New Mexico doesn't have naturopathy programs that prepare graduates to become doctors of naturopathic medicine. Prospective students may be interested in exploring related programs in integrative health and specific natural therapies offered at a few public New Mexico schools. Students may choose to earn a bachelor's degree in integrative health studies, or choose from a number of related certificate programs. Some supervised fieldwork may be required, depending on the chosen field.
Read on to learn more about one of the programs in New Mexico offering naturopathy related programs and find tuition information.
University of New Mexico - Taos (UNM - Taos)
In the rural town of Ranchos de Taos, the UNM - Taos campus holds the distinction of using solar array panels to provide full power to the school's campus. The university offers prospective students a variety of certificate programs that focus on holistic health and healing arts, integrative massage therapy and teacher training certification in yoga. The programs teach students how to incorporate various holistic techniques to eliminate imbalance within the body and mind, promoting overall well-being and health.
The Certificate in Holistic Health and Healing Arts requires the completion of 32 credit hours and covers healing arts, meditation, consciousness and self-healing in addition to Kundalini yoga, Hatha yoga and Tai Chi. Elective courses include journal writing, oriental medicine, Qi Gong, energy medicine and massage, Reiki, homeopathy and herbology. Students also complete 6-8 credits in general education, focusing on the subject areas of natural sciences, humanities or fine arts, education and the social sciences.
Prospective students who pursue the Certificate in Integrative Massage Therapy can enroll in the 650-hour basic program or the 1000-hour advanced program, each including a clinical practicum. Core program classes for the 650-hour certificate program include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, hydrotherapy, deep tissue techniques, oriental medicine and massage ethics as well as 6-9 credits in elective courses.
Students who pursue the 1000-hour program complete 24 additional credits, which may include elective courses in Ayurveda, Thai massage, healing arts, nutrition, holistic health and emotional healing. The massage programs offered by UNM-Taos provide students with the necessary training and skills to become licensed after successfully passing the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM).
The Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program provides 200-210 hours of training and offers students three concentration options: myofascial yoga and anatomy trains, yogic psychology of chakras and Svastha yoga. Core coursework includes methodologies and ethics, yoga therapy and a class focusing on yoga and the myofascial body. Depending on areas of interest, students may choose from a variety of electives, such as Ayurvedic cooking, prenatal massage and yoga, meditation, consciousness and self-healing.
According to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, this state also doesn't currently have licensure laws regulating the practice of naturopathy, which is an alternative approach to healthcare with many potential natural treatment modalities.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Naturopathy Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|University of New Mexico - Taos||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Certificate in Holistic Health and Healing Arts,
Certificate in Integrative Massage Therapy,
Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program
|$1,872 in-state, $4,854 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator