Naturopathy Colleges in Vermont with Degree Overviews

Research alternative medicine and movement science programs in Vermont, which currently has 2 colleges offering programs. Read an overview of the courses, tuition information, and program options for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

There are no programs at Vermont institutions that focus solely on naturopathy; in fact, there are only 5 schools in the United States that offer accredited naturopathy programs. There are a few schools in Vermont, however, that touch on naturopathy in their coursework. Students may choose to earn a bachelor's, master's, and/or doctoral degree in a related field. Areas of specialization are offered by at least one of the schools, while the other allows students to customize their curriculum through elective choices. Some supervised fieldwork experiences may be required, depending on the track.

Johnson State College

Johnson State College is located in Johnson and has an undergraduate student body of around 1,638. Although it is not specifically a naturopathy degree, Johnson State's bachelor's program in wellness and alternative medicine focuses on allopathic medicine and alternative medical approaches like chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, naturopathy and homeopathy. The program is interdisciplinary and designed to give students a broad knowledge base in various forms of healthcare approaches. In addition to studying various forms of treatment, students take courses in physical sciences, pharmacology, anthropology and nutrition. Students are also required to take 12 credits of electives, allowing them to gear their curriculum toward their chosen career path. This program prepares graduates for further study in a variety of healthcare and academic fields.

The University of Vermont

Located in Burlington, the University of Vermont (UVM) offers 7 programs that deal with food science and exercise science. The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences offers a bachelor's degree in nutrition and food sciences and a bachelor's program in dietetics. Coursework focuses on the science of nutrition and food in addition to issues related to farming and nutrition. A food systems minor is also available, along with a minor in nutrition and food sciences.

UVM also offers a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Movement Science. This program is available through the university's College of Nursing and Health Science and trains students in application and theory of movement sciences in promoting health and wellness. An internship is required.

Master's degree programs are available in the following 3 areas: nutrition and food sciences, food systems and dietetics. The nutrition and food sciences program focuses on research and requires a thesis; the food systems program covers production, distribution, policy development and sustainability; and the dietetics program prepares students for the dietician registration exam.

UVM's doctoral program in animal, nutrition, and food sciences is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a broad knowledge base in agricultural and life sciences. This program offers 3 areas of specialization: animal sciences, nutrition, and food sciences.

Career Requirements

Naturopathic physicians must be licensed to practice medicine. Licensure in Vermont requires a doctoral degree from a naturopathic medical program that has been accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, although unaccredited programs will be evaluated to determine if they are comparable. A passing grade on the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam is also required for licensure. Read on for a summary of these private and public school programs.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-16)
Johnson State College 4-year, public; distant rural Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Alternative Medicine In-state: $11,018
Out-of-state: $23,714*
The University of Vermont 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences;
or Exercise and Movement Science,
Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences;
or Food Systems,
Doctoral Program in Animal, Nutrition, and Food Sciences
Undergraduate in-state: $16,768; Undergraduate out-of-state: $39,160;
Graduate in-state $16,508; Graduate out-of-state $38,900*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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