Chicago-Area Naturopathy Program Information
Students who would like to study naturopathy in the Chicago area may look to the National University of Health Sciences, which offers a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at its Lombard campus, about 25 minutes from downtown. One of only seven schools in the United States with an accredited naturopathic medicine program, this is the only school that offers naturopathy classes in the region. This article looks at the school and this degree program. It also contains a table of facts, such as enrollment, graduate school tuition and the percentage of students who receive financial aid.
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|National University of Health Sciences|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)||686 (mostly graduate students)*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb|
|Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$19,800*|
|% of Students Receiving Grant/Scholarship Aid (2016-2017)||51%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
National University of Health Sciences
The naturopathic medicine program at the National University of Health Sciences teaches students about the principles of naturopathic philosophy and theory - such as promoting wellness, identifying the causes of illness and treating the whole person - and prepares them to become primary care physicians. The school features collaborative learning opportunities and several dozen instructors who teach courses in the basic and clinical sciences.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
A bachelor's degree and a GPA of at least 3.0 are required for admission to this program. Before enrolling, students must also complete prerequisite courses in English, biological sciences, psychology, chemistry and physics. The university offers a prerequisite program for students wishing to enter the naturopathic medicine program who didn't complete the prerequisite courses during their undergraduate studies.
Students are trained in botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy and minor surgery, among other areas. The 3-phase curriculum includes courses in the basic and clinical sciences, such as anatomy, homeopathy, botanical science, disease diagnosis and treatment. Students also complete a clinical practice phase that involves a yearlong, full-time internship at one of the university's clinics. Naturopathy students will also be able to spend three weeks at a Salvation Army clinic and experience a weekly rotation in homeopathic medicine.