of natural medicine. The clinic has an extensive medicinary of natural products and more than 300 Chinese herbs that are blended and formulated onsite. Our state-licensed laboratory offers in-house lab tests for patients, optimizing both patient care and student education.

In conjunction with other agencies and as a member of the Coalition of Community Health Clinics, NCNM offers low-cost medical care at sites that serve homeless youth, seniors, LGBTQ, and patients with drug and alcohol addictions, HIV and compromised immune systems, among other conditions.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” —Thomas Edison NCNM Viewbook | 5

Nature itself is the best physician. —Hippocrates

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Naturopathic Medicine Dear Prospective Student, The mission of NCNM’s naturopathic program is to educate and train physicians in the art, science and research of natural medicine. Naturopathic physicians are trained as primary care providers with an expertise in prevention and natural medicine. Our unique approach to patient care combines the traditions of natural healing with the integration of conventional modalities, each supported by a balance of research, scientific validation and clinical expertise. Naturopathic medical education focuses on not only natural modalities, such as clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, homeopathy and physical medicine, but also on more conventional therapeutics, including pharmaceuticals and minor surgery.

This expansive toolbox comes together in a very challenging and rewarding integrative medicine curriculum. The naturopathic program at NCNM teaches students to assess and treat the whole person, not just a disease, in order to achieve balance and optimum health. A career path as a naturopathic physician has many options, including primary patient care, integrative care with conventional providers, research opportunities and public policy work. It is an exciting time to be a naturopathic physician and we look forward to speaking with you about our program!

Melanie Henriksen, ND, LAc, CNM Dean, School of Naturopathic Medicine

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Naturopathic Medicine NCNM is the oldest naturopathic medicine program in North America. Our School of Naturopathic Medicine educates students as primary care physicians with an expertise in natural medicine. It is a distinct system of health care; an art, science, philosophy and practice of medicine that focuses on prevention and treating the root cause of disease. The expansive scope of practice and designation of NDs as primary care physicians by the state of Oregon provides our students with broad educational opportunities and the ability to work hands-on with a wide range of therapeutics from nutrition and botanical medicine to pharmacology and minor surgery. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree is an intensive four-year program that prepares candidates for state board licensing examinations and clinical practice. The program at NCNM emphasizes a distinctive approach to health and healing that considers the whole person when treating disease. Our physicians and students seek to diagnose and treat the root causes of illness. The first year of training focuses on the structure and function of the human body. After taking basic courses

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in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology and immunology, students move into a deeper exploration of disease diagnosis and natural medicine therapeutic modalities. Coursework includes botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, therapeutic manipulation, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, minor surgery and pharmacology. Clinical training begins in the first or second year and continues throughout the program. About a quarter of our students are involved in projects at NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute, including studies that have been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. NCNM’s naturopathic residency program is rigorous and competitive, and provides invaluable clinical experience to assist students in completing the transition toward becoming practicing physicians. In addition to completing a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from an accredited institution, candidates must demonstrate professionalism, maturity, commitment to serve, excellent clinical abilities, and an aptitude for enhancing their clinical skills.

Curriculum Overview Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) FIRST YEAR • Introduction to naturopathic theory, philosophy and therapeutics • Structure and function of the body including anatomy, physiology and biochemistry • Microbiology, public health and immunology • Evidence-informed practice • Clinic observation SECOND & THIRD YEAR • Disease diagnosis ŽŽ Pathology ŽŽ Physical exam skills ŽŽ Laboratory diagnosis

ŽŽ Hydrotherapy ŽŽ IV therapy ŽŽ Lifestyle counseling ŽŽ Minor surgery ŽŽ Pharmacology ŽŽ Physical medicine • Clinical rotations in hydrotherapy and general medicine shifts FOURTH YEAR • Case management and clinical training working side-by-side with licensed physicians • Focused training in advanced pathology, disease diagnosis, treatment and management

ŽŽ Diagnostic imaging • Health optimization and disease management, including therapeutic application of treatment modalities ŽŽ Botanical medicine ŽŽ Clinical nutrition ŽŽ Homeopathy

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Faculty “I was always interested in health, sports and fitness. I began college in pre-med, but studying Eastern religions expanded my understanding about the human body and that turned me away from conventional medicine. After graduate school in bioethics, I stumbled on an ad for NCNM and everything clicked into place for me: to be a doctor who practices wholeperson natural medicine. NCNM felt very welcoming from my first step in the door. I did not like public speaking, so I never expected to teach when I graduated, but it turned out that I love teaching and really enjoy interacting with students. I’m especially interested in imparting an understanding of the importance of ethics in our profession. I love being a part of the college and sharing a common passion with students and faculty about how medicine can be practiced—whole and whole-heartedly.” Nancy Scarlett has been teaching in NCNM classrooms and clinics for 15 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Puget Sound where she majored in biology and religion. She then studied bioethics on a graduate fellowship at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Scarlett received her degree in naturopathic medicine from NCNM in 1997 and completed two years of family practice residency. She is one of the original Vanguard faculty members at the Helfgott Research Institute and teaches in the ND, CCM and MSiMR programs.

