Top Schools for Naturopathic Medicine

Learn about programs in naturopathic medicine, through which students learn how to treat medical conditions without using toxic chemicals or major surgery. Read about the training options at three accredited institutions, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. that offer formal education programs in naturopathic medicine.

School Overview

Programs in naturopathic medicine can lead to certificates or degrees in acupuncture, natural therapies or herbal medicine. The schools listed here are the only ones in the U.S. recognized by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. They include two natural health schools and a traditional university. Two of the schools offer degree programs that can lead to a Naturopathic Doctor credential.

1. Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA

School Highlight: This school offers a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, a four-year program on top of a Bachelor's degree.

Bastyr University is home to a cutting-edge research institute, a dispensary and several local clinics. The Bastyr Center for Natural Health allows graduate students in the natural medicine, nutrition and Oriental medicine programs to receive hands-on training in a number of areas. These include nutritional counseling, acupuncture and homeopathy. Bastyr also offers degree programs in herbal sciences, midwifery and several other natural healing therapies, as well as a certificate program in Chinese herbal medicine.

2. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ

School Highlight: The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine houses a Community Commons green building that is pending LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum Certification.

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine offers a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) program which consists of classroom, clinical and laboratory work. Required coursework includes topics in anatomy, nutrition, Oriental medicine and homeopathy. Postdoctoral residencies are also available at the main campus in Tempe and at satellite locations in Arizona and Alaska. Physicians at the residency program in Phoenix, AZ, study family medicine while treating a population that consists mostly of Spanish-speaking clients.

3. University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT

School Highlight: Graduates of the Naturopathic Medicine Clinic will have completed 1,300 hours in supervised care.

The University of Bridgeport includes the College of Naturopathic Medicine, which hosts the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine and the Naturopathic Medical Clinic. These facilities allow students in the N.D. program to conduct scientific research on naturopathic therapies and provide care to patients under the supervision of experienced faculty. The N.D. curriculum includes courses in Oriental, homeopathic and botanical medicine, as well as chemistry, physiology and neuroscience. Postdoctoral residency programs are also available.

Top Naturopathic Medicine Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
National College of Natural Medicine Oldest college of naturopathic medicine in the world Portland, OR
National University of Health Sciences Only school that requires a bachelor's degree for admission to a chiropractic program Lombard, IL

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