Naturopathic Doctor Education

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are the only primary care providers who are clinically trained in both natural and conventional approaches to medicine. Naturopathic doctors attend four-year post-graduate federally recognized and accredited medical schools and are trained in the same medical sciences as medical doctors (MDs). Their education includes the latest advances in medicine, with a focus on natural approaches to treatment and an underlying philosophy of treating the root cause of disease.

Naturopathic doctors’ education and training includes:

  • Two years of basic science education (e.g., gross anatomy, biochemistry, physiology).
  • A Board exam covering basic sciences.
  • Two years of education in the clinical sciences (e.g., gynecology, oncology, cardiology).
  • A Board exam covering the clinical sciences.
  • An integrated curriculum incorporating conventional and alternative treatment approaches.

Naturopathic doctors’ training emphasizes treating disease with a wide range of natural therapies, such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, counseling, musculoskeletal techniques, and clinical nutrition. Naturopathic doctors are trained in the appropriate use of conventional and alternative testing techniques. They complete 1,500 hours of clinical internships and treat patients under the supervision of naturopathic and conventional doctors in an outpatient setting.

Currently, there are eight accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America:

  • Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA
  • Bastyr University California, San Diego, CA
  • Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM),Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), Toronto, ON, Canada
  • National College of  Natural Medicine (NCNM), Portland, OR
  • National University of Health Sciences  (NUHS), Lombard, IL
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), Tempe, AZ
  • University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM), Bridgeport, CT