Treating the whole person and embracing the healing power of nature

Welcome to Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. SCNM has a rich history of sending naturopathic physicians and nutritionists into the world with not just a knowledge of naturopathic medicine and nutrition but a rich experience in its healing effects. We train and prepare graduates for the future of medicine and health care. Since day one, we have been an innovator in the field of naturopathic medicine and nutrition, and we strive to advance the profession and opportunities for graduates.

As a student at SCNM, you’ll have the opportunity to learn in the classroom, clinic environment, and online as well as in student clubs, activities, and study groups. At SCNM, students are united in a calling to embrace the natural world, and the supportive community is here to fuel their success.

Our History

Now that you know more about the medicine we teach and practice, it’s important to know about our long history in the Valley of the Sun providing education and care for those looking for integrative care.  From our inception, we've blended new ways of learning and teaching with timeless principles of naturopathic and conventional medicine.

SCNM was founded in 1993. It quickly outgrew its first home and moved to the current Tempe campus in 1996.  The medical center remained in Scottsdale until 2010 when a campus expansion made it possible to co-locate academic learning with clinical services and training in Tempe.

Anyone who has visited the campus will tell you that SCNM is much more than a bricks and mortar academic institution…it’s a place where passionate, like-minded students, faculty and staff come together to make a difference in people’s lives. And, the feeling is tangible on campus.

Throughout the decades, our student body grew from its inaugural class of 42 to its current size exceeding 400. We remain committed to our founders’ vision of making the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine a force for change to help transform healthcare.