Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences Reviews

  • 17 Reviews
  • Tempe (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $34,749
0% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
57% of 17 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Current Student
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2024
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"I'll start with saying, we do have many wonderful professors, but many that are many not good at all. After two years, my class and many others are trying to get a better biochemistry professor. She is a department chair, that is not helpful in any aspect of her work & every milestone test biochem is the lowest score. One of the general medicine professor is can lecture well, but her tests are statistically invalid & class after class the average is failing. She does not encourage us to learn, but simply tries to weed us out. The school does not see the failing of her tests (yes, we study a lot) or the complaints of wanting a genuinely good professor as a valid concern. In clinic the student shifts lack in ways that are more than I can write here, but the clinic as a whole needs improvement for students, staff, facility function (equipment that actually works would be great), and patient care. While schools are a business, most everyone that works on the board at this school don't seem to see that their business has huge gaps that are hurting students. If they do see it, they don't care or there would be a lot more fire under their feet. There is little grace when life happens outside the school, especially if you are a parent or want to be pregnant while in school. They give us chances to speak about concerns & we give reasonable requests, yet again, after 2 + years we have yet to see any changes. There is mold in one of our buildings that causes many students to feel ill after prolong time in the facility, yet only fans for the carpet are seen as a responsible attempt. The money us students put into this school does not seem to be actually going to the school and we have been denied to see an expense chart for where our tuition goes to which validates this concern. So many of my classmates throughout all stages of this program and myself are hoping so badly that the people we rely on to make this program work will finally make this place less painful to attend. Any attempts to get any of the Deans or board members to listen is met with us being put on academic probation. It is easier for them to punish us into silence than to do their one job."
  • Reviewed: 10/23/2022
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"If you really believe in the holistic approach and are looking to become a doctor, do not attend SCNM/Sonoran. The administration and some faculty will literally do everything they can to make sure u fail a class and stay behind another 6 months. Some faculty enjoy not passing students and the administration stands behind them, no matter what even if the teacher is facing multiple lawsuits about the same thing. And for a holistic medical school, Career Services is absolutely no help as well as financial aid. They can’t tell you anything about possible grants or scholarships or ways to complete your education without coming out in debt. And they all assume you plan on staying in AZ after graduation so the career services can only help you find offices that hire NDs in AZ. If you want to open your own practice, you have to figure it out on your own. This whole school is a scam for as much as it costs without helping you for the amount of tuition you pay. Explains why cohorts start out as 100-200 students but only 3-4 graduate. I always thought that was weird but now i understand, it’s not worth it."
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2022
"I have waited over 1 year to write ✍️ a review. After seeing countless of my own friends classmates leaving before and after me- I now see I was not alone with my greatly Negative ❌️ Experience with this School. The Tuition is insane for a program that is mismanaged and a mess from the ground up. Many of the teachers were failing people for senseless reasons after having charged enormous tuition. For an education to get a License that is not recognized nationwide nor even properly with correct scope of practice by the few states it is recognized in- this program is a Big Scam solving a problem that doesn't exist. Between Regular Medical Doctors who are doing preventive Medicine, Functional Medicine and Licensed Nurse Practitioners who are fully covered by Insurance and Licensed in every state in the country added to the huge number of TCM Alternative Practitioners- There is ZERO need for an expensive bloated program as that which is offered by SCNM. EVERYTHING they teach is already being taught very well elsewhere at much less cost and better quality. If you wanna spend an enormous amount of money to get a degree mostly not respected, not understood, nor Licensed in most of the country then goto school at SCNM. You will be have dipped your feet in 1000 things to walk out an expert in nothing. Unfortunately I left after seeing the problems with the Pathology Department and how they were not dealing with the Complaints of students over Exam scores and no resolution on the lies from the Staff and Admin. I have left to get my Doctorate in Nursing with all the scope of practice and much higher pay and full insurance coverage plus I'm getting my Doctorate in Oriental Medicine- It hurts me deeply 💔 to say these things but about SCNM BUT it's true...."
Mareshah Abers
  • Reviewed: 11/11/2021
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"Out of all the Naturopathic medical school, SCNM is committed to science based medicine and innovation while upholding the naturopathic principles. I loved my academic experience at SCNM. SCNM had the highest NPLEX scores while I was in school. It just keeps getting better every year. I am really excited about what my career has to offer me."
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2021
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"This school has left its naturopathic roots. It's just another allopathic school with some botanicals thrown in at some point. The degree is not recognized in most states. If you have a naturopathic whole body health mindset, this is not the school for you. They say they believe those things, but in practice they expect you to have shots #2020 and beyond, they think self suffocation is a good idea, and they show no signs of backing down. It's not temporary... it's a strong indication of where they're heading. In my opinion, it's a dead end - a $300K degree that you can't fully use in most states, that's now looking more like a DO degree without the same perks. You will be heavily disappointed in the practice of this school and many of the profs, admin, and unfortunately about half the students if you believe most people can live healthily without drugs and surgeries except as a last resort."
