Prerequisites, Requirements & Application Process

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine accepts students for two incoming cohorts per year - one each spring and fall. Below, you’ll find information about the admissions process including requirements, deadlines, and more. Questions? We're here to help. Call us at 480-222-1136 or email us at admissions@scnm.edu.

The following are general admission requirements that must completed and submitted:

  1. Complete a four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) prior to matriculation. Total post-secondary course work must be completed at a regionally accredited or candidate college or university. To search for your institution in the U.S. Department of Education’s database of accredited postsecondary institutions visit http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
  2. Complete all prerequisite coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at a regionally accredited or candidate college or university prior to matriculation into the ND program. (Applicants with science courses older than seven (7) years must demonstrate competency in the discipline(s) in question and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis).
  3. Knowledge of computers and access to a reliable computer and software for use in completing college course work.

  • 12 semester credits in biology with labs (for science majors)
  • 3 semester credits in general organic chemistry with lab (for science majors)
  • 3 semester credits in biochemistry OR an additional 3 semester credits in organic chemistry (for science majors)
  • 3 semester credits in psychology (Developmental psychology is recommended. Behavioral or cognitive learning courses will also be considered in lieu of psychology).
  • 6 semester credits in English (3 credits must be in English composition.)
  • 6 semester credits in humanities (philosophy, religious studies, fine arts, history, foreign languages, women's studies, performing arts). 

We encourage you to send us your unofficial transcripts for a prerequisite evaluation. Please email your unofficial transcripts to admissions@scnm.edu and include your full name, mailing address and phone number. The above list indicates minimum requirements but it should not be inferred that admission is guaranteed for any applicant who meets them. 

SCNM accepts either the SCNM Admissions Portal application --or-- the NDCAS application. Please select and submit only one application and submit required application documents as directed through that application service.

  1. Applicants for SCNM's ND program need to submit application through either SCNM's direct portal or through NDCAS.
  2. Three letters of recommendation mailed directly to either NDCAS or SCNM: One academic reference, one reference from a regulated health care professional, one additional reference from either of the above categories or a past employer/volunteer supervisor.
  3. Personal essay
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV) or professional resume
  5. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including military training transcripts for veterans, traditional college coursework, and vocational training, showing completion of academic requirements.
  6. In person interview (qualified applicants selected for interview will be contacted by the Admissions Office)
  7. If accepted into the ND program, you will be required to undergo a criminal background check (CBC) and give permission for the results to be provided to SCNM. All expenses associated with the CBC are the responsibility of the applicant. The offer of admission will not be considered final until completion of the background check, with results deemed acceptable by SCNM.

Accepting applications now for spring and fall 2020. Application fee is waived until December 9.

Spring 2020 start (early April):December 1st priority deadline.

Call us at 480-222-1136 or email us at admissions@scnm.edu for more information.

The Admissions Committee makes the final decision regarding an applicant’s admission. The decision may be one of the following:

  • Accepted with provisions – must meet admission requirements prior to matriculation
  • Application pooled – admission decision pending review of additional information
  • Admission denied - applicants who are denied may reapply after one (1) year

Applicants who have been offered either full or provisional admission may, in extreme circumstances, apply for a deferral of their entrance, not to exceed two quarters. Applications for deferrals are accepted on a space-available basis.

An application for deferral will not be processed until the admission deposit is received. Students deferring admission must do so by the end of the first week of class in the quarter for which they were accepted. Students applying for a deferral of admission must meet any and all new admission requirements for that entrance year. A student who desires a deferral must make a request in writing to the Admissions Office. A nonrefundable deferral application fee is required to transfer a deposit to a new entering class.

Applicants who have submitted a full application for admission to SCNM and do not complete the process may submit a re-application for up to 2 years after initial application. This does not include applicants who were denied admission to SCNM, they must submit a new application. The following items must be received by the Admissions Office to be considered for reapplication:

  • Complete the reapplication form
  • Official transcripts for any course work completed since original application

Applicants for reapplication must complete the interview process, prerequisites, and all other requirements for admission.

Applications to SCNM will stay active (on file) for two years. After this time, an applicant must reapply for admission by submitting a full application packet (including letters of recommendation, transcripts and fees), meet new admission requirements (if applicable), and participate in the interview cycle.

SCNM does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, social-economic background, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, age, disability, veteran status, nationality, thinking styles, or life experiences in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment, or any other program or activity.