University of Bridgeport
College of Naturopathic Medicine
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06601
The University of Bridgeport offers a wide variety of graduate programs in computer science, computer engineering, counseling and human resources (human resource development, college student personnel, community counseling), education (from the master's to the Ed.D.), electrical engineering, human nutrition, mechanical engineering, and technology management as well as programs leading to the M.B.A., the Doctor of Naturopathic, and the Doctor of Chiropractic. Many of the programs are scheduled during the weekend and part-time to allow for maximum convenience for working adults. Weekend programs include the M.B.A. (twelve to eighteen months), human nutrition (eighteen months), human resource development (twenty-two months), and computer science (sixteen to eighteen months).
Accreditation for professional programs has been granted by a number of accrediting agencies, including the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET); the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association; and the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). The School of Business is internationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Doctors of naturopathic medicine are typically involved in general private practice. Increasing opportunities are available in teaching, research, writing, and publishing.
The University of Bridgeport (UB), founded in 1927, is one of America's most internationally diverse campuses. It is situated on a quiet, urban campus on the shores of Long Island Sound, just 1 hour from New York City and less than 3 hours from Boston. UB's main campus in Bridgeport and its satellite campus in Stamford are at the heart of Fairfield County, Connecticut, which is home to the headquarters of many of the world's largest corporations. Typical of naturopathic programs is a class consisting of slightly more women than men, with a mean age in the low thirties.
Programs of study and degree requirements
The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine offers an intensive program of professional education leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) degree. Naturopathic medicine is grounded in the vitalistic tradition of medicine, which emphasizes wellness and the treatment of disease through the restoration of health. The program is a full-time course of study of four academic years (eight semesters), including clinical training.
During the first two years, studies include the foundation medical sciences such as anatomy, embryology, histology, microbiology, immunology, public health, biochemistry, pathology, and laboratory and clinical diagnosis. The second two years are devoted to the clinical sciences, such as botanical medicine, therapeutic nutrition, homeopathy, physical medicine, cardiology, gynecology, pediatrics, gastroenterology, and therapeutic exercise. During these two years, students receive clinical training under the supervision of licensed naturopathic physicians in the College's teaching facilities. In addition to the traditional didactic and clinical training in naturopathic medicine, a thesis is required for graduation.
The goal of the College is to provide the education and clinical training necessary to produce highly qualified, competent, and caring doctors of natural medicine. It is one of only four colleges in the U.S. (and the only one on the East Coast) to offer the N.D. degree and the only one that is part of a university.
The inaugural class began the degree program in the fall 1997 semester. Students are generally admitted for the fall semester; however, transfer and advanced placement students can be admitted for the spring or fall semester.
Facilities & Resources
Medical research is facilitated by the use of audiovisual formats, Internet, instructional CD-ROMs, and computerized databases, such as PubMed, AIT-HealthWatch, IBIS, MANTIS, NetLibrary (eBooks), the Cochrane Library, and Allied and Alternative Medicine. Institutionally integrated library holdings of basic and clinical science texts, periodicals, and microfiche collections support learning and research. Computer research terminals, available to faculty members and students, are located in the renovated Health Sciences Center and in the University library. The library also provides a free interlibrary loan service for all students and faculty members. The College offers state-of-the-art facilities through a newly renovated multidisciplinary Health Sciences Center. This is a complete outpatient medical center, which includes treatment rooms, laboratories, X-ray capabilities, hydrotherapy facilities, and rehabilitation equipment under the supervision of naturopathic doctors.
Expenses and Aid
Tuition is $12,850 per semester. The estimated cost of textbooks, equipment, and fees is approximately $2,200 per semester. The program is offered only on a full-time basis, two semesters per year (August through December and January through May).
Financial Aid: The Office of Financial Aid provides financial assistance to students enrolled in programs offered by the University of Bridgeport. Financial aid for students enrolled in the College of Naturopathic Medicine is available in the form of student loans, work-study, and payment plans. Additional information pertaining to financial aid can be obtained by calling 203-576-4568.
Housing/Living Expenses: Graduate students may reside in University on-campus residence halls. Off-campus housing in the surrounding area is also available. Information pertaining to housing can be obtained from the Office of Residence Life at 203-576-4395.
