Schools for Doctor of Naturopathy Degrees: How to Choose

Doctoral programs in naturopathy prepare students for careers in the natural treatment and prevention of many diseases. Students interested in holistic medicine may also consider schools that offer dual track degrees, which combine naturopathy and another system of natural healing.

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Individuals can find Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) programs through select colleges and universities specializing in natural medicine or health sciences. These doctoral degree programs, which include clinical work, research and laboratory hours in a variety of settings, provide ample experience and hands-on training.

Schools with Naturopathy Programs

Aspiring naturopathic doctors can earn an ND at one of these five schools:

College/University Location Institution Type Full-Time Tuition and Fees*
Bastyr University Kenmore, WA 4-year, Private $33,896 (2016-2017)
National College of Natural Medicine Portland, OR 4-year, Private $34,362 (1st-year students, 2016-2017)
National University of Health Sciences Lombard, IL 4-year, Private $17,869 (2015-2016)
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences Tempe, AZ 4-year, Private $35,354 (1st-year students, 2016-2017)
University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT 4-year, Private $26,400 (tuition only, 2016-2017)

Sources: *School websites, National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Students who are pursuing a degree in naturopathy should keep some important guidelines in mind when comparing schools:

  • Seek schools that are accredited by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges; you must have a degree from one of these schools to be eligible to sit for a state licensure or certification exam.
  • Search for programs that are associated with a campus clinic that offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience.
  • If you want to study a second area of holistic medicine in addition to naturopathy, look for schools that offer dual track options.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Doctoral programs in naturopathy allow students to gain fundamental experience in a variety of holistic techniques, including homeopathy, botanical medicine and acupuncture. Most Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine programs include many of the same fundamental courses present in allopathic medical programs, including clinical laboratory hours.

Although accredited ND programs are relatively rare, prospective students should consider differences in their curricula and clinical opportunities when deciding between them.

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