Naturopathic Certification and Certificate Programs

Naturopathy is an alternative, holistic approach to medicine. A certificate program in naturopathy prepares students for careers in nutrition, food service or health care.

Essential Information

In addition to the study of medicine, naturopathic certificate programs cover diet, nutrition, exercise and theories of holistic health.

  • Prerequisites: GED or high school diploma (for certificate program); graduate degree or equivalent professional experience (for certification).
  • Length of Study: Less than one year
  • Hands on Learning: Programs include classroom and lab instruction.

Naturopathic Certification

A certificate program might include naturopathic classes which cover:

  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbology and Hydrotherapy
  • Eastern medicine
  • Introductory psychology

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Certification in naturopathy often leads to careers in industries such as healthcare, nutrition and food preparation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,, job opportunities for health diagnosing and treating practitioners in general are expected to increase 20%, faster than the average for all occupations, between the years 2012 and 2022. According to the BLS, the median wage for health diagnosing and treating practitioners was $73,400 in 2014.

Professional Certification and Continuing Education Information

Individuals interested in becoming naturopathic practitioners typically obtain professional certification from the American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB). Before applying for certification from the ANCB, applicants must show proof of advanced professional and educational experience. Naturopathy certification must be renewed every two years, and candidates must complete continuing education courses. Those seeking an advanced career in naturopathy may consider earning a master's degree in acupuncture, chiropractics, midwifery or a related subject. They may also wish to complete a doctoral program to become Doctors of Naturopathy or Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine.

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