EDUCATION OF NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS
Naturopathic doctors are trained in the same basic science and clinical applications as conventional medical students.
Professionally Trained Naturopathic Doctors
Naturopathic doctors (NDs), like Dr. Eric and Dr. Kristina, have attended a rigorous four-year graduate level medical program at an accredited naturopathic medical school, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.
Admissions requirements are comparable to those of conventional medical schools, which require a bachelor’s degree and pre-med courses.
The ND course of study includes approximately 4,500 hours of academic and clinical training. The program leads to a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree.
Naturopathic Medical Education
During the first two years of naturopathic medical school, naturopathic students are trained in the same basic science and clinical applications as conventional medical students. These studies include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and microbiology.
In the second two years of the program, ND students continue to take courses in conventional medical fields including cardiology, neurology, gynecology, pediatrics, and dermatology. They are also trained to interpret lab work, as well as pharmaceutical medications, specifically focusing on drug/herb/vitamin interactions.
During this time they also receive extensive training in holistic and nontoxic therapies with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. These modalities include therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and counseling.
Clinical Training in Naturopathic Medical School
Naturopathic students intern for two years under the close supervision of licensed doctors in a clinical setting. This hands-on application of knowledge with actual patients complements and solidifies classroom learning into practical skills of health and healing.