The Naturopathic School
Earn your Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
The Naturopathic College's Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine is
a four-year program that trains holistic primary care physicians.
In turn, the program prepares graduates to sit for board examinations
in states and provinces that license NDs (naturopathic physicians).
The program at the NCNM naturopathic school emphasizes
a distinctive approach to health and healing an
approach that considers the whole person when treating specific
conditions, one that seeks to diagnose and treat causes wherever
possible. Naturopathic medicine is heir to the vitalistic tradition
of medicine in the Western world. This is evidenced by its emphasis
in treating disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and
support of the inherent healing power of the body. Chosen methods
of treatment respect this natural healing process.
To begin the journey
toward your Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree, click here
to fill out our application form. We look forward
to reviewing your application!
Program of Study for Naturopathic Doctors
The ND degree course of study at the naturopathic college is an intensive four-year
doctoral program that prepares candidates for state board licensing
examinations and the general practice of naturopathic medicine.
Upon graduation, alumni are eligible to sit for board examinations
in states and provinces that license naturopathic physicians. The
core, or required, curriculum provides the foundation and skills
necessary for establishing a naturopathic family practice.
First year studies include the normal structure and function of
the body with a solid introduction to naturopathic theory, philosophy,
Second year focuses on the study of
disease and diagnosis while beginning course work in botanical
medicine, therapeutic manipulation, clinical nutrition, and homeopathic
medicine sequences. To enter into the clinical training of the
third year, students must pass all basic science courses and diagnostic
courses, as well as a clinic entrance examination.
Third year continues
focusing on the botanical medicine, manipulation, clinical nutrition,
and homeopathic medicine sequences, begins the organ systems courses
(which emphasize case management), and gives major emphasis to
clinical training. Students must pass a clinical primary status
exam to proceed in the clinic.
Fourth year continues the organ systems courses. The major focus
of the fourth year is practical clinical training, working side
by side with licensed physicians caring for patients. A clinic
proficiency exam ensures clinical competency prior to graduation.
Because the program is rigorous and the course load heavy, students
may choose to complete the N.D. degree in five rather than four
years at the NCNM Naturopathic School. In some
cases, students may be required to be in the five-year track.
Students may take no more than seven years to complete the program.
Visit these links for additional information about the Naturopathic Medicine School:
History of Naturopathic Medicine
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