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Certificate programs in naturopathy are designed to allow students of naturopathic medicine to specialize in a particular aspect of the field, such as homeopathy, botanical medicine, naturopathic obstetric medicine or classical Chinese medicine.
Students will receive both classroom and clinical training. The American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board offers accreditation to nine U.S. schools with naturopathy certificate and degree programs, and many certificate programs are designed to make students eligible for professional certification.
An educational institution may only offer certificate programs to students enrolled in a degree program at the school. They may also offer certificate programs to professionals in healthcare, i.e. medical doctors, nurses, chiropractors or the like, who are interested in the area of study.
Naturopathy Certification Programs
Naturopathy certificates vary in length and are designed to provide students with an extra level of certification and prepare them for specialized careers in the field. (Some schools allow students to complete non-credit courses in a naturopathy certificate program, but these do not lead to certification.) Courses included within certificate programs vary based upon the specialization. However, a sampling of core courses that might be included are as follows:
- History and philosophy of naturopathic medicine
- Homeopathic medicine
- Nutrition and diet detoxification
Popular Career Options
Students who complete an additional certificate in the field may become specialized practitioners. A list of some available career choices includes naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, naturopathic midwife, reflexologist, and homoeopathist.
Job Outlook and Salary Information
While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn't provide information pertaining specifically to any of these careers, it does note that the median salary among all healthcare practitioners and related technical workers was $62,610 in May 2015.
Many certification options exist in the field of naturopathic medicine, such as the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians credential. Students must complete a Homeopathic Medicine Certificate to be eligible to take the certification test. The American College of Naturopathic Obstetricians offers a credential or licensure to students who complete a Naturopathic Obstetric Certificate program.
Completion of a certificate program in naturopathy allows graduates to work in a number of alternative health fields, including acupuncture, naturopathic midwifery, and reflexology.