Introduction

For over 100 years, the naturopathic profession has been helping people find health and well-being through a combination of ancient healing wisdom and modern medical science.  Practitioners are required to graduate from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral national board examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners in order to receive a license.

During the four years of training, students are exposed to the same basics of medical education as MD medical students.  This includes courses in:

  • Anatomy (including cadaver lab)
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Histology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Pathology
  • Clinical & Physical Diagnosis
  • Laboratory Evaluation
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Case Management

During this time, students are also exposed to the natural aspects of Naturopathic Medicine, including:

  • Naturopathic Philosophy
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Naturopathic Physical Manipulative Therapy
  • Lifestyle Counseling
  • Mind-Body Skills

In addition, in order to receive a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree, students must also complete 1400 hours of supervised clinical education, including 600 hours of direct patient care.  

 

Other Links

  • Association of American Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC)
  • National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM)
  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
  • New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP)