Naturopathic Doctors - their Education and Licensing
When you are consulting with a US or Canadian licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) or a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) know- that both of the abbreviations are one and the same.
Your ND and NMD attended one of the 8 accredited naturopathic medical schools in the world.
These are four-year, in-residence, hands- on professional medical programs consisting of a least of 4,100 hours of class and medical training.
Prior to admission students must have completed a Bachelor's degree along with premedical science courses.
Naturopathic students are educated in the biomedical sciences like MDs or DOs such as pharmacology, laboratory diagnosis, as well as in the advances in science in combination with natural therapies.
Naturopathic schools require their graduates to complete four years of training in:
The final two years of their medical program, naturopathic medical students work in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed NDs.
Given the importance of hands-on, clinical experience for naturopathic medical students, the accrediting body for naturopathic medical colleges does not recognize degrees from online programs of study.
Naturopathic doctors have passed 2 complex national licensing exams in order to practice.
Although each naturopathic doctors practice differs from one another, NDs in their practice are bound by few core fundamentals:
Naturopathic doctors combine the use of natural medicine with modern diagnostic tools, providing their patients with a truly holistic experience.