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Pre-Naturopathic Medicine pathway

Pre-Naturopathy PathwayPre-health advising

You are encouraged to meet with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester to discuss options for careers in medicine, opportunities to gain relevant experience, discussing best time to apply, Preparation for the MCAT, the AACOMAS application, and much more. For more information, schedule an appointment with your advisor.


  • Explore Arizona and national health professional school prerequisites, admission requirements, and class profiles
  • AANMC Programs

Four-year plan

College year 1


  • Maintain a strong GPA and focus on coursework. 
  • Make an appointment with a pre-health advisor to introduce yourself and attend the ASU Pre-Health Fair. 
  • Begin to get involved with clubs and student organizations. 
  • Begin volunteering and gaining clinical experience.



College year 2


  • While maintaining a high GPA, look into opportunities for research and clinical experience. 
  • Shadow and observe a practicing ND, as a letter of reference from a ND will be needed during the application process. 
  • Build relationships with professors and ND’s as they may become letter writers (3 letters recommended though you may submit up to 5). 
  • Attend pre-health meetings, events, and ASU Pre-Health Fair. 
  • Meet with your pre-health advisor. 

Clinical experience

Leadership and community service

Study abroad

Explore schools

Grade point average

College year 3


  • Maintain a high GPA and stay involved with campus clubs/organizations, volunteer opportunities, and clinical experience. 
  • Calculate your science and overall GPA to determine your competitiveness. 
  • Begin and internship and obtain shadowing hours. 
  • Apply for NDCAS one year prior to when you plan to matriculate. 
  • Many naturopathic schools have a rolling admissions and several start dates throughout the year, it is important to be aware of individual program deadlines.


Personal statement

  • Review of personal statement offered by the pre-health advising office.

Letters of recommendation (LOR)

Identify people who know you well and can firmly comment on your ability as a medical student and future physician.  Naturopathic programs may favor having at least 1 letter of recommendation from a practicing ND.  You may submit a minimum of 3 letters, but no more than 5 to NDCAS. 

Mock interviews

  • Mock Interviews
  • Schedule mock interview with Pre-Health Office your senior year

College year 4


  • Meet with pre- health advisor to prepare for interviews.
  • If waitlisted or rejected, explore post-baccalaureate options or consider taking a gap year.