New Location Will Offer Accredited Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program
Kenmore, WA (Aug. 13, 2010) Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD, today announced the University will establish a campus in the state of California. The campus will be home to Bastyr University's internationally renowned Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program, offering students access to Bastyr's esteemed faculty, rigorous curriculum and clinical training. In addition to making one of the nation's only accredited naturopathic medicine degree programs more accessible, the campus expansion will also help address the shortage of primary care doctors in the 'Golden State.'
"We are thrilled to expand the University's presence and provide prospective students greater access to Bastyr's widely acclaimed naturopathic medicine program," Dr. Church said. "We are grateful to the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA), which has worked closely with us to determine the best approach to our expansion. We believe that a Bastyr University campus will benefit both the naturopathic medicine community and the health and well-being of the citizens of California."
Bastyr officials have monitored the potential need for a naturopathic medical school in California for many years, and recently garnered the support of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. The University and the CNDA have agreed that Bastyr is the academic institution best positioned to fill the demand for a naturopathic medical school in the region. Naturopathic doctors are licensed to practice as primary care doctors in California, and the University's presence will help meet a need for primary care doctors in the state, Dr. Church said.
Bastyr has taken the first official step to opening a California campus by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the CNDA. According to the agreement, with the support of the CNDA, the University will provide the curriculum, identify and engage appropriately trained faculty, secure Department of Education-recognized accreditation approvals, and identify facility options for didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction.
"The California Naturopathic Doctors Association is excited to welcome Bastyr University to California, and we look forward to supporting the University in this endeavor," said ***** Barker, ND, President of the CNDA. "There is a big demand for both a naturopathic medical school and practicing naturopathic doctors in the state, and Bastyr's presence will go a long way to meeting these very important needs."
According to CNDA, the state of California has experienced a 250-percent increase in the number of practicing naturopathic doctors over the last four years. Today there are more than 400 licensed naturopathic doctors in California, of which approximately 350 are actively practicing.
Bastyr University, located north of Seattle, Washington, is an accredited institution, internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. Bastyr is the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., combining a multidisciplinary curriculum with leading-edge research and clinical training to educate future leaders in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and whole food nutrition. Founded in 1978 as the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University now offers more than 15 accredited degree and certificate programs. Bastyr was the nation's first natural health arts and sciences university to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bastyr University Research Institute plays a key role in the growth of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research. The University's teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, offers quality natural health care to the greater Seattle community while providing essential clinical training for students. For additional information about Bastyr University and its teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, visit or