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“I became interested in alternative medicine in the ’70s, in the midst of my traditional medical career. It was a gradual evolution of being open to nutrition, supplements and other things not well accepted. I first heard about naturopathic medicine in the ’80s and joined the American Holistic Medical Association. Eventually I realized I needed to study naturopathy and came to NCNM. I wasn’t planning to teach, but the college offered me a job and the opportunity to develop a certified naturopathic residency program that I worked on while a resident myself. What I appreciate in our medicine is treating the whole person. I also enjoy working with students and faculty, compared to working in private practice. I am still a licensed MD and I still carry my allopathic heritage and training with me. They are part of who I am from the past 35 years. I didn’t come to natural medicine late. The timing was right for me all along.” Dohn Kruschwitz received his medical doctorate degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1966. After practicing family and emergency medicine for more than 25 years, mostly in the Midwest, he completed NCNM’s naturopathic medicine program in 1997 and joined the faculty after completing a one-year residency.

Dr. Dohn Kruschwitz, Associate Professor School of Naturopathic Medicine

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“I never considered medical school, but while I worked in Alaska as a marine biologist, I spent a lot of time in rural communities and being close to nature. That’s what led me to consider naturopathic medicine. The chance to study acupuncture and herbs, and work with the naturopathic and Chinese medical faculty at NCNM has been an amazing experience. People really crave what we’re learning and I believe it is the future of medicine. What excites me the most about this profession is the opportunity to empower people through truly patientcentered care. I plan to open a practice in Michigan, where my parents live, and offer integrated health care focused on prevention and helping patients become the healthiest possible versions of themselves. I also hope to work with the aging population as well as patients suffering with mental health and neurological conditions.”

Abigail Ellsworth

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine Program

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“After graduating from the University of Indiana with a degree in biochemistry and minors in Spanish, biology and psychology, my goal was to attend a conventional medical school. I worked as a nursing assistant at a hospital throughout college, but came to realize that patients kept returning for more surgeries. I changed my goal to finding a medicine that better encompasses a more patientcentric model. When I first heard about NCNM I was skeptical, but soon realized that naturopathic medicine and the ND program were exactly what I had been looking for: true preventive primary care. I am passionate about integrating natural medicine, including botanicals, into the primary care model. I’ve been lucky to work with other students in NCNM’s Herb Society to increase awareness of botanical medicine, and have enjoyed volunteering with the Naturopathic Medical Student Association. My career plan is to work in an interdisciplinary group clinic, but for now, residency is one of several options I’m considering.”

Cory Szybala

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program

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Alumni “I worked for a manufacturing company for several years before deciding I might be more interested in science. I volunteered with a medical nonprofit to assist in providing health care for people in need before deciding on a career in medicine. I applied to several types of medical schools, and NCNM was the only naturopathic medical school. I always liked the idea of treating the whole person and using an approach of diet, lifestyle and exercise. My goal is to be the best primary care doctor I can be, with a special focus on cardiovascular and pulmonary health. I’ve had a very unique training as an ND that includes interpreting resting EKGs, stress EKGs and pulmonary function tests. I enjoy working with patients with cardiovascular concerns and helping to design a program that offers them a full spectrum of choices. NDs and patients are on a journey together—it comes back to the role of doctor as teacher.” Dr. Nathaniel Bingham is completing his first year of a two-year residency as the heart and lung resident at NCNM’s teaching clinic at the Center for Natural Medicine in Portland. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of Oregon and graduated from NCNM in 2013.

