As of the summer of 2016, there aren't any naturopathy schools in Arkansas, and the practice is neither licensed nor regulated in the state. However, students interested in careers in naturopathy can find degree programs in the related areas of nutrition, food and hospitality. The University of Arkansas offers undergraduate and graduate programs, while the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has a master's program in nutrition. There's a similar undergraduate nutrition program at the University of Central Arkansas.
Concentrations within the fields are offered by some schools. Depending on the education level of the program, students may be required to complete research projects, theses, or cumulative exams. An internship opportunity may be available to some students. Below are brief synopses of Arkansas' three schools offering naturopathy-related degree programs, as well as a comparison table showing location and tuition info.
University of Arkansas
Students who attend this public university in Fayetteville can earn a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences or a Master of Science in Food, Human Nutrition and Hospitality. Both programs can prepare students for careers in health care and public health services. For the undergraduate program, students choose from three concentrations that include general foods and human nutrition; hospitality and restaurant management; and dietetics.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Located in Little Rock, this university offers a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition program, which prepares registered dietitians and health professionals for advanced careers as dietetic specialists. Students can choose between four concentration areas that include nutrition and health promotion wellness, geriatric nutrition, pediatric nutrition and community nutrition.
Classes cover metabolism, statistics, research, biochemistry and food science. Along with coursework, students take part in a practicum to gain clinical experience working with clients. They're also required to pass a written examination and complete either a thesis or research project. After graduating, individuals can apply for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. If they pass, they can obtain state licensure as a Licensed Dietitian.
University of Central Arkansas
This Conway university has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program for students who want to become registered dietitians or nutrition specialists. Classes cover food science, meal management, food economics, sports nutrition and medical nutrition therapy, among other areas. Students also take a course in contemporary issues in nutrition, and they have the opportunity to take part in an internship to gain professional experience. Those who complete the internship are eligible for a written exam, which is needed to become a registered dietitian.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Naturopathy Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|University of Arkansas||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences||$9,130 per year for in-state undergraduates; $25,168 per year for out-of-state undergraduates*|
|University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||4-year, public; midsized city||Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition||$9,344 per year for in-state graduate students; $17,474 per year for out-of-state graduate students*|
|University of Central Arkansas||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Nutrition||$8,752 per year for in-state undergraduates; $15,275 per year for out-of-state undergraduates*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.