Tempe, Arizona is home to the warm, friendly community of future holistic physicians that make up one of the premier naturopathic medical schools in the United States – the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (SCNM). SCNM is committed to the advancement, education, and application of cutting edge naturopathic treatments in the classroom and on the campus Medical and Pain Relief Centers. It is within this supportive atmosphere that students feel they can grow into the future leaders of naturopathic medicine.
This year has been one of success and growth for SCNM students and faculty. Here are a few recent highlights.
SCNM prepares students to score high marks on licensing exams
SCNM’s dedicated faculty and progressive and integrated curriculum are engaging students and preparing them for critical Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), as well as a future in naturopathic medicine. At the most recent administration of the NPLEX, 85% of SCNM students passed the Biomedical Science Examination on the first attempt, and 86% of SCNM graduates passed the Core Clinical Science Examination on the first attempt.
SCNM provides a supportive, can-do culture and invests in student success through offices and resources such as the Learning Specialist, the Doctor Development Center (Tutoring Center), and the Directed Skill Development Laboratory. Dr. Garrett Thompson, Dean of Academic Affairs at SCNM states, “we are very proud of our students’ accomplishments, and I commend the campus for continuing to foster SCNM’s culture of learning!”
SCNM students win national academic competition
A group of students from SCNM recently proved their excellence in naturopathic medical knowledge by winning the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) Cup. The Cup is an annual academic competition, held during the NMSA Convention, where students from the accredited naturopathic medical schools compete for top prize. Selected students are challenged in topics related to naturopathic history and philosophy, physiology, anatomy and biochemistry, pathology, botanical medicine, and homeopathy.
SCNM’s NMSA chapter acknowledges faculty, the Student Government Association (SGA), colleagues, the administration, as well as friends and family for their support.
Groundbreaking research at SCNM
SCNM fosters the advancement of naturopathic medicine with an emphasis on new and groundbreaking research. SCNM is proud that many faculty and alumni regularly contribute to research projects and have been published by a variety of sources including PLOS ONE and The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine.
Additionally, SCNM frequently hosts research presentations on campus to inform both students and the public at large of new and emerging naturopathic developments and findings. The Research Team at SCNM maintains a significant portion of the college website to promote research presentations, link to a large number of SCNM research publications, and announce current and on-going research projects.
New clinic construction underway
SCNM is participating with a variety of organizations to bring a new community education and wellness center to the downtown Phoenix area. SCNM partnered with the University of Arizona Masters in Public Health (MPH) program on the design of the new wellness center. The design stems from a functional needs assessment of the community conducted by MPH students who identified the need for medical services in the area. This partnership was a continuation of an existing joint degree program that allows SCNM students to obtain a Masters degree in Public Health in addition to a Naturopathic Medical Degree.
The SCNM wellness center marks a unique opportunity to help educate the community about health issues and practice naturopathic health treatments and services. It represents an exciting prospect for students as well.
The center will be approximately 2,500 square feet with six exam rooms, a small lab, and a dispensary. SCNM Student Clinicians will be able to conduct rotations by mid-2017.
Keep In Touch
Keep up with the latest news on growth and other noteworthy developments by visiting the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s website.