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The Typical ND Student

Students decide to study naturopathic medicine because they have a desire to heal humanity and the planet. ND students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, are naturally inquisitive and dedicated to treating the whole patient.

Characteristics of ND students

  • Academically successful with an aptitude for the sciences
  • Background in volunteerism
  • Good communicators with a pleasant bedside manner
  • Inquisitive, like to get to the root of the problem
  • Measure personal success in terms of impact, not status
  • Respectful of the environment
  • Socially concerned
  • Understands the art and the science of medicine

Naturopathic doctor programs are very similar to MD programs. They both are academically rigorous and build on a strong science foundation. In addition to learning allopathic medicine, the ND student will also be responsible for learning about natural medicine and its principles. Building relationships is a big part of becoming a successful ND. Having a network of alumni, professors and fellow naturopathic doctors is a great way to find opportunities after graduation. The first 2 years of the ND curriculum will focus on the basic sciences and clinical trainings.

Students at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Pharmacology is often a required course in an ND program.

Sample ND Program Courses

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • History of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Statistics
  • Botanical Pharmacy Lab
  • Pathology
  • Public Health
  • Immunology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Pediatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency procedures
  • Mind-body medicine