Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences Reviews

  • 11 Reviews
  • Tempe (AZ)
0% of 11 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 11 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • 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. : )"