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List of Natural Healing Schools in the U.S.

Degree programs at particular accredited private universities offer students natural healing education at various levels. Students interested in this training can typically pursue a doctoral degree.

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Students interested in pursuing a career in naturopathic medicine can choose from a handful schools that offer the necessary training. Natural healing schools typically offer programs at the doctorate level.

List of Accredited Natural Healing Schools

Accredited natural healing schools are somewhat hard to find. This table provides a list of these schools in the United States.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Bastyr University Kenmore, Washington 4-year, Private Doctorate Graduate $24,200
National College of Natural Medicine Portland, Oregon 4-year, Private Doctorate Graduate $19,799
National University of Health Sciences Lombard, Illinois 4-year, Private Doctorate Graduate $17,384
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences Tempe, Arizona 4-year, Private Doctorate Program tuition $33,660**
University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine Bridgeport, Connecticut 4-year, Private Doctorate Graduate $14,220

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website

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School Selection Criteria

As of 2017, there are five schools in the United States accredited by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC).

Consider the following when looking for a natural healing school:

  • Students should ensure that the college has been approved by the AANMC.
  • It is important to look for a natural healing school that provides clinical experience at a local hospital or natural medicine clinic.
  • Students interested in earning a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree should make sure that they have met the necessary admissions requirements. Most schools require at least a bachelor's degree, and students need to have taken specific undergraduate courses.
  • Students may want to find out the pass rate for graduates who take the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX), which is administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).

Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) Programs

The necessary credential for aspiring naturopathic doctors is the ND degree. Through a combination of lecture-based coursework and hands-on clinical training, these programs cover advanced concepts in holistic health care, such as homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutritional counseling and the mind-body connection. In addition, students gain experience with traditional medical treatments. In total, these programs take at least four years of full-time study to complete. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the NPLEX exam, which provides licensure to work as naturopathic doctors in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Although there are not many natural healing schools in the United States, those that do exist offer doctorate programs that focus on preparing students to attain careers as naturopathic physicians upon graduation.

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