Charting the Spine: Taking specific spinal findings and treating according to those findings sets Naprapathic Medicine apart from any other "hands-on" manual therapy profession.

Naprapathy(nuh-PRAH-path-y) Manual Medicine
for the 21st Century

Naprapaths Treat Stress, Aches, and Pain
without Drugs.

Charting the Spine: Taking specific spinal findings and treating according to those findings sets Naprapathic Medicine apart from any other "hands-on" manual therapy profession.

Our Mission

Pioneering a Naprapathic Movement in Complementary  Manual Medicine!

Southwest University of Naprapathic

Medicine’s Mission

Southwest University of Naprapathic Medicine (SUNM) prepares its students to successfully participate in the world of complementary manual medicine using a hybrid online and face-to-face educational model. SUNM aspires to make Naprapathic medicine the premier health management leader in the field of drug-free manual medicine.

SUNM holds the honor of being the only licensed school of Naprapathic medicine in New Mexico and one of two licensed Naprapathic Medicine schools in the United States.

Naprapathy(nuh-PRAH-path-y) Manual Medicine
for the 21st Century

Naprapaths Treat Stress, Aches, and Pain
without Drugs

Charting the Spine: Taking specific spinal findings and treating according to those findings sets Naprapathic Medicine apart from any other "hands-on" manual therapy profession.

Our Program

Doctor of Naprapathic Medicine

People who are passionate about health and wellness are ideal
candidates to become Naprapathic Doctors. Those with a background in sports medicine, exercise science, physical therapy, massage therapy, nursing, and other healthcare professions would be suited to learn Naprapathy as their prior certifications pair well with complementary medicine.

What is Naprapathic Medicine?

Hear from SUNM Founder, Dr. Patrick Nuzzo, About What Naprapathy Is

What Does a Treatment Look Like?

Watch the Video to see What a Naprapathic Treatment Looks Like

FAQs

Hi, I'm Dr. Nuzzo. Naprapathic manual medicine and chiropractic medicine started together back in 1906. The founders were actually together. Oakley Smith who founded naprapathic medicine was a protege of D.D. Palmer who started chiropractic medicine. The philosophy, the education of the professions is almost identical. What broke the professions apart is what naprapaths treat and what they focus on. Naprapaths are classified as connective tissue specialists. We focus on ligaments which hold bone to bone, tendons which hold muscle to bone, but the most prevalent connective tissue is called fascia or interstitial tissue. Naprapaths don't use high velocity adjustments on the bony structure to bring alignment. Naprapaths work through the muscle into the connective tissue to take specific tension findings on the ligaments and the bony structure to then bring alignment. We are licensed and regulated in New Mexico by the medical board. We are essential healthcare providers. We treat two out of the top ten reasons that people go and see their doctors. Number two being joint pain, number three being back pain.

Completion of Bachelor’s degree earned at an appropriately accredited institution, a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited institution of higher education, a minimum of 6 semester hours in each of the following: English composition, Humanities, Natural and Physical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Social Sciences, Pass a criminal background checkApplicants who have earned a Bachelor’s degree that have not met all prerequisites may speak with an SUNM Admissions Representative for information on completing these requirements through Doral College.

No. SUNM is licensed and regulated by the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

Student payment plans are available for those that qualify. $55,150 tuition, books and supplies $2,500, intern clinic supplies $150.

SUNM is focused on student support. Faculty members are available for questions via email, phone, and videoconference. They hold virtual office hours on a weekly basis. Upon acceptance, students are assigned to a Student Success Coordinator to assist with non-academic issues. Student Ambassadors are peer tutors and available to help work with students. Resources to complete course assignments are provided in Moodle, the online course platform.
As a graduate of the Doctorate of Naprapathy Program at SUNM, you can pursue a career treating in:
  • Your own practice (our program prepares you to do so)
  • Medical Doctors Clinics
  • Patient Centered Medical Homes
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Other Complementary Medical Practices
  • Occupational Medicine Clinics
  • Or even go on to teach in a Naprapathic College
  • and more!
  Licensed practitioners are encouraged to start their own practice as Naprapathic treatment is a covered benefit by many insurance packages in the state of New Mexico.
Yes, after completion of the DN program and then pass the National Board of Naprapathic Examiners test, the graduate can then apply for licensure from the New Mexico Medical Board. Additional background check for licensure is done by the Medical Board before license is issued.
Acceptance of credits from other schools and institutions is at the sole discretion of SUNM. A student may obtain credit for previous academic degree study but is limited to 50% of the total doctoral credit required for the degree. The course work must be relevant to the student’s program of study and equivalent in both content and degree level of graduate study. You will be required to provide official transcripts from an accredited institution prior to the program start date along with course description from the school’s catalog. Technical skills courses, including externship credit, are not transferable into the school. SUNM will evaluate prior coursework with a grade of B/3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Prior coursework must have been completed within the past seven (7) years. If transfer credits are accepted, the total number of credits to be completed as well as the cost of tuition will be reduced accordingly, based on the per credit cost of tuition. Transfer credits are awarded as credits only. Transfer grades are not included in the calculation of the grade point average (GPA). SUNM also accepts prior experiential learning as well as prior occupational experience. Acceptance of credits is at the sole discretion of SUNM. The prior experiential learning or occupational experience must be relevant to the student’s program of study and equivalent in both content and degree level of study. An applicant must provide documentation regarding prior learning (or occupational experience) prior to the program start date. Students requesting a prior learning assessment must observe the following guidelines: All requests must be received by SUNM prior to the program start date, but after the enrollment agreement has been signed and submitted, technical skills courses, including externship credit will be evaluated and assessed. SUNM has the sole discretion of accepting such courses and/or credit for prior learning or occupational experience.
SUNM’s accelerated hybrid program is 75% online, classroom classes meet on Saturdays. During the first two years, (eight quarters) you will attend two, two hour Saturday classes weekly for five of those eight quarters. You will attend three, two hour Saturday classes weekly for three of those eight quarters. During the third year, the last four quarters of the program, you are in the intern clinic. You will spend fifteen hours weekly in the clinic, which includes one three hour classroom session weekly. You will need to complete a minimum of five hundred patient treatments and fifteen patient nutritional assessments during the fifty week Intern clinic requirement.
The program is an accelerated 3 year doctoral program. Approximately thirty hours a week in coursework outside of class should be planned for. You are permitted to work during the completion of the program, but it is not recommended if possible.
The hands on classes take place on Saturdays during the first two years in order to prepare you to begin your internship. Internship requirements are to complete 750 hours over 50 weeks to treat 500 patients, while under the supervision of a licensed Naprapath.
Yes, SUNM calls it the Naprapathic Research project. You will be enrolled in quarterly classes throughout all three years, (twelve quarters) learning research methods, writing and then presenting your project.

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