Schools with Naturopathy Programs

Learn where to find schools with naturopathy programs and how these programs work. Find out about education and licensure requirements for naturopathic doctors. Schools offering Complementary & Alternative Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

For students interested in naturopathy, a doctorate degree in the field is necessary. You can find out more about this degree, including where it is offered, the subjects covered in the program and licensure requirements, by reading the article below.

What Might I Learn at a Naturopathy School?

Naturopathy education is offered in the form of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) programs. These 4-year programs include a mix of didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction. Curricula typically include a number of traditional medical science courses, such as anatomy and physiology, immunology, histology and pharmacology. Naturopathy-related courses might cover such subjects as naturopathic medical philosophy, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulation, botanical medicine and homeopathy. You'll also complete clinical rotations, especially in your final two years of study.

How Can I Find a School?

Naturopathy programs are typically available through health sciences colleges; however, there are only a handful of accredited N.D. programs in the nation, and graduation from an accredited program may be required for licensing purposes. As such, you might benefit from consulting the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), which is the accrediting body for naturopathic medicine programs.

In addition to on-campus programs, there are schools that offer home-study or online N.D. programs, according to CNME. However, these programs don't provide sufficient training to produce qualified naturopathic physicians and are not accredited.

Which Schools Offer Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Degree Programs?

There are a variety of schools which allow students to earn a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine, such as the ones listed below:

  • Bastyr University provides a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program
  • University of Bridgeport has a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program
  • National University of Natural Medicine houses a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program

What Are the Program Requirements?

You must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited postsecondary school to be admitted to a N.D. program. You generally do not need a bachelor's degree in a specific major; however, your undergraduate curriculum should contain a number of prerequisite courses, such as biology, chemistry, physics and psychology.

Do I Need Licensure?

According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, as of 2011, 16 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands required licensure to practice as a naturopathic doctor (www.naturopathic.org). Each state has its own licensure requirements and may limit the scope of your practice; however, all licensing states require that you graduate from an accredited N.D. program and pass the 2-part Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. You may sit for part one of the NPLEX, which is the Biomedical Science Examination, while you're in school. You can sit for part two, the Core Clinical Science Examination, upon graduation.

The CNME reports that most naturopathic doctors practice in the states that regulate the profession. In states that don't require licensure, N.D.s who provide naturopathic medicine services generally practice as licensed medical doctors or doctors of osteopathy.

A Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program is the best way to pursue a career in the field of naturopathy, and will prepare you for licensing exams in states where licensure is required. On-campus degree programs will provide experience and knowledge in the field as you begin a career.

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