Program Prerequisites

Please note that the program prerequisites for 2017 have changed and will be reflected on the website after July 1, 2016.  If you are a prospective applicant for 2017, please email Allison Garris at for the 2017 program prerequisites.

Program Prerequisites

To be eligible for the ND program, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and all prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation into the ND program
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Prerequisite coursework must be taken in the last seven years from an accredited institution.
  • Students must receive a “C” at minimum in order for a course to count towards fulfilling a prerequisite

Science Prerequisites

(Only biochemistry may be taken online. All other science prerequisites must be taken in-person)

  • Biology – 6 semester hours, no labs required (Anatomy and Physiology I and II are strongly recommended)
  • Chemistry with labs – 12 semester hours and at least two labs. Three of the 12 semester hours must be in Biochemistry. The nine additional semester hours must be from three of the four courses listed here: General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, and Organic Chemistry II. At least one of these three courses must include a lab
  • Physics – 3 semester hours, no lab required
  • Recommended coursework: Microbiology with lab, Botany with lab, Genetics with lab, Statistics, Developmental Psychology, Medical Terminology

Non-Science Prerequisites

(Online courses accepted)

  • Communication/Language Skills – 6 semester hours and must include a composition/essay class. AP credit may be used
  • Psychology – 3 semester hours. AP credit may be used
  • Social Sciences or Humanities Electives –
    6 semester hours

Required Materials

  • Application and application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • Résumé
  • Three recommendation letters including one from a health care provider
  • Personal statement: In 500–750 words, detail why you are seeking this degree, how your background and experience prepared you for naturopathic medical school and a career as a naturopathic doctor, your future goals, and why you seek to pursue your degree through UB
  • An in-person interview
  • Background check required prior to clinical rotations