SCNM Students Become Leaders, Volunteers, Researchers and More!



During a four-year journey through the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Tempe, Arizona, students become leaders, volunteers, researchers, medical missionaries, and student clinicians. They will make a positive impact on the world both as a student and then as a graduate.

Naturopathic physicians play an integral role in the evolving world of medicine. NDs are increasing their role in addressing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The opioid crisis in America and the need for holistic and non-pharmacologic approaches to treating pain opens many doors for SCNM graduates.

SCNM strives to innovate, improve, and develop educational and healthcare partnerships to enhance the student and patient experience. Ultimately, SCNM’s success is measured by the work of its graduates and the successful treatment of the patients they serve.

SCNM Students Continue to Excel on NPLEX Exams

SCNM Student Library24 of 26 first-time SCNM test takers passed Part 1 of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in February 2017. This is a 92% pass rate, outpacing the 77% average pass rate. SCNM’s prior round of scores was also quite strong. In August 2016, 85% of 62 first time test takers passed the NPLEX Part I. SCNM students rigorously prepare for these exams, with the help of dedicated faculty.

Naturopathic Medicine’s Important Role in Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

With the opioid epidemic that is currently sweeping the nation, naturopathic doctors are more important than ever. Natural, non-narcotic forms of pain management provide relief to patients without the dangers of powerful opioid medications.

The SCNM Pain Relief Center (PRC) has been offering real solutions for chronic and acute pain by educating and training students in the best ways to help patients without the use of narcotics. Leaders in the medical community are now recommending alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and yoga to deal with pain. Dr. Nitin Damle, the president of the board of regents for the American College of Physicians (ACP), has stated pills should not be the first choice in pain relief for back issues.

Students doing clinical training in the PRC have an unprecedented learning environment to combine traditional and modern therapies. Ancient modalities such as acupuncture and cupping are conducted in the same place as advanced treatments such as cryotherapy and stem cell injection therapy. This gives patients numerous options to relieve pain without the use of addictive pain medication. By bringing these methods with them after graduation, students are becoming a vital part of the solution to the opioid epidemic.

The New SCNM Roosevelt Health Center

SCNM Roosevelt Health CenterThe recently-opened SCNM Roosevelt Health Center, located within the Roosevelt School District in Phoenix, treats students and families from 19 different schools within the district borders. This 4,000 square-foot health center is the first SCNM Community Clinic with the unique design to incorporate group visits and encourage communal health education.

Medical students at Roosevelt Health Center will help empower patients of all ages so they can take control of their diabetes, asthma, obesity, or other illnesses. SCNM clinical students see patients alongside other health professionals to provide the best medical care the Roosevelt community has seen. Supervising doctors and residents oversee third and fourth year medical students and provide treatment of acute illnesses, wellness exams with preventative screenings, individualized patient care, as well as group visits to address the most pressing needs of this diverse community.

SCNM at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference in Phoenix

A number of SCNM doctors, faculty, and graduates recently presented at the AANP 2017 National Conference that was held in Phoenix. The convention was an incredible experience for everyone involved. The exchange of knowledge that takes place at the annual convention is invaluable to the naturopathic community.

Here are the individuals who presented at the conference:

Asia Muhammad, ND: Fatty Liver Monograph

Guillermo Ruiz: Distinct immune-modulating effects of Echinacea purpurea

Nick Buratovich, NMD: Manipulation Pearls

Matthew Baral, ND: “Why We Love Fractals”

Sara Polanco, ND

Jacyln Bain, ND

Nicole Shiffler, ND

Graduate Employment Statistics 2017

SCNM GraduatesSCNM is proud to announce that 70% of June 2017 SCNM graduates had positions waiting for them after graduation. Congratulations to all the graduates as they launch their exciting careers!






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