Bastyr University Reviews
I understand how difficult it is to choose which graduate program to attend, I too was in your place. This university is amazing at selling you false hopes. If you are attending this institution be prepared to pay double to triple the average price for a fraction of the benefits. Do not rely on the library being open, on supportive professors, on tutors available when need be. If you are experiencing hardships, you WILL have to face even more as they will not support you whatsoever. Please please please take my word for it. Go ANYWHERE BUT BASTYR. Their reputation is becoming worse day by day. The president of the university caused a number of professors to leave until they fired the president WITHOUT hiring another for an entire academic year so far. Be sure to check out their diversity within YOUR program (or lack thereof). Run!!! Keep your hundreds of thousands of dollars and RUN!!!!
Negative review is mostly true and I would agree, although there are some very dedicated instructors mostly in the core programs often classes are taught by new graduates who have never practiced. The clinic is a horrible experience, did nothing to teach me how to treat patients. I was not at all prepared to step out on my own and believe me once you are done with school you are on your own. I personally don't know anyone that's actually made any money as an ND. There are NO jobs in spite of what the school says. I have never been able to service my school loans which were substantial and now i'm just trying figure out how to redeem myself and gain some self respect after this colossal mistake. If I had it to do all over again I stay in the building trades at least I have a small pension.
Excellent education, rewarding profession, but do consider the amount of student loan debt you may be accruing and plan accordingly. I believe the negative review may be fake - the quality of the writing and spelling do not reflect the admissions standards required, or the intelligence expected of a naturopathic medical student. ND's are outside of the mainstream and as such are still reviled and mocked by some individuals.
Avoid this school like your life depended on it. This school is TOXIC! The students and staff are so unhealthy. They sell you a program that is boasted as being in a beautiful wondrous setting on the shores of Lake Washington on pristine acerage. They boast how their programs are world recognized. Instead you get some of the worse professors I have ever had. Its as if everyone with severe emotional issues decided to either attend as students or apply for jobs as professors. Having a professor bring his guitar to class and stand up in front of the class and cry and be all emotional week after week gets old. I paid my tuition... and I wanted to be taught, instead it was the biggest waste of 300k I've ever spent! This is theeeee worst return on your investment. who spends 300k on an education to earn an average of 80K 5 years, yes 5 years after graduation!!!!????!!! Sonographers with a 2 year degree from a community college graduate and START at that wage!! Dr. P one of the founding fathers of Bastyr is a complete A**! He stood up and talked about how his son brought home a fat chick with bad skin and he had no idea what in the world his son saw in this girl...? Excuse me? you say this to a room full of 130+ students? He went on to say MD's have NO business being primary care physicians and that only Naturopathic "doctors" are experienced enough to be primary care physicians. First of all after what I've seen ND's have zero business calling themselves doctors. The "diagnosis" skills taught are GROSSLY inadequate, the treatments plans at the clinic were dumbfoudningly inadequate! My time at the Bastyr Clinic... the Prestine clinic of the UNIVERSITY! was beyond inadequate and disappointing. I was snowed. This program is dangerous!!!!! The department of education should be pulling their funding. I cannot believe this profession has convinced governing powers it is a legitimate profession. Run! if you are considering this program. DONT walk away, Run!! So many people left this program. I should have too! I am telling you the administration only cares about taking your money. They do zero zero zero to help you acquire any kind of employment. Just google nauropathic medicine jobs. You will find.. like 1 or 2... paying less than you can make as a checker at Safeway!! RUN!!!! Save yourself a life of junk cars and junk medicine.
Bastyr is set in the lovely St Edwards park in Kenmore Washington surrounded my dense forest with gorgeous trails leading down the the banks of lake Washington. The campus host one of the largest botanical medical gardens in the northwest, and both the garden and forest act as a living classroom for students in the various natural medical related programs, mostly at the graduate level. Over the last decade bastyr has developed incredibly strong, rigorous , and unique bachelors of sciences degrees in Nutrtion, exercise science, human integrated biology, clinical psychology, culinary arts, and the only bachelors degree of its kind, the one I graduated from, herbal sciences. All programs are very biochemistry and research intensive, and are e essentially premed for those interested in pursuing graduate natural health degrees such as masters of science in acupuncture and East Asian medicine (the program I'm currently enrolled on), Nutrtion, health psychology and doctorate in naturopathic medicine. There are also numerous certificate programs such as holistic landscape design and incredible classes, workshops, CEUs and other activities on the campus all the time. This is a serious school for serious students who wish to work hard and have a career in medicine and make a significant impact note health of their communities. This is not like regular medical school in the way you do not come out with a gauaranteed job, you have to hustle and create your career, but you will have just as many loans as an MD who will be making six figures their first year out. That is not the reality in natural healthcare, so consider hay before entering the field. Bastyr is a small, young, private school growing stronger and stronger each year. There are numerous acupuncture schools in the us, some really great ones by I chose to stay at nastyr for numerous reasons including the integrative community of friends and colleagues that you naturally build, the amazing clinic(located in seattle) and array of incredible, knowledgable supervisors who are pioneers in the fields, the beautiful campus, ability to work at off sites clinic sites in more mainstream wal there settings, and the people who work at bastyr that make it what it is. I've some amazing great instructors there, and some not so great one, and that is denote ly an area where hey an work on improvement, but its hard for such a small school in a not very well funded field and I understand this. Make no mistake however, the majority of the faculty is too notch, leading experts on their fields, the people who write the text books, its like that. The staff of so helpful and really there for us students. I've worked in the library for 3.5 year and had to give an astounding hand to the abilities library staff that provides us with a style of the art medical research library and all the resources we could ever need, try truly are the best. Overall I would chose bastyr again always if I had to do it over. If you are passionate about health, want to make a difference. and ready to work hard, this is the place for you! These programs are very rigorous and physically, mentally, and emotionally intense and taxing, so be ready!