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.