The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) is now accepting applications for September 2013 and January 2014.  NCNM is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical college in North America.  NCNM is located in South Portland at 49 SW Porter St.  Their graduate programs in naturopathic medicine and classical Chinese medicine blend ancient healing wisdom with modern science in challenging curricula. NCNM’s natural medicine clinics and Helfgott Research Institute are also central to the student experience.

Some of their programs include a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, a Master of Acupuncture, a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research, and other programs for working professionals.  The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine is an intensive, four-year doctoral program that trains holistic primary care physicians and prepares candidates for state board licensing examinations and the general practice of naturopathic medicine.  Graduates are eligible to sit for board examinations in states and provinces that license naturopathic physicians.

The School of Classical Chinese Medicine offers two programs–a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and a Master of Acupuncture.  Both emphasize a scholar-practitioner educational style designed to achieve the mission of transmitting the art, science, and spirit of Chinese medicine to cultivate practitioners rooted in the ancient tradition of the medical scholar.  The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine immerses students in the classical foundations of the medicine, gives them a holistic education in Western medical sciences, and trains them in the clinical application of the major modalities of Chinese medicine, including herbal formulation, acupuncture, moxibustion, bodywork, qigong, and nutrition.  The Master of Acupuncture is designed for students with an affinity for classical acupuncture and moxibustion and want a more streamlined graduate experience.

The Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research is designed for those interested in a strong foundation in research and study design in integrative medicine.  The program aims to train master’s level researchers, evidence-based clinicians, and clinician researchers by offering courses that cater to multiple career paths.

In order to apply to NCNM, you will be evaluated holistically based on your dedication to service, compassion, critical thinking skills, ability to communicate, and self-discipline; your affinity for and prior experience with naturopathic or Chinese medicine; letters of recommendation; your overall scholastic record; your understanding and appreciation of health care issues; and other achievements.  They have no minimum GPA specified, but the average admitted students’ GPA is around a 3.0.  Visit for more information and to apply today.

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