How to Apply
Students applying to the College of Naturopathic Medicine should submit a completed application, application fee, and official transcripts of undergraduate course work to the Office of Admissions. Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. The following courses must be included: 6 hours of communication/language skills; 3 hours of psychology; 3 hours of social science; 3 hours of humanities; 9 hours of electives in social sciences and/or humanities; 6 hours of general biology, zoology, or anatomy and physiology; 6 hours of general chemistry; 6 hours of organic chemistry; and 6 hours of physics. Each of the science courses must include a laboratory, must be passed with a grade of C or better, and must be a course offered for science majors. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required in the science prerequisites. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in science courses is preferred.
Who to Contact
- Peter Martin, Dean; D.C., N.D., D.O. (G.B.), Palmer Chiropractic, 1968.
- Christine Arbogast, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., Bastyr, 1997. Hydrotherapy, clinical faculty.
- James T. Belanger, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., Bastyr, 1998. Nutrition.
- S. Christopher Bennett, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Kansas, 1991. Embryology.
- Josh Berry, Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1998. Pediatrics, clinical physical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, EENT.
- Vaughn Bowman, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., Bastyr, 1998. Clinic forum, gastroenterology, clinical faculty.
- David Brady, Assistant Professor; D.C., Texas Chiropractic, 1991. Laboratory diagnosis.
- Jennifer Brett, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1987. Botanical medicine, Chinese medicine, cardiology, pharmacology.
- William Clark, Adjunct Assistant Professor; D.C., Bridgeport, 1999. Anatomy dissection, neurology.
- Rodney S. Erickson, Assistant Professor; D.C., Palmer Chiropractic. Physiological therapeutics, neuromuscular assessment.
- John Farrell, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1996. Clinic forum.
- Frank Ferraro, Assistant Professor; D.C., National Chiropractic, 1977. Manipulation.
- Howard Fine, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1978. Homeopathy, clinical faculty.
- Michael Friedman, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1998. Endocrinology.
- Rose Galiger, Professor; Ph.D., Rutgers, 1971. Histology, immunology, physiology.
- Peter Galton, Professor; Ph.D., 1967, D.Sc., 1983, London. Anatomy, anatomy dissection.
- Mark Garber, Assistant Professor; M.D., Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), 1983. Minor surgery, emergency procedures.
- Michael Gazsi, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1993. Clinical faculty.
- Christine Gerard-Couture, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1997. Obstetrics, gynecology, clinical faculty.
- Beth S. Goulding, Adjunct Assistant Professor; D.C., New York Chiropractic, 1976. Anatomy dissection.
- Margo Gross, Adjunct Assistant Professor; M.S., Bridgeport, 1983. Living anatomy.
- Douglas Hanlon, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Ph.D., SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1992. Genetics.
- Eleonore Herschberger, Clinic Director/Chief Medical Officer; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1994. Clinical faculty.
- Emmett Hughes, Adjunct Assistant Professor; D.C., Bridgeport, 1997. Physiology laboratory.
- Carla Hutt, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Dispensary Manager; N.D., Bastyr, 1998. Counseling; Physician, Heal Thyself; doctor-patient relationship; addictions and disorders.
- Spiros Katsifis, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., NYU, 1993. Physiology.
- David Katz, Adjunct Assistant Professor; M.D., Yeshiva (Einstein), 1988; M.P.H., Yale, 1993. Public health.
- Barry Kendler, Adjunct Professor; Ph.D., Penn State, 1974. Nutrition.
- Enrico P. Liva, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1982. Nutrition, clinical faculty.
- Mark Edward Mattie, Adjunct Assistant Professor; M.D./Ph.D., Georgetown, 1995. Pathology.
- William D. Nager, Adjunct Assistant Professor; D.C., Western States Chiropractic, 1994; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1985. Homeopathy.
- Ginger Nash, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1998. Clinical faculty.
- Joseph Onofrio, Adjunct Assistant Professor; M.S., Southern Connecticut State. Counseling.
- Jeddeo Paul, Professor; Ph.D., Birmingham (England), 1958. Biochemistry.
- Terrance Perrault, Assistant Professor; D.C., Western States Chiropractic, 1988. Diagnostic imaging.
- Larry Phillips, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Ball State, 1974. Psychological assessment.
- Jinnque Rho, Professor; Ph.D., Massachusetts, 1972. Microbiology.
- Robin B. Ritterman, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1987. Clinical faculty.
- Anthony Ross Jr. Associate Dean; Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook, 1987. Neuroscience.
- Mark Rudderham, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1996. Clinical faculty.
- Jerry Szych, Adjunct Assistant Professor; D.C., New York Chiropractic, 1990. Living anatomy.
- Pramila Vishvanath, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1990. Clinical faculty.
- Nancy White, Adjunct Assistant Professor; N.D., National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1993. Environmental medicine.
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