Nathaniel Bingham, ND

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“I knew that I wanted to go to NCNM ever since I was 15 years old. My great uncle, Dr. Ravinder Sahni, was a naturopath and our family doctor. Through his practice, it became very clear to me that this was the type of health care that I wanted to offer because I could have genuine relationships with patients and treat them in a collaborative process. I had a great experience at NCNM, where I completed a teaching-based family practice residency working in the college’s community clinics, which catapulted my clinical expertise in large part due to tremendous faculty support. Dr. Kimberly Windstar was hugely influential in my decision to specialize in women’s health, and today my niche is women’s fertility. With the great education I received from NCNM and three years of private practice under my belt, I have plenty of options going forward. I anticipate a long and fulfilling career doing what I love.” Dr. Khivan Oberoi earned her ND degree at NCNM in 2010. Before that she received an undergraduate degree in life sciences at the University of Portland. While attending NCNM, she completed a certificate program at the New England School of Homeopathy. As a student and a resident at NCNM, she had a two-year mentorship in women’s health. Dr. Oberoi practices at Maansi Family Health Center in Portland and is an adjunct clinical substitute at the college.

Khivan Oberoi, ND

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The human being is one with Heaven and Earth—this is the secret key to understanding the art of medicine. —Zhu Danxi, 14th century

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Classical Chinese Medicine Dear Prospective Student, The School of Classical Chinese Medicine at NCNM is committed to transmitting the art, science and spirit of Chinese medicine to cultivate clinical practitioners rooted in the ancient tradition of the medical scholar. We encourage you to explore our rich offerings, to discover whether they resonate with your personal and professional goals. See if it is your yuanfen (destiny) to join our closeknit community of scholars and practitioners, who thrive on sharing our diverse backgrounds and distinct lineage systems—merging modern innovations with ancient wholesystems science for the benefit of patients, society and humanity. Our collective passion is to provide students with the foundational framework, tools and mentored

experiences that set each of them on a lifelong path of developing into what the Huangdi Neijing refers to as a “highlevel practitioner.” The revered ancient physician Zhu Danxi once wrote, “The human being is one with Heaven and Earth—this is the secret key to understanding the art of medicine.” The School of Classical Chinese Medicine will lead you on a journey that involves becoming increasingly attuned to the rhythms and laws of nature, and correspondingly capable of restoring true health and harmony to those who have lost it.

Laurie Regan, PhD, ND Dean, School of Classical Chinese Medicine

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Classical Chinese Medicine The School of Classical Chinese Medicine was founded with a passion for reconnecting the profession with its ancient roots. Why? Because the most profound expression of this medicine rests in wisdom and practices discerned by sages who cultivated both a deep attunement to the rhythms of nature and a profound understanding of macrocosmmicrocosm relationships. Although their knowledge was recorded in the classical texts of Chinese medicine, the original meaning of these works has been distorted over millennia. There has also been a diminished recognition of the central importance of these texts to the practice of truly effective medicine, especially over the last century. The School of Classical Chinese Medicine has risen to the challenge of providing classical, lineage-based training within the structure of a modern graduate curriculum. Core didactic classes are informed by the classical texts and infused with case discussion and lineage transmission. Elective classes are offered for those longing to enter the classical texts

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directly through the original classical characters. A strong cultivation component, threaded throughout the curriculum, includes 10 weekend qigong and taiji retreats held in ancient forest, mountain and hot-springs settings. In the clinic, our students make the transition from observing expert faculty engaged in lineage-based practice, to treating patients themselves under the generous guidance of the same seasoned supervisors. To ensure a depth of training in their resonant style of treatment, students select a clinical mentor with whom they work throughout their internship year. A hallmark of our program is a yearlong course series entitled “Traditional Mentorship Tutorial.” The small-group, apprentice-style format of this offering affords students a unique opportunity to absorb the lineage system of their chosen mentor. For students who seek to immerse themselves further beyond the core curriculum, elective offerings abound. Classes in subjects such as calligraphy, weiqi, bazi suanming, shiatsu, classical

tea arts, 5-element emotional healing and the Yijing are available, as well as special guest lectures and a monthly faculty-led scholar’s hour. The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) degree is a fouryear program in which students are immersed in the classical foundations of the medicine, receive a solid and holistic education in Western medical sciences, and are trained in the clinical application of the major modalities of herbal formulation, acupuncture, moxibustion, Asian bodywork, qigong and nutrition. The curriculum has a strong focus on personal and professional cultivation to optimize students’ proficiency as practitioners and to support their health as they progress through school. In 2013, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine made it possible for schools to apply to offer a first professional doctoral (FPD) degree in Chinese medicine. NCNM’s School of Classical Chinese Medicine has developed a proposal for an FPD, within which the MSOM will reside.

