How to Become a Naturopathic Doctor

Evidence-Based Education in Natural Health at Bastyr University


A pioneer in natural medicine, Bastyr University is a private, non-profit university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees that integrate mind, body and spirit with nature. At Bastyr, you’ll find science-based natural medicine education that’s focused on developing future leaders in natural health arts and sciences.

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

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.

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are primary care providers who blend current research on health and human systems with centuries-old knowledge and the philosophy that nature is the most effective healer. Licensed NDs are educated in the same rigorous biomedical sciences as MDs and must complete a four-year, accredited, graduate-level naturopathic medical program.

Naturopathic practitioners are trained as primary care doctors and can work in all aspects of family health, from pediatric to geriatric care. Most NDs work in a private practice, but an increasing number are working in multi-practitioner, integrative medical settings.


The six principles of naturopathic medicine

All naturopathic doctors follow six principles that honor the body’s innate wisdom to heal and provide patients with tools for lifelong wellness.


First, do no harm

Utilize the most natural, least invasive therapies


The healing power of nature

Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself


Identify and treat the cause

Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause


Doctor as teacher

Educate patients in the steps to achieve and maintain optimal health


Treat the whole person

View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions



Focus on supporting overall health, wellness and disease prevention

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