Students in Arizona may choose to earn a doctoral degree in naturopathy from the private non-profit Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences. This is the only naturopathic medicine school in Arizona approved by the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners and accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. Clinical observation and studies, as well as rotations, are required by the program, which takes at least four years to complete. An overview of this school's program is provided below.
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
Tempe is the location of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM), which offers a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program. Students start out learning basic medical sciences, including biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. During the first year, students observe naturopathic doctors in private practice. They also receive instruction on the history and philosophy of naturopathic medicine. The second year provides intensive focus on naturopathic medical science, and the curriculum covers disease, clinical observations and laboratory diagnosis. Naturopathic topics, such as homeopathy and Oriental medicine, are also explored. During the third and fourth years, students participate in extensive clinical study and observation, applying what they've learned in the classroom. A total of 372 credit hours are required for program completion.
During their clinical training, students see patients in the school's medical center and at local community clinics. Students also have the opportunity to participate in elective site rotations in private practice, hospitals and a variety of care facilities. Since the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Board of Medical Examiners approves SCNM, graduates are qualified to sit for the Arizona Naturopathic Jurisprudence Examination.
A license is required to work as a naturopathic doctor in Arizona. To obtain the license, the applicant must be a graduate of an approved naturopathic medicine school, have successfully completed an approved internship or clinical training program in naturopathic medicine, have good moral and professional character and pass the Arizona Naturopathic Jurisprudence Examination. Applicants who have a license to practice naturopathic medicine in another state may be granted a license in Arizona by endorsement.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Naturopathy Degrees Offered||Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine||$317 per credit*|
Source: *Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.