Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at UWS

The doctor of naturopathic medicine (NMD) program at University of Western States (UWS) prepares students to take a holistic and individualized approach to health and healing and integrates the principles of functional medicine throughout the naturopathic program. Graduates learn to consider the whole-person including the patient’s diet, lifestyle, environment, genetics, physical, mental and emotional health, as well as other factors that influence health and well-being.

Naturopathic medicine and functional medicine are science-based, patient-centered approaches to achieving and maintaining health by addressing the root cause, not just suppressing symptoms. 


Format: on campus
Length: 14 quarters (3.5 years)
Entry Term: October


  • The inclusion of functional medicine principles in the UWS naturopathic program distinguishes it from other naturopathic programs.
  • The program provides a community of learning through in-person experiences with knowledge, skills and community reinforced through in-person lectures, labs, team-based learning and clinical rotations. The curriculum also offers some online courses delivered both synchronously and asynchronously. Students are expected to be on campus for the entire program. 
  • UWS offers multiple graduate-level programs that can be taken in conjunction with the NMD degree so that students can specialize their practice. Areas of interest include nutrition, functional medicine, chiropractic, counseling, psychology and sports medicine.
  • UWS was established in 1904 and has a long history of educational excellence


UWS is located in Portland, Oregon, a city unlike any other. It’s home to 10,000 acres of public parks, hundreds of food carts and a vibrant bike scene. The people, culture and atmosphere make it a truly one-of-a kind city and a place that enthusiastically welcomes health and wellness professionals.