Naturopathic Education

The Princeton Review 2007 Edition

“Naturopathic physicians (NDs) take a holistic approach to healing, and aim to cure disease by taking advantage of the body’s self-regenerative powers and harnessing the restorative power of nature.  Like osteopaths, naturopathic physicians endeavor to treat the whole person by taking into account the emotional, genetic, and environmental factors that have influenced their state of health.  Unlike osteopaths, however, naturopathic physicians emphasize natural remedies.  NDs also differ from allopaths (MDs); rather than limiting their treatment to synthetic drugs and invasive procedures, NDs predominantly utilize natural medicines and procedures.  Naturopathic physicians work to identify and eliminate the cause of disease, and are guided by six basic principles:

  • Do no harm
  • Utilize the healing power of nature
  • Identify and treat the causes
  • Treat the whole person
  • Focus on preventive medicine
  • Practice doctor-as-teacher”

Excerpted from The Princeton Review’s “Best 168 Medical Schools, 2007 Edition, Chapter 3: So You Still Want to Be a Doctor, page 24.

All Naturopathic Medical schools are accredited through The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).  CNME is the only Naturopathic Doctor Accrediting Agency recognized by the US Department of Education.

Bastyr Universtiy, Kenmore, WA

Bastyr UniversityBastyr University offers a rigorous, naturopathic medical program emphasizing both the science base of medicine and its clinical application. Comprehensive clinical training at our newly renovated clinic prepares graduates to thrive as holistic physicians. Shifts at multiple external sites offer students exposure to diverse populations and a wide spectrum of health issues. The Bastyr campus is located just north of Seattle, Washington.

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM), New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Boucher InstituteBINM offers Western Canada’s first four year full-time diploma of Doctor in Naturopathic Medicine. BINM offers small class sizes, an extraordinary faculty, and is located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. BINM students are eligible to sit for the NPLEX examinations for licensing as Naturopathic Physicians.

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CCNMEstablished in 1978, CCNM offers an accredited four-year, full-time professional program in naturopathic medicine. CCNM is committed to being the profession’s college in Canada, producing excellence in naturopathic medical education, clinical practice and research.

National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), Portland, OR

NCNMLocated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, NCNM provides and fosters a challenging, eclectic, and rigorous academic experience. NCNM does not just teach medicine; they teach a philosophy of living that leads to radiant health, and they show students how to convey this wonderful gift to their patients.

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM), Tempe, AZ

SCNMLocated in sunny Arizona, SCNM prepares students to become naturopathic physicians trained and educated in the principles of naturopathic medicine. We promote learning through educational innovation, medical integration, and research and clinical collaboration. Their faculty’s commitment to the art and science of healing has made SCNM a leader among the naturopathic medical schools.

University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM), Bridgeport, CT

BridgeportThe College’s mission is to provide appropriate educational experiences to prepare candidates to become doctors of naturopathic medicine. The College seeks: to teach and search for new knowledge; to educate men and women of personal integrity and social conscience; and to maintain close relationships among faculty, students and community professionals.

National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, IL

National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, ILNational’s N.D. program provides you with a rigorous curriculum that blends thorough scientific foundation with comprehensive training in naturopathic treatments. As a student in the naturopathic physician program at National, you will study the same basic sciences as an M.D., but you will learn holistic and natural approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.