Tuesday, September 24, 2013

California Campus Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Bastyr University's San Diego Campus sees major growth in first year; more expected in year two.

Bastyr University’s San Diego campus, the first and only accredited school for naturopathic medicine in California, celebrated one of many milestones over the weekend: its first birthday. Since opening its doors in September 2012, the University has made an impressive impact on the local community which has welcomed it with open arms as the campus continues to expand.

“It is a testament to our strong work ethic and collaborative style of Bastyr University California that we have established and endeared ourselves so quickly to our Southern California neighbors,” said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “From students, faculty and staff to business partners to other medical facilities and higher education institutions, we feel like we have been  blended seamlessly into the fabric of the local community and foresee even stronger ties and more growth in our second year.” 


What began as a small branch campus of the larger Seattle-based institution, the 20,000-square-foot Sorrento Valley building has now expanded by an additional 12,000 square feet. A second building now houses Bastyr University Clinic, the school’s natural health teaching clinic. With nearly double the patient exam space, the renovated clinic also houses an IV/infusion room, a hydrotherapy room, a physical manipulation room and clinician preview rooms. Bastyr students will also benefit from an increased number of classrooms, interactive spaces, a nutrition teaching kitchen, a botanical medicine laboratory and administrative offices on the campus.


This year’s incoming class of 60 naturopathic medicine students, along with 50 returning students, means the San Diego campus is growing at a faster-than-expected rate. As Bastyr University California’s reputation grows and its campus resources expand, the University hopes to add more academic programs in the future. All signs point to more interest from prospective students in the nation’s top school for natural medicine.


On November 9, Bastyr University Clinic will open its doors for a community gathering to celebrate the newly renovated facility and share information about natural medicine. Activities will include clinic and campus tours, healthy cooking demonstrations, free health screenings, faculty presentations, kids’ activities, light refreshments, giveaways and special offers. Best of all, it is entirely free to the public.

“There is much happening at our San Diego campus and clinic, and I extend an invitation to all to visit and see all that we have planned for yet another eventful year,” added President Church.

About Bastyr University

Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.

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