How to Choose a Homeopathy School
Very few schools offer accredited programs in homeopathology, so students should research this field very heavily before choosing a program. Other related fields, such as holistic health, offer a more diverse range of programs in schools across the country.
Here is a summary of important considerations for students looking at homeopathology programs:
- Students should choose their naturopathic doctorate (N.D.) program from a school accredited by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC).
- Some schools allow students to extend their studies for an extra year, reducing the numbers of required courses per semester.
- Prospective students may want to consider attending a school in a region that allows the practice of naturopathic medicine, in order to have the opportunity to work with professionals and establish business relationships.
Program Overviews in Homeopathic Medicine
Doctor in Naturopathic Medicine
These rigorous 4- or 5-year programs follow an academic curriculum designed to train naturopathic physicians in the same sciences, and with the same intensity, that traditional medical schools would. Usually there is a classroom component and a section of fieldwork, in which aspiring naturopaths observe and work alongside licensed naturopathic physicians in a clinical setting. Common courses include:
- Medical ethics
- Mind-body relationship
Certification as a Homeopathic Practitioner
The Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) is an organization designed to create a unified vision for the future of homeopathic medicine, involving standardized education requirements. The CHC confers certification to candidates based upon an application, two-stage exam and interview. Clinical observation of a licensed practitioner for 250 hours is also a prerequisite for certification. Completed courses may vary, but usually include:
Once a practitioner is certified through the CHC, he may join the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH). NASH membership provides the practitioner access to a mentor program, a professional journal and updated materials on the latest science. Practitioners also receive information about legal issues concerning homeopathic medicine, as well as access to the legal defense fund via their NASH memberships.
10 Holistic Health Schools
|The American Medical College of Homeopathy||4-year, Private|
|Ashford University||4-year, Private|
|Front Range Community College||2-year, Private|
|Red Rocks Community College||2-year, Private|
|Western Michigan University||4-year, Public|
|University of New Mexico - Taos Campus||2-year, Public|
|National University||4-year, Public|
|Johnson State College||4-year, Public|
|John F. Kennedy University||4-year, Private|
|Georgian Court University||4-year, Private|