Naturopathy Colleges in New York City with Degree Descriptions

Feb 10, 2019

There are a couple of schools within 61 miles of downtown New York City that have naturopathy or similar degree programs. Read an overview of three schools and their programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

New York City Naturopathy Colleges

There are only a few schools in the country that grant naturopathy degrees, and students in the New York City area who are interested in pursing a degree in the field must be willing to travel a distance from home. Relevant undergraduate and/or graduate programs can be found at one Connecticut and two Long Island colleges, which are described below. Students will also find a comparison table with at-a-glance statistical information.

  • While naturopathy isn't a program offering at the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Mineola, Long Island, students interested in studying other forms of holistic or alternative medicine can find related certificate or degree programs in acupuncture, Chinese herbology or Oriental medicine. The college is located roughly 24 miles from downtown New York City; students can also complete half of their required coursework at its Manhattan campus.
  • Similar courses of study can be found at the New York College of Health Professions in Syosset, Long Island. This school is located approximately 29 miles from New York City's downtown.
  • At 61 miles, the University of Bridgeport, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is the farthest away from New York City. The university offers graduate degrees in acupuncture and naturopathic medicine.

Comparison of Schools

Use this easy-to-read table to compare the program options and costs of attendance at our three featured schools, among other factors. Note the small school sizes, which may provide students with the chance to receive some one-on-one instructional attention.

New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine New York College of Health Professions University of Bridgeport
School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit 4-year (primarily associate's), private, not-for-profit 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 196* 485* 5,434*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Midsize city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $15,011* $14,226* $32,250*
Graduation Rate (Students who started 2011) N/A 44%* 42%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a very small, private school with an enrollment of less than 200 students. The school was founded in 1996 with the goal of bringing training in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to the New York City area. The school offers combined Bachelor of Professional Studies and Master of Science in Health Science programs in the areas of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, plus a Chinese herbology graduate certificate program.

Acupuncture Program

The acupuncture program at the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is designed to be completed in nine trimesters over three years. Students complete 141 credit hours of courses in three sequences: TCM, acupuncture and Western biomedical science. Students also receive clinical training that consists of observation, an assistantship and two internships.

Oriental Medicine Program

The Oriental medicine program is designed to be completed in four years, or 12 trimesters. Students complete 183 credit hours of coursework divided into four sequences: TCM, acupuncture, Western biomedical science and Chinese herbology. Students also receive clinical training similar to that found in the acupuncture program, but with more internship hours required.

Chinese Herbology Program

The Chinese herbology certificate program may be of benefit to students who already hold a degree and license in acupuncture and wish to expand their skills. The 46-credit-hour program combines didactic courses that focus on herbs, formulas and treatment strategies with clinical training that allows students to utilize and develop their knowledge. This program prepares students to take the licensing exam from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) to obtain Diplomate status in Chinese herbology.

New York College of Health Professions

The New York College of Health Professions is a private, non-profit school that has been in existence for over 25 years. It seeks to integrate holistic and Western medicine by providing programs in massage therapy, acupuncture, Oriental medicine, Tai Chi Chuan and holistic nursing. In addition to educational programs, the college offers onsite holistic therapies, including acupuncture, reflexology, massage and herbal medicine consultations.

Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science in Health Science Acupuncture

The 145-credit-hour acupuncture program is taken over nine trimesters. The curriculum combines herbalism, Asian bodywork, Eastern nutrition and traditional Chinese medicine with Western clinical and biological sciences, holistic methods and techniques, pharmacology and nutrition. Courses in professional medical ethics and practice management help to prepare students for private practice. Each student also spends 1,000 supervised hours in an internship at the academic health care teaching clinic. Graduates are prepared to sit for the acupuncture exam administered by the NCCAOM, preparing them to be licensed acupuncturists.

Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science in Health Science Oriental Medicine

This 185-credit-hour, 10-trimester program prepares students for careers as licensed acupuncturists with the ability to integrate herbal remedies with classic treatment methods. The curriculum includes courses in holistic techniques and methods, biological and clinical sciences and traditional Chinese medicine; topics in Asian bodywork, pharmacology and nutrition are also part of the program. Students also undertake training in yoga, Tai Chi Chuan or Qi Gong in order to understand body movement and enhance their effectiveness as practitioners. Graduates are prepared to sit for both the acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine exams administered by the NCCAOM.

University of Bridgeport

The University of Bridgeport, located in Bridgeport, CT, about 61 miles from downtown New York City, is the closest naturopathy college to New York City and one of only a very few naturopathy schools in the country. The Acupuncture Institute offers a master's degree program, and the College of Naturopathic Medicine grants the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree upon successful completion of the 4-year, full-time course of study. The school also runs an outpatient clinic where students provide supervised care to the community.

Master of Science in Acupuncture

The Master of Science in Acupuncture is a 3-year program that is broken into seven major areas of study: acupuncture techniques, Asian or herbal medicine or Western biomedicine; studies in movement and breathing, counseling and clinical services are also offered. Acupuncture students complete internships at the Health Sciences Center during their third year in the program.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

The ND program covers a wide variety of medical studies. All students follow the same rigorous 8-semester curriculum which combines didactic coursework with supervised clinical experience. The first semester begins with classes in anatomy, biochemistry, histology, embryology, patient care and other areas. The following semesters cover a wide range of medical sub-disciplines, including Oriental medicine, hydrotherapy, physiology, microbiology and counseling.

Students complete the program by learning about minor surgery, sports medicine, oncology, dermatology and geriatrics. By the time of graduation, students should have successfully passed the first part of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX I).

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