Curriculum Overview Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) FIRST YEAR Immersion in the Way of Classical Chinese Medicine • Foundational theory • Chinese history and culture • Introduction to acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and CCM diagnosis • Learning the body: anatomy and hands-on training • Cultivation: qigong, perception skills, becoming a clinical practitioner SECOND YEAR Deepening Theory, Skills and Cultivation • Cosmology and symbolism in CCM • Chinese pathology

THIRD YEAR Clinical Reasoning and Skill Refinement • Clinical medicine and case analysis (focus on integration of approaches, including classical case studies) • Advanced theory and techniques • Chinese medical psychology • Biomedicine by organ system • Public health • Cultivation: qigong, perception skills, the business of CCM • Clinic observation and transition to internship FOURTH YEAR Becoming a CCM Practitioner

• Continuing acupuncture and Chinese herbs

• Deepening lineage training (Traditional Mentorship Tutorial series)

• Chinese dietetics

• Case analysis (student cases)

• Biomedicine by organ system

• Cultivation: taiji, business, patient-practitioner skills

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Faculty “NCNM gave me the opportunity to design a Classical Chinese Medicine program when there were no such programs in the U.S. I especially value the high quality of our students and faculty. Our classical orientation requires that we look for faculty with a high level of training as well as knowledge of the language, culture and history of China. Some of our teachers have studied in China for 20 years. Teaching medicine from a profound place like this makes the learning process more exciting and, practically speaking, produces better clinical results. Chinese medicine, after more than four decades of development in the West, is still a pioneering profession. Much foundational work remains to be done—almost any topic is a worthwhile research subject. I feel very privileged to be part of a profession that is so interesting, to share exciting information with students who are so enthusiastic, and see how it all benefits others in a very real sense.” Heiner Fruehauf has taught at NCNM since 1992. Internationally renowned as a scholar and lecturer, he has published widely on both the theoretical and clinical aspects of Chinese medicine. In his private practice he focuses on the treatment and prevention of difficult and recalcitrant diseases. He holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.

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“I grew up in Bavaria in a family of doctors—parents, grandparents, my sister, and uncles and aunt—and initially I wanted nothing to do with medicine. So I went into Chinese studies, and especially after living in Taiwan for a year and a half, I became more and more fascinated with Chinese culture and philosophy. In graduate school, I also studied medical anthropology and then Chinese medicine to translate texts and bridge the gap between academia and clinical practice. Medicine is in my blood! I came to NCNM after meeting Heiner Fruehauf at a conference. I love the students and fellow faculty here because everybody is so committed to learning and growing. What I want to pass on to students is thinking of medicine in the larger sense, having them understand that they’re working for yang sheng, for the benefit of nurturing life. Medicine is so much more than treating disease. It’s contributing to the universe.” Sabine Wilms earned a PhD in East Asian Studies and Medical Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2002. She is renowned for her knowledge of classical Chinese medical texts. She left her goat farm in New Mexico in 2012 to teach at NCNM. She teaches courses on classical Chinese language, history and culture; gynecology; and in the Classical Texts series. After translating and authoring more than a dozen books, she recently started publishing her own books on Chinese medicine through Happy Goat Productions.

Dr. Sabine Wilms, Adjunct Faculty

School of Classical Chinese Medicine

The CCM faculty are a community of educators, scholars, researchers and master practitioners trained in the classical tradition of Chinese medicine. They bring alive the rich history and philosophy of this multi-faceted medical system while mentoring students on the practical application of its ancient knowledge in the modern world.

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Students “After graduating from college with a history degree, and while studying Buddhism at a monastery in upstate New York, I became ill with chronic Lyme disease. When I saw no improvement with Western medicine, I began experimenting with Chinese medicine—a fairly smooth transition, given my familiarity with Eastern thought. Soon after, I decided to pursue Chinese medicine as a career. NCNM felt like the best fit, with its emphasis on inner cultivation, its abundance of modalities, and its promotion of classical texts. We have access to an amazing range of topnotch practitioner-scholars. You get to see what resonates within you and follow that path. I hope to have a practice with a primary focus on chronic recalcitrant disease, employing the modalities of mindfulness, Shanghan Lun herbalism, and Japanese styles of acupuncture and moxibustion. I aspire to help people become participants in their own healing processes and, in doing so, shift their experience of life.�

Ryan Gallagher

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine Program

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“I’ve had an interest in Eastern medicine for many years. Once I earned a pre-med bachelor of science degree in biology, my desire to help others in non-traditional ways led me to my LMT in shiatsu. I applied to NCNM as a result of my growing interest in Eastern medicine and positive experiences at an NCNM community clinic. Chinese medicine includes the spiritual components that I seek in my own healing and also offers the potential for a lifetime of personal and professional growth. Studying Chinese herbs and formulas provides me the benefit of a greater understanding of Chinese physiology and pathology—which will allow me to better help patients. “I also applied to the MScN program because I believe that many healthrelated issues strongly correlate with diet. I will continue to offer shiatsu and bodywork in my practice as hands-on touch is an essential component of healing. I look forward to practicing in an integrative medicine office.”

