Naturopathic Education

Naturopathic Education

Licensed or registered naturopathic doctors have attended four-year post-graduate professional-level programs at accredited institutions.  The naturopathic education includes the same basic sciences as those studied by allopathic physicians. Some member schools in the AANMC actually require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic medical schools.  During their first two years of study, the curriculum focuses on basic and clinical sciences, covering:

  • Biochemistry

  • Human Physiology

  • Histology

  • Anatomy

  • Macro- and Microbiology

  • Immunology

  • Human Pathology

  • Neuroscience

  • Pharmacology

For at least the final two years of their naturopathic medical program, students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals. Students of naturopathic medicine use the Western medical sciences as a foundation on which to build a thorough knowledge of holistic, non-toxic therapies and develop skills in diagnosis, disease prevention and wellness optimization.
While earning their degree, doctors of naturopathic medicine learn virtually all the modalities of proven natural therapies such as:

  • Clinical Nutrition

  • Botanical Medicine

  • Homeopathy

  • Mind-Body medicine

  • Lifestyle Counseling

  • Massage

  • Physical Medicine

  • Hydrotherapy

Graduates from naturopathic medical schools must pass the comprehensive naturopathic physicians licensing examinations (NPLEX) to be registered in Washington as primary care physicians. Candidates for full licensure must also satisfy all licensing requirements for the individual state or province in which they plan to practice.

Today’s naturopathic doctors artfully blend modern, cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with ancient and traditional methods. They offer the world a healing paradigm founded on a rational balance of tradition, science and respect for nature.

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