History of the College of Naturopathic Medicine

University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine history

University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine admitted its first class in 1997 as an integral part of a growing health sciences division devoted to the complementary health professions.

After an absence of more than half a century, naturopathic medical education had finally returned to the east coast. Early in the 20th century there were many naturopathic medical schools in the east; prominent among them,  Benedict Lust’s American School of Naturopathy in New York City and the Blumer College of Naturopathy in Hartford. With dramatic changes occurring in the medical profession, these schools closed by the middle of the century.

In the east, only the state of Connecticut maintained a licensing law for naturopathic physicians. With the reemergence of the naturopathic profession that began in the 1970’s, it was only natural that the first new eastern college of naturopathic medicine would be in Connecticut.

Now in its 14th year, UBCNM boasts a strong, vibrant community with dedicated staff and experienced faculty committed to excellence in education. Milestones along the way have included the graduation of the first class in 2001, accreditation by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and by the Council on Naturopathic Medical  Education. Today, the College has graduated more than 220 Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine.

Located on the shores of Long Island Sound, the  University provides its health sciences programs with  state-of-the-art educational resources and  on-site clinical  training facilities. With electronic medical records and data mining capabilities for clinical research implemented within recent years, UBCNM is poised to upgrade its clinical resources to bring cutting-edge clinical training to its students and remarkable healthcare to the greater community.