Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine attend an accredited four or five year naturopathic medical university. The admission requirements are highly comparable to a conventional medical university. The naturopathic doctor studies basic medical sciences: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology, neuroscience, pathology, immunology, neurology, oncology, gynecology, cardiology, pharmacology, dermatology, EENT (eyes, ears, nose and throat) and embryology. In addition to the rigorous basic science courses, naturopathic doctors do extensive training in physical clinical diagnosis, infectious disease, nutrition, diet and nutrient therapy, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine (naturopathic manipulation, colon hydrotherapy, electronic muscle stimulation, ultrasound, immersion bath therapy, cranial sacral therapy, etc.), naturopathic counseling, minor office and medical procedures, orthopedics, environmental medicine, and family medicine. Naturopathic doctors receive more classroom education compared with leading medical schools. Extensive clinical training is required both onsite at the university clinic and offsite at various preceptorships with both medical doctors (MD) and naturopathic doctors (ND).
Prior to practicing as a naturopathic doctor, graduates must take the licensing NPLEX Biomedical Science Examination and the Clinical Boards Examination through NABNE (North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners - www.nabne.org). The candidate is then subject to review by the state's Board of Examiners. Naturopaths are licensed in fifteen states including: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and United States Territories: US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Please visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website with questions or concerns regarding further educational and licensing questions.
For information on accredited naturopathic colleges and universities, please visit our Educational Opportunities Resource Guide.