Naturopathic programs recognized by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education that lead to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine cannot be completed online. However, online continuing education opportunities are available for naturopathic doctors, chiropractors and nutritionists. It's also possible to find individual online courses related to naturopathic medicine that can satisfy requirements for associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in the health sciences.
Online Naturopathic Courses
Below are some of the courses related to naturopathic medicine that can commonly be taken through online undergraduate and master's degree programs in the health sciences.
- Intro to Naturopathic Medicine Course: In this course, students discuss how naturopathic medicine seeks to support health and healing of bodily systems. Key concepts, including vitalism and the mind-body connection, along with focusing on removing the cause of illness rather than treating symptoms and emphasizing personal responsibility for health, are discussed at length. Differences in the approaches to healing from the naturopathic and medical science standpoints are also thoroughly examined.
- Cross-Cultural Health Perspectives Course: Students discuss the role of culture in defining health. Approaches to healing, both Western and non-Western, are considered, including traditional healing and biomedical practices. Topics include a study of naturopathic medical practices from around the world, such as traditional Chinese medicine concepts like Yin and Yang, an understanding of physiology through the fundamental substances and the meridian theory.
- Botanical Therapeutics Course: This course focuses on botanical medicinal therapeutics. It considers how they compare and contrast with pharmaceutical medicinal therapeutics. It also provides an overview of herbal remedies used in the United States. Topics covered include botanical medication preparation and interactions and contraindications with pharmaceuticals, as well as their actions on the body. The naturopathic approach to use botanicals to treat disease rather than mask symptoms and to work with the body's own defense mechanisms are emphasized throughout.
- Naturopathic Medical Ethics Course: This course introduces the values of general medical ethics, including autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, dignity and honesty. Students consider how to develop a framework for making ethical decisions guided by these values and the law. An emphasis throughout is placed on boundaries in naturopathic medicine, along with when to refer patients to other or supplemental treatment.
- Medicinal and Culinary Spices Course: In this course students will learn how to infuse certain spices into their cooking to enhance health benefits and treat specific health conditions, such as insomnia or depression. The course will focus on spices such as turmeric, ginger and pepper.