Why Choose Us?


Established in 1967, SPCNM is one of New Zealand’s largest Tertiary Education Organisations offering an NZQA-Approved Degree, Bachelor of Natural Medicine.

Click on this link to see what the NZ Qualifications Authority has to say about our College and our programme.

Individual Focus

Our Academic faculty value our students, and class numbers are low to maintain high quality standards. Our students receive a high level of personal attention and are supported to maximise their potential.

SPCNM attaches great importance to the welfare of students on-campus, offering Student Support Services. Our Pastoral care team are experienced in dealing with problems faced by New Zealand and international students, and are always available to provide support during their studies.

Our Mentor programme assist students to improve their academic performance, with a particular focus on students who need extra academic support. Assistance includes one-on-one consultations, a “mentoring” programme, and regular workshops on essay writing, study skills, referencing and exam preparation.


We offer part and full time courses.

Multicultural Environment

SPCNM attracts students from New Zealand and around the world. A multicultural, family-oriented environment provides a stimulating setting where overseas students can meet New Zealanders, leading to close interaction across cultures and development of life-long friendships and personal networks.

Academic Staff & Research

Our lecturers are leaders in their disciplines, active in research, and well-published in fields relevant to their courses. Small class sizes maximise learning opportunities and the personal contact that students have with their Lecturers.

Employment Opportunities

Upon successfully completing the degree graduates can embark on a variety of rewarding careers;

  • Naturopathic practitioner in private practices
  • Working within an integrated medical practice
  • Corporate or company naturopathy
  • Professional advisor to a health product company
  • Consultant to a health shop or pharmacy
  • Teaching or community education

SPCNM through its final year provides assistance to students on all employment issues.

Industry Links

Our programmes are market and industry driven. Our lecture rooms are sponsored by suppliers of Natural Medicine. Practitioners participate in our advisory committees to ensure programmes are up to date.

College Facilities

  • The only purpose-built premises in NZ for teaching natural medicine
  • On-campus Paua Clinic
  • On-campus dispensary
  • On-campus herb garden
  • A well-stocked library with access to computers, electronic databases, study space and wireless internet access. Our library hosts the best collection of CAT (Complementary and Alternative Therapy) databases in New Zealand.
  • Cheal Cottage – our student common room – which has a kitchen, study rooms with computers and 24-7 wireless internet access.