Natural Medicine Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Students interested in natural medicine should first consider what career path they wish to take. Natural medicine encompasses acupuncture, homeopathy, Ayurveda medicine and Chinese medicine. Learn about how to choose the best natural medicine school for your needs, and see some of the schools in the U.S. that offer natural medicine programs.

How to Select a Natural Medicine School

In the United States, there are just five schools that are accredited or candidates for accreditation by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), although there are many schools nationwide offering natural medicine programs. The accredited schools offer four years of study in biomedical science and clinical studies that lead to a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) degree. Successful completion of the 4-year program prepares graduates to sit for the licensing examination administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).

Students should consider the following when choosing a natural medicine program:

  • Select a school that prepares graduates for the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX). Administered by NABNE, the license is required by 16 states for naturopathic practice.
  • Natural medicine is so diverse, prospective students should consider all their options, including complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) along with conventional treatment.
  • Because CAM is beginning to receive recognition by insurance companies, individuals who train in CAM may increase job opportunities.

10 Schools with Natural Medicine Programs

College/UniversityInstitution Type
University of Bridgeport4-year, Private not-for-profit
Bastyr University4-year, Private not-for-profit
Northwestern Health Sciences University4-year, Private not-for-profit
National University of Health Sciences4-year, Private not-for-profit
South Baylo University4-year, Private not-for-profit
Southern California University of Health Sciences4-year, Private not-for-profit
Tai Sophia Institute4-year, Private not-for-profit
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences4-year, Private not-for-profit
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine4-year, Private not-for-profit
New England School of Acupuncture4-year, Private not-for-profit

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