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History

From our inception, we've blended new ways of learning and teaching with timeless principles of naturopathic and conventional medicine.

Throughout the decades, our student body grew from its inaugural class of 42 to its current size exceeding 400. We remain committed to our founders’ vision of making the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine a force for change to help transform healthcare.

2016

  • SCNM hosts a VIP reception featuring Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya; Event Chair Mrs. Cindy McCain; and other distingushed guests as a part of Project C.U.R.E.’s exclusive event
  • The City of Tempe awards SCNM one of eight MLK Diversity Awards, an honor given to individuals and organizations deeply committed to diversity

2015

  • SCNM becomes the first naturopathic medical school to open a Student Veterans of America chapter among naturopathic medical schools nationwide, as well as among Arizona medical schools
  • SCNM carries out its first “Vis for Vets” Veterans Day celebration, hosted by Student Veterans of America chapter (SVA) with support from the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA)
  • SCNM hosts a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new Community Commons Building

2014

  • Total SCNM enrollment reaches a record 427 students
  • Campus expansion further progresses with interior design touches by Jain Malkin, known as one of the best healthcare designers in the world

2013

  • SCNM's community clinic opens at Adelante Healthcare Mesa
  • SCNM breaks ground on a new 47,000 sq. ft. new building which includes a teaching kitchen, healthy cafe, regenerative pain and rehabilitation center, expanded medicinary, state of the art classrooms and study space, exercise rooms and will expand our library four-fold

2012

  • SCNM expands partnership with Sojourner Center, the largest domestic violence center in the U.S., and opens a free community clinic at a second location

2011

  • Total SCNM enrollment reaches all-time high of 387 students

2010

  • SCNM launches the first major curriculum revision in the profession in decades, featuring early clinical experiences for students, systems-based basic sciences education, team-based learning and a field observation clinical program
  • SCNM is one of the first AANMC member schools to launch the profession's first centralized ND application system (NDCAS)
  • New SCNM Medical Center's grand opening in October
  • SCNM’s Vice President of Clinical and Academic Affairs, Dr. Christine Girard, is named American Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ Physician of the Year

2009

  • SCNM acquires a 42,000 square foot building adjacent to the college for the new on-campus medical center

2008

  • The SCNM Research Department partners with Arizona State University Biodesign Institute, the University of Arizona, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN)
  • The Doctoré Development Center (DDC) opens in memory of the late SCNM biomedical science faculty, Dr. Thomas Richards, offering academic support to students

2007

  • With generous philanthropic assistance, SCNM expands services and builds a beautiful new clinic at the Hamilton Elementary School
  • SCNM Residency Program was approved by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME)

2006

  • Drs. Jonci Jensen and Leila Turner found the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) to provide a voice for naturopathic medical students. NMSA serves as a conduit for interacting with students from other organizations including the American Medical Student Association
  • Dateline NBC airs “Autism: The Unorthodox Practice of Chelation” in which Jim Adams from Arizona State University with SCNM’s own Pediatric Department Chair, Dr. Matt Baral, design the first double-blinded, placebo-controlled study on chelation and autism

2005

  • AANP recognizes the SCNM Career Services Department for national lobbying efforts for naturopathic physicians

2004

  • The first Naturopathic Gathering is held at SCNM. The Naturopathic Gathering is a forum where students and doctors can come together to explore the heart of naturopathic medicine and learn from the elders in the profession
  • SCNM students found Naturopaths Without Borders (NWB), a non-profit, student-based organization offering naturopathic medical care in Mexico and underserved communities globally

2003

  • SCNM embarks on a major renovation and expansion of the main building with the addition of the Connors and Sullivan Biomedical Sciences Wing
  • Thorne Research makes a major donation towards the new SCNM Environmental Medicine Department
  • SCNM creates a residency in homeopathy, the first of its kind in the U.S.

2002

  • SCNM and Gaia Herbs receive a $2.2M grant from the NIH to study the plant echinacea from "soil to bedside"
  • SCNM opens a children's clinic at the Arthur M. Hamilton Elementary School in South Phoenix

2001

  • SCNM announces the opening of the SCNM Career Center, the first of its kind in naturopathic medical education
  • The SCNM Medical Center undergoes a renovation making it a green facility with all natural carpet fibers, recycled materials, and non-toxic paint and building materials

2000

  • SCNM is the first naturopathic medical school to utilize blackboard.com to post class notes, outlines and presentations online as well as chat rooms and bulletin boards for students
  • SCNM receives a generous donation from Dolisos, enabling SCNM to bring Dr. Stephen Messer to chair the Department of Homeopathy

1999

  • SCNM receives initial accreditation status with the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education

1997

  • Naturopathic medicine in Arizona hits a major milestone when CIGNA signs a contract covering naturopathic medical care for Maricopa County employees

1996

  • SCNM confers the degree of naturopathic physician on 31 individuals at the first graduation
  • SCNM relocates to the Tempe campus as a result of continuous growth in enrollment, faculty and staff

1994

  • SCNM research program established 
  • The SCNM Medical Center opens in Scottsdale, AZ

1993

  • SCNM opens its doors in Scottsdale, AZ, to 42 naturopathic medical students

1992

  • Founder Dr. Michael Cronin and co-founders Dr. Kyle Cronin, Dr. Konrad Kail, Dr. Dana Keaton, Dr. Hugh Hawk, and Deborah Mainville-Knight incorporate Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine