Naturopathic Medicine, N.D. Admissions Information

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 with a “C” or better from an accredited institution.
  • Students must receive a “C” at minimum  in order for a course to count towards fulfilling a prerequisite

Science Prerequisites (Online courses are not accepted)

  • 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

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
  • Background check required prior to clinical rotations
  • Recommended coursework: Microbiology with lab, Botany with lab, Genetics with lab, Statistics, Developmental Psychology, Medical Terminology

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


Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:

  • July 1
  • Rolling admissions
  • Interviews begin in spring (January) for the following early fall (August) program start

Applicants to UBCNM must possess the intellectual, physical, and emotional means required to independently undertake the full curriculum, meet the levels of competency established by the faculty, and embark on a successful career in naturopathic medicine.  Candidates who require reasonable accommodations must nevertheless be able to demonstrate and perform the essential skills and capabilities listed below independently.  Use of a trained intermediary would require that the candidate’s judgment and knowledge be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation and may compromise present and future patient safety; accordingly such intermediary’s are ordinarily not permitted.  Admitted students with a disability have access to the Coordinator of Disability Services, who collaborates with administrative staff and faculty to arrange reasonable accommodations for courses and examinations.

  • Observation: The candidate must be able to visually observe demonstrations and experiments in the biomedical sciences, and to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.  Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation, enhanced by sense of smell and hearing.
  • Communication:  A candidate must be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity, and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications.  A candidate must be able to demonstrate effective and sensitive communication with patients, as well as effective and efficient oral and written English with all members of the health care team.
  • Motor:  Candidates must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic techniques. A candidate should be able to perform basic laboratory tests, re-position a patient, and conduct diagnostic and therapeutic procedures required for providing general patient care.
  • Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities:  A candidate must demonstrate critical thinking, sound judgment, analysis, reasoning, and synthesis, essential to the problem-solving skills demanded of physicians.  In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes: A candidate must possess the emotional maturity and stability required for full utilization of her/his intellectual abilities, in addition to demonstrating the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, instructors, and peers.  A candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that are assessed during the admissions and educational processes.

* Adapted from the American Association of Medical Colleges guidelines.

Computer Literacy

A candidate for admission to UBCNM is expected to have access to a reliable computer and be proficient with computer use.  While computers are available for student use in the Student Lounge and Wahlstrom Library, students will find it most helpful to have their own laptop computer.

  • A candidate whose native language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in reading, comprehension, oral, and written English.  The ability to communicate in English in a medical setting, using appropriate medical terminology and, specifically, the ability to understand the nuances in the language and to speak effectively are essential to fully participating and succeeding in the classroom and clinic.  Satisfying at least one of the requirements below ensures the student’s ability to take full advantage of the program and serve the outside community as practitioners.  Students whose first language is not English may also be required to take additional elective credits and/or training to improve their language skills.
    • Official TOEFL exam results of 213 on the computer-based test or 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT) score.
    • TSE score of 50 or greater. (Only students with paper-based or computer-based TOEFL exam scores will be required to complete this test).
    • Official IELTS exam results of 6.5 or higher.
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited US college or university.


Welcome Back Weekend 2015 @ University of Bridgeport Campus
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 11 @ 3:00 pm

Oct 09th 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Oct 10th 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Oct 11th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

University of Bridgeport Campus

Come show your Purple Knight Pride! 

Alumni, students, families, faculty, staff and friends of UB are all invited to come to campus for Welcome Back Weekend 2015!  Reconnect with old friends and rediscover the University of Bridgeport by attending one of many great events throughout the weekend!


Online registration is now closed. You can register in person at the Student Center (Knights End, ground level) on Saturday or at Marina Dining Hall on Sunday.

$20 for adults, $15 for students and children under 18, and free for students on a UB meal plan.

