Bastyr University Graduate Program Reviews

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96%
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(4.26 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 104 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CNME
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 1,264 (247 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 6% part-time, 94% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $24,275
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2016

This program is far and away the most comprehensive program in the United States, in my opinion. The scope of teaching is wide and covers everything from the Ancient Chinese classics to the more modern therapies such as electro-acupuncture. The University's medical clinic is state of the art and the supervisors are professional and highly skilled. The internship and presceptorship opportunities help build clinical skills and business skills. Over all, Bastyr's Acupuncture and East Asian Medical school teaches not just the methods and theories of an ancient medicine but also the integration of that medicine into modern western medical environments.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2018

I cannot recommend the Masters of Nutrition Didactic Program in Dietetics at Bastyr University highly enough for those interested in becoming an RD. Their focus on whole foods nutrition makes the curriculum unique while still providing thorough preparation for the dietetic internship. The program is academically rigorous so you must be ready to work hard, but the instructors are great and they provide you with support to help you succeed. The community is small and welcoming and has lots of clubs, activities and events going on for students.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2018

The Bastyr University Naturopathic Medicine Program is not for everyone; its for visionaries, pioneers, fervent and determined individuals. This 4 year program will challenge your intellect, physical fitness, spirituality and familial connectivity. If you are looking for a school that teaches you to become not only a great Doctor but also a well-rounded healer, then you have found the right place. The program itself will offer insight and guidance on basic biomedical sciences, diagnostic procedures, lab testing, standards of care, evidence based information on botanical medicine and nutritional medicine, building therapeutic alliances with patients and about the business skills required to succeed after graduation. Im not here to tell you about all that because you can read the website. So what's it really like? In my opinion the tough part is not studying for the exams and passing the classes; its what happens to you while you are studying for those exams, preparing to see patients and being a student in the program. You learn what health is and how to achieve it in your own life even under stressful conditions. You learn what health isn't when you're up till 3 am studying, sitting for 8 hours straight and stressing over small details in quiz questions you got wrong. While you are preparing for class you learn about what is important to you and you learn how to priorities your needs, when you finally put the books down and go for that walk, call that family member or have dinner with your partner. While waiting for your test scores you learn about faith, mindfulness, and acceptance. When you have a tough day because your patient isn't getting better or your supervisor gave you some tough constructive criticism you learn about your family, your community and friends. Who can you count on to be there for you, to listen to you? When you leave here you will certainly be a qualified Naturopathic Doctor but most importantly you will have been forced to find your own medicine, your own health and transform how you relate to challenges, successes and unknowns. This part of the program is what permits you to truly relate and be compassionate with your patients and yourself. It is not a typical medical school, on weekends there are infinite courses on alternative health specialties, your taught to give yourself an A and to help others not compete with others. What I am trying to say is that this program is a personal growth catalyst a healers incubator if you will, and if you are drawn to Bastyr its probably because you want to heal yourself, others and the planet. I would absolutely recommend coming to school here, the only part that discourages me is the amount of money it cost to attend. That's what scholarships are for. One of the many things I have learned while here is to not let money guide my decisions, I have learned to follow my heart and my inner voice and to trust that you always get what you need. I hope my review inspired you to listen to your inner voice and to follow your heart.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2018

Bastyr University has truly challenged my concepts of what Naturopathic Medicine is and what this paradigm of healthcare truly represents in the future. As a student completing both my undergraduate degree and now endeavoring to earn my doctoral degree from the same university, I can certainly assert that Bastyr University will prepare any student looking to develop themselves both professionally and personally. I could not recommend Bastyr University more highly to any prospective student!
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2019

All the programs at Bastyr are in natural medicine. So the networking begins right away with being able to meet future practitioners. It's fascinating to learn how some of the programs are similar and different through talking with fellow students. Dual tracking is an option for those who want more. The majority of our professors have been practicing for an average of 25 years so the wisdom they bring to the class is outstanding. Parking at the campus is a struggle but carpooling is a great solution. I have not graduated yet but still in the process of learning. When we the students have an issue, there are faulty members ready to listen and make action to solve the issue.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2017

Set in a state forest, Bastyr University is the ideal setting for studies of natural health: surrounded by trees, an herb garden, health-focused student clubs and a delicious/nutritious cafeteria. Naturopathic medicine and the other degree programs at Bastyr are about walking the walk, learning to live the advice we give our patients and clients. The courses prepare students not only to care for others, but to care for ourselves.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

Bastyr university MACP( Master counseling psychology ) program gives me the chance to study to become a counselor. The weekend format makes me to be able to have a balance of life as a mother and a student. I am an immigrant and my English isn't perfect. However, there is no huge language barrier. Bastyr university supports students who are minority and I feel pretty safe emotionally and physically which is important for us to study. Also, the way to take care people as whole in Bastyr university makes me realize the importance of our mental health which gives me a huge motivation to become a counselor and support clients. I recommend bastyr university MACP to whom considers to become a counselor.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2018

Bastyr is a wonderful University. My program (Master's in Nutrition) in particular is challenging in the best way. My teachers are fantastic and very inspiring. I feel grateful to be going to school at Bastyr. The environment is welcoming and encouraging.
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

I have had a wonderful experience at Bastyr University. As far as I know, the program I am completing is the only graduate program of its kind- integrating nutrition and clinical health psychology in one masters program. Most of the degree programs at Bastyr are in the helping professions, and it is a wonderful place to learn how to treat the "whole person" in whatever field you may pursue. Plus....the school is literally in a state park! It's great to have nature trails for a break from the classroom. With small class sizes and a small student body in general, I have felt very supported by the faculty in my graduate school journey. And, for those going into clinical professions, the teaching clinic associated with Bastyr (the Bastyr Center for Natural Health) is a wonderful way for students get extra clinical experience. While no graduate program is perfect, I have been very satisfied with my experience overall.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2017

Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington is one of the most advanced science-based natural medicine Universities in the United States. The inclusive community on campus as well as the clinical community at Bastyr Center for Natural Health provides a safe and sacred space to learn our trade. I live in Tacoma, Washington and have a family with two children. Despite the traffic, and the distance, I am fortunate enough to be a part of this community and gain knowledge of what will soon be my life's work. The seasoned staff is adept at both clinical and classical experience. Having the teachers in the classroom and working alongside them in the clinic help with actualizing our material and experience. Wouldn't trade this for the world.
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