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From the Office of the President

Dear SCNM Medical Students, 

I am writing to share Campus reopening plans for the Summer Quarter. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine students should plan to spend some of their time on Campus. 

Campus reopening must fulfill SCNM’s educational mission and protect the health of students, staff, faculty and patients. This is particularly important given the likelihood of increased Arizona COVID-19 cases. This requires 1) limiting the number of people on campus to maintain adequate social distancing; 2) maintaining sufficient personal protective equipment supplies; and 3) additional cleaning and sanitizing. To meet these objectives the planned Summer 2020 schedule is a hybrid model. Here is an overview:  

- Didactic courses will be taught online  
- Selected laboratory sections will be held on campus  
- ND student clinical rotations will have a limited on-campus component for in-person patient appointments  
- Lab and didactic sections of courses have been separated.  This allows greater flexibility for students in case of absences, and to quickly adapt in case of changes in public health policy.

More details regarding lab sections and clinic rotations are forthcoming. This model and schedule may change should there be a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

We can all be proud of SCNM’s faculty and staff, whose efforts and accomplishments over the past two months were extraordinary. With little notice, faculty and the Department of Academic Affairs moved 96 Naturopathic Medicine courses, 33 labs and 57 clinical clerkships to a virtual format, and transitioned patient care and clinical education to telemedicine. Kudos!!!

SCNM’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine students have been equally amazing. The online format required students to adapt to a new learning model amid the pandemic, layering more stress atop the expected rigors of medical school. I am confident you will draw upon this flexibility and resilience throughout your careers to solve patients’ health problems, and to stay current in a rapidly evolving healthcare system.  

The College’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic has deeper roots – in the development of the online Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Investing in, and incorporating instructional design, technology upgrades, and best practices in online pedagogy including an online Course Development Training Series significantly benefitted the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program’s online pivot. Similarly, the recent implementation of a new EMR system – eClinical Works – transformed the Medical Center’s telemedicine capabilities via a patient portal and mobile access.

Although no one anticipated this new Summer Quarter format a few months ago, SCNM stands poised to achieve excellence, even in the face of this pandemic. SCNM’s Learning Specialist, CARE team, Dean of Students, and Federal Work Study course moderators are developing innovative ways to support student learning in this new environment. Thank you to the Departments of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs for leading this initiative. Stay tuned for additional details in the coming days.

Yours in health,

Paul Mittman, ND, EdD



The information from the CDC and AZDHS regarding COVID-19 is always being updated.  The needs of the campus population may also change. Therefore, all decisions made are subject to change.
This FAQs section was last updated April 13, 2020.



Q: Are there any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at SCNM? 
A: No. 

Q: What steps have been taken to monitor the health of those still on campus?
A: We have instituted a daily wellness screen for all employees who are on campus. Until further notice, all employees working on campus are required to check-in when they arrive and pass a health screen for the day.

Q: Will there be any reductions in the workforce or pay? 
A: There are no planned changes to the workforce at this time 

Q: Is the Campus closing? 
A: While the campus is still open to students, faculty and staff – most campus services are only being offered remotely.  Students who require assistance or appointments are encouraged to make video/phone counseling or advising appointments.  Some offices may have adjusted hours of operation: We are limiting public access at this time (with the exception of patients).

Q: Are campus buildings open? 
A: All college buildings, with exception of the Medical Center are closed to the public. Only employees whose offices are in those buildings - or employees providing support to those whose offices are in those buildings - will be permitted inside.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about COVID-19 at SCNM? 
A: Questions about SCNM’s response to COVID-19 should be sent to Dr. Stephanie Seitz (s.seitz@scnm.edu)

Q: What services will still be available on campus for students who come to campus? 
A: All Student Services and Business Services are now only being offered remotely.  Some offices have new adjusted hours. See "Facilities, Student Services & Business Services Hours" Library services will be by appointment only and Printing Scanning and Faxing will be limited. “See Library Access and Printing”


Q: May I use the resources in the Library? 
A: The Library is accessible by appointment only between 9:30am and 3:30pm weekdays, for 15 minutes up to 3 hours. Also, there will be a 7 person limit in the Library simultaneously at any given time, spread out in the 7 key areas of the Library. Students, Faculty and Staff may now set up appointment times directly through the Library: library@scnm.edu  

Q: How do I check out a book? 
A: You do not need to make an appointment to only check out a book, just if you plan on staying in the library. Please find the book you are looking for in the Library Catalog and send that information to reserve it to the Library Help Desk. They will hold it for only 1 day before it is returned to circulation.