Brenda Levin, LMT

Master of Science in Oriental Medicine Program and Master of Science in Nutrition Program

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Alumni “Discovering Chinese medicine was a different process for each of us. For me (Emaline), chronic pain from sports injuries led to my interest in holistic health and medicine. After majoring in religious and Asian studies in college and working for Habitat for Humanity, I knew I wanted to do something essential. Joseph was considering physical therapy, but his experience living in a Buddhist monastery in India convinced him that something important was missing in the Western approach to healing—a spiritual element. We knew very little about Chinese medicine, but when we discovered NCNM, we knew immediately we had found what we were looking for, including classical Chinese texts, qigong and taijiquan cultivation, and apprenticeship-style teaching. Since returning to Kentucky to open our clinic, it has been a continuous education for us and our patients. This is a grassroots type of medicine and our clinic has become a hub for classes and treatment. Kentucky is still largely rural and people tend to have a strong connection to the land, which is why natural medicine often makes sense to them. We love being able to help people wherever they are in life—physically, mentally, as a whole person.” Joseph Fiala and Emaline Gray graduated from NCNM in 2010 with MSOM degrees and Certificates of Advanced Studies in Classical Chinese Medicine. Now married, they returned to their hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky, to open The Light Clinic.

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“I started my career as a frustrated conventional veterinarian. I didn’t fully understand what was going on in many patients, and when I did have a diagnosis, the side effects of treatment sometimes seemed worse than the disease. I couldn’t get many patients better. Despite these frustrations, I had no interest in holistic medicine. I’d learned from my professors that alternative medicine made claims that should always be questioned, since it lacked research support. After two years of self-study, I began having successes with homeopathy in cases that were otherwise lost causes, and I realized there was a big hole in my education. I decided to enroll at NCNM even though treating people was not my primary objective. I discovered,

however, that I was good at it, and I now divide my work equally between people and animals. I practice the same way, whether the patient is two-legged or four, with the same herbs, modalities and remedies, and the same basic clinical approach.” Dr. Steve Marsden received his Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1988, and his ND and MSOM degrees from NCNM in 1999. He is co-founder of Edmonton Holistic Veterinary Clinic in Edmonton, Canada, and treats people at Le Soleil Health and Wholeness. He is co-founder of the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies, based in Australia, and has taught holistic veterinarians on five continents. His textbook on veterinary natural medicine has been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Marsden is an emeritus board member of NCNM.

Steve Marsden, DVM, ND, LAc

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Research & Graduate Studies Dear Prospective Student, Integrative medicine research is a growing field. Combining the best of all medical approaches, integrative medicine stresses personalized, culturally appropriate treatments. As families and individuals face significant health challenges, the need for additional approaches to disease is increasingly evident. Because integrative medicine includes a broad scope of therapies, the opportunities to participate in integrative medical care are abundant. Our programs in the School of Research & Graduate Studies demonstrate that there are powerful alternatives for people to achieve wellness.

We’ve paired interdisciplinary faculty with exciting curricula to create unique certificate and degree programs. Whether your goal is to become a nutrition expert, develop a broad understanding of research methodology, undertake global health challenges, or hone a particular therapeutic specialty, you will find our programs challenging and rewarding.

Heather Zwickey, PhD Dean, School of Research & Graduate Studies Director, Helfgott Research Institute

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Research & Graduate Studies The School of Research & Graduate Studies trains students in nutrition, global health, and the design and development of integrative medicine research studies. Our programs develop a deeper understanding about natural forms of medicine, that food is medicine, that health disparities can be leveled. Our programs will transform you and cultivate your passion as an integrative medicine professional. The Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR) degree is designed for those interested in a strong foundation in research and study design in natural medicine. As the need for evidence-based medicine grows stronger, the demand for research skills among clinicians is increasing. This program aims to train researchers, clinicianresearchers and evidence-based clinicians by offering courses that cater to multiple career paths. Our students build the evidence base for integrative medicine through applied, basic and clinical research. The research conducted at our Helfgott Research Institute aims to advance the art and science of healing by developing a deeper understanding about natural forms of medicine.

