Students looking to undertake naturopathic study have the option of studying towards a doctoral level program in naturopathic medicine. Each doctoral program typically offers both clinical and classroom-based coursework, and graduates are prepared for professional licensure. Students also often complete internships during the period of study.
To be considered for admission into a doctor of naturopathic medicine program, students should already hold a bachelor's degree. Preferred classes taken for this include math, psychology and science courses such as biology and chemistry.
Naturopathic Studies Degree
Program coursework for a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program covers basic medical, science and anatomy courses, as well as numerous modalities of alternative medicine. Students also participate in labs and complete a clinical internship with a practicing physician. Listed are common core courses found within a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine:
- Oriental medicine and homeopathy
- Public health and Pathology
- Mind and body medicine
Overall, the employment outlook for health diagnosing and treating practitioners, a broad category that includes naturopathic and alternative practitioners, is projected to grow by 17% between 2014 and 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov). The BLS does not keep statistics specifically on Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine. The Bureau reported the median annual salary for health diagnosing and treating practitioners not listed elsewhere was $74,710 as of May 2015.
To obtain naturopathic health training before entering into a career, students can study towards a doctor of naturopathic medicine program. Typical courses tend to cover topics such as pediatrics and homeopathy, as well as nutrition and mind and body medicine.