National College of Natural Medicine
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|National College of Natural Medicine|
|Motto||The profession's college since 1956|
|President||David J. Schleich, PhD|
|Provost||Andrea Smith, PhD|
|Dean||ND: Melanie Henriksen, ND, MSOM; CCM: Laurie Regan, PhD, ND; Research: Heather Zwickey, PhD|
|Location||Portland, Oregon, United States
|Former names||National College of Naturopathic Medicine|
|Affiliations||American Association of Naturopathic Physicians; Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges|
National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) is a school of naturopathic medicine and Classical Chinese medicine located in Portland, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1956, it is the oldest programmatically of the seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America. Until July 1, 2006, NCNM was known as the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. The school has approximately 553 students.
The historic building that has served as NCNM's main campus since 1996 was built in 1912 as an elementary school named Failing School (in honor of former mayor Josiah Failing) and from 1961 until the 1990s was a Portland Community College campus.
NCNM has three schools: The School of Naturopathic Medicine, the School of Classical Chinese medicine and the School of Research and Graduate Studies. It offers four professional graduate degree programs: The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR), Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), and Master of Acupuncture (MAc). These programs include preparation and clinical practice in the art of holistic healing, and are accredited.
The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine is a four-year program that trains students to become primary care physicians with an expertise in natural medicine, while preparing graduates to sit for board examinations in states and provinces that license NDs (naturopathic physicians).
The School of Research and Graduate Studies offers a two-year Master of Science in Integrative Medical Research (MSiMR), a program for students interested in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research. It blends the scientific rigor of the master of public health (MPH) and master of clinical research programs (MCR) with the natural medicine content to create a broader degree program that allows for a variety career paths for its graduates.
Beginning in summer 2014, the School of Research and graduate Studies will also offer a one-year Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN), a program that will focus on diets based on whole, unprocessed foods, which integrates nutritional biochemistry and pathphysiology with advance clinical nutrition knowledge, while also offering skill-training in cooking, teaching and nutrition counseling.
The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program is a four-year program in the classical foundations of Chinese medicine. Students receive a holistic Chinese medicine education in Western medical sciences; and are trained in the clinical application of the herbal formulation, acupuncture, moxibustion, Asian bodywork, qigong and nutrition.
The Master of Acupuncture (MAc) is a three-year program focusing on classical acupuncture and moxibustion, and providing a shorter course of study (less theory and herbal instruction).
The NCNM Clinic is a teaching clinic where licensed naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists work with and train students. It is owned and managed by the college. The clinic features a medicinary, private offices, conference rooms and a state-licensed laboratory.
Practitioners at NCNM's teaching clinic are internationally recognized for their research, scholarship and experience in assessment of the root cause of imbalance in the human body and in the treatments that work with the body’s inherent healing abilities. They assist healing naturally with naturopathic medicine and Chinese medicine.
In conjunction with other agencies and as a member of the Coalition of Community Clinics, NCNM offers low-cost medical care delivered by naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists at many sites around the Portland metropolitan area. In 2013, the NCNM Community Clinics provide services to more than 40,000 patients.
Accreditation and associations
NCNM is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education and the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
National College of Natural Medicine is the oldest programmatically accredited naturopathic medical school in North America. NCNM had its beginnings in the early 1950s, in response to the termination of the naturopathic program at Western States Chiropractic College. Members of the profession from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia planned the founding of the College and in May 1956, Drs. Charles Stone, W. Martin Bleything and Frank Spaulding executed the Articles of Incorporation of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
During its earliest years, as NCNM continued to be hold classes and its headquarters in Portland, it opened other satellite campus locations in Seattle in the Northwest and Kansas in the Midwest. This continued until the late 1970s, when NCNM's board of trustees and college administration (numerous celebrated NDs, including Drs. John Bastyr, Joe Boucher, Robert Fleming, Gerald Farnsworth, Joe Pizzorno, Bruce Canvasser and others) decided to unify all of its campus locations back within its established base of Portland. The first physical location owned by the college was the Market Street campus in southeast Portland, housing both clinical and academic education.
By 1995, the college had outgrown the Market Street campus and had begun negotiations to purchase the current location in downtown Portland. Academic education was relocated to this campus in September 1996 and clinical education was housed in two clinics (Natural Health Center and the Pettygrove Clinic) several minutes from the main campus. In 2009, these clinics were consolidated into one location on campus, the NCNM Clinic.
After 50 years, in July 2006, NCNM changed its name to National College of Natural Medicine to reflect its two core programs and provide the possibility of inclusion for any future offerings.
NCNM was founded as a college of naturopathic medicine, which draws from the healing wisdom of many cultures. Since its founding, NCNM has sought to preserve and convey the classical modalities of naturopathy and honor the principles that guide naturopathic care:
- The healing power of nature
- Treat the whole person
- First do no harm
- Identify and treat the cause
- Prevention is the best cure
- Doctor as teacher
In the fall of 1992, the college began plans for the development of a curriculum that would emphasize the holistic spirit of the classical teachings of Oriental medicine. Permission to offer a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) degree was granted in June 1998, and the first MSOM class was graduated that month. Permission to offer the Master of Acupuncture degree was granted in 2008, and the first class started in fall 2008.
NCNM's faculty include some of the nation's most respected authors and spokespersons in the fields of naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine.
The college is alma mater to over 2,500 alumni who practice in nearly every state and Canadian province as well as in many foreign countries. Approximately 50% of the licensed naturopathic physicians practicing in the United States are graduates of NCNM.
History of the building
NCNM's building was constructed in 1912 as an elementary school in the Portland Public Schools (PPS) system, named Failing School, as a replacement for an 1883-built wooden school building with that name, located about two blocks away (torn down in 1922). It was designed by Whitehouse & Fouilhoux, the architectural firm of Morris H. Whitehouse and Jacques Fouilhoux. A distinctive feature is the sundial, instead of a traditional clock, adorning the south façade near the roof.
Failing School closed in spring 1959, and starting in fall 1959 the building was used by PPS for a vocational training program for graduates. In 1961, this program was renamed Portland Community College (PCC) and the building renamed the Adult Education Center. The building was extensively renovated in 1964 for expansion of PCC's vocational programs. In 1971, by which time PCC was independent of PPS, the latter sold the building to PCC, and the community college continued to use it for several years, later calling it Ross Island Center.
In June 1996, Bill Naito's company, H. Naito Corporation, purchased the building from PCC, with tentative plans to convert it into condominiums, with Bill Naito saying that part of his motivation was to save the historic structure. Naito died suddenly in May 1996, and the plans to convert the building were dropped as being too costly. A few months later, in September 1996, the Naito Corp. sold the building to the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.
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