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
|University of Bridgeport||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Bastyr University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Northwestern Health Sciences University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|National University of Health Sciences||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|South Baylo University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Southern California University of Health Sciences||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Tai Sophia Institute||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|New England School of Acupuncture||4-year, Private not-for-profit|