A naturopathic campus that leads by example

Conveniently located in Tempe, Arizona in the breathtaking Valley of the Sun, the SCNM campus is rooted at the intersection of ancient wisdom and contemporary innovation. It is a school entrenched in native truths and new horizons. With a renown medical center and the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine, an on-site medicinary, and an encouraging learning environment, our campus is a powerful and enriching center of naturopathic learning and healing.

The SCNM campus demonstrates our vision and commitment to creating a naturopathic experience for our students while in medical school. We've created an environment and a support system that promotes not only student learning, but also student health and community.

Need a break? Utilize any one of SCNM's student lounges or community spaces to connect with fellow students, faculty or staff. Access the yoga studio between classes to connect your mind, body and spirit. Our fitness room is equipped with weight training and cardio equipment to get your blood pumping. And our teaching kitchen, equipped with video availability, allows sessions to be shared with patients and the greater community.

Looking for a healthy meal or coffee in between classes? Visit our campus cafe Bene Plates which focuses on healthy eating without sacrificing taste.

Inspiring students, patients and the community: SCNM's Community Commons

SCNM’s Community Commons Building is a 48,000-square-foot, state-of-the art education facility that houses the SCNM Medicinary, the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine, cafe, teaching kitchen, fitness center, yoga studio, classrooms, and library.

The Community Commons demonstrates SCNM's commitment to sustainability, holding a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-platinum certification, the highest honor awarded for using best-in-class building strategies and practices. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED-certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants while promoting renewable, clean energy. Achieving LEED-platinum status requires an extensive review process, and the building must reach the highest category of credits. Very few buildings reach platinum status, the top-tier certification.

By recycling construction waste, the project diverted more than 2,100 tons of debris from landfills. One of SCNM’s primary goals was to create a healthy learning environment for all students, staff and visitors. To this end, special attention was paid to using building materials with low VOC content and no added urea formaldehyde. This attention to clean materials as well as the Green Cleaning Program reduces occupants’ exposure to toxic chemicals and airborne particles.

“Achieving LEED Platinum certification for SCNM’s Community Commons Building demonstrates tremendous leadership in the green building movement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of buildings in that effort, SCNM’s Community Commons Building achievement demonstrates its commitment to resource conservation and a sustainable built environment for all within this generation.”

As a result of these efforts, the Community Commons Building earned 80 out of a possible 110 LEED points. In addition, the buildings design has created a 77-percent reduction of potable water for irrigation, a 46-percent reduction of potable water for domestic use and a 65-percent energy cost savings above ASHRAE 90.1-2007 standard.

SCNM would like to acknowledge Standard Homeopathic Company & Hyland’s for the company’s generous gift supporting the LEED sponsorship of the Community Commons Building.

Features of the Community Commons and its construction process that make it LEED Platinum certified

The following features contribute to a clean, non-toxic space for students, patients, and staff and a cleaner, greener environment: 

  • Low-flow toilets and plumbing fixtures in the restrooms reduce water use by 20%.
  • Surrounding landscaping utilizes low water zeroscape and indigenous plants to reduce water use by 50%.
  • Water fountains have a bottle refilling station to help keep waste out of landfills.
  • Paint, adhesives, and composite wood used in the construction of the building are non-toxic, low VOC.
  • Many building materials were sourced within 500 miles.
  • The roof has been constructed to reduce urban heat sprawl.
  • LED lighting and motion sensor switches are used exclusively to drastically reduce energy consumption.
  • Air conditioning units recycle 60% of fresh outside air to support occupant health and conserve energy.
  • To encourage alternatives to automobile use, there are bicycle racks and showers inside the building. The building is also within walking distance to public transportation. 
  • Preferred parking for hybrid and electric vehicles is available to encourage use of more energy efficient transportation.
  • Glass is UV resistant and multi-paned for energy efficiency.
  • 20% of materials used in the construction of the building were composed of recycled content.
  • 75% of waste generated from the construction of the building was recycled and/or salvaged.
  • Recycling bins are placed throughout to reduce waste in landfills.
  • Products used to clean the Community Commons are all environmentally friendly.

    A tour through the Community Commons

Pain afflicts more than 100 million people and most find they have to travel to multiple places to manage their symptoms. At SCNM, we specialize in addressing the underlying causes and provide pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain management solutions, including physical manipulation, acupuncture, injection therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, physical therapy, fluoroscope imaging, cryotherapy and more. SCNM’s Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine employs a model of care based on a shared philosophy of care and supported by structures, processes, evaluations and continuous improvement. By integrating the health care perspectives and practices of interventional pain specialists, acupuncturists, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, and massage therapists, the Center decreases reliance on hierarchy and respects the contributions of all members of the treatment team, including patients.

Bene Plates serves a variety of delicious, healthy food and beverages to both the public and the SCNM community.  They also have grab and go meals available for anyone that needs to get their food quickly.  Bene Plates is open from 7AM to 3PM Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.  

Click here to learn more about Bene Plates.

For most people, adopting a healthy diet means making a major shift in eating habits. SCNM understands that rather than just talking about healthy diets, patients need to see and experience healthy cooking firsthand. The Teaching Kitchen is home to SCNM’s nutrition community education classes. The Kitchen provides a great space for participants to learn how to prepare delicious meals. The Teaching Kitchen also provides hands-on learning for students in nutrition classes. 

The most knowledgeable staff in the Southwest sells a full range of supplements, tinctures, homeopathic remedies, vitamins, books and more. And by shopping in the Medicinary, a 501 (c)(3), you are helping to support the students at SCNM and the work SCNM does in the community with underserved communities.

There are a number of student led classes to help you unwind. The bright studio with views of South Mountain will help you relax and work on your mind/body/spirit connection. 

The Chi Fitness room is available to students and members of the SCNM community. The room has free weights, cardio equipment and a power rack. Current students are required to sign a liability waiver located in the Campus Life section of MySCNM.

For SCNM students, the Community Commons offers state-of-the-art, high tech classrooms and study rooms equipped with white boards and monitors that you can connect to your laptop. Students can also study or relax in a bright, light-filled cozy and comfortable lounge on the second floor.

The SCNM Library

Located in the Community Commons, the SCNM Library will be an integral part of your education. If you’re looking for in-depth information, the library offers complete medical databases, as well as numerous books and journals. The library has wireless connectivity, and sophisticated PC and Apple computer workstations equipped with high-speed internet and on-demand printing.

The library offers you a place to study, read and research. With private rooms for group studying, lounge seating, modular study carrels and computer stations, there are plenty of options to find your favorite study spot. Whether you are reading for an assignment, writing a research project or studying for board exams, the library has the resources to help you succeed. These include:

Core, authoritative medical books and journals - Basic and naturopathic health sciences with specialties in topics of acupuncture, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, mind-body, nutrition and traditional Chinese medicine.

A comprehensive medical book collection - Ranging from the most current, up-to-date text to more than 250 rare texts dating back to the early 1800s.

Digital databases - The most distinguished, leading and important databases available to medical practitioners within the health care industry such as Alt Health Watch, Natural Standard, American Botanical Council and interactive 3D Anatomy TV, Cochrane Library and UpToDate.

The SCNM Library is equipped with iSearch, which enables a single box search of all resources. You can use iSearch to easily find all the books, journals or articles available in the SCNM library. This makes your search for a book on the shelf, an ebook, journal article or DVD seamless and easy. 

The library is staffed between 8AM and 5PM but is open to students from 7AM to 10PM.