Naturopathic FAQs

How many applications do you receive each year? How many students are admitted?
UBCNM receives traditionally receives about 150 applications for our fall intake. UBCNM admits approximately a 40 student cohort for our fall term which begins in the month of August.

What is the educational background of a successful applicant?
All UBCNM matriculants must complete a baccalaureate degree. Successful applicants are expected to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater. This applies to both the overall GPA and the science based prerequisites. Academic majors vary widely, e.g.: Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Fine Arts, etc. Our program is a mix of students who have just completed their undergraduate degrees and those who are beginning a second career.

What is the cost/length of the ND program?
Visit Tuition and Financial Aid for full costs. The program is a minimum of four years at full-time status.  Students must complete the program in seven years.  Students will be in clinic during a portion of the summer and winter break at the conclusion of year two.

Why does the program run on a semester schedule?
Naturopathic Medical college curricula have become increasingly intense over the years. The 18-week semester allows greater retention of the material, which will become very important to the student when it comes time to take Board Examinations. Students use the free time in the summer to work and save money, vacation with family and friends, study for boards, or participate in research projects.

How much hands-on experience treating patients do ND students gain?
For at least the final two years of their medical program, students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals.

Can anyone with an ND degree practice naturopathic medicine anywhere, or do they have to obtain licensure in their own state or province?
Graduates from naturopathic medical schools are eligible to practice in any province or state in which they meet the licensing or state requirements set forth by that province or state. In the states and provinces where naturopathic medicine is licensed, ND graduates are required to pass rigorous professional board exams in order to be licensed as primary care general practice physicians. Only graduates from CNME accredited naturopathic medical schools are eligible to sit for the professional board exams in licensed states and provinces.

What is the accreditation system for naturopathic medical programs and schools?
The U.S. Department of Education grants accreditation for naturopathic medical colleges and universities. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) grants accreditation for naturopathic medicine programs within academic institutions.


Commencement 2016 – Undergraduate and Graduate @ Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The University of Bridgeport will be celebrating its 106th Commencement Ceremony in May. Conferral of Degrees for the undergraduate and graduate candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences, Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, College of Public and International Affairs, Physicians Assistant Institute and undergraduates in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene Degrees will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.

This venue will enable everyone to graduate together with family and friends present (rain or shine) and allow for wonderful photo opportunities (thanks to the tiered seating).

Commencement 2016 – Division of Health Sciences @ Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center
May 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Conferral of Degrees for the Division of Health Sciences’ graduate candidates from the Acupuncture Institute, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, Human Nutrition Institute, Institute, College of Chiropractic and College of Naturopathic Medicine Degrees will take place on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center, André and Clara Mertens Theater, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.

Discover the Acupuncture Institute @ UBAI
May 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come explore our University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute (UBAI) graduate level programs, including:
  • Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Herbology
  • Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine – NEW!

Students will have the opportunity to tour the UB Acupuncture Clinic, view a clinic demonstration, and speak with the Director of UBAI and Admissions. Topics covered will include the application process, scholarship opportunities, and how our program can work for you.

Register here!

Physician Assistant Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library, 6th Fl
May 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Students interested in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.

Register now:


Monday, May 16, 2016

Graduate Accepted Student Night @ Tower Room
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

During the event, admitted students will be able to:

• Connect with faculty and current graduate students
• Meet other accepted graduate students
• Finalize their enrollment at the University of Bridgeport

To RSVP, please email or call 203-576-4552.