UWS/NUHS Collaborative Agreement
If you are a DC student or a graduate from University of Western States, you can now take advantage of this collaborative agreement between National University and University of Western States.
Started in 2015, this agreement allows you to complete your doctor of naturopathic medicine degree in as few as four additional trimesters, saving you both time and tuition expenses as well as providing you with expanded career options and a greater earning potential.
In order to apply, you must be in your 5th quarter or later, and have a minimum of 2.50 cumulative GPA in your DC program at UWS.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I consider an additional degree in Naturopathic Medicine?
Adding a ND degree to your DC credential will increase your career options and earning potential. You will have an expanded scope of practice (e.g., prescription rights, minor surgery) in some states that license NDs.
How will the UWS/NUHS Collaborative Agreement benefit me?
Participating students will be able to obtain a ND degree in as little as 4 additional trimesters. This agreement allows for completion of both degrees in a shorter timeframe than if they were taken independently. Additionally, students will benefit from cost savings and reduced loan debt.
How does it work?
- UWS Student (5th quarter – 11th quarter)
- Students who have completed 11 quarters of the DC program at UWS and have been accepted into the ND program at NUHS, then transfer to the NUHS campus for their final term of DC internship. Students will take specific ND coursework while finishing their DC internship and then complete the program in 4 additional trimesters, spending 5 terms in total on the NUHS campus.
- UWS Student (12th quarter) or UWS Graduate
- Students who are already in their last term at UWS, or who have graduated, would still be required to spend 5 terms on the NUHS campus to complete the ND program.
When am I eligible to apply?
You may apply in the 5th quarter (or later) of your UWS DC program. If you have already graduated from UWS, you are eligible for the agreement, however, the ND program must be completed within 8 years of the start of your DC program.
Will I be eligible for financial aid for the ND program?
Financial aid is available for any student who qualifies and is accepted into the ND program
How do I apply?
You must complete a NUHS application for the ND program. The application fee of $55 will be waived when you complete a paper application. You are welcome to use the online application, however the $55 application fee will be charged.
If accepted into the program, a $225 deposit fee will be required.
What are the admission requirements?
- 2.50 cumulative GPA in DC program at UWS
- Grade of ‘C ‘ or better on individual DC coursework at UWS
- Completion of 11 or 12 quarters of DC program at UWS
What do I need to submit for admission consideration?
- Completed application (download paper application or apply online)
- Two character references (download form)
- Three essays
- Official undergraduate transcripts
- Official UWS transcript
- Phone interview
Are there any prerequisite course requirements for the ND program?
UWS students who have completed the prerequisites for the DC program at UWS, will be considered to have met the prerequisite course requirements for the ND program.
What are the living accommodations?
NUHS has apartment style housing on campus. UWS students participating in this agreement will have preferred status for a limited number of units each trimester.
Who should I contact for further information?
Please contact Kathy Kowieski, Assistant Director of Admissions, at email@example.com or call 1-800-826-6567 if you have questions or would like additional information.
Preceptorship and Additional Courses at NUHS (4 terms post UWS graduation)
|Term 0 (Internship & Additional Courses) (Completion of DC degree) – 28.0 Credits|
|IC7002||Clinical Internship III||17.0|
|NN6308N||Botanical Medicine II||4.0|
|Term 1 – 23.5 Credits|
|NT5110N||Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine I||2.0|
|NP5312N||Introduction to Naturopathic Counseling||1.5|
|HY5409N||Hydrotherapy & Traditional Naturopathy||2.0|
|NT5211N||Basic Science Applications: Determinants of Health||1.5|
|NT6110N||Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Theory||1.0|
|NT6210N||Applied Naturopathic Clinical Theory||2.0|
|NX6215N||Advanced Laboratory Diagnosis and Endocrinology||2.5|
|Term 2 – 28.0 Credits|
|NT5210N||Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine II||1.0|
|ON5311N||Oriental Medicine (ND)||1.5|
|NN6412N||Botanical Medicine III: Advanced Naturopathic Botanical Prescribing||3.0|
|ND6315N||Hydrotherapy Clinical Rotation||1.0|
|NP6415N||Advanced Topics in Women’s Health||1.0|
|NN6416N||Advanced Nutrition: Functional Medicine||2.0|
|NP6417N||Internal Medicine / Emergency Medicine||4.5|
|NP6418N||Naturopathic Management of Special Populations||1.0|
|Term 3 – 21. 5 Credits|
|NN7109N||Botanical Medicine IV: Advanced Materia Medica||1.0|
|NP6419N||Environmental Medicine / Toxicology / Detoxification||1.0|
|Term 4 – 14.0 Credits|
|Total Credits – 115.0 Credits|