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Naturopathic Training

To obtain a naturopathic medical credential (ND) that qualifies the recipient to sit for licensing examination students must have the following:

Prerequisites including three years of pre-medical sciences at a University with a cumulative grade point average 3.00 on a four point scale. Prerequisite courses: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory psychology and humanities.
Successfully complete a 4-year-full time program in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
Pass NPLEX board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic doctors in North America.
Meet the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.

Areas of Training

Naturopathic Doctors undergo training similar to medical doctors plus they include the naturopathic disciplines. The four areas of training in the four year, full-time Naturopathic Medicine curriculum are:

Basic Sciences - This area of study includes anatomy, physiology, histology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology and pathology.
Clinical Disciplines - Diagnostic medicine areas of study are physical and clinical diagnosis, differential and laboratory diagnosis, radiology, naturopathic assessment and orthopaedics.
Naturopathic Disciplines - There are six major disciplines that define the areas of naturopathic practice. Each discipline is a distinct area of practice and includes both diagnostic principles and practices as well as therapeutic skills and techniques. They include: clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulation and lifestyle counselling.
Clinical Experience - All students must complete 1,500 hours of clinical requirements and demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of Naturopathic Medicine prior to graduation.

Accredited Naturopathic Colleges

The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education's mission is to ensure the high quality of naturopathic medical education in the United States and Canada through the voluntary accreditation of four-year, graduate-level programs in naturopathic medicine. Students and graduates of programs accredited or pre-accredited (candidacy) by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) are eligible to apply for the naturopathic licensing examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).


The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) is the authority for establishing and maintaining the educational standards for the naturopathic profession and accredits the naturopathic colleges in Canada and the United States that enjoy recognition by the licensing and regulatory boards in the provinces and states.

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME)

President: Rita Bettenburg, ND

Executive Director: Daniel Seitz, JD, EdD

342 Main Street

P.O. Box 178

Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230 USA

Tel. 413-528-8877



Accredited Programs

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

1255 Sheppard Ave. East (at Leslie)

North York, Ontario M2K 1E2

Tel: 416-498-1255


Clinic: 416-498-9763

Fax: 416-484-6821



Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

300-435 Columbia Street

New Westminster, BC V3L 5N8

Tel: 604-777-9981

Fax: 604-777-9982



Bastyr University

14500 Juanita Drive Northeast

Kenmore, Washington 98028-4966

Tel: 425-823-1300

Fax: 425-823-6222



University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine

60 Lafayette Street

Bridgeport, CT 06601

Tel: 203-576-4109



National College of Naturopathic Medicine

049 SouthWest Porter

Portland, Oregon 97201

Tel: 503-499-4343

Fax: 503-499-0022



National University of Health Sciences

200 E. Roosevelt Road

Lombard, Illinois 60148

Toll Free: 800-826-6285



Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences

2140 East Broadway Road

Tempe, Arizona 85282

Tel: 480-858-9100

Fax: 480-858-9116




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