A Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care physician who is a graduate of a college of Naturopathic Medicine. Their education includes basic and clinical sciences with an emphasis on natural therapeutics and the prevention of disease. The naturopathic medical curriculum includes such conventional science courses as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pathology, histology, and biochemistry, and such clinical sciences as ayurvedic medicine, oriental medicine, nutritional medicine, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, manipulative medicine, psychotherapy, physical medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and surgery. Naturopathic physicians undergo a very rigorous medical education which upon completion renders them comprehensive primary health care providers.
The minimum requirement for admissions to a College of Naturopathic Medicine is 90 semester hours, although a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree is preferred.
The following pre-medical
sciences are required:
The remaining credit hours can be distrubuted among the following liberal arts disciplines: Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Other Natural Sciences.
The naturopathic medical education curriciulum requires that the student undergo two years of basic sciences and two years of clinical sciences in both naturopathic and conventional clinical courses. In addition, students are required to undergo clinical training in the form of clerkships and preceptorships through both clinic and hospital rotations as is required of Allopathic (M.D.) and Osteopathic (D.O.) medical students. Upon completing the program, they will be conferred the Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) or the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.) Degree, qualifying them for licensure. They may also choose to undergo a one year internship consisting of a general rotation in a hospital setting.