What is a Naturopathic Practitioner?
Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapies, including herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional counseling.
Naturopathy was brought to the United States from Germany in the 1800s, but some of its treatments are centuries old. Today, it combines traditional treatments with some aspects of modern science.
How does it work?
The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person — that means mind, body, and spirit. It also aims to heal the root causes of an illness — not just stop the symptoms.
A naturopathic practitioner may spend 1 to 2 hours examining you. They’ll ask questions about your health history, stress levels, and lifestyle habits. They may order lab tests.
Afterwards, they will typically discuss your personal health plan. Naturopathic medicine focuses on education and prevention, so your doctor may give you diet, exercise, or stress management tips. They might use complementary medicine — like homeopathy, herbal medicine, and acupuncture — in addition to naturopathic treatments. They may also use touch, such as massage and pressure, to create balance in your body. This is called naturopathic manipulative therapy.
Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program.
- Biological Sciences (Can be proven via: Cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics)
- Chemistry (Can be proven via General and Organic Chemistry)
- English proficiency
- Medical Knowledge: Apply appropriate biomedical knowledge and clinical skills to patient-centered naturopathic primary care.
- Patient Management: Apply the philosophy of naturopathic primary care to effectively encourage prevention, treat health problems, and foster optimal health.
- Communication and Collaboration: Apply communication skills that result in an effective connection with patients, their loved ones, and other health professionals.
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Appraise, assimilate and apply scientific evidence to improve patient care.
- Ethics and Professionalism: Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
- Practice Management and Business Skills: Identify opportunities and develop resources for establishing and maintaining a viable career using your naturopathic medical education.
- Systems-Based Practice: Effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value
Transfer of credits
We accept credits from national universities from all over the world provided that the curriculum matches the separate topics.