Q: How do I return a book? 
A: No need to enter any buildings or get a health check screening. Simply drop it off in the brown Library Book Drop Box outside the east side of the Academic Building.

Q: How do I print, scan or copy? 
A: Please use the printer on the second floor of the Medical Center building if only performing these actions. If you wish to do that as part of a library visit, please make an appointment with the Dean of Students office for Library access.

Q: May I use the Study rooms or other open areas of the campus? 
A: Due to health concerns during this pandemic, access to building on campus are limited to specific areas only. Study areas are not accessible currently.

Q: What if I have other concerns or needs not identified? 
A: Please contact the Library: library@scnm.edu for assistance.

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All hours are in MST unless otherwise noted

IT Support
Monday - Friday - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Remote support available for faculty, staff,  and students.

Monday - Friday - 7:00AM - 7:00PM
Weekends - 7:00AM - 5:00PM

Bene Plates Cafe is currently closed.

Business Office Starting effective: March 23, 2020
Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 10:00AM
Friday - 8:00 AM - 10:00AM

Advising and Engagement
Monday – Friday – 8:00AM – 12:00PM (office hours), 12:30PM - 4:30PM (remote)
Phone Appointments are encouraged

Monday - Friday - 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Academic Department
Monday - Friday - 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Career Services
Monday – Friday – 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Appointments Only

Financial Aid Office
Monday - Friday - 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Available via phone, Skype, or Zoom.

Human Resources
Monday – Friday – 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Online, email, and phone
All new-hire on-boarding via Zoom. We are working remotely with full access to email and critical files. We have our desk phones forwarded to our cellphones. We will be onsite as needed with no specific hours or days.

Learning Specialist
Monday – Friday – 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Additional appointments are available after posted hours by request. Please contact the Learning Specialist for arrangements.

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Q: Are the clinics open? 
A: SCNM Medical Center and Neil Riordan Center are open to the public. The Medical Center is also offering telemedicine appointments. However, the Medicinary is not open to the public, but is offering phone orders/curbside pickup and shipping options to customers.

Q: Are any restrictions being placed on patients? 
A: Medical Center and Neil Riordan Center patients must call and complete an assessment questionnaire with the front desk prior to entry. Any Medical Center patients who are showing symptoms of illness must enter the "Sick" side of the Medical Center (east door, closest to parking garage). Well patients and immune compromised patients are to enter from the "Well" side of the Medical Center (normal entrance).To decrease risks, we are limiting the amount of non-essential visitors inside our clinics. A caregiver is permitted to accompany but otherwise, we are asking for all visits to be patients only.

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Q:  Will ND seniors still graduate and receive a diploma at the end of Spring quarter? 
A: Yes, seniors who meet all graduation requirements will receive a diploma. 

Q: What is the impact on ND classes and ND clinic rotations? 
A: Spring ND 2020 Quarter classes will be online. Classroom laboratory sessions will be addressed on an individual basis – some will be online; others may be rescheduled to the summer quarter. The expected return-to-campus date will be Monday, July 6, for the start of the summer quarter. 

Q: As an ND student, what if I don’t have the technological support or equipment at home to participate in alternative modes of learning?
A: Information Technology Services will provide a way for members of the SCNM community to request support. The SCNM Library is open for students who do not have reliable internet access at home. 

Q: How will labs and performances required for credit be completed?
A: The V.P. of Academics and the Dean of Naturopathic Medicine will work with faculty on how to best deliver the curriculum.  Students in labs will be notified by the faculty member on methods for completing lab requirements. Each lab is being individually assessed and will be outlined by faculty in the course syllabus .  Please wait to send course specific questions until after updated syllabi are posted.