  • Reviewed: 10/3/2021
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"I have met some lifelong friends at SCNM, some excellent professors, and unfortunately some people in faculty and administration that were unpleasant and damaged the quality of education. The quality of education worsened during the transition to full on-line status during the advent of Covid. We understood some of the restrictions however, students also noticed that the administration did not present any student-centered solutions to the issues the restrictions caused. Some superficial gestures were made but were just that- superficial. I cannot in good conscience recommend SCNM until their culture changes and some people in faculty and administration are replaced. We need all ND schools to thrive and maintain their naturopathic principles. SCNM needs to maintain its naturopathic principles and create a student-centered naturopathic atmosphere. Its students need to realize that they hold the power to change and need to speak as one voice and be noticed."
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2020
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"I would not recommend this program to anyone seeking to become a doctor. From my opinion, the school is not equipping students to become anything more than dangerous with surface knowledge about a lot of topics. I recognized less than a handful of professors who are qualified to teach there and at a doctoral level. The curriculum is very poorly structured and does not utilize a systems-based approach, which I see as vital for learning medicine (see traditional medical school curriculums). At this time, most if not all students are admitted so long as admission requirements are met to ensure the lights are kept on. Some students who do not perform well are given more than their fair chance while others who should not be in the program for cheating are allowed to return. If you want to be a real doctor, goto a MD/DO program and focus on comparative, alternative medicine. Ensure a solid foundation, DO NOT GO HERE."
Dr. Nature
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2019
"Anyone gets in. It is extremely pricey for an education you could easily get online for free. The professors often times are extremely close minded, against vaccines, speak badly about conventional medicine, and recommend crazy unhealthy diets. Homeopathy is considered the be the best form of treatment at the school! Honestly, the other students are great and the community is a plus but the education is terrible."
SCNM student
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2019
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"A terrible program. Most the professors are terrible and they don't teach science just backwards opinions. Don't waste you money and time going there you will be disappointing. The american naturopathic medical certification board will provide a better education at 1/100 of the cost and you will still have all the same rights in most states."
Cody Banks
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2018
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"SCNM's naturopathic program is a hybrid allopathic/naturopathic philosophy. The program does teach you all the modalities of naturopathy but found more often times than not that it took the "reductionist" point of view. It also seems that it may having some financial difficulties b/c it is unable to retain professors in recent years that were very well liked by students. In contrast, the school does an excellent job at preparing their students for the NPlex and Board exams. Another observation is that their medical library closes too early compared to other institutions."
Charissa Bausch
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2017
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine is a wonderful school and has an excellent doctoral program for anyone wanting a degree in naturopathic medicine. I am currently a second-year student. This school has a rigorous curriculum and the professors instruct in a way that encourages students to learn and pursue knowledge outside of the classroom. The school has excellent clinical instruction and clinical opportunities for students. There are many clubs for students to join that aid them in networking and learning about topics within their field of interest."
Nicole Young
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2016
  • Degree: Holistic Medicine
"If you are considering becoming a naturopathic physician, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine is an excellent choice! The naturopathic scope of practice isn't the same in all states. Because SCNM is located in Arizona, students have the opportunity to study and be trained in all naturopathic therapeutic approaches, this isn't the case at the other 4 U.S. accredited naturopathic medical programs. The educational environment here is friendly; administrators treat students as valued customers. The curriculum is rigorous and professors hold us to high standards yet I feel supported academically and personally. We get 300 days of sunshine and there are plenty of outdoor activities to participate in all year round. I have visited 3 of the 5 accredited naturopathic programs in the U.S., one of which I attended for a year prior to attending SCNM; this is by far the best experience I have had! The morale here is so high and if you are looking for a family-oriented environment SCNM is the place to be."
Carmen Jones
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"This is a great ND school.The environment, faculty and staff are very supportive!"
Courtney Hawes
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I would say the major pros of my school are that it's a small, easily accessible campus, it's easy to meet people, there are many student organizations and trips, and the location of the school is great. One con of my school would be the high cost of attendance."
Lauren Sanchez
  • Reviewed: 4/21/2014
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"My graduate program is very dense which is a pro because I am learning the best medicine possible. Also there is a great body of students that are supportive. A con is the price of attendance and the lack of better technology."
Jacqueline Leone
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2013
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"They change things often at the school because its so innovative. Overall I would give them an 8/10 because of the structure of the program, however the program content, faculty, location, and clinical set up are very effective."
Crystal Asili
  • Reviewed: 12/22/2012
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"One of the greatest aspects of SCNM is the faculty and staff really have a strong desire to see every student succeed. As a student, you're not just a number; professors, deans and even the president take time to get to know you as an individual. The atmosphere is like being amongst close family. Cons? Well, one con I've noticed so far is that a few kinks still remain in the program's new curriculum. SCNM recently changed its curriculum about 2 years ago, so some classes (and class formats) are still relatively new. Fortunately, the professors and deans do actually invite the students' feedback, to get a good understanding of what's working and what still requires more tweaking. Overall, I am really enjoying SCNM. Coming here was definitely one of the better decisions I've made in my life. : )"