State of California's Required Catalog Disclosures

Required Disclosures for the State of California Pursuant to the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (CEC) and Title 5, Division 7.5 of the California Code of Regulations (5, CCR), the following are the required disclosures necessarily for compliance with the requirements set forth by California law.

Bastyr University California

4106 Sorrento Valley Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92121-1407

Main Phone: (858) 246-9700

Fax: (858) 246-9710

The following information is for California students and may not be applicable to Washington students:

Catalog: The Bastyr University Catalog is published annually each July. The catalog serves all Washington and California programs, and this catalog spans the time period between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018. The annual Bastyr University Catalog is available to current and prospective students via the University’s website, specifically under the Academics section.

Location and Facilities: Bastyr University currently maintains three neighboring buildings for Bastyr University California. The main building, at 4106 Sorrento Valley Blvd., serves as the business address for the University and includes classrooms, laboratories, and a large student gathering space. The Bastyr University Clinic, the teaching clinic of the University, is located in an adjacent building at 4110 Sorrento Valley Blvd. This building contains a professional medical clinic open to the public, an herbal medicine lab and a nutrition teaching kitchen. The teaching clinic also includes a Botanical Medicine Lab, a Teaching Kitchen, and a Physical Medicine Room. In the clinic storage closet, student have access to medical models including, but not limited to: pelvic models (one male, one female), 1 female pectoral model (breast exam), and 1 cardio model (listening to different heart rhythms, arrhythmias, murmurs, etc.).

The West Campus Learning Center is located at 3974 suites 200, 300/400 Sorrento Valley Blvd and houses classroom learning centers, a computer lab, a fitness room and the library. The three buildings comprise approximately 42,000 square feet. All classes and clinical education occur in these three building with the exception of coursework (often electives) that involves field work off-site or when clinical training is conducted at one of our external community health clinics.

Accreditation Recognized by U.S. Department of Education: Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of 162 higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington (Bastyr University California falls under NWCCU accreditation by extension of Bastyr’s main campus located in Washington state).

The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

California Approval to Operate: Bastyr University is approved to operate an accredited institution by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) in the state of California. Approval to operate means the University maintains compliance with California state standards. Any person desiring information about the requirements of this status may reach BPPE directly via its contact page.

Mission and Vision: The Bastyr University mission and vision statements are as follows:

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.

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.

Educational Programs and Standard of Student Achievement: Bastyr University California currently offers two degree programs, the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) and the Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness (MSNW). A description, the educational or student learning outcomes, program prerequisites and abilities, required courses and their descriptions, graduation requirements including total number of credits, post-graduate licensure information (for ND program only) and any other related information for each program offered are available here for each of the following degree programs:

Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine

The Naturopathic Doctorate program requires a license before practicing. An applicant for a license as a naturopathic doctor shall file with the California Naturopathic Medicine Committee a written application on a form provided by the committee that shows, to the committee’s satisfaction, compliance with all of the following requirements:

(a) The applicant has not committed an act or crime that constitutes grounds for denial of a license under Section 480, and has complied with the requirements of Section 144.

(b) The applicant has received a degree in naturopathic medicine from an approved naturopathic medical school where the degree substantially meets the educational requirements in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 3623. (Sections refer to the State of California).

An applicant for licensure shall pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) or an equivalent approved by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. In the absence of an examination approved by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners, the committee may administer a substantially equivalent examination.

This program prepares its graduates for using the United States Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification codes - 29-1199.04  (

Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness

This educational program is not designed to lead to positions in a profession, occupation, trade or career field requiring licensure in the State of California.

School Performance Fact Sheet: As a prospective Bastyr University California student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement. The School Performance Fact Sheets are available on the Bastyr University website. Please contact your admissions advisor for more information.

Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine Program’s Performance Fact Sheet

Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness Program’s Performance Fact Sheet

Total Charges for a Period of Attendance:

Naturopathic Program from September 18, 2017 to June 19, 2021
Admissions Deposit  $250 (one time)  This $250 deposit is non-refundable and credited toward first quarter tuition
Books, Supplies and
other equipment 
Year One:   $ 2,575
Year Two:   $ 1,300
Year Three: $   699
Year Four:   $   269
Anatomy Lab Supplies ($100); medical equipment is required the first year ($1200)
Tuition Year One:   $ 34,844
Year Two:   $ 36,534
Year Three: $ 41,391
Year Four:   $ 36,577
Tuition is prorated upon withdrawal. Refer to refund schedule within this agreement. 
Student Tuition
Recover Fund Fee:1
(Currently $0.00 for every $1,000 rounded to the nearest $1,000)2
Non-Refundable. Rate determined by state of California. This fee is collected by the University and submitted in full to the state on behalf of each student.
Other Required Fees: Student Council Fee $100/year
Criminal Background Check: approximately $75 (one time)
NMSA Fee: $60/year
These fees are collected by the University and submitted in full to each student body on behalf of each student.
Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness Program from September 25, 2017 to June 22, 2019
Admissions Deposit $250 (one time) This $250 deposit is non-refundable and credited toward the first quarter tuition.
Books, Supplies and Other Equipment Year One: $ 2,095
Year Two: $   511
Equipment from books ($70); plus laptop or tablet required ($1000); chef’s knife for culinary courses ($20); apron for culinary courses ($10)
Tuition: Year One: $ 25,380
Year Two: $ 24,845
Tuition is prorated upon withdrawal. Refer to refund schedule within this agreement.
Student Tuition Recovery Fund Fee:1 $0.00 for every $1,000 rounded to the nearest $1,000. Non-Refundable. Rate determined by state of California. This fee is collected by the University and submitted in full to the state on behalf of each student.
Other Required Fees: Student Government Association Fund:
Year One: $75
Year Two: $75
These fees are collected by the University and reallocated in full to the Student Government Association on behalf of each student.

For an estimated schedule of total charges for the entire program, please further review the Financial Policies Section of the catalog or request the most recent Enrollment Agreement from your program advisor.

Graduate-level Transfer Credits and Advanced Standing Status: Applicants who have completed professional doctoral programs may be considered for advanced standing status. Applicants who have attended, but not graduated from, similar graduate or professional programs may receive transfer credit for individual courses but are not considered advanced standing candidates. For transfer consideration, credits must be earned from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the American Council on Education Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation or from an institution accredited by CNME. Graduate and professional students must complete at least two-thirds of their credits at Bastyr University. Specific information regarding transfer and advanced standing status policies for the naturopathic medicine program is included here.

Experiential Learning:  Graduate credit for experiential learning may be granted only when the learning experience takes place while the student is enrolled in a graduate program at Bastyr University. Graduate credit for experiential learning prior to the student’s entrance as a graduate student to the University will not be considered. Demonstrated proficiency from an experiential learning experience may include taking a challenge or competency exam. Those exams are governed by specific policies and procedures, which may be found elsewhere in this catalog.

Undergraduate credit may be granted for prior or current experiential learning and is limited to a maximum of 15 percent of the total credits required for that student to earn a bachelor’s degree. Undergraduates may also take a challenge or competency exam to demonstrate proficiency in a specific subject, according to parameters set forth in this catalog.

All requests for experiential learning credit are processed through the registrar’s office and evaluated by the department chair or program director as well as the faculty member responsible for teaching the subject matter for which experiential learning credit is being requested. If credit is denied for prior experiential learning, that decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Transfer or Articulation Agreements: Bastyr University has not entered into any articulation or transfer agreements with any other college or university in association with the two programs offered at Bastyr University California.

International Students: To be eligible for enrollment at Bastyr University, all international student applicants must submit an application, application fee, letters of recommendation (if needed), documentation of sufficient funds, an evaluation sent from a foreign credential evaluation service, a copy of their passport and a current photograph.

International students must enroll as full-time, degree-seeking students and comply with all related immigration policies for the F-1 Student Visas.

Federal laws require that international students maintain adequate health insurance while attending Bastyr University. All admitted F-1 students are required to purchase coverage through Bastyr University or submit a waiver form providing documentation of comparable insurance coverage valid in the United States for the duration of their study. International students are not eligible for federal student aid.

English Language Proficiency: Applicants who speak English as an additional language are required to submit official exam results outlined in the section Applicants Whose First Language is Not English. Official transcripts from any college or university outside the United States must be translated and evaluated, course-by-course, by an independent evaluation service. There is a charge for this evaluation. The service will forward the evaluated transcript to Bastyr University at the applicant’s request.