Q: What library resources are available for students?  
A: The SCNM Library is open and available for students. See "Facilities, Student Services & Business Services Hours" 

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Q: Is ND New Student Orientation still scheduled to occur?
A: ND New Student Orientation is still scheduled for Monday March 30 – Friday, April 3rdND Orientation will now be held exclusively online.  Incoming Spring 2020 ND students will receive an email from SCNM’s IT Department with instructions on logging into their new SCNM.edu email account as well as technical  requirements necessary to participate in Online Orientation.

Q: Do I need to show up physically to campus before classes start?
A: No. You do not need to come to campus.  As a new student however, you will need to log into Online Orientation and complete all necessary components, including registration forms and materials.  Once classes begin online, we will also confirm attendance (log ins, participation) in compliance with Title IV.

** Title IV: Financial Aid and Goverment Assistance

Q: Will my student financial aid disbursement be interrupted?
A: No, financial aid disbursements will continue as planned for the Summer quarter and be available on Friday July 10th upon enrollment verification.

Q: Can I pick come to campus and pick up my check in person? 
A: Yes, students on financial aid may pick up their disbursement check in the Business Office located on the third floor of the Medical Center/Administration Building. Please note, the Business Office has limited hours during this time. See "Facilities, Student Services & Business Services Hours" tab. 

Q: I’d rather not come to campus, can I sign up for Direct Deposit to receive my financial aid check?
A: Yes, please contact BusinessServices@scnm.edu for information on signing up for direct deposit with SCNM.

Q: What if I am experiencing expenses and financial challenges as a result of Covid-19?
A: SCNM has received the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act, providing grants to students who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Students are encouraged to submit the SCNM CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund application, an email has been provided to enrolled students with information and deadlines regarding the application process. For more information regarding the emergency grants, you may contact Racquel Welch-Perez at r.welch-perez@scnm.edu or Ana Borjas at a.borjas@scnm.edu. To learn more about the SCNM Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, click here.  

** International Students

Q: Can nonimmigrant students participate in online classes?
A: SEVP is committed to remaining flexible in allowing schools to make temporary procedural adaptations so nonimmigrant students can continue to make normal forward progress in their program of study. They can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country, in light of COVID-19. SEVP will provide updated guidance as additional information concerning the scope and length of this situation becomes clearer.

Q: Can nonimmigrant students participate in online classes from outside the U.S. and still maintain their nonimmigrant status?
A: Yes, nonimmigrant students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country, in light of COVID-19. SEVP will provide updated guidance as additional information concerning the scope and length of this situation becomes clearer. More information can be found here, PDF

Q: Will students be able to return to the United States if they are continuing their studies outside of the country as a result of COVID-19?
A: Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, nonimmigrant students should refer to their local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and CDC websites both provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.Back to FAQs Menu


Q: How can I work from home from a tech standpoint? 
A: Most SCNM employees have been assigned SCNM laptops.  These laptops are configured to allow you to work from anywhere – you only need an Internet Connection.  You can access Outlook (email, calendar, etc.) using the Outlook client on your computer or over the web at http://365.scnm.edu.  Faculty members can access Canvas (where applicable) at http://canvas.scnm.edu 
Your office phone voicemail can be forwarded to your SCNM email account – please contact the IT Department to facilitate this.  This alerts you to new voicemails via your email account – you can listen to the email attachment and call the person back.  Using a free app called Google Voice, you can forward your calls to a local (480 area code) number that  runs as an app on your IOS or Android phone.  When you make calls using this app, your real mobile number is hidden in the recipient Caller ID – it is replaced with the Google Voice number.  Contact the IT Department for assistance. 

Q: Since students will not be returning to campus for several weeks, do I still have to come to work? 
A: All employees should continue to report to work, whether that is remote or in person. If you are unsure whether you should report to work, please contact your manager.

