Very few schools offer accredited programs in homeopathology, so students should research this field very heavily before choosing a program. Degree programs in related fields, such as holistic health and naturopathy, can be found more easily.
Here's a list of schools with programs related to homeopathology:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|The American Medical College of Homeopathy||Phoenix, Arizona||4-year, Private||Doctorate||$16,200**|
|Front Range Community College||Westminster, Colorado||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||In-state $3,527
|Red Rocks Community College||Lakewood, Colorado||2-year, Public||Associate, certificate||In-state $3,429
|Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo, Michigan||4-year, Public||Graduate Certificate||In-state $12,727
|University of New Mexico - Taos Campus||Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $1,872
|National University||Portland, Oregon||4-year, Public||Certificate, doctorate||$19,799|
|Georgian Court University||Lakewood, New Jersey||4-year, Private||Master's||$15,102|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics, **School Website
School Selection Criteria
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before selecting a program relevant to homeopathology, students should verify accreditation status, the amount of networking opportunities in the area and options to extend the program.