Programs Related to Naturopathy in the Houston Area
There are no naturopathy schools in the Houston area. However, since naturopathy involves natural techniques including massage and manipulation, nutrition, botanicals and herbals, acupuncture and homeopathy, local schools that offer programs in these disciplines may provide an acceptable alternative to prospective naturopathy students.
This article looks at three schools that are no more than 30 minutes from the city center and the programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about the schools that could be useful to prospective students. This table relates facts such as enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and the percentage of first-year students receiving financial aid. At the end of the article is a little information on some other schools in the Houston area that offer relevant programs.
- A master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine is available at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). This college, about 12 miles from downtown, provides training in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) along with integration of TCM into mainstream biomedicine.
- Texas Chiropractic College, which offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, is the fourth oldest chiropractic college in the country, boasting cutting-edge facilities and innovative cooperative rotation programs and participation with conventional medicine. The Council on Chiropractic Education accredits this college's doctoral program. It is approximately 21 miles from Houston's downtown area.
- San Jacinto College, about 23 miles from downtown, offers a massage therapy certificate program. The school offers day, evening, weekend courses, hybrid on-line and classroom courses and spring and holiday mini courses.
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents information about each school that prospective students should know. They can use this knowledge to compare the schools and figure out which one is best for them.
|American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine||Texas Chiropractic College||San Jacinto College|
|School Type||4-year; private for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||136*||260*||27,911*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$14,277*||$10,115 (tuition only, 12 credits or more)**||$1,408 in-district; $2,416 in-state; $3,688 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014)||N/A*||N/A*||57%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2016)||N/A*||N/A*||N/A - Open admissions*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Texas Chiropractic College
American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Students with a bachelor's degree consisting of at least 30 semester credit hours of general education from an accredited college are eligible to apply to the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine master's degree program. They must also have at least six semester hours of biology, chemistry and/or biochemistry. Academic excellence is a factor for admission.
Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Students participate in academic instruction on the theoretical systems of Chinese medicine. In this 163-credit program, they learn to analyze human physiology, pathology and diagnose using traditional Chinese medicine. They also learn about the network of meridians and collaterals in the human body. Academic instruction is also provided in Qi-gong, Tui-Na, herbology, biomedical clinical science, integrated medicine and clinical medicine.
Students serve a number of clinical internships and obtain clinical training in the areas they learned academically and in pain management. They participate in clinical programs in cooperation with traditional medical facilities in the United States. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad in China to observe and treat patients in various Oriental medical specialties.
Texas Chiropractic College
Texas Chiropractic College requires that applicants have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (120 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university. The applicant must have maintained a minimum 3.0 grade-point average on prerequisite courses covering biological sciences, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics.
Doctor of Chiropractic
In addition to medical courses in microbiology, physiology and anatomy, pathology and biochemistry, chiropractic students take courses in spinal anatomy, spinal biomechanics, diagnostic imaging and treatment modalities. They learn orthopedics and adjusting procedures, rehabilitation and neurology. Students spend extensive time in hands-on learning, participating in clinical rotations and internships in a variety of medical specialties in regional hospitals and clinics.
San Jacinto College
Among the health science programs offered at San Jacinto is a certificate program in massage therapy. The program can be completed in as little as two semesters and graduates can qualify for licensure in less than a year. This program is only available at the main campus.
Massage Therapy Certificate
Prospective massage therapists take courses in health and hygiene, anatomy and physiology, pathology for massage and a variety of massage modalities. They must also complete a 50-hour hands-on internship before they can be licensed in the state of Texas. Students must pass the Texas Department of State Health Services Massage Therapy Registration written examination before the certificate will be awarded.
Other School Options
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Phoenix, Arizona, which is more than a thousand miles from Houston, is the closest Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) program. Prior to admission to this ND program, students must have a bachelor's degree, preferably with science or pre-med courses. This prerequisite may be completed in Texas before applying to Southwest College.