Q: What considerations are being made for staff who are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19? 
A: If you cannot perform your work duties from home, your manager and human resources will work with you to evaluate your situation and explore potential solutions. 

Q: Will there be reductions in workforce or pay? 
A: Staff will continue to work their scheduled hours and receive regular base pay. Opportunities for overtime work may be impacted. Any changes to your schedule will be communicated by your manager.

Q: Will my benefits be affected? 
A: There will be no changes to college benefit plans.

Q: What if I become ill with COVID-19 and my sick time accrual is already depleted or becomes depleted during my time off? 
A: Employees who have depleted their sick leave balances will have the ability to take additional sick time as needed without penalty. For other health-related absences, employees should follow regular procedures for using their sick time and requesting a leave of absence.

Q: What if I exhibit symptoms or suspect I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19? 
A: Refer to CDC guidelines. Inform your manager of the situation and do not come to work until you have been cleared by a medical provider.

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Q: How is the college planning for a potential outbreak of COVID-19? 
A: The college’s response to COVID-19 is being led by the Covid Response Team which is meeting daily to set policies for and issue operational guidance to the SCNM community in response to the disease. 

Q: What should I do if I think I have COVID-19? 
A: According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from an area affected by COVID-19, please follow the guidance below. Do not go in person to any medical provider without first speaking to medical staff over the phone for advice. 

Q: What should students, faculty and staff do to minimize the risk of transmitting the disease on campus? 
A: The college strongly recommends following CDC prevention guidelines, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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Traveling from Level 3 or High-Risk Areas
For all students and employees that have traveled since March 1st and who plan to travel in the foreseeable future:

  • Employees and students who are coming back from high-risk areas are required to self-monitor. If you become symptomatic, you are required to self-isolate and should contact your health care provider. High-risk areas are defined as the following:  
    • Travel by cruise ships. 
    • Any air travel regardless if domestic or international. 
    • Travel by any means to Washington State, New York City, California, Florida or London. 
  • Please direct staff concerns to Human Resources 
  • Please direct student concerns to the Dean of Students 
  • Please direct faculty concerns to the Interim Dean of Naturopathic Medicine 

*Level 3 countries and areas >currently include: China, South Korea, Iran, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City. This list may continue to grow, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for the most up to date listings.

Break Week

While on break, if you are exhibiting any flu-type symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, do not travel. Please stay home, seek medical care, and avoid contact with others. We will work with you to address your courses and rotations, as possible. We are currently working on several alternatives so that all students can continue learning during this period.  

If you feel that you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 while on your travels, please follow the CDC’s recommended guidance for exposure the virus. Seek out professional help and practice social distancing (at least 6 ft from others), to determine your best treatment plan for overcoming this virus. 

International students:  Individuals who travel to highly affected areas will be required to self-quarantine and may not return to classes until the potential incubation period has passed. If you travel internationally and become ill, SEVIS advises you to not return to the United States until you are able to re-enroll in courses.  If this should occur, please contact SCNM’s designated student officer (DSO) Melissa Winquist 480.222.9218 or m.winquist@scnm.edu as soon as possible. 

SCNM Now Prohibiting College-Funded Domestic Travel 

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the U.S., cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. The CDC has noted that crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19. With this in mind, the college is now prohibiting all college-funded travel within the U.S. and internationally.   

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All events on any SCNM campus or in any SCNM building that are not directly related to the educational or research mission of the college are canceled in order to limit the community spread of COVID-19. Before attending a previously scheduled event on the SCNM campus or in a SCNM building, please check with the event organizer or look for an update online.  
Q: Will Spring (July) ND Graduation be held?  
A: Spring graduation ceremony will not be held in the traditional in-person format on June 20, 2020. SCNM will present 2 options for our graduating ND students. Graduates may attend a special SCNM graduation ceremony online this summer and/or attend the in-person graduation ceremony in December 2020. Graduating students will receive additional details soon. 

