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 is 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 the California students and may not be applicable to the Washington students:

Catalog: The Bastyr University Catalog is published annual each July. The catalog serves all Washington and California programs and this catalog spans the time period between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. 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 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
Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness

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. 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

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: Bastyr University does not award credit for prior experiential learning.

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 visa program.

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.

Tuition and required fees: 
• First Year is the average first-year costs for a typical credit load in the 2015-16 academic year.
• Entire Degree Program is based on fixed 2015-16 tuition rates because future tuition rates are unknown re-established each spring for the forthcoming academic year. For reference, over the last three years tuition has increased consistently 3.9% per year.

Program    First Year 
       Entire Degree Program  
(Based on 2015-16 tuition rates)
 Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine   $33,289.00            $138,429.00
 Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness       $24,273.00              $47,971.00

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. For more information on 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, and if the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the monies not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

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 of 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 students 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: Bastyr University does not offer on-campus student housing at our San Diego location, nor does Bastyr University assist students with finding housing. However, the University maintains an online housing board and other resources for students on the University’s public website:

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 you needs please consult any number of online websites, like craigslist,, or
Student services: Descriptions of additional student services departments may be accessed in the Student Handbook accessible on MyBU as well as our external website:

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:

Aiyepola, Abigail, ND
Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Bastyr University

Au, Lillian, ND
Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Bahr, Jennifer, ND
Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Cavaiola, Matthew, ND
Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Cho, Young, PhD
Associate Professor, Basic Sciences-BUC
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Cowan, Erica, ND
Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

De Armas, Joseph, ND, DC
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Medicine-BUC
ND, DC, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic

Dominguez Rieg, Jessica, PhD
Assistant Professor, Basic Sciences-BUC
PhD, University of Arizona

Frieder, Glenn, DC
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Medicine-BUC
DC, Western States Chiropractic College

Hanif, Shumalia, PhD, MSc
Assistant Professor, Basic Sciences-BUC
PhD, MSc, Kuwait University

Hope, Cynthia, ND
Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Bastyr University

Jenab, Arvin, ND
Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Kasawa, John, MD
Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
MD, UCSD School of Medicine

Larson, C Chad, DC, ND
Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
DC, ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Leverone, Brooke, ND
Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Bastyr University

Levin, Buck, PhD, RDN
Adjunct Faculty, Nutrition and Exercise Science
PhD, RDN, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Lin, Nan, MD (China), PhD
Associate Professor, Basic Sciences-BUC
MD (China), Peking University Health Science Center, PhD, University of Mississippi

Maitlen, Donna, DC
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine-BUC
DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic West

Neal Malik, DrPH, RDN,
Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Exercise Science
DrPH, Loma Linda University

McNally, Ryan, ND
Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Mersky, Jeff, DC
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Medicine-BUC
DC, Life Chiropractic College

Norton, Emma, ND
Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine

Odenthal, Joanne, PhD
Adjunct Faculty, Botanical Medicine-BUC
PhD, Claremont Graduate University

Olehausen, Joni, ND
Associate Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, National College of Naturopathic Medicine

Portera-Perry, Lisa, DC
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Medicine-BUC
DC, Southern California University of Health Sciences, College of Chiropractic

Roth, Maya, ND
Adjunct Faculty, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine

Rouhani, Shidfar Thomas, ND
Associate Professor, Basic Sciences-BUC
ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Sarter, Barbara, PhD, RN
Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
PhD, RN, New York University

Schwaiger, Timothy, ND
Associate Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences

Shanbhag, Vivek, ND, MD (Ayur)
Adjunct Faculty, Ayurvedic Sciences-BUC
ND, Bastyr University, MD (Ayur)

Shuttleworth, Sylvie, PhD
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Health Psychology-BUC
PhD, California School of Professional Psychology

Sims, DeJarra, ND
Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Vassighi, Nazanin, ND
Assistant Professor, Naturopathic Medicine-BUC
ND, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

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