Admissions Policies: Additional Bastyr University admissions policies can be found in the General Admissions section of the catalog.

Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at Our Institution: The transferability of credits you earn at Bastyr University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the credits or degree you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Bastyr University to determine if your credits or degree will transfer.

Financial Aid: Bastyr University participates in the full range of state and federal student financial aid programs. Student eligibility is determined following the state and federal regulations that apply to each particular aid program. Graduate students primarily rely on federal educational loan programs, including Federal Direct unsubsidized Stafford and Graduate PLUS loans. Students seeking financial assistance must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. More information on Bastyr University financial aid services at Bastyr University visit:

If a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund.If the student has received federal student financial aid funds in excess of tuition, fees, and applicable housing charges, the student is entitled to a timely refund of the excess funds.

Mandatory Disclosures: The University distributes as required the following federal and state disclosures.

  • Annual Security Report
  • Annual Fire Safety Report
  • Copyright Infringement Policy and Sanctions
  • Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention
  • Penalties for Drug Law Violations
  • Student Body Diversity
  • Textbook Information
  • Availability of Disability Services
  • Refund, Withdrawal, and R2T4 Policy
  • Retention Rates
  • Voter Registration Information

In addition, other required information and disclosures are available on our main website here.

Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policies: Bastyr University maintains a refund schedule in keeping with federal refund requirements for students withdrawing from school. A table outlining this refund schedule can be found here.

Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF):

The following information regarding the Student Tuition Recovery Fund is disclosed to students in accordance with the California Private Postsecondary Education:

You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

  1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
  2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment if either of the following applies:

  1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or
  2. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
  2. The school's failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
  3. The school's failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.
  4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or the Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.
  5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

Note: no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

In the event that an eligible student should need submit an Application for Student Tuition Recover Fund, the application can be found here.  For further information or instructions contact:

Mailing address:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

P.O. Box 980818

West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical address:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400

Sacramento California, 95833

Phone: (916) 431-6959

Toll Free: (888) 370-7589

Main Fax: (916) 263-1897

Licensing Fax: (916) 263-1894

Enforcement/STRF/Closed Schools Fax: (916) 263-1896

Web site:


Note: Effective January 1, 2015, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate has changed from fifty cents ($.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges to zero ($0) per one thousand dollars ($1,000). In other words, until further notice, Bastyr University California will not collect any STRF assessment fees from California students. Despite this, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund protection remains available, if needed, to eligible students.

Library: The Bastyr University Library system comprises a vital multimedia collection focusing on the natural health arts and sciences. The library serves locations in Kenmore and Seattle, Washington and San Diego, California.

Scholarly resources include state-of-the-art databases, e-journals, anatomy models, DVDs and a specialized print collection. Library staff, experts in medical resources and in the subject areas of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine, promote intellectual curiosity by encouraging questions and inquiry. Students in all programs receive focused information literacy instruction in research-oriented classes and individual sessions tailored to their needs. The California campus library offers a suite of clinical resources equivalent to all Bastyr University locations.

Students access electronic resources on-and-off campus through the Bastyr University portal. The library provides a comprehensive electronic suite of conventional and natural medicine databases, journals and medical books. Further, the library participates in DOCLINE, the NIH/National Library of Medicine’s automated article request and referral system. The DOCLINE system provides efficient document delivery service among libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), of which the Bastyr University is part. Using this system, Bastyr librarians can retrieve articles for students at all locations.

The California campus library utilizes a self-checkout system and a computer lab with eight workstations equipped with specialized and general software.

Retention of Student Records: Because of its nature, size and purpose, the University must gather and maintain a great deal of information about its enrolled students, much of which is of a sensitive and personal nature. Therefore, it is essential that the University have an effective student record-keeping system, which achieves an effective balance between the students’ right to privacy and the University’s need to use the same information in carrying out its basic educational mission. The purpose of these policies is to ensure that balance. Those persons responsible for implementation are expected to carry out their responsibilities in a sensitive manner, with responsiveness to students, openness to colleagues with a reasonable need-to-know, and firmness with inquirers lacking access privileges.