Research Night (March 13, 2020) - POSTPONED
Discovery Day (April 18, 2020) - POSTPONED
White Coat Ceremony (March 28, 2020) - POSTPONED
Spring ND Graduation (June 20, 2020) - VIRTUAL

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Archived Announcements

From the Office of the President

Dear SCNM Medical Students, Faculty and Staff,

Over the weekend I learned that a dear friend and longtime SCNM supporter is in ICU fighting for his life. I pray every day for him and the nearly 2 million people stricken by COVID-19. Just as important, I pray that our personal, organizational, and national sacrifice efforts succeed in taming this pandemic. Thankfully, social distancing and other public health measures are slowing the rate of infection.

In order to protect the health of the SCNM Community, the entire spring quarter will be held online – all classes will continue to use Canvas, Zoom and other technologies; patient care and clinic rotations will continue via telemedicine and essential in-person care on private shifts. Classroom laboratory sessions will be addressed on an individual basis – some will be online; others may be rescheduled to the summer quarter. The expected return-to-campus date will be Monday, July 6, for the start of the summer quarter. More details to follow.

Additionally, in an abundance of caution, the Spring graduation ceremony will not be held in the traditional in-person format on June 20, 2020. SCNM will present 2 options for our graduating ND students. Graduates may attend a special SCNM graduation ceremony online this summer and/or attend the in-person graduation ceremony in December 2020. Graduating students will receive additional details soon. 

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of faculty, staff and of students, SCNM is successfully responding to this unprecedented public health crisis and fulfilling its mission. As a school of medicine and health sciences, SCNM is helping fight this pandemic by practicing social distancing, caring for the sick and keeping others well, conducting research on the novel Coronavirus, and training a new generation of naturopathic physicians and nutritionists.

Today begins the second of the spring quarter’s 11 weeks. Together we will continue to deploy our considerable skills, creativity, and resilience with open communication to succeed in navigating these uncharted waters. Thank you for each of your contributions in this extraordinary time.

Yours in health,

Paul Mittman, ND, EdD

From the Office of the President

With break week beginning today, I’ve focused this email on your personal well-being. Please use this week to rest and restore your health reserves.

What a sharp contrast between the hectic pandemic news cycles and the eerie experience of empty streets, closed businesses and cancelled events! It offers us the gift of slowing our lives, thoughts and activities to strengthen our determinants of health – healthy and simple food, quality sleep, movement, the experience and appreciation of nature.

To me, the most important of the determinants of health, is connecting with the people we cherish in as personal a way possible. Rather than relying solely on social media to track their whereabouts and well-being, we have more time to call or video chat with family and friends to say hello, ask how they are doing, wish them well. Say, “I love you.” These three words unleash the healing power of nature – the Vis Medicatrix Naturae.

The number of cases in Arizona is still growing, with a peak still a few weeks away. If you need anything, please reach out. Dean Donnelly, Racquel Welch-Perez, Jill Drowne are available. They will either address your questions or direct you to the best resource – whether for academics, healthcare, or mental health.

Please note that the campus is open during the break, with limited access, for students who need to use the internet, a computer, or library resources. However, we do ask that you get a quick health screening in the Medical Center before you access any buildings, you practice social distancing, and only come to campus if absolutely required.

Someday, years or decades from now, someone will ask what you were doing during the great 2020 pandemic. You will reply, “I was in medical school, beginning my career as a naturopathic physician to help others heal.” Thank you for choosing to become a naturopathic physician, and for beginning your career at SCNM.


Yours in health,

Paul Mittman, ND, EdD

From the Office of the President

Dear SCNM Medical Students,

I am writing to share with you my decision regarding final examinations. Please read this entire email for a full understanding.

The upcoming scheduled final examinations for Winter 2020 are optional. Please note some courses will still be requiring a final exam. These include courses where the large majority of the points are based on the final exam score AND courses with currently open final exams or activities where some students have already completed the exam/activity. 

What does this mean to each of you?

