The Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) is an international, student-governed, 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to support naturopathic medical students at accredited schools in the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico. We provide access to unique leadership experiences and educational resources as well as increased access to information on how to succeed in our future careers as healthcare professionals.

Please see our introductory video to the NMSA below!

What’s going on in the NMSA right now?

Fellowship Applications

Applications for the 2018 Fellowships are underway! Please click here to find the application in the Membership Benefits tab – you must be logged in to access this!

OUR PUBLIC POLICY FELLOWSHIPS ARE OPEN! All NMSA members have the opportunity to apply to the Public Policy Fellowship, amounted to $1500 EACH! Two Fellows will be appointed after review by the NMSA Executive Committee. Applications are open until December 10, 2017 and must be submitted to by 11:59 PST. For more information and additional opportunities, contact Steven LaBrecque at or

Applications for the Anna MacIntosh Junior Investigator Award have closed! We thank NPLEX for their continued support of student research. The NMSA wholeheartedly extends its congratulations to Maxwell Crispo of CCNM!


Naturopathic Medicine Week

Congratulations to the Bastyr Washington NMSA Chapter for winning the Golden Avocado! Many chapters have received donations and conducted fundraising efforts to support our colleagues at the Universidad del Turabo. NMSA International will be purchasing and sending relief funding and items soon! Thank you to all of our private donors for making this a possibility.

UPDATE: 11/11/17

The Naturopathic Medical Student Association has placed an order of over $1,500 of supplies to aid Universidad del Turabo’s members and their communities. We give our greatest thank-yous to our private donors and student members who ran fundraising events to make this a possibility.


Scholarship Opportunity from NDNR

This student writer’s scholarship is open to full-time students in CNME-accredited naturopathic programs in either the United States or Canada. Entries are currently under review and applications have closed. Continue to monitor your emails and this front page to see any future scholarship opportunities.

Wondering how to support us? Click here to see a simple breakdown of NMSA sponsorship and support opportunities and the benefits it provides you!

NMSA Chapters


Bastyr University Washington (BUW)

University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM)

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM)

Boucher Institute of Natural Medicine (BINM)


Bastyr University California (BUC)

Chicago Chapter

National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM)

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM)

Universidad del Turabo

Recent Posts

Student Spotlight

Claire Zimmerman, ND is a newly practicing naturopathic physician and a recent graduate of Bastyr University. She currently practices at Fit Wellness Centers in Seattle, WA. Claire began studying Vitalism and Nature Cure with Paul Bergner at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism before attending naturopathic school, this foundation shapes her view and commitment to our medicine. Claire served as the Philosophy Chair for the NMSA Bastyr chapter in her final year, and was instrumental in initiating the ongoing Philosophy Talks Series, which brings experienced doctors together with students to discuss naturopathic philosophy in clinical practice. Claire has a deep passion for the roots of this medicine, and has traveled several times to Bad Worishofen, Germany, the home of Father Sebastian Kneipp, to further study hydrotherapy and better understand our founding principles of healing. She has a long history of study in plant medicine, botany, ecology, sustainable food systems, and world medicines, all of which continue to shape how she views medicine and the naturopathic approach to wellness. Her work aims to bridge modern scientific medical knowledge with historical, philosophical roots to help inform naturopathic medical practice today. She hopes through this fellowship to continue to preserve critical knowledge from the experts in our field, and help make this information accessible to future doctors. She is deeply grateful to be the Philosophy Fellow, and for the opportunity to be involved in the pivotal project, The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine.

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