17 Facts About Bastyr University


Bastyr University is a private alternative medicine university with campuses in Kenmore, Washington, and San Diego, California.

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Some of Bastyr University's programs teach and research topics that are considered pseudoscience, quackery, and fake by the scientific and medical communities.

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Bastyr University was established in 1978 as the John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle.

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In 1996, Bastyr University relocated to its current location in the Saint Thomas Center, formerly St Edward Seminary, a Catholic seminary building in Kenmore, Washington.

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In 2010, Bastyr University merged with Seattle Midwifery School to offer a Master of Science degree to become a direct-entry midwife eligible for certification.

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Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as an institution that can grant undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

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Bastyr University's Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, which is a naturopathic organization affiliated with the naturopathic profession.

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Bastyr University is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges and Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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Bastyr University operates a naturopathic teaching clinic in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, where they offer consultations to the public.

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In September 2012, Bastyr University California opened in a two-story commercial building in San Diego with a small teaching clinic on the ground floor.

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Bastyr University's study was based on earlier work on the topic by Elisabeth Targ, which has been marked as scientific fraud.

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Bastyr University curriculum has been criticized for teaching pseudoscience and quackery, as its courses in homeopathy, herbalism, acupuncture, and ayurvedic methods lack a compelling evidence basis.

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Research conducted at Bastyr University has been criticized as being a waste of taxpayer dollars by studying implausible treatments inconsistent with the best understandings of science and medicine.

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Naturopaths trained at Bastyr University are required to study various non-medical folk remedies, including homeopathy.

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In 1998, Bastyr University offered an elective course in iridology, a debunked system of diagnosing medical conditions by looking for irregularities in the pigmentation of the iris.

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In 2007, Bastyr University was found by the American Association of University Professors to have violated the standards of academic freedom and shared governance for faculty members who were fired without cause of academic due process.

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Bastyr University was placed on the AAUP censure list for violating generally recognized principles of academic freedom and tenure, but that censure was removed in June 2021.

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