  • If you are satisfied with the grade you currently have in the course, without the final exam calculated in, you do not need to take the final exam.
  • If you are not satisfied with your current grade you can take the final to try to raise your grade.
  • If you take the final, you accept the outcome of that decision. Meaning, if it brings your course grade up, fine. If your course grade goes down, it does not revert to your original (pre-final exam) grade
  • If you do not plan on sitting for your final exam, please do not open the exam.  If you are unable to attend your exam date and time for an excused reason but still wish to sit for the final exam, please communicate with your course instructor. If you open the exam in Canvas, you have opted in and are then committed to completing the final.  Do not open the exam if you are opting out.
  • All exams will be offered at the days and times currently posted.
  • All exams will still be online. If you have internet issues, please take your exam in the SCNM library or in one of the study pods in the CC. Note – we will only allow one student per pod.
  • Your course instructor will announce via Canvas or email when all (pre-final) course assignments and exams have been graded as well as any additional specifics related to your course.
  • Please remember you have resources in your Learning Specialist and Academic Advisor and reach out if you need support.

This decision isn’t perfect, but I believe in my heart and mind that it is in everyone’s best interest. We tried to be as inclusive as possible although clearly there is no one solution that will fit all. The option for students satisfied with their current grades to opt out of finals, provides more breathing room to recover from the mental and physical exertions of the past 11 weeks and build up reserves and resilience for the Spring Quarter which will begin on Monday, April 6th.

As future naturopathic physicians in training you know that good health includes one’s ability to respond to changing environments and maintain balance – in other words, homeostasis. Likewise, a medical school must make the best decisions to adjust to changing dynamics and balance the need for academic assessment, rigor and consistency with the equally important need to preserve the physical and mental health of our students, and faculty and staff.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted societies globally, with new revelations and data necessitating decisions to be refined and recalibrated daily. I understand and I’m sorry that this degree of uncertainty has increased stress for many students. That is why I am making this decision to bring the Winter Quarter to a close in such an unprecedented manner. I honor your commitment to becoming naturopathic physicians, and I thank you for your understanding and resourcefulness.

Yours in health,
Paul Mittman, ND, EdD

From the Office of the President

Dear SCNM Community,

I am writing to share two important and timely announcements:

  1. Final Examinations for the Winter Quarter will be offered online from Tuesday, March 24 to Friday, March 27th. Faculty have done a heroic job converting their exams to the Canvas learning management system. However, some critical technology pieces are not in place (they will be functional next Monday). I appreciate your understanding and your ability to adapt to this schedule change. We will do everything possible to have a final exam schedule reflecting next week’s exam times posted to MySCNM tomorrow.

  2. Starting tomorrow and for the next two weeks, students hereby can opt in or opt out of clinic rotations. We made this decision with input from the University of Arizona School of Medicine, the American Association of Medical Colleges, and from other Naturopathic Medical Schools. Over the next week SCNM’s COVID-19 Response Team will explore options for the Spring Quarter, which begins on April 6th. We have multiple responsibilities to 1) protect our students, staff, faculty and patients, 2) engage in social distancing to help flatten the COVID-19 curve, reducing peak incidence, and 3) ensure that SCNM medical students fulfill their clinical training requirements for graduation.

For Week 11 (March 18-20): Students opting out of attending shift in person will be required to attend virtually via telephone to earn clinic hours. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide patient contacts for virtual clinical education. Students opting out will need to contact their attending physicians. The attending physicians may contact Dr. Bain for managing virtual clinical education. If faculty do not feel they have enough student attendance to care for their current patient load, they will need to contact Debbie Ickes to reschedule patients and contact Dr. Bain to possibly provide additional student or resident support. We are currently determining how to handle students who opt out of break weeks.

Clinical Faculty and staff at the Medical Center, Neil Riordan Center, and Community Clinics, have implemented precautions following CDC and ADHS guidelines for healthcare practitioners and healthcare facilities. As a further precaution, only SCNM physicians will care for patients who present with symptoms indicating acute infection. These and other steps notwithstanding, any student who feels safer opting out of a clinic rotation can do so during the break weeks and the remainder of this week. Meanwhile, SCNM’s IT Department is working to operationalize the patient portal in eClinicalWorks, which will open more opportunities for telemedicine visits.

