Education & Training of Naturopathic Doctors
Education of modern qualified naturopathic doctors is rigorous. Their education includes premedical undergraduate coursework, completion of a four year, residential, graduate level program at an accredited naturopathic medical college, two years of supervised clinical internship (and in some cases a one- or two-year postgraduate residency program). NDs study the same basic and clinical sciences as do other medical students as well as the full spectrum of natural medicines and therapies. To be licensed, NDs must then pass state board examinations and meet other requirements for licensure.
NDs are extensively trained in physical examination, laboratory testing, gynecological examinations, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing, X-ray examinations and other diagnostic tests. NDs are the only primary care physicians trained in the use of a wide variety of natural therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and lifestyle counseling to restore and maintain good health. NDs can perform complete physical examinations including women's health exams and can order laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging.
They combine and adapt naturopathic medicine treatments to the needs of the individual patient based on a philosophy which acknowledges the patient as an active participant in the healing process.
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