As one of the premier ND schools in the country, SCNM is situated in the Valley of the Sun in beautiful Arizona. The city of Scottsdale (just 5 minutes from SCNM) was recently named one of the top 10 healthiest cities in the U.S. It’s no wonder then, that so many Valley residents are eager to preserve their health with a visit to a naturopathic doctor. Read on to learn why SCNM students and alumni love living in Arizona!
Wide Scope of Practice
When it comes to practicing naturopathic medicine, Arizona has one of the widest scopes of practice in the country. As an ND in Arizona, you will be able to utilize treatment modalities such as acupuncture, physical medicine, minor surgery, IV nutrient therapy, prescription pharmaceuticals and the full array of natural therapeutics that you are taught here at SCNM. The possibilities are endless.
Vibrant, Supportive Community
Arizonans are a friendly bunch, and even though Phoenix is a big city, the people are generally relaxed, warm, and open to new ideas. There is a vibrant, multi-cultural environment in Phoenix, with many outdoor cultural, music and food festivals held throughout the year.
Plenty of Sunshine and Outdoor Activities
With nearly 300 days of sunshine per year, Phoenix is an outdoor lover’s mecca. The Valley of the Sun is surrounded by mountains, making it a great area for hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking (yes, we even have rivers and lakes!). As a busy medical school student, that vitamin D is so important!
Health Conscious Community
It seems that new healthy and veg-friendly restaurants, yoga studios, and farmer’s markets are popping up all the time. Along with that, there is definitely a growing demand for NDs as more and more people seek out holistic therapies.
With many people choosing to leave the cold climates of other parts of the U.S. and Canada for sunny Arizona, we have a growing baby boomer and retiree population who are willing to spend money on naturopathic medicine and integrative healthcare. As a naturopathic doctor, you can have a thriving career AND make a difference in people’s lives.
Cost of Living
Despite being the 5th largest city in the U.S., Phoenix is an amazingly affordable place to live compared with other cities that have ND programs. As a medical school student in Phoenix, you’ll have to budget your money, but spending an evening out at dinner or a cultural event won’t have to break the bank. With a thriving job market, low cost of living, and plenty of free ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, Phoenix is the perfect place to begin your journey to a rewarding career as an ND!