College and Program Accreditation

Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities

National College of Natural Medicine is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052

For more information download:

NWCCU Evaluation Report, June 2014

NCNM Three-Year Self-Evaluation Report to NWCCU, March 2014

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education

The degree program in naturopathic medicine is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, a professional accrediting agency for naturopathic medicine programs.

P.O. Box 178, Great Barrington, MA 01230

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

NCNM’s MSOM and MAc programs are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. ACAOM is a professional accrediting agency for the approval of programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.

8941 Aztec Drive, Suite 2, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Phone: 952.212.2434

Both programmatic accreditors are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree program is additionally approved by the California Board of Acupuncture and the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (allowing graduates to sit for their state licensing exams).

For further information regarding programs at the National College of Natural Medicine, please contact:

Office of Admissions
National College of Natural Medicine
049 SW Porter Street, Portland, OR  97201
Phone 503.552.1660

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Reaccreditation Site Visit at NCNM, April 27-29

April 19, 2016 (Portland, Ore.)—NCNM welcomes the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) to campus for a reaccreditation site visit on April 27-29, 2016. ACAOM is the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit Master and Doctoral level programs in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession.

The site visit team is chaired by David S. Lee, EdD, (academic vice president, Alhambra Medical University). Other site team members are: Peter A. Michell, MPA, (vice president, for Finance, St. Mary’s College of California), Yeaji Suh, PhD, OMD (director of Academic Affairs, Wongu University of Oriental Medicine) and David Price, LAc (instructor at Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and a private practitioner).

During the site visit, NCNM staff, students and faculty are invited to meet privately and confidentially with a member of the ACAOM team. Group sessions will be included in the schedule, but if you wish to arrange a private meeting, we recommend that you use one of the following contacts. Both the request for a private meeting and the meeting itself will be held confidential:

Director of Institutional Research and Compliance Laurie McGrath is the official NCNM liaison to the ACAOM team. You can reach her by email at or by phone at 503.552.1694. You can also visit her office in Suite 250 of the NCNM Administration Building.

During the site visit, the team chair, Dr. David Lee, can be reached in Portland at: River’s Edge Hotel, 0455 SW Hamilton Ct, 503.802.5800. If you wish to contact him prior to the site visit to schedule a meeting, he can be reached at his cell: 310. 570.7200 or via email: