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Naturopathic Medicine


Naturopathic Physicians (N.D.s) are primary health care practitioners. They are trained to be the doctor first seen by the patient for general health care, for advice on keeping healthy, and for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions. They also serve those whose treatment by conventional means has not met their needs and who seek naturopathic care as an alternative.

About Naturopathic Medicine
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP); AANP Annual Convention, August 15-17, 2019
American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board (ANMCB)
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME)
Financial Aid, Loans, and Scholarships
Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Naturopathic Doctor Licensure
Naturopathic Doctor Profile
Naturopathic Graduate Success Stories
Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA)
Naturopathic Medical Student Experiences
Naturopathic Medicine Career Resources
Naturopathic Medicine Definition
Naturopathic Medicine FAQ
Naturopathic Medicine Information
Naturopathic Medicine News
Naturopathic Medicine Philosophy and Practice
Naturopathic Medicine Principles of Healing
Naturopathic Medicine Research and Data
Naturopathic Oncology Information
Naturopathic Physician Overview
Naturopathic Professional Education
Naturopathic Webinars
Naturopathy Information
Naturopathy/Naturopathic Medicine Information
ND & MD Curricula Comparison
NDs in the News
North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners
Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP)
Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Salary and Job Outlook for a Naturopathic Doctor
What Is a Naturopathic Doctor?
What Is Naturopathic Medicine?



Program Length

Four years

Professional Schools' Organization

Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC)
AANMC Member Schools
CNME Accredited Naturopathic Schools

Application Service

NDCAS (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Centralized Application Service)
NDCAS Participating Programs

Academic Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree with course requirements similar to those required by allopathic medical schools.

Admission Exam


Personal Attributes & Experiences

The naturopathic physician is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. The physician must strive to inspire hope as well as understanding. The physician must also make a commitment to his/her personal and spiritual development in order to be a good teacher. The physician emphasizes the treatment of disease through the stimulation, enhancement, and support of the inherent healing capacity of the person.

Recommendation Letters

As specified by each school.