Naturopathic medicine students learn to treat all aspects of family health and wellness, from pediatrics to geriatrics. They attend four-year graduate-level programs at accredited institutions, where they are educated in the same biomedical sciences as allopathic physicians.
During their first two years of study, the curriculum focuses on basic and clinical sciences and diagnostics, covering:
- Human physiology
- Human pathology
- Macro- and microbiology
For at least the final two years of their medical program, students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals, learning various therapeutic modalities including:
- Botanical medicine
- Clinical nutrition
- Laboratory & clinical diagnosis
- Minor surgery
- Naturopathic physical medicine
- Nutritional science
Some member schools in the AANMC actually require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic medical schools. Students of naturopathic medicine use the Western medical sciences as a foundation on which to build a thorough knowledge of holistic, non-toxic therapies and develop skills in diagnosis, disease prevention and wellness optimization.