Each state has its own laws regulating the education and licensing of homeopathic practitioners. Homeopathy is offered as certificate, diploma and degree programs at naturopathic colleges and medical schools. Professional certification is available from several organizations.
Homeopathy practitioners provide healthcare services to their clients in accordance with the principles of homeopathy, a healing modality that uses diluted substances to trigger healing in the body. Laws regarding the practice of homeopathy differ from state to state, as do the educational requirements for becoming a homeopathy professional.
Types of Education
|Required Education||Certificate, diploma or doctoral program|
|Other Requirements||Licensing (varies by state)|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||17% (for all health diagnosing and treating practitioners)|
|Average Salary (2015)*||$74,710 (for all health diagnosing and treating practitioners)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Standard Healthcare Education
Many practitioners of homeopathy are fully licensed as medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians or nurse practitioners. These healthcare professionals complete the educational program required for licensure and then pursue additional training in homeopathy. One may obtain homeopathic training through classroom or online training programs. Some states require healthcare professionals who want to be licensed as homeopathic practitioners to complete coursework that has been endorsed by a professional organization, such as the American Institute of Homeopathy (www.homeopathyusa.org).
Naturopathic and Alternative Healthcare Education Options
Naturopaths are healthcare professionals who specialize in the use of natural remedies and therapies, including homeopathy. Training in homeopathy is often a part of the curriculum at naturopathic colleges and medical schools. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) accredits four U.S. colleges and universities. According to the CNME, fifteen states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico offer licensing for naturopathic practitioners, although the scope of practice varies by location (www.cnme.org).
Individuals who are not licensed as medical professionals, but who still want to practice homeopathy, can complete a certificate or diploma program through a school that offers homeopathy training. These schools may operate online or may offer traditional classes. Some homeopathy certification boards require candidates for certification to complete a percentage of their education offline, under the supervision of a live instructor. Aspiring homeopathic practitioners should note that homeopathy programs with accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are rare.
States vary in their regulation of homeopathy. In some states, medical professionals can be licensed as homeopathic physicians or medical assistants. In other states, homeopathy is part of the scope of practice for medical doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors or acupuncturists. Those interested in practicing homeopathy should investigate the scope of practice in their state to find out which healthcare professions permit licensees to practice homeopathy.
Homeopathic professional organizations sometimes offer certification to individuals who practice homeopathy. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (www.umm.edu), the American Board of Homeotherapeutics issues a diplomate certification (D.Ht.) to experienced homeopathy practitioners who also hold a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree and are licensed physicians. Non-physicians may be able to obtain homeopathic certification through the Council for Homeopathic Certification (www.homeopathicdirectory.com).
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn't report data specifically for homeopathy professionals, it does provide employment and earnings info pertaining to health diagnosing and treating practitioners in general. From 2014-2024, the BLS notes that the number of employed health diagnosing and treating practitioners was expected to increase 20%, which is a faster-than-average rate. Among all professionals in this broad field, the average salary was $74,710 as of 2015.
Homeopathic and naturopathic training programs are often coupled with or blended into a medical doctoral degree. While many doctors may utilize homeopathic methods, some choose to pursue licensure as a homeopathic physician. There may also be training and licensing programs for non-physicians to practice basic homeopathic medicine.