Bastyr University

Introduction

Since its inception in 1978, Bastyr University has been a pioneer in science-based natural medicine. Founders Les Griffith, ND; William A. Mitchell, Jr., ND; and Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND; along with Sheila Quinn, named the school after their beloved teacher and noted Seattle naturopathic physician Dr. John Bastyr. With just $200 in startup costs during their humble beginnings, the founders created a vision for an accredited natural health school that now is recognized as the leading health arts and sciences university in the world.

Founding President Emeritus Dr. Pizzorno saw the University through some significant growth during his 22 years of service, including the move to the current 51-acre campus in Kenmore, Washington, to accommodate the growing student body. (See the Historical Timeline.)

Although the school started as a naturopathic medicine college, Bastyr University now offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs. Building on its science-based foundation, the University has been the recipient of a number of multimillion-dollar research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

In September 2012, the University expanded again, opening Bastyr University California in San Diego, welcoming more than 50 students to its inaugural Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine class. California’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine also offers a Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness and plans to add more natural health programs in the future.

Our Vision

As the world's leading academic center for advancing and integrating knowledge in the natural health arts and sciences, Bastyr University will transform the health and well-being of the human community.

Our Mission

We educate future leaders in the natural health arts and sciences. Respecting the healing power of nature and recognizing that body, mind and spirit are intrinsically inseparable, we model an integrated approach to education, research and clinical service.

Core Themes

  1. Academic Achievement
  2. Research in the Natural Health Arts and Sciences
  3. Clinical Training and Community Health
  4. Interdisciplinary Integration
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Bachelor

BSc in Integrated Human Biology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Kenmore

The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Integrated Human Biology serves as excellent preparation for a career as a 21st-century health practitioner or biomedical researcher. [+]

The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Integrated Human Biology serves as excellent preparation for a career as a 21st-century health practitioner or biomedical researcher. This fully accredited undergraduate degree equips students with the competencies necessary to pursue a range of professional degrees (naturopathic doctor, medical doctor, dentist, pharmacist), allied health degrees (physician's assistant, nurse, physical therapist) or graduate studies in biological sciences. With a focus on hands-on scientific research, this progressive program draws connections among physiology, anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and genetics — rather than teaching each subject individually. This distinct approach helps students unravel the complexities of human biology and develop a unified understanding of the structure and function of the body. In this way, students acquire a strong foundation in biological science and develop critical thinking skills crucial for careers in biology and health. New students must have completed 90 college credits to enter. The program allows community college students to complete a degree and also welcomes transfer students from traditional four-year colleges. Program Features Excellence in teaching and mentoring — Small class sizes, an introductory seminar the first quarter, and faculty mentorship throughout the program all foster a supportive learning environment, encourage collaborative learning and develop communication skills. Emphasis on scientific research skills — Students participate in hands-on, inquiry-based labs and must complete a research proposal. Students also complete an original research project. Additional research opportunities are available through the Bastyr University Research Institute. Multidisciplinary electives — Students may take elective coursework in psychology, nutrition, herbal sciences and other disciplines that provide a broad perspective on human health. University resources — including financial aid, modern student housing, a whole food dining commons, a health sciences library and a 51-acre Seattle-area campus. Serene, wooded surroundings — The University campus abuts the second largest lake in Washington and the 316-acre Saint Edward State Park, which features miles of hiking, running and biking trails. A diverse student body — Bastyr draws undergraduate, graduate and professional students from across the United States and 28 other countries. [-]

BSc

BSc in Psychology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Kenmore

Bastyr University's psychology degree programs offer a firm scientific foundation and a holistic understanding of mind and body to prepare students for meaningful careers in a diversity of fields. [+]

Bastyr University's psychology degree programs offer a firm scientific foundation and a holistic understanding of mind and body to prepare students for meaningful careers in a diversity of fields. The bachelor of science degree with a major in health psychology offers students a choice of three tracks. This track system lets students direct their focus of study, tailoring their undergraduate experience to meet their interests. Health Psychology - Integrated Wellness Track - 2 years Health Psychology - Pre-Med Track - 2 years Health Psychology - Social Advocacy Track - 2 years Advantages of Health Psychology Programs at Bastyr Extensive and rigorous study in the core areas of psychology Substantial exploration of cutting-edge and emerging areas of psychology and health, such as psychology and spirituality, interdisciplinary collaboration and ecopsychology Innovative curriculum with a unique focus on holistic psychology and its interrelationship with physical health and spirituality Small class sizes with highly experienced faculty who are committed and accessible to students Vibrant university community of like-minded learners and faculty Opportunities to take electives in other areas of natural health, such as nutrition and herbal sciences Opportunity to complete a senior research thesis (undergraduate programs) [-]