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Areas of research include nutrition, acupuncture, botanicals, mind-body medicine and environmental medicine. The Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN) degree is a one-year program focused on whole, unprocessed foods and traditional diets. Our philosophy that Food is Medicine is represented in every course, and the program integrates nutritional biochemistry and pathophysiology with advanced clinical nutrition education. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in holistic nutrition and food systems complemented by skills-training in cooking, teaching and nutritional counseling. The Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH) degree is designed for students who wish to understand the complexity of global health challenges and contribute to solutions in a meaningful way. Our program combines public health with traditional medicine; emphasizes health disparities and social justice; and provides a whole-systems approach to global health. You won’t just study in a classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to travel internationally to hone your skills in the field.

Curriculum Overview Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR) FIRST YEAR Fundamentals of Integrative Medicine Research

Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN) • Macro- and micronutrient nutrition, pathophysiology, nutritional biochemistry

• Introduction to integrative medicine, research methodology, biostatistics, research and ethics, laboratory methods

• Nutritional assessment, lifecycle nutrition

• Anatomy and physiology, integrative immunology, integrative microbiology

• Health coaching, nutritional counseling, psychology of eating

• Electives include: integrative oncology, women’s health, mind-body therapies, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and more • Conceptualize and start research project SECOND YEAR Research Skill Building

• Farm to table, medical nutrition therapy, healing foods

• Food policy, public health and community nutrition • Electives include: detox diets, fad diets, gluten-free cooking, vegan diets, sports nutrition, food allergies, and more

Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH)

• Epidemiology, nutrition, public health policy

• Foundations of global health, discussion series, practicum

• Bioethics, technical writing

• Social and behavioral foundations, global health programs: design and evaluation

• Electives include: grant writing, teaching skills, writing case studies, and more • Complete research project, analyze and present data

• Epidemiology, biostatistics, public health policy • Fieldwork, cultural immersion trips, global health conferences • Electives include: medical anthropology, maternal and child health, disaster relief, global and ecological food issues, and more

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“As a student I initially thought I would be a clinician, but I was open to the idea of teaching and research. I enjoy teaching, so it’s been very exciting to help create and launch the new Master of Science in Nutrition program. Our philosophy is based on minimally processed and whole foods. We believe people have individual nutrition needs rather than there being one right way to eat. Our philosophy that Food is Medicine is represented in every course. The curriculum is designed to get students into the kitchen—more than half of our courses include cooking in our wonderful teaching kitchen. I also teach a nutrition and cooking class for the general public, through the college’s Food as Medicine Everyday series. We’ve had over 100 participants, and are tracking positive health outcomes.” Andrew Erlandsen earned his ND from NCNM in 2011 and his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Maine. He is chair of the new Master of Science in Nutrition program and is one of NCNM’s Food as Medicine Institute physicians.

Dr. Andrew Erlandsen, Assistant Professor

School of Research & Graduate Studies

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“We’re the only college with a degree program like the MSiMR and we have the largest research institute of all the integrative colleges. We’re really contributing to the evidence base in naturopathic and Chinese medicine. Our professions have something unique to offer in preventive care and we know that prevention is a priority in the U.S. What I’m most passionate about is health equity. I want complementary and alternative medicine to be accessible to all. Right now it’s a luxury for many. I want to contribute to the discussion about accessibility through research and teaching. It improves my teaching to bring research literature into the classroom while interacting with students who have lots of great ideas that may help inform future research. I’ve recently submitted two grant applications to assess the impact of group acupuncture on pain management in places such as community health centers and drug and alcohol recovery centers.” Kimberly Tippens received her ND and MSAOM degrees from Bastyr University in 2003 and her MPH degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 2012. She teaches public health policy in the MSiMR and CCM programs, and an elective course in health disparities research.

Dr. Kim Tippens, Assistant Professor

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Students “I heard about the MSiMR degree program in 2011 when I was looking into various post-grad options related to nutrition, research and natural medicine. I had a degree in biology from Oregon State University. I’m one of a few students in the standalone MSiMR program. It’s been a very good mix of research-focused classes and great support from faculty on the details of my research project, which will measure the effects of MSM supplementation on exercise recovery, using participants in a half-marathon race. “In September I will start the new master’s in nutrition program, which I am really excited about. I expect it will broaden my educational background when I look for employment. I recently started a nutrition club at the college with another student to help students increase their understanding of diet and health.”

Eric Withee

Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research Program and Master of Science in Nutrition Program

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“I first heard about naturopathic medicine when I was having health issues back in my home state of North Carolina. I didn’t even know about this medicine before I did some online research. I was an exercise science major at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and was planning to pursue a master’s in nutrition. After going to a naturopathic doctor, I became interested in the mind-body connection and treating the whole person. I looked into NCNM’s degree programs and they were almost too perfect a fit! This education has opened the doors to many career opportunities. I also appreciate the sense of caring and enthusiasm among students and faculty. “I’m working on a research study using herbs for healing knee pain in endurance runners. Eventually I’d like to work with athletes in a college or sports rehab setting and also pursue dietary research. I hope to increase public awareness about naturopathic medicine when I return to the East Coast.”

