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National College of Natural Medicine: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. Read about its admission info, degree programs and tuition costs to make an informed education decision.

About the National College of Natural Medicine

Originally established as a naturopathic medical college, the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) was founded in 1956 and is the oldest accredited college of its kind. Located in Portland, Oregon, the college is comprised of two schools offering four graduate professional degrees. It incorporates research and patient care in with its medical education. The private, not-for-profit school had a total student population of approximately 550 in 2011.

To help potential students select the best school and program for them, NCNM offers an Exploration Day. The two schools within the National College of Natural Medicine are the School of Naturopathic Medicine and the School of Classical Chinese Medicine. The four graduate degree programs offered are the Doctor in Naturopathic Medicine; the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine; the Master of Acupuncture; and the recently added Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR), which is the only degree that offers a special two-year program. Many of the degrees can be earned concurrently. For instance, one could complete the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine with the M.S. in Oriental Medicine. In addition, NCNM offers five certificate programs and a continuing education program geared towards working professionals.

Students are required to complete 240 hours of clinical field observation by graduation, working closely with licensed physicians and integrating clinical course work from the classroom.


As NCNM only offers professional graduate degrees, a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required prior to admission for all respective areas of study and certificate programs.

Specific prerequisites, courses and additional admissions criteria for each degree program varies. The only program that requires a minimum GPA and a GRE score is the Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research, allowing a GPA of 3.0 for science courses and 3.2 for general classes. All other degree and certificate programs do not have a minimum GPA requirement, but only a small percentage of students are admitted with a GPA lower than 3.0.

In 2011, NCNM reported a significantly higher enrollment in female students than male, (78% v. 22%) with 95% of the combined population attending full-time.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending NCNM for the 2012-2013 academic year varies by degree program and ranges between $20,271 and $24,795 for three of the four areas of study per year. The Master of Integrative Medicine Research is set up differently, charging $526 per-credit, resulting in an estimated one-year tuition of $13,939 or $27,878 total tuition for both years. Tuition does not include books and supplies or equipment for clinical or classroom use.

As a graduate institution, NCNM allows all students enrolled at least half-time to receive the maximum amount allowed in federal loans. In addition, NCNM offers a work study program, emergency loans and awards scholarships to new and returning students to help with the financial costs of attendance.

Students are required to pay tuition and fees in full at the beginning of each quarter. If a student decides to withdraw from the college for some reason, a full refund will be issued if completely withdrawn by the second week. After that, only a calculated percentage of the tuition will be returned to the student and a refund of zero after the sixth week.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Master's degree, doctor's degree, certificate programs*
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 550 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing No*
Schools and Programs Two schools; four graduate degree programs and five certificate programs. Continuing education program offered*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Master's of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (31); Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (71)**
Application Due Date Applications were due November 1, 2011 for fall admission; due March 1, 2012 for winter admission*
Decision Notification Date Early decision for fall was November 1, 2011; priority decision is February 1, 2012*
Tuition (2012-2013) Tuition ranges between $20,271 and $24,795 per year; $13,939 per year for the MSiMR program*
Financial Aid Sources Available Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, Emergency Loans ($100-$500 only), scholarships*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% (2011)*

Sources: *National College of Natural Medicine, ** College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, National College of Natural Medicine, 049 Porter Street, Portland, OR, 97201
  • Phone: ( 503) 552-1660 or (877) 669-8737
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