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The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine is a naturopathic medical college located in Tempe, Arizona that teaches naturopathic medicine and acupuncture/oriental medicine. The college is accredited by the North-Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. [1]


SCNM offers a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), a Masters of Public Health in conjunction with the University of Arizona and a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine through the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. The college offers non-degree courses and, unlike other naturopathic colleges, they teach the human body by system, like conventional medical schools. Courses in the ND program include but are not limited to: human biology 1,2 and 3, clinical practice, oriental medicine, homeopathy and botanical medicine, to name a few. There are naturopathic residencies offered through various clinics in Arizona and around the country. [2]


The college has conducted research into botanical's and it is unlikely to produce results. One area of research is botanical medicine boosting vaccines and another is antibacterial botanical medicines.

Mission and core values[edit]


To embrace the healing power of nature

Mission Statement

SCNM is a school of medicine and health sciences grounded in naturopathic principles. Dedicated to the ideal that everyone deserves high-quality healthcare, we engage students in rigorous, innovative academic programs, discover and expand knowledge, and empower individuals and communities to achieve optimal health.

Core Values

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork

As per the SCNM website.[3]


The only type of residencies are in primary care practice, which is controversial considering that the medical community regards naturopathic medicine as pseudoscience. However in the state of Arizona ND's have full rights as doctors and can prescribe medications and preform minor surgery. Residencies also include acupuncture and oriental medicine in practice. [4]


SCNM offers medical clinics on and off campus, they include regular naturopathic care, HIV/AIDS care, addiction support, and one for abused women and children. [5]

  • The Medical Center-

This clinic is on campus and is available to students as well as the general public. This clinic has 27 exam rooms, four hydrotherapy labs, two physical medicine rooms, an IV therapy suite, two acupuncture rooms, a diagnostic lab and a medicinary which gives out natural medicine substances. [6]

  • Adelante Healthcare-

Adelante provides pediatric care in an integrative healthcare context, treatments range from conventional medical care (aka Allopathic medicine) and Naturopathic medicine. [7]

  • Changing Lives-

Changing Lives is a center for drug addicts, treatments include: Acupuncture, Homeopathy, and Physical Medicine. Changing Lives is ran by Phoenix Rescue Mission which is described as a, "Christ-centered services for men, women and children who are struggling with homelessness, drug addiction and trauma". This is the type of institution for you if you want a mixture of religious preaching and pseudoscience for your drug addiction! [8]

  • Hamilton Elementary Clinic-

Located at the Arthur M. Hamilton Elementary in Phoenix, Arizona's Murphy School District that provides useless naturopathic treatments to poor people who cannot afford medical treatment at actual medical offices. The supervising "physician" is a naturopathic practitioner. [9]

  • Mission of Mercy-

Mission of Mercy is a mobile "medical" clinic for people who have a low income and is the only source of medical care for many in the Phoenix area. While Naturopaths work at this clinic there are actual medical doctors on staff who provide real medical treatments. [10]

  • River Source-

River Source is a naturopathic clinic for those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction while focusing on the, "Mind, Body and Spirit". Treatments include: Detox, nutritional IV's and counseling in hopes of helping people with addiction. [11]

  • Sojourner Center-

Said to be the largest domestic abuse shelter in the United States, this clinic actually offers real medical care (prescription medication, lab testing, and diagnostic imaging) as well as Naturopathic medical care such as supplements. Common conditions among the residents include- Depression, Insomnia, Common Cold, Influenza and Back Pain. [12]

  • Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS-

The Southwest Center is billed as a research and resource center for those with HIV/AIDS, treatments mentioned are lifestyle counseling, acupuncture, cupping and physical medicine. The center is also billed as a Biomedical research lab. [13]

  • World Addiction and Health Institute-

Like River source, the World Addiction and Health Institute provides naturopathic medical care for drug and alcohol addicts. The institute was founded by SCNM alumni Dr. David Arneson and on the plus side, treatment is free to the community. Treatment includes: Nutritional IV therapy to increase electrolyte balance, help the body absorb nutrients, Re-hydration and give vitamins. This therapy method seems like a good idea but it (probably) would be best done by a licensed M.D or D.O as their medical training is superior to Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine. [14]

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