Our physicians, students and staff play a vital role in the health of thousands of patients receiving care at the Tempe Campus Centers, and at SCNM Community Clinics. Please be patient as we seek the best way in this challenging time to balance our mission to provide quality healthcare with the imperative to protect the health and wellbeing of the SCNM Community. Thank you.

Yours in health,

Paul Mittman, ND, EdD


From the Office of the President

Dear SCNM Community,

Please note the following four updates:

1) This evening, SCNM’s COVID-19 Task Force met and unanimously agreed to move all final examinations online. No exams will be offered Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17. New exam times will be posted by end of the day Tuesday, March 17 to Canvas and will also be emailed to you. Previously scheduled online exams March 18 and beyond will retain their exam period and due dates.

Faculty members have already been preparing to teach Spring Quarter classes online - which we are preparing to do. In addition, they worked over the last several days to put their Winter Quarter final examinations online. Given the magnitude of converting all the examinations, we are extending the Final exam period to two weeks (through Friday March 27). I realize that for some this will be an inconvenience. However, these are extraordinary times that require each of us to rise up to our highest selves, which will include personal accommodations and sacrifice.

2) Patient care and clinical rotations will continue as scheduled, with the extra precautions implemented over the past two weeks (and more to come). If you are a student and consider yourself in a high-risk group for complications due to COVID-19, please reach out to Dean Donnelly. Faculty and staff please contact Dr. Mitchell or your supervisor (respectively).

3) The College will be as flexible as possible to accommodate potential disruptions in people’s schedules due to school and daycare closures. Please alert the appropriate individual if you are affected - Dean Donnelly for students, Dr. Mitchell for Faculty, and the supervisor for staff. Staff and Faculty are expected to work.  This could be on site, or if necessary, via telecommuting.  Please speak with your supervisor to make the appropriate arrangements to accommodate your circumstances. 

4) Quarter 8 Students: Classes will not take place this week. The content will be delivered at a later date, possibly incorporated into a subsequent class. The exact details remain to be determined. Your final exams will not cover material scheduled for week 11.

We are implementing these measures for the safety of the SCNM Community, and to help halt the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing thereby decreasing the opportunity for person-to-person transmission.

Thank you for your understanding, and for your commitment to the health and well-being of people throughout the world.


Paul Mittman, ND, EdD
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

From the Office of the President

Dear SCNM Community, 

Your health and safety are SCNM’s highest priorities. During the Coronavirus pandemic, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our community and the public at large. To that end, we are following the guidance of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS).

At this point, classes, patient care and work are continuing on the SCNM campus, and at its Community Clinics. The number of confirmed and suspected presumptive cases in Arizona still only total 9. This situation is fluid with new cases diagnosed, states of emergency declared and event cancellations and moves to online-only instruction daily. 

Planning is underway to prepare to pivot quickly as circumstances in Arizona warrant. In addition to governmental agencies, SCNM is monitoring actions at other institutions and adopting best practices to meet our academic, patient care and workforce needs. Please help by reading the following:


To keep our faculty, staff, students, patients, and their families healthy, we ask anyone planning to be on SCNM’s campus and feels sick to remain at home. As always, we encourage our staff and faculty to lead by example and practice hygienic sneezing and coughing etiquette and good hand washing.

Students have been reminded to to stay home if they are sick. Accommodations will be made for missed coursework and absences due to illness.


In addition to cleaning campus buildings six days a week, the Facilities Department designated two roaming staffers to disinfect, and keep common areas clean. Both clinics on campus continue to follow CDC and AZDHS sanitation protocols. We have increased the amount of hand sanitization stations in all student common areas and clinics, as well as, increase overall quantities of available disinfecting wipes.

At this time, SCNM clinics are unable to test for coronavirus. Signage has been placed on entryways to the Medicinary, SCNM Medical Center, and Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine informing customers and patients who show signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and/or sore throat to call the front desk before entering the building.


