According to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC), there are no specific degree prerequisites for a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree program; however, many students entering have completed a pre-med program and hold a Bachelor of Science degree. The AANMC also states that students are generally expected to have studied chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, English and humanities courses. ND degree programs are typically completed in four to five years. These programs generally combine classroom instruction with clinical education.
Doctor of Naturopathy Degree Programs
Naturopathy refers to a holistic approach to medicine. A doctor of naturopathy stresses both self-healing and the healing power of nature, placing a particular emphasis on the well-being of the whole body. Naturopathy is often called alternative medicine. A doctorate degree program in naturopathy includes several medical science and clinical science courses, such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, immunology and cardiology. Courses in a naturopathy program might include:
- Philosophy of natural medicine
- Oriental medicine
- Botanical or herbal medicine
- Lifestyle or naturopathic counseling
- Mind-body medicine
Continuing Education Information
Of the 16 states that currently license naturopathic doctors, 11 have continuing education requirements, according to the National College of Natural Medicine, www.ncnm.edu. These requirements generally call for up to 30 credits every two years, but vary from state to state. States that require some type of continuing education requirements for doctors of naturopathy are Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
Individuals who are interested in the holistic approach of naturopathy and would like to incorporate it into their practice can consider pursuing an ND degree from an AANMC accredited program.