The post-bacc program allows students with non-science backgrounds or students missing a significant number of classes to complete the necessary prerequisites for the naturopathic medicine program.
Students interested in applying to the post-bacc naturopathic medicine program should apply online by selecting the Naturopathic Medicine Post-Baccalaureate program on the first page on the online application. The application requirements are listed here.
Kenmore, Washington campus
Three quarters (September-June)
Based on credits
NOTE: Admission to the naturopathic medicine program is a separate process and will take place during your year in the post-bacc program. Students who successfully complete the post-bacc ND program (average GPA of 3.3 or above) and successfully complete the interview process will be recommended for admission to the Naturopathic Medicine Admissions Committee. The final authority regarding admissions decisions resides with the Naturopathic Medicine Admissions Committee.
A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.75 or above and:
General Chemistry with lab
(Please note: It is possible to take General Chemistry I & II with lab at Bastyr during the summer prior to starting the post-baccalaureate program. These courses also have a prerequisite of a passing grade in a college-level introduction to chemistry course.)
2 courses (science-major level)
General Biology with lab
(Must include cellular biology and genetics.)
1 course (science-major level)
1 course (or placement exam)
Comprised of classes from our integrated human biology program, the post-baccalaureate program prepares students for Bastyr's Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program. As with the naturopathic medicine program itself, the post-baccalaureate program connects concepts from physiology, anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and genetics in an integrated fashion, rather than teaching each subject individually.
The post-baccalaureate program fulfills the following prerequisites for the naturopathic medicine program, via these integrated human biology courses:
The post-baccalaureate program allows students to take several additional integrated human biology courses:
The post-baccalaureate program will be completed by the end of spring quarter. This allows students admitted to the ND program to begin first-year courses in the summer prior to beginning the ND program. This summer start significantly lightens first year fall quarter course load in the ND program.