To limit the transmission of any virus or illnesses, we are asking any food served  “buffet style” or is communal either be swapped with individually packaged options or removed. As a general safety rule, food brought to serve a group should be prepared by someone with a Food Handler’s Certificate.


As we near break week, we know many people have travel plans. SCNM does not set requirements for personal travel, but we are strongly urging people not to travel to areas with active community transmission of COVID-19 and/or Level 1, 2 and 3 countries.


Any SCNM community member who travels to highly affected areas will be required to self-quarantine and not return to campus until the potential incubation period has passed. If symptoms occur, individuals should seek medical attention.


We are taking the appropriate precautions for all SCNM events to ensure the safety of attendees. Research Night (March 13, 2020) is postponed, as is Discovery Day (April 18, 2020). The AANP cancelled DC FLI.

The information from the CDC and AZDHS regarding COVID-19 is always being updated.  The needs of the campus population may also change. Therefore, all decisions made are subject to change.


We are taking these steps in an effort to “Do the Right Thing” for the SCNM community. As information is rapidly developing, SCNM COVID-19 webpage is the primary source of official news and will be updated regularly with SCNM’s current steps, recommendations, and communication for our community, along with tips and precautions you can take to stay healthy. Additional details pertaining to students/academics, faculty/staff, or clinics/patients will be communicated directly with those individual groups.

Please continue to practice prevention methods to help avoid the spread of respiratory diseases including good hand washing and proper coughing & sneezing etiquette. We will continue to be solution-oriented and do what is best, not only for the SCNM community but as global citizens.


Yours in Health,

Paul Mittman, ND, EdD
President & CEO
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

From the Office of the President

Dear SCNM Community,

The emergence of over 90,000 cases of COVID-19 - an illness caused by the 2019 Coronavirus, is a global concern. At SCNM, the safety of our students, staff, faculty and patients is paramount. The College is closely monitoring updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS).

With no vaccine or specific medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19, the CDC and DHS emphasize the importance of hygiene and common sense measures to prevent transmission of this infectious virus. Please refer to the CDC for more details and advice:


The CDC recommends the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. (Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.)
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


In addition to these CDC recommendations, I’ve substituted elbow bumps in place of handshakes. 

The Arizona Department of Health Sciences is hosting a series of public health webinars this week on COVID-19.

  • The webinar for colleges and universities will take place this Friday, March 6th from 10-11AM. An SCNM Administrator will attend.
  • The session for healthcare providers will air Friday, March 6th from noon-1PM – an SCNM Clinical Faculty member will attend.
  • The session for healthcare facilities will take place Friday, March 6th from 2-3PM – an SCNM Clinical Administrator will attend.

It is still flu season, so adhere to the same preventive measures. If you should become ill, whatever the cause,employees should notify their supervisor and students should notify your instructors and the Office of the Dean of Students. I urge everyone to be calm yet vigilant, friendly yet a bit less demonstrative, and follow naturopathic tenets and the determinants of health – healthy diet, restful and stress-reducing sleep and moderate exercise.

Let’s navigate this challenge together. Stay tuned for new developments.

Yours in health,


Paul Mittman, ND, EdD
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

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From the SCNM Medical Center 

February 13, 2020

Dear SCNM Community:

The 2019-nCoV is a novel coronavirus similar to the 2002-03 SARS coronavirus.  Coronavirus infections most commonly result in febrile lower respiratory illness and is treated through supportive care.  The first reported case was identified in Wuhan, China and has affected several countries including the United States.  There is currently one confirmed of travel-related 2019-nCoV infection in Arizona. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already taken a number of steps to decrease the risk of transmission occurring within the U.S.


There are actions that people can take currently to stay healthy:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.


Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • 2019-nCoV is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • If you have respiratory symptoms or Influenza like illness you should stay out of school or work for 7 days or at least 24 hours after symptoms resolve.


Common symptoms of 2019-nCoV have been reported has mild to severe respiratory symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia in severe cases

If you would like additional information you may go on line at either the Arizona Department of Health Services at www.azdhs.gov or the CDC at www.cdc.gov.


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