Academic and disciplinary records are kept separate. Transcripts of a student’s academic record shall contain no notation of any disciplinary action except for suspension or dismissal. Special precautions shall be exercised to ensure that information from disciplinary or counseling files is not revealed to unauthorized persons. Provision shall be made for periodic review and routine destruction of inactive disciplinary records by offices maintaining such records. No records shall be kept that reflect a student’s political, ideological or spiritual beliefs or associations unless such information is voluntarily disclosed by the student as part of the student’s admissions application essay.

For additional information regarding student records, and the Family Educational rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), please see the FERPA section of the Department of Education.

Career Services: The Career Services Office is a resource for both students and alumni, providing a variety of services to help them reach their career goals, as well as providing ongoing professional development opportunities. The office regularly sponsors informational workshops, seminars and other events related to career preparation and entrepreneurial development. It also provides individual guidance sessions for building and strengthening resumes and cover letters, preparing for job interviews, applying for residencies and internships, clarifying career goals, and developing plans and strategies to work toward employment, career and business success. Please note, however, the Career Services Office does not offer job placement services.

Housing: Students attending Bastyr University California are responsible to obtain their own housing. There is no University owned or leased housing available. The University does maintain an “off campus housing board” on the housing page of the website. Property owners in the area will intermittently post available housing on that site, so students are encouraged to review that page when seeking housing opportunities.

According to, the cost of living in San Diego is similar to other major cities in California, which is approximately 30% higher than the national average. To better understand the difference in cost of living between your city and San Diego, please compare using PayScale’s Cost of Living Calculator.

Housing varies widely depending on type, size and location. To identify the price of housing that meets your needs, please consult any number of online websites, like craigslist,, or

Student Services: The following are additional services offered to students:

Academic Advising Program

The advising program is an essential part of Bastyr University. Advisors are advocates and mentors who provide support, encouragement and guidance so that the students may develop self-confidence and good self-assessment tools useful in evaluating their academic and personal goals.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

It is the policy of Bastyr University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in services, programs and activities of Bastyr University. In carrying out the University’s policy regarding students and applicants with disabilities, we recognize that disabilities include mobility, sensory, health, psychological, and learning disabilities, and we will make efforts to provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations for these disabilities to the extent it is readily achievable to do so.

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages are not permitted either campus or on clinic grounds, except where a state (WA or CA as appropriate) alcohol permit has been obtained and approval has been received from the man-ager of administration and facilities. As prescribed by state law, it is illegal to sell alcohol without a permit and no one under the age of 21 is permitted to consume alcohol.

Bastyr University is committed to providing an environment for teaching and learning that is not impeded by the presence of illicit drugs or alcohol. In compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, all students and employees of the University are notified of the following:

The unlawful possession, use and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on the University campuses or during University-sponsored events or activities are prohibited.

Students and employees who are found to be in violation of this prohibition may be subject to arrest and conviction under the applicable criminal laws of local municipalities, the state or the United States. Conviction can result in sanctions including probation, fines and imprisonment.

Students who are found to be in violation of this stated prohibition are subject to discipline in accordance with the student code of conduct. The University reserves the right to dismiss any student whose substance abuse continues and/or who refuses assessment and/or treatment. Confidentiality will be respected. Other sanctions may include disciplinary probation.

Students should be aware that it is dangerous to use and abuse drugs and alcohol, and that many illnesses and deaths have been medically related to the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol.

The University has declared itself to be a drug and alcohol-free work and educational environment.

The University educates students in a variety of ways on the effects of the usage of alcohol and other drugs. All students in the naturopathic medicine, the acupuncture and Oriental medicine and the master’s-level nutrition programs are required to take the Addictions and Disorders course. Bachelor of Science nutrition students will receive information on drug and alcohol use/abuse in required support group meetings.

Counseling, as well as information on rehabilitation and preventive education programs, can be obtained through the University’s teaching clinic. The University stresses the importance of early intervention and is committed to assisting students in seeking appropriate avenues of assessment and treatment for substance abuse.


Bastyr conducts a graduation ceremony each June. Students expecting to graduate must file a graduation application with the Office of the Registrar by the deadline published. The graduation ceremony is planned by the Office of Student Affairs.Counseling Center. 

Counseling Center

The mission of the Counseling Center is to help students maintain balance in their lives by providing a confidential and caring environment that will promote the identification and resolution of emotional issues that interfere with effective spiritual, intellectual, social or physical functioning. There is personal counseling available on-campus. 

