Q. How is a licensable Naturopath trained?

Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year, graduate level medical schools with admissions requirements comparable to those of other medical schools. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree (ND) is awarded after classroom, clinic and practical study. NDs are trained in medical sciences including:

  • Anatomy
  • Cardiology
  • Physiology
  • Neurology
  • Biochemistry
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Minor Surgery
  • Microbiology
  • Obstetrics
  • Immunology
  • Gynecology
  • Dermatology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pediatrics
  • Lab Diagnostics
  • Clinical and Physical Diagnosis

Throughout the four year program, there is training in Naturopathic therapeutics, including therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, hydrotherapy, Naturopathic manipulative therapy, and other therapies.

The accrediting agency for Naturopathic medical schools and programs in North America is the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).

There are presently seven colleges accredited by the CNME in North America.