What Are the Top Naturopathic Medicine Schools?

Find out what to look for when choosing a school with a strong naturopathic medicine program. Read about three well-regarded schools with programs in this field, and explore the degree programs related to naturopathic medicine that each school offers. Schools offering Complementary & Alternative Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Characteristics of the Top Naturopathic Medicine and Natural Remedies Schools?

Training may place at specialty schools like those below with regional accreditation by entities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You may want good clinical and research options to prepare you for licensing required by the District of Columbia and 15 states as well as the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) of the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). You might consider these schools accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medicine Education.

What Are Three of the Top Naturopathic Medicine and Natural Remedies Schools?

Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA

Bastyr offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs. You could enroll in naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nutrition, midwifery, health psychology, herbal sciences, exercise science and wellness or integrated human biology degree programs. Nearly half of Bastyr's approximately 1,000 students are in the 4-6 year naturopathic medicine program.

You'd complete at least 1,200 clinical training hours at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, supervised by 64 faculty members who are licensed practitioners. Chinese and natural medicine dispensaries are available. The second most popular program, a 2-year didactic bachelor's program in nutrition, could prepare you for a dietetic internship and the opportunity to pass the Registered Dietician examination of the American Dietetic Association. Representative degree programs include:

  • Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.)

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, AZ

The College's Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center has a diagnostic laboratory accredited by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation. SCNM faculty members conduct research on natural therapies, public health, epidemiology and quality assurance of natural products.

You'll need three years of pre-medical training and a bachelor's degree to join the naturopathic medicine program. You'll take the Basic Sciences portion of the NPLEX exam after the second year of the 4-year program. Students shadow physicians beginning the first year and work with patients in the Medical Center and eight community clinics in years 3-4. Southwest also offers two 1-year postgraduate residencies. You could join these programs:

  • N.D.
  • Naturopathic Family Medicine Residency
  • Homeopathy Residency

University of Bridgeport in CT

UB is a traditional university that hosts the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in its Health Sciences Division. It's accredited by the Connecticut State Department of Higher Education to offer the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree. CNM also offers programs for chiropractic, dental hygiene, physicians' assistants, acupuncture and nutrition. The Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine, founded in 2009, coordinates symposia, practicums and naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics research.

To earn your Naturopathic Doctor degree, you'll complete clinical training in the UB Naturopathic Clinic or in cooperating community health centers or hospitals during years 3-4 of the 4-year program. The clinic hosts a naturopathic pharmacy featuring Chinese and Western herbs through which you'll complete 32 hours of training. Postdoctoral residencies are offered on campus and at sites including Griffin Hospital's Integrated Medical Center.

  • Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.)

Schools with Naturopathic Medicine Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
University of Bridgeport4-year, PrivateBridgeport, CT
National University of Health Sciences4-year, PrivateLombard, IL
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences4-year, PrivateTempe, AZ
Bastyr University4-year, PrivateKenmore, WA
National College of Natural Medicine4-year, PrivatePortland, OR

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