Lactation Room

The Lactation room is room 223 located on the second floor of building 4106. For information and access, please contact Student Services in San Diego.


Lockers are available for rental. Students must either renew or empty their lockers by the end of spring quarter each year.

Title IX

The Bastyr University Civil Rights Policies and the Equity Resolution Process are available on MyBU. You will also find a link there to make a report of a concern or possible violation of the policies. The Title IX Coordinator is Susan Weider, and the Deputy Coordinator is Nicole Moreno.


The Tutoring Center, located in room 129, organizes and offers tutoring sessions in which faculty-approved student tutors provide help to students in all course areas of the curriculum. Tutoring is provided free of charge to all currently enrolled Bastyr students.

Tutoring Options: Individual tutoring, small group tutoring, organized tutorials in anatomy, physiology, writing and other subjects and audio taping and note-taking programs.

There are several ways to find a tutor. Students can go to the Tutoring Services page on MyBU, which is located under the Student Affairs menu and make their request directly with the tutor.

Tutors are students who are eligible to participate in the Federal Work Study program, have successfully completed the class and who have been approved by the faculty. The Tutoring Office is always looking for qualified tutors to share their knowledge. If you are interested in being a tutor please email or stop by the Tutoring Office.

Faculty: The San Diego area has many universities and colleges that support a rich educational community and offer opportunities to attract experienced and competent faculty. Drawing full- and part-time faculty from these rich educational environments, Bastyr University has brought together creative teachers in a variety of disciplines with a committed group of naturopathic doctors, scientists, nutritionists and psychologists as active participants in the students’ educational experience.

The University’s employment standards for faculty recruitment give priority to individuals with both teaching experience and terminal degrees in the areas they teach.

Teaching is the primary obligation of the Bastyr faculty. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to continuously upgrade their skills and knowledge through active participation in continuing education and faculty development activities. Teaching effectiveness is evaluated regularly, primarily through student course assessments, peer evaluation, portfolio development and a comprehensive supervisor evaluation process. Faculty members serve on a variety of University committees and meet regularly as a faculty assembly to discuss issues of mutual importance.

The following is a list of the faculty instructing students at Bastyr University California:

Au, Lillian, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2009.


Cavaiola, Matthew, ND

Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2008.


Chen, Shanshan, MS

Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Basic Sciences, BUC

MS, University of Massachusetts, 2012.


Cicerone, Aliza, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2010.


Cornell, Jennifer, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Bastyr University, 2015.


Cowan, Erica, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2011.


De Armas, Joseph, ND, DC

Adjunct Faculty, Physical Medicine, BUC

ND, DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, 1988.


Gruska, Janis, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1991.


Hanif, Shumalia, PhD, MSc

Assistant Professor, Basic Sciences, BUC

PhD, MSc, Kuwait University, 2007.


Hope, Cynthia, ND

Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Bastyr University, 2013.


Kasawa, John, MD

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

MD, University of California, San Diego, 2000.


Kazem, Haron, DC

Adjunct Faculty, Physical Medicine, BUC

DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, 2015.


Khamba, Baljit, ND, MPH

Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2009.


Konjkavfard, Eyesun, DC

Adjunct Faculty, Physical Medicine, BUC

DC, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, 2015.


Larson, C. Chad, DC, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

DC, ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2013.


Larson, Fernanda, MS

Adjunct Faculty, Nutrition and Exercise Science, BUC

MS, Bastyr University, 1999.


Li, Jenny, MA

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

MA, University of San Diego, 2017.


Lyall, Violet, MS

Adjunct Faculty, Botanical Medicine, BUC

MS, National University, 1998.


Malik, Neal, DPH, MPH

Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Exercise Science, BUC

DPH, MPH, Loma Linda University, 2011.


McNally, Ryan, ND

Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2008.


McNulty, Nikodemas, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Bastyr University, 2014.


Norton, Emma, ND

Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2003.


Odenthal, Joanne, PhD

Adjunct Faculty, Botanical Medicine, BUC

PhD, Claremont Graduate University, 1992.


Pizzorno, Joseph, ND

Adjunct Faculty, President Emeritus, Naturopathic Medicine

ND, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1975.