Caitlan Readhead

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program, Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research Program and Master of Science in Nutrition Program

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“I’m half Japanese and grew up in Hawaii where there were significant Asian cultural and philosophical influences. I was exposed to natural medicine through my mother’s experience with acupuncture and our family’s visits to a chiropractor when we moved to Alaska. After college, I worked in a hospital lab and volunteered at a Bastyr University community clinic. When I decided to pursue natural medicine, I found NCNM to be very friendly and the opportunity to receive clinical training at community clinics appealed to my social consciousness. It was rigorous, but one of the best medical educations I could imagine. While taking research classes, I helped with a weight loss project for Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. Later on, I had a yearlong research position through Helfgott Research Institute and OHSU’s neurology department looking at patient expectancy and the placebo effect. My goal as a practitioner is to help the most people possible, creating a foundation for well-being through education and empowerment.” Dr. Gibran Ramos earned his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degrees from NCNM in 2009. He practices in Portland at Kwan-Yin Healing Arts Center, an integrative medical clinic. Portland Monthly magazine named Dr. Ramos one of the city’s top acupuncturists in its 2014 “Top Docs” issue.

Gibran Ramos, ND, LAc

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“I chose to study naturopathic medicine because of its focus on the whole person and emphasis on lifestyle and environmental factors that affect health. A medical approach that aims to recognize and address functional imbalances before disease develops is the most appropriate way to treat many chronic diseases and symptom patterns that are common in our society. From a research perspective, I am interested in how feelings of well-being facilitate lifestyle change, reduce stress and affect health conditions. I love the excitement and energy within the School of Research and Graduate Studies; the students are sharp and highly motivated. And the Helfgott Research Institute provides students and researchers alike with the opportunity and support to conduct research on natural therapies, as well as evaluate naturopathic and other whole-person medical systems as they are applied in clinical settings. This research will help to define and establish the role of naturopathic medicine within the greater medical community, increasing the number of skilled evidence-based practitioners.� Dr. Laurie Menk Otto received her ND degree with honors in research from NCNM in 2007 and her MPH degree from the University of Arizona College of Public Health in 2012. She joined NCNM’s faculty in 2013; she also mentors students and is a member of the Scientific Review Committee.

Laurie Menk Otto, ND, MPH

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The “City of Roses� boasts a growing multicultural population and a thriving urban lifestyle as energizing as it is diverse.

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The City Home to more than two million residents, Portland is Oregon’s largest metropolitan area. The “City of Roses” boasts a growing multicultural population and a thriving urban lifestyle as energizing as it is diverse. Portland offers an array of food carts and restaurants ranging from gourmet to bistro, and organic to vegetarian. Coffee houses, music clubs, galleries, and a wide range of event venues support a rich and colorful nightlife. A small city with a big heart, Portland is proud of its reputation for progressive politics and social consciousness. Portland is also known for being forward-thinking. Consistently winning top prizes for sustainability, its innovative urban planning is a model

of livability that keeps urban sprawl in check while promoting distinctive, vibrant neighborhoods and luxuriant, tree-filled parks. Its extensive mass transit system is a great complement to the bicycling revolution happening throughout the Portland metro area. The city boasts a number of natural forested areas, including the 5,100 wooded acres of Forest Park, the largest forested area in the U.S. situated within city limits. Surrounded by sweeping vistas of natural beauty, Portland is ideally located on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, and is close to an astonishing array of natural environments that include the Columbia Gorge, old-growth forests, coastal ocean towns, ancient volcanic mountains and high desert.

Best of Portland America’s Best Biking City Virgin Atlantic (March 2014) The Five Best Places to Live in the World The Guardian (Jan. 20, 2012) Top 10 Cities Rough Guides (January 2014)

The 10 Best Cities for People Without Cars Living Green Magazine (March 7, 2013) 10 Best U.S. Cities for Urban Forests American Forests (February 2013)

No. 1, Top 10 Most Bikeable Large U.S. Cities Walk Score (May 13, 2013)

No. 2, Best U.S. Cities for Urban Gardening Care2 (March 20, 2013)

No. 1, America’s Greenest Cities Travel + Leisure (April 2012)

No. 2, America’s Best Coffee Cities Travel + Leisure (August 2013)

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Student Life The Office of Student Life serves as a comprehensive resource to students as they traverse through their academic program at NCNM. Student Life enhances community, facilitates communication, and advocates for students as they train in the art and science of natural medicine. In addition to accessibility services; facilitating the Crisis Assessment and Response Team (CARE); organizing new student orientation, convocation and commencement; we also support counseling, diversity and inclusion, and student activities. Counseling NCNM offers free in–house counseling sessions to students. Services include individual, couple, group therapy and community referrals to support students in their academic success and overall wellness.

