Training

Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year, graduate level medical schools with admissions requirements comparable to those of other medical schools. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree (ND) is awarded after classroom, clinic and practical study. NDs are trained in medical sciences including:

anatomy cardiology physiology
neurology biochemistry radiology
pathology minor surgery microbiology
obstetrics immunology gynecology
pharmacology pediatrics dermatology
lab diagnostics clinical & physical diagnosis

Throughout the four years, there is training in naturopathic therapeutics, including therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, and other therapies.

The accrediting agency for naturopathic medical schools and programs in North America is the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). The CNME is the only naturopathic accrediting body in the United States that is recognized by the US Department of Education.

There are presently two colleges accredited by the CNME in the United States: