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Naturopathic medical education

  • Attend four years of undergraduate studies followed by four years of nationally accredited medical school.
  • Take national licensing exams after two and four years.
  • Classes in the first two years are similar for all trained physicians; consisting of the basic like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and others.
  • Training in the last two years consists of more specialized clinical education including integrated and alternative medical treatments.
  • Naturopathic diagnosis is very similar to allopathic doctors (MD’s and DO’s), using physical examination, blood tests, stool tests, EKG’s, and referring to specialists for special diagnostic tests, to name a few, but treatment is where we often greatly differ.
  • We are taught all the same principles as any other family physician: how to prescribe pharmaceuticals, deliver babies, perform minor surgery, and refer out for specialty treatment when appropriate.
  • We have great success utilizing less invasive and less harmful treatments such as nutrition and lifestyle coaching, natural supplementation, botanical medicine, homeopathic remedies, acupuncture, manual body manipulations, IV therapy and hydrotherapy.
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine National College of Naturopathic Medicine Yale University Johns Hopkins University
Basic and Clinical Sciences 1639 1548 1420 1771
Clerkships and Allopathic Therapeutics 1925 2244 2891(+theses) 3391
Naturopathic Therapeutics 633 588 0 0
Clinical Nutrition 132 144 0 0
Counseling 140 144 0(included in psychiatry) 0(included in psychiatry)
Total Hours of Training 4472 4668 4311(+ thesis) 5162


Naturopathic doctors are medically trained in comparable or more hours then offered at top Allopathic medical schools

Basic and Clinical Sciences: Anatomy, Cell biology, Physiology, Histology, Pathology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Lab diagnosis, Radiology, Neurosciences, Clinical physical diagnosis, Genetics, Pharmacognosy, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public health, History and Philosophy, Ethics and other course work.

Clerkships and Allopathic Therapeutics: Includes lecture and clinical instruction in dermatology, family medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, gastroenterology, neurology, urology, surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, and clinical electives.

Naturopathic Therapeutics: Botanical medicine, homeopathy, oriental medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, ayurvedic medicine, naturopathic philosophy, acupuncture, and other advanced naturopathic therapeutics.