Student Activities The Office of Student Life hosts on- and off-site activities for students, and advises the Student Government Association and student clubs. There are many active student groups on campus including professional organizations and clubs of common interests and leisure. Students are encouraged to start their own club if one does not already exist. Diversity and Inclusion The Office of Student Life provides leadership in developing programs and services that support inclusion, celebrate diversity and raise cultural awareness. The Actively Working to Achieve Real Equity (AWARE) group and NCNM Allies are promoted by the Office of Student Life, as are staff advocates for the development of all students.

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Sotai Club Meditation

Herb Society QiBallers (Soccer) Students AWARE

Aesthetic Medicine

Flow Arts Queers and Allies

Energy Medicine

Student Alliance of Integrative Medicine

Leaders by Choice


Spirit Medicine


Essential Oils

Pediatric Acupuncture

Honor Council

Tea Club



Functional Medicine

Peer Counseling

Outdoor Club

Drainage Club

Student Government Association Student Ambassadors

Hawthorne Club

Anthroposophical Medicine

NCNM Drummers Applied Kinesiology

Naturopaths Without Borders

Natural Doctors International

Basketball Club

Student Doctors for Ethnic Diversity Orientation Coordinators


Join Us! Selecting the right school is a big decision. We invite you to become acquainted with NCNM, our students, faculty, programs and more at an Exploration Day. The day begins with a series of brief presentations from faculty and research staff about their work, natural medicine, and student opportunities at NCNM. You’ll also have a chance to meet current students, tour the campus and teaching clinic, and ask questions of the Admissions counselors about the application and selection process. If natural medicine is your dream, if you want to change the future of health care—we can’t wait to meet you!

Exploration Days are offered throughout the year. To register for an Exploration Day or arrange a private tour with our Admissions staff, please visit: or call 503.552.1660.

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The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. —Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus 42 42 ||

General Chemistry with lab Science-major level

Two courses required

Organic Chemistry Science-major level Must cover carbonyl compounds OR Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Science-major level

Two courses required

General Biology with lab Science-major level Must cover cellular biology

Two courses required

Physics Must cover mechanics OR Kinesiology Must be approved

One course required

Social Sciences One course must be human psychology (life span or developmental)

Two courses required

Humanities One course must be English composition

Two courses required

One course required One course required


One course required


Mathematics Algebra, calculus or math-based statistics


One course required



Prerequisites General Chemistry

One course required

General Biology

One course required

Physics Must cover mechanics

One course required

Social Sciences

One course required


One course required

General Chemistry

Two courses required

General Biology with lab

One course required

Mathematics Pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics

Two courses required

Social Sciences Human psychology

One course required

Humanities English composition

One course required

General Chemistry

One course required

General Biology

One course required

Mathematics Algebra or statistics

One course required

Social Sciences Human psychology

One course required

General Chemistry

One course required

General Biology

One course required

Mathematics Algebra or statistics

One course required

Social Sciences Human psychology

One course required

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CONCURRENT TRACK Students may undertake any two programs concurrently, and more than 30% of NCNM students do. Degree combinations include, but are not limited to, ND/MSOM, ND/MSiMR, MSOM/MScN and more.


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To apply, or for more information: Online: Phone: 503.552.1660 Toll free: 877.669.8737 Email:

Matriculation: Fall and Winter Quarters Fall Quarter Begins: Sept. 15, 2014 Winter Quarter Begins: Jan. 5, 2015 Spring Quarter Begins: April 6, 2015 APPLICATION DEADLINES FALL 2015 Scholarship Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015 Application Deadline: July 1, 2015 WINTER 2016 Scholarship Deadline: July 1, 2015 Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015 APPLICATION DEADLINES MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION (MScN) SUMMER 2015 Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015 FALL 2015 Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

Alumni Association NCNM’s Alumni Association is here to support and connect you with resources, opportunities and each other after graduation, when networking is vital to your success. Our alumni, proudly bearing 2,448 degrees, are spread across the U.S. and several continents. They’re active in their communities and value their continued link to NCNM, including our growing roster of continuing education courses, which keeps them current with state licensure requirements. Our graduates’ ongoing success is our priority!

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