Pleiman, Stephanie R, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Bastyr University, 2010.


Poccia, Emily, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Botanical Medicine, BUC

ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2014.


Portera-Perry, Lisa, DC

Adjunct Faculty, Physical Medicine, BUC

DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, College of Chiropractic, 1985.


Ribak, Charles, PhD

Adjunct Faculty, Basic Sciences, BUC

PhD, Boston University Graduate School, 1975.


Roth, Maya, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2007.


Rouhani, Shidfar Thomas, ND, DC

Associate Professor, Basic Sciences, BUC

ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2005; DC, University of Western States, 2013.


Sanchez, Jose A, MS

Adjunct Faculty, Nutrition and Basic Sciences, BUC

MS, San Diego State University, 2008.


Sarter, Barbara, PhD, RN

Professor, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

PhD, RN, New York University, 1984.


Shanbhag, Vivek, ND, MD (Ayur)

Adjunct Faculty, Ayurvedic Sciences, BUC

ND, Bastyr University, MD (Ayur), 1992.


Shuttleworth, Sylvie, PhD

Associate Professor, Counseling and Health Psychology, BUC

PhD, California School of Professional Psychology, 2005.


Sims, DeJarra, ND

Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2009.


Tozer, Erinn E, PhD

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001.


Vassighi, Nazanin, ND

Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2010.


Weeks, Tiffany, ND

Assistant Professor, Botanical Medicine, BUC

ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2006.


Youngren, Christina, ND

Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine, BUC

ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2006.


Attendance Policy: Bastyr University’s academic policies regarding attendance can be found here.

Leave of Absence: If a student wishes to stop attending Bastyr University for a period of up to one year and intends to return to his/her current program of study, s/he must submit a leave of absence request form to the registrar. A student who stops attending classes and fails to apply for a leave of absence will be considered withdrawn from the University.

All students are required to complete an exit interview with their deans or department/ program chairs prior to taking a leave of absence. Deans or department/program chairs may set conditions to which a student must comply before s/he is allowed to return to the University. All financial aid recipients are encouraged to schedule an exit interview with a financial aid advisor to be informed of his/her rights and responsibilities during the leave period. A student on leave is still required to meet any grade remediation (e.g., PC and I grades) deadlines during his/her leave of absence.

An additional year of leave may be approved by the department chair, dean or dean’s designee. The student must submit, within the initial leave period, a letter indicating reasons why a one-year extension is necessary. If a student’s leave is extended beyond one year, s/he may be required to complete the graduation requirements in the catalog for the year s/he plans to return. After more than two academic years of absence, a student will be considered withdrawn and must reapply for admission to the University. Upon re-admittance, the student will be required to complete the graduation requirements for the re-entry year.

A student who does not return after his/her initial one-year absence and has not requested an extension will be considered as having withdrawn from the University. If that student wishes to return at a later date, s/he will be required to reapply for admission and may need to meet subsequent degree completion requirements. If reapplication is made, previous course content will be evaluated and may be considered incomplete or outdated according to current standards.

A student who wishes to return must submit a letter to the Office of the Registrar within the approved leave period confirming his/her intent at least 60 days prior to the start of the quarter in which a student intends to enroll. All returns from leaves of absence are contingent on obtaining approval from the student’s department chair, dean or dean’s designee, whose decision is final.

Student Probation and Dismissal: Bastyr University’s academic policies regarding academic standing, probation, suspension and dismissal can be found here.

Student Rights and Procedure for Addressing Grievances: See the Bastyr University Student Handbook accessible on MyBU as well as our external website:

Complaints: Current students encouraged to first exhaust the complaint process established by Bastyr University, as published in the Student Handbook on the University's intranet MyBU. Prospective students who wish to make a complaint should contact Susan Weider, dean of students, at (425) 602-3000.

If you are a California student, you may also contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to file a complaint. A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet website

If you are a non-California resident, you may also contact NC-SARA or your home state agency to file a complaint, depending on your home state's student complaint process. For your convenience, Bastyr University has created a current list outlining each state's complaint process.

Active U.S. military service members, veterans and their family members may access the Department of Defense's Postsecondary Education Complaint System.

BPPE Contact Information: Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833

P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Website Address:

(888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897

(916) 431-6959 or by fax (916) 263-1897