Your registration includes a free tee-shirt, continental breakfast and BBQ lunch on Saturday, and brunch at Marina Dining Hall on Sunday!  Also includes entry into events throughout the weekend (exceptions: UBCC Dinner, Athletics Hall of Fame, 5k). Pick up your shirt, lanyard, and more info at the Cox Student Center on Saturday and the Marina Dining Hall on Sunday.

Schedule of Events – See below for details or Download PDF

Friday, October 9

Saturday, October 10

Sunday, October 11

All events, locations, and times subject to change.

Hotel and Travel

The University of Bridgeport has arranged discounted rates at local hotels for anyone attending Welcome Back Weekend:

  • Holiday Inn – 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport: $89 room rate will be offered until 9/25/15. Call (203) 334-1234 and ask for the Welcome Back Weekend UB room block or make a reservation online (discounted rate is applied automatically).
  • The Marriott – 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull: $119 room rate will be offered until 9/18/15. Call (203) 378-1400 and ask for the University of Bridgeport room block


On Saturday, October 10, the University of Bridgeport shuttle will be making stops between campus, the Bridgeport train station, and the Holiday Inn downtown between 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and adding in a stop at Murphy’s Law beginning at 5:30 p.m. All shuttle services will conclude at 11 p.m. that evening.

Local Restaurants

  • Amici Miei Café
    957 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
    15% discount for Oct 9-11
    Reservation not needed but preferred (203) 540-5360
  • Two Boots
    281 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604
    15% discount for Oct 9-11
    Reservation not needed but preferred (203) 331-1377
  • Metric Bar and Grill
    39 Cannon St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
    10% discount for party of 6 or more
    Reservation not needed but preferred (203) 576-6903
  • Barnum Publick House
    1020 Broad St, Bridgeport, CT 06604
    10% discount for Oct 9-11
    Reservation not needed but preferred (203) 690-1044
  • Testo’s Restaurant & Catering
    1775 Madison Ave, Bridgeport, CT 0660
    10% off Oct 9/10 (closed Sundays)
    (203) 372-1627

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UBCC Luncheon – WBW 2015 @ Knights Field Tent
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
UBCC Luncheon - WBW 2015 @ Knights Field Tent | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States

Join fellow UBCC alumni, as well as faculty and staff, for a mid-day luncheon.


Online registration is now closed. You can register in person at the Student Center (Knights End, ground level) on Saturday or at Marina Dining Hall on Sunday.

UBCC Lectures for CEUs – WBW 2015 @ Chiro 100
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
UBCC Lectures for CEUs - WBW 2015 @ Chiro 100 | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States

Earn continuing education credits during two lectures:

1 – 3 p.m.,  Drs. Tim Bertlesman and Brandon Steele: Exceptional Outcomes! Resolving 7 Hidden Musculoskeletal Problems that Delay Recovery

4 – 6 p.m., Dr. Tim Bertlesman: Ligament Laxity
More info to be announced.


Online registration is now closed. You can register in person at the Student Center (Knights End, ground level) on Saturday or at Marina Dining Hall on Sunday.

Academic Open Houses
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Academic Open Houses

Join us on campus for various Academic Open Houses during Welcome Back Weekend! Revisit your old classrooms or learn about a new department. Volunteers will be on site Saturday between 2-4 p.m. to answer questions and give tours at the following locations:

  • Fones School of Dental Hygiene: Health Sciences Building (4th fl), 60 Lafayette Street
  • Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD): Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue
  • Student Entrepreneur Center of the Trefz School of Business: 250 Myrtle Avenue

There will also be a full day of events at the College of Chiropractic and an Engineering Carnival from 1-4 p.m.

UBCC Facilities Tours – WBW 2015 @ College of Chiropractic
Oct 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
UBCC Facilities Tours - WBW 2015 @ College of Chiropractic | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States

Learn about all of the great changes and improvements to the UB Chiropractic facilities on these special afternoon tours.


Online registration is now closed. You can register in person at the Student Center (Knights End, ground level) on Saturday or at Marina Dining Hall on Sunday.