Bastyr University Reviews - Doctoral in Holistic Medicine

2.8 out of 5 stars
(6 Reviews)
  • Kenmore (WA)
  • Annual Tuition: $26,383
50% of 6 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 6 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Amazing Career - Fueled by BU - 5/26/2019
Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2004
"All I can tell you is that I wanted to have a degree that would be a springboard for my future...and it has been. Every position I have had since graduation from the ND program has led to greater and greater salaries...and a real fulfillment. I know that some people have had different experiences. I think you have to keep in mind that people graduate from grad school at different times in history. Sometimes when a cohort comes out of school the economy is pretty good and other times it is not. You cannot blame the school for this fortune or misfortune. I was in medical practice for five years when the whole world economy fell apart. I did end up losing my practice at that time...however, I am resourceful and I simply reframed myself and went a different direction, using ALL that I learned at Bastyr. Despite what people say on this website...it is mostly about what YOU bring as a future healer and future practitioner of natural sciences and wellness care. No degree program anywhere provides you with a promise of a fabulous career. You have to work for it. You have to be positive and resilient. If you are not then no education is going to help you... SO...if you want to be a well-trained, knowledgeable provider of science-based wellness services to your family, friends and community...and have a rewarding career, then Bastyr is the best place for you...thousands of grads can attest to this. Don't believe the tiny minority who have not had a positive, personal journey. Find your journey."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Dr. Ben Lynch - 1/17/2019
Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2007
"After completing my Cell and Molecular Biology, B.S. from the University of Washington, I knew I wanted to attend medical school but I was not attracted to standard medicine approaches. Medications and surgical interventions did not interest me. I actually learned about Bastyr from a doctor. I sought them out as I needed to overcome chronic liver problems caused by excessive prescribed NSAID use. After a year of care, I became healthy once again. They told me about Bastyr and I checked it out. Once finding Bastyr was an accredited school which would provide me tools needing to practice primary care medicine in Washington, I enrolled. The campus itself is on absolutely stunning grounds which also helped me make my decision. The quality of instruction overall was excellent. I state excellent as I graduated confident that I could help patients recover from a myriad of chronic conditions. Yes, there were a few professors and courses which were not my style but what college has a perfect batting average for all students liking all professors and courses? You make the education what you want out of it as there are so many opportunities to expand your network. Think of Bastyr as the hub and all the medical institutions and major clinics around the NW and beyond as spokes. I definitely leveraged this network and greatly expanded my knowledge outside of school hours and during preceptorships. One preceptorship I had was with William Rea, MD in Texas who was the world's leading clinical ecologist at the time. He welcomed me without hesitation and it was an outstanding opportunity and a lasting friendship. If you are passionate about either helping prevent disease, optimize health or helping others overcome disease, naturopathic medicine taught at Bastyr University prepares you exceptionally well. If you want to learn about emergency medicine or minor surgical techniques, Bastyr has strengths here as well as I have colleagues who are doing quite well in both. This is not my area. The best business decision I ever made was going to naturopathic medical school at Bastyr - even though it was met with massive resistance from both my parents and many of my friends. Yes, I graduated with a lot of debt but I've since paid it all off and give back to the community. Currently, I own and operate a respected supplement company with global distribution while writing, researching and presenting worldwide. I am happy to work collaboratively with all health professionals - ND, MD, DC, DO, RN, LAc and all others who work tirelessly serving their patients. What initials are after our name truly don't matter. What matters is what you're most passionate about learning as that is what you'll be best at doing."
1.4 out of 5 stars
NoDoctor - 2/26/2018
Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 1998
"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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
ND grad - 1/5/2018
Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 1998
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Scammed Doctoral Student - 7/15/2017
Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2017
"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. PĀ 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."
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