Western States University Launches Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program

The new professional graduate program offers a comprehensive and individualized approach to health and well-being, integrating the principles of naturopathic medicine and functional medicine.

PORTLAND, Oregon., June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Western States University (UWS), an independent, not-for-profit health sciences university serving Portland since 1904, expands its strong academic offering with a new Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) program.

The UWS NMD program champions a holistic and individualized approach to health and wellness. The integration of functional medicine principles sets this program apart from other naturopathic medicine programs.

“Our new naturopathic medicine program is extremely exciting for the university, the Portland-region and our healthcare community,” said Dr. Marcia Prenguber, naturopathic physician, member of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology and dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at UWS. “Offering a holistic approach to medicine, our NMD program is designed to train future physicians in evidence-based natural healthcare while addressing body, mind and spirit, integrating the principles of medicine functional.”

An evidence-based and patient-centered approach
Naturopathic medicine and functional medicine are evidence-based, patient-centered approaches to achieving and maintaining health by optimizing function and addressing the root causes of dysfunction, not just suppressing symptoms. Functional medicine’s focus on biochemical and genetic individuality, as well as each patient’s diet, lifestyle, and nutrition, fits well with the full range of assessments and treatment modalities. of naturopathic medicine.

Increase in demand and shortage of primary care physicians expected
“Doctors of naturopathic medicine are trained as primary care physicians and have established primary care designation in a number of jurisdictions,” Prenguber said. “The need for whole-person primary care services will continue to grow. Western States University is uniquely positioned for integration and collaboration with our new and established programs.” Learn more about naturopathic medicine and career paths here.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicts a shortage of 21,100 to 55,200 primary care physicians by 2032. The US Census Bureau reports that the number of people over age 65 will increase by 48% by the same year, which will stimulate the demand for first aid. Additionally, census data indicates that one-third of all currently active physicians will be in retirement as the population ages.

A learning community
The UWS NMD program is a 14-term doctoral program, taught throughout the year. Students can complete the program in three and a half years. The UWS will offer the NMD program to its dynamic and ultra-modern campus in Northeast Portland. The program includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and pharmacology to provide graduates with a wide range of modalities and procedures for the clinical care of patients. The curriculum is delivered in a hybrid format that embodies a community of learning through synchronous online delivery and in-person instruction, with clinical skills reinforced by in-person laboratory experiences.

Live information webinar on Thursday, June 16, 2022
Register for a live webinar at Thursday June 16 at 3:00 p.m. PDT to find out what sets this program apart as a leader in healthcare education. Visit the UWS Naturopathic Medicine website to learn more.

About Western States University
Western States University designs and delivers evidence-based curricula that encompass the science and art of health care, establishing a solid foundation and competitive advantage in preparing professionals for clinical practice. The UWS is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit independent higher education institution dedicated to improving the health and well-being of society through its educational programs, research, and clinical services. Founded in 1904, the institution is recognized worldwide for excellence in teaching the health professions. Students at Western States University pursue an array of academic programs, including:

  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
  • doctor of chiropractic
  • Doctor of Clinical Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine
  • Master of Science in Sports Medicine
  • Master of Science in Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Doctor of Education in Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

The institution sponsors approved continuing education programs for licensed healthcare professionals. UWS is a founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, an organization designed to advance integrative health care through education, research, patient care, and advocacy. To learn more about Western States University and its academic programs, visit uws.edu.

SOURCE University of the Western States (UWS)

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