Since its inception in 1978, Bastyr University has been a pioneer in science-based natural medicine. Founders Les Griffith, ND; William A. Mitchell, Jr., ND; and Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND; along with Sheila Quinn, named the school after their beloved teacher and noted Seattle naturopathic physician, Dr. John Bastyr. With just $200 in startup costs during their humble beginnings, the founders created a vision for an accredited natural health school that now is recognized as the leading health arts and sciences university in the world. Founding President Emeritus Dr. Pizzorno saw the University through some significant growth during his 22 years of service, including the move to the current 51-acre campus in Kenmore, Washington, to accommodate the growing student body. (See the Historical Timeline.) Although the school started as a naturopathic medicine college, Bastyr University now offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs. Building on its science-based foundation, the University has been the recipient of a number of multimillion-dollar research grants from the National Institutes of Health. In September 2012, the University expanded again, opening Bastyr University California in San Diego, welcoming more than 50 students to its inaugural Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine class. California’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine also offers a Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness and plans to add more natural health programs in the future.

Our Vision

As the world's leading academic center for advancing and integrating knowledge in the natural health arts and sciences, Bastyr University will transform the health and well-being of the human community.

Our Mission

We educate future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Respecting the healing power of nature and recognizing that body, mind, and spirit are intrinsically inseparable, we model an integrated approach to education, research and clinical service.

Core Themes

  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Research in the Natural Health Arts and Sciences
  3. Clinical Training and Community Health
  4. Interdisciplinary Integration
Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Bachelor

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Bastyr University's herbal sciences degree completion program trains professionals who can respond to the growing demand for herbal medicine experts. By studying with mas ... [+]

Bastyr University's herbal sciences degree completion program trains professionals who can respond to the growing demand for herbal medicine experts. By studying with master herbalists, students undertake a thorough and scientifically rigorous education. Graduates complete the program in two years and are prepared to enter the herbal products field directly, begin work as botanical medicine experts or pursue further education in related areas. We are more than an "herbal school," and this is more than an "herb program."

This bachelor's degree is the first of its kind to be offered at an accredited university in the United States. The program equips students with both scientific knowledge and a multifaceted, personal understanding of plants, empowering them to bridge the gap between traditional herbalism and modern science.... [-]

USA Kenmore San Diego
September 2019
English
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Bastyr University

In the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program, you’ll gain a comprehensive education that merges the science of nutrition with a broad view of wellness, community, and ... [+]

In the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program, you’ll gain a comprehensive education that merges the science of nutrition with a broad view of wellness, community and the environment. Bastyr's experienced faculty guides you through the physiological, biochemical, socioeconomic, political and psychological dimensions of human nutrition.

The University's curriculum emphasizes that good nutrition involves understanding and meeting the greater needs of the planet. This includes using food as affordable medicine and learning how growing and processing food impacts the environment.

Program Features A rigorous science-based curriculum prepares you for a mainstream profession with ... [-]
USA Kenmore San Diego
September 2019
English
Full-time
2 years
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Exercise and nutrition are integral to good health. In the nutrition and exercise science degree program, you’ll learn to combine whole-food nutrition with expertise in e ... [+]

Exercise and nutrition are integral to good health. In the nutrition and exercise science degree program, you’ll learn to combine whole-food nutrition with expertise in exercise science and holistic health. You’ll build an in-depth knowledge of the body's physiology and mechanics, as well as an understanding of mind-body wellness and the role of nutrition in health. By gaining a deep understanding of the impacts proper nutrition and physical activity have on health and wellness, graduates of this program are poised to serve in multiple roles at the forefront of a new health paradigm - one that places emphasis on prevention and well-being.

Program Features Modern Training Facilitie... [-]
USA Kenmore San Diego
September 2019
English
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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M.D.

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Students study naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University because they seek a career that resonates with their core values, including a belief in natural healing and whol ... [+]

Students study naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University because they seek a career that resonates with their core values, including a belief in natural healing and whole-person medicine. They prepare for success as naturopathic doctors with the support of our state-of-the-art clinical training model, which prepares students to formulate effective, personalized treatment plans for patients.

This in-depth clinical training, coupled with Bastyr's robust basic sciences curriculum, is responsible for our graduates consistently earning top scores on the Naturopathic Licensing Examinations (NPLEX). And because our graduates speak the common language of science, they work as peers with other healthcare providers in integrative settings.... [-]

USA Kenmore San Diego
September 2019
English
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 5 years
Campus
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MSc

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Bastyr University's direct-entry Master of Science in Midwifery program trains students in all aspects of midwifery care, preparing them to greatly improve the quality an ... [+]

Bastyr University's direct-entry Master of Science in Midwifery program trains students in all aspects of midwifery care, preparing them to greatly improve the quality and breadth of maternity care offered to women and their families. It also qualifies graduates to become a state (or provincially) licensed and nationally certified midwives.

The rigorous, proven curriculum – based on the competencies established by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and the combined expertise of Bastyr University and the former Seattle Midwifery School – uses state-of-the-art technologies and an extensive network of clinical training sites around the globe. The program is intended for entry-level midwifery students and is three years in length (11 quarters), culminating in a Master of Science in Midwifery.... [-]

USA Kenmore San Diego
September 2019
English
Full-time
3 years
Campus
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In the Master of Science in Nutrition (MSN) program, you'll gain a solid overview of nutritional science, theory, and research. You'll learn to balance a holistic perspec ... [+]

In the Master of Science in Nutrition (MSN) program, you'll gain a solid overview of nutritional science, theory, and research. You'll learn to balance a holistic perspective with a rigorous understanding of biochemistry and nutrient metabolism. This innovative program provides a broad education in preventive health and wellness, prepares you to critically evaluate scientific literature, and serves as a firm foundation for future education.

First year coursework encompasses areas such as nutrient metabolism, applied and therapeutic nutrition, research skills, and whole foods.

Second year coursework includes community and global perspectives on nutrition, and thesis research.... [-]

USA Kenmore San Diego
September 2019
English
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2 years
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Master

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Bastyr University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) with a Specialization in Community Health Education gives students the knowledge and skills to succeed in public health ... [+]

Bastyr University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) with a Specialization in Community Health Education gives students the knowledge and skills to succeed in public health and community health education settings. The program prepares students to become certified as Community Health Education Specialists (CHES).

The MPH program includes 63 credits of coursework addressing five core competency areas: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences. The curriculum includes specialized courses and practical experience that enable students to develop competency in community health education.

Students in the program complete a practicum and a capstone project under the supervision of dedicated faculty. A social justice perspective is woven throughout the curriculum, and a quarterly seminar provides a deliberate forum for considering issues through a social justice lens.... [-]

USA Kenmore San Diego
September 2019
English
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Bastyr University

The Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) is a model comprehensive degree program. It includes all the didactic and clinical training of the Ma ... [+]

The Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) is a model comprehensive degree program. It includes all the didactic and clinical training of the Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA) and also includes Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese medical language. The MSAOM program is a three-and-a-half-calendar-year course of study.

Curriculum - MSAOM

Students earning the MSAOM must complete their degree requirements within six years, including any credits completed as a bachelor's student and applied toward the master's degree. To receive a license to practice acupuncture in most states, a student must earn either an MSA or MSAOM degree, pass the NCCAOM licensing exam and meet any additional state requirements.... [-]

USA Kenmore San Diego
September 2019
English
Full-time
3 years
Campus
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