Adapting to a Changing Patient Care and Higher Education Model

Evidence-based, naturally. Sonoran University of Health Sciences (Sonoran University) is the premier medical school focusing on natural medicine. Sonoran University’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program boasts the widest scope of practice. In addition to the four-year ND program, Sonoran University offers an online Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition for those looking to earn a degree from a leading institution in holistic and scientific approaches to natural medicine.

As the pandemic changed the way we conduct our clinical training, we have put telemedicine at the forefront of how we approach patient care, while still allowing students to attend rotations to practice vital in person skills safely.

During these unpredictable times of COVID-19, we have used the experience and insights we gained in the rigorous planning and strategy of our online School of Nutrition Master’s program to establish and fine-tune an online education model for our Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program. This model allows for student/faculty interaction and maintains the standard of education and excellence expected of Sonoran University curriculum.

As medicine and higher education continues to evolve, our mission will still be to nurture and prepare our students with all the tools available for their successes as they become Sonoran University Alumni and beyond.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program

Our doctorate program blends patient care with innovative research and a cutting-edge naturopathic curriculum. Sonoran University students and graduates use an evidenced-based, natural mindset to change the future of healthcare. Sonoran University’s faculty, physicians, and staff work together to prepare students for success, both in school and as they join the field of naturopathic medicine.

With a wide scope of practice in the state of Arizona, students are able to experience using all types of naturopathic therapies to treat and heal, including: acupuncture, IV, and regenerative injection therapy.

Keep up with the latest news about Sonoran University and the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program by visiting Sonoran University of Health Science’s website and YouTube channel.

Honors Tracks: Customized Clinical Education in a Concentrated Area

The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) program has five distinct honors tracks: Community Health, Nature Cure, Pain Management, Pediatrics, and Regenerative Medicine. These focused areas of clinical education can help better prepare and elevate an honor’s track student’s position for competitive post-graduate opportunities and residencies. Students participate in hands-on learning, both in classrooms and within our on-site Medical Center, Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Medicinary. Off-site opportunities for additional patient experiences exist in the partnership with our community clinics, benefiting the underprivileged populations throughout Maricopa County.

The Inaugural Class: M.S in Clinical Nutrition

In the Spring of 2020, Sonoran University’s launched its 100% online Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) degree. Additionally, with the launch of the MSCN program, Sonoran University also added a group of faculty from diverse academic and professional backgrounds to our community.

The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) educates students in nutritional sciences, self-care, whole food nutrition, and the responsible use of dietary supplements while also covering emerging topics such as nutrigenomics and microbiomics.

Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine

Dedicated in 2018, the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine is the first of its kind at any naturopathic medical school. Continuing Sonoran University’s reputation as leaders in the field of naturopathic medicine, research, and stem cell therapy, the Center provides extensive research opportunities and additional clinical experiences for students by offering non-opioid pain relief options to patients.

Dr. Casey Seenauth at the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Sage Foundation: Increasing Student/Patient Experiences While Making an Impact

In addition to clinical experiences at the two on-campus centers, Sonoran University third- and fourth-year ND medical students treat patients at various community clinics throughout Maricopa County.

The Sage Foundation is our award-winning community health program that provides quality healthcare to underserved populations in Arizona. Our community clinics empower underprivileged communities by providing a healthy foundation to begin to improve their lives.

A Sonoran University naturopathic medical student sees a patient at a Sage Foundation clinic.

At these clinics, students will see a range of patients including: children in low-income school districts, domestic violence survivors, low-income families, individuals coping with HIV/AIDS, and patients recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Sonoran University students are given the opportunity to help the underprivileged in their own community while broadening their patient experiences.

The Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research: Breaking Ground

The Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Medicine is being built and is on track to open in 2020. This state-of-the-art molecular biology and phytochemistry laboratory will work in collaboration with the natural products industry and other academic institutions to develop new products and improve existing botanical therapeutics grounded in herbalism’s rich tradition through scientific exploration.

Floor plan for the Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research.

The Institute will conduct analytical testing, cellular and molecular biology assays, and metabolomic testing. Furthermore, the Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research will expand clinical research opportunities for students.

For more information on these exciting additions to Sonoran University, visit


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