Students interested in the field of natural health may choose to earn bachelor's, master's, or dual degrees in fields such as naturopathic medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, Chinese medicine, and holistic health. In addition to degree programs, certificates in alternative health are also available. Naturopathic and alternative medicine programs typically include some element of clinical training, field observation, and mentorships. Read on for more specific information about the natural health programs offered by top schools.
1. National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR
|Established in the early 1950s, the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) has the oldest accredited naturopathic medicine program in the United States.|
The college offers several graduate degree programs including a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). Many certificate programs in natural health specialty fields are also available to students enrolled in a degree program. Students in the ND program study prevention, holistic wellness, and natural healing practices. The last two years of the four-year program are dedicated to field observation and mentorship at the NCNM teaching clinic. Program graduates are eligible to sit for board examinations in U.S. states and territories that license naturopathic physicians.
2. Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA
|Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington was ranked one of the top 168 best medical schools in the country, according to The Princeton Review.|
Bastyr University (BU) trains naturopathic physicians for licensed primary care practice in eligible states and territories. BU is supported by National Institutes of Health research funding and is the largest school for natural health programs in the United States. In addition to the ND program, the university offers degree programs in acupuncture and oriental medicine, exercise and wellness, midwifery, health psychology, human biology, and nutrition.
The naturopathic medicine program takes four to six years to complete and clinical training begins in the second year of study. Training is conducted at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, where 64 faculty members supervise student field experiences. The school also offers a five-year dual degree program leading to an ND and an M.S. in Acupuncture or Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
The following is a list of schools with some additional information regarding naturopathic medicine, alternative and complementary medicine, and holistic health programs.
|Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Students get practical experience at the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice||Philadelphia, PA|
|Everglades University in Boca Raton, Florida||Has an agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), where Everglades students can gain early acceptance to LECOM||Boca Raton, FL|
|Georgetown University in Washington, DC||Was ranked in the top 50 U.S. medical schools for research in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report||Washington, DC|
|Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey||Offers programs accredited by the American Holistic Health Association||Lakewood, NJ|
|Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont||Hosts a wellness and alternative medicine lecture series||Johnson, VT|
|Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, Maryland||Offered the first Master of Science in Yoga Therapy in the U.S.||Laurel, MD|
|National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois||Publishes three chiropractic research journals||Lombard, IL|
|St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota||One of the first U.S. schools to offer a Master of Arts in Holistic Health||Saint Paul, MN|
|University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut||Facilities include an on-campus naturopathic medical clinic and naturopathic dispensary||Bridgeport, CT|
|Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan||Health and human services programs are housed in a state-of-the-art LEED-certified sustainable facility||Kalamazoo, MI|
Students seeking degrees in naturopathic medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, Chinese medicine, and holistic health, may want to look towards National College of Natural Medicine, Bastyr University, and other colleges focused on the field of natural health.