Naturopathy Degree Programs
In order to practice naturopathy, you need to earn a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Read about the prerequisites, coursework, and clinical rotations required for these professional programs, and get more information on residency and licensure for naturopathic physicians.
What Naturopathy Degree Programs Are Available?
Also known as natural medicine and naturopathic medicine, naturopathy degree programs are available at the doctoral level. Those accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education can train you to become a physician in natural or holistic medicine. However, only a few schools in the U.S. have been granted accreditation status.
Upon program completion, you can earn a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.) or a Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.). Due to the heavy reliance on clinical work and hands-on training, these programs will need to be completed on campus.
|Degree Levels||Professional doctorate|
|Program Prerequisites||Bachelor's degree; experience in health care field; coursework in human anatomy, biology, statistics, chemistry|
|Common Courses||Pathology, botanical medicine, microbiology, Oriental medicine, history and philosophy of naturopathic medicine|
|Post-Graduation Requirements||One year post-doctoral naturopathic medicine residency, pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations if your state requires licensure|
|Median Salary (2018)||$73,960 (Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||13% growth (Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
What Prerequisites Are Needed?
Most programs require you to have completed a bachelor's degree program that included extensive coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, calculus, psychology, human anatomy and statistics. You may also be required to have taken courses in English composition, humanities and foreign language. Some schools recommend that applicants have work experience in the health care field.
What Courses Can I Expect?
Your first two years of study might incorporate coursework found in traditional medical science programs, such as microbiology, pathology, anatomy and general medical diagnostics. You could also take courses in the history and philosophy of naturopathic medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and Oriental medicine. The last two years of your program will incorporate clinical rotations. You might get hands-on experience practicing natural medicine in the areas of neurology, rheumatology, dermatology, urology, endocrinology or proctology.
What Can I Do After Completing My Degree Program?
You'll need to enroll in a post-doctoral naturopathic medicine residency to complete your training as a naturopathic physician. Over the course of this 1-year program, you'll work under the supervision of a licensed physician. If your state of residence requires naturopathic physicians to be licensed, you'll also need to pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX).