There are currently no schools in New York that offer naturopathic courses, and the practice isn't regulated in the state. For New York students, the nearest accredited naturopathic college is located in Connecticut. However, there are colleges in New York that offer degrees and certificates in related fields of alternative healthcare, such as acupuncture, herbology and Oriental medicine.
Programs lead to associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; admission requirements vary by education level and might include previous experience. Such programs often concentrate on the development of hands-on skills and might include fieldwork experiences or internships.
Listed below are five schools in New York where students can earn a certificate or degree in various types of alternative healthcare.
Situated in Buffalo, D'Youville College offers several program options for aspiring chiropractors. The Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree is a 3.5-year professional program that gives students the choice of a 182-185-credit project option or a 186-189-credit thesis option. The curriculum includes courses in microbiology, diagnostic imaging and pathophysiology. Further options include a 2-year advanced standing DC program for physicians and a 7-year program where students can earn a BS in Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic in sequence. D'Youville classes are kept small with only 10 students per instructor.
Finger Lakes Community College
Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY, gives students the chance to master therapeutic massage through its AAS program. Students who seek this degree must complete 64 credit hours in subjects like shiatsu, yoga, Swedish massage and Oriental healing. Further requirements consist of classes in the English and biology departments, including human anatomy and physiology. Finger Lake's massage program is taught by licensed practitioners in the field.
New York Chiropractic College
New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls has a chiropractic program where students can earn professional degrees in this natural form of healthcare. The program consists of 4,380 hours of core courses and 225 hours of electives. Subjects range from biochemistry and physiopathology to diagnostic imaging and ancillary therapeutic procedures.
New York Chiropractic College also offers 2 other alternative healthcare programs through its Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: a 120-credit Master of Science in Acupuncture and a 164-credit Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Admission to either program requires students to have completed at least 90 semester hours or its equivalent in college credit.
New York College of Health Professions
The New York College of Health Professions in Syosset offers a range of certificates and degree programs in alternative healthcare. After completing 72 credit hours, students can earn an Associate in Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy. The Graduate School of Oriental Medicine at this college also offers a program where students can learn about acupuncture and herbal medicine as they earn the 185 credit hours required for the Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science in Health Sciences/Oriental Medicine. A 145-credit-hour acupuncture degree program that leads to a Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science degree in Health Sciences/Acupuncture is available through this graduate school as well.
New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Mineola offers various courses in alternative healthcare, including Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Students are given six years to complete the school's degree programs at a minimum of 23 credit hours per year. In addition to the courses, students must also complete clinical training for the acupuncture and Oriental medicine degree programs. The college also offers a graduate-level certificate program in Chinese herbology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Alternative Healthcare Degree Programs and Certificates Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|D'Youville College||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Biology/Doctor of Chiropractic,
Doctor of Chiropractic,
Advanced Standing Doctor of Chiropractic
|Finger Lakes Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Associate of Applied Science in Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care|| $5,158 in-state
$7,450 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
|New York Chiropractic College||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town|| Master of Science in Acupuncture,
Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,
Doctor of Chiropractic
|New York College of Health Professions||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Associate of Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy,
Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science in Health Sciences/Acupuncture,
Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science in Health Sciences/Oriental Medicine
|New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science in Acupuncture,
Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Science in Oriental Medicine,
Chinese Herbology Certificate
Source: *NCES College Navigator.