Careers in Naturopathic Medicine

By: CarolAnn Bailey-Lloyd

There are two careers in naturopathic medicine: Naturopathic Doctors (ND) and Naturopathic Medical Doctors (NMD). The primary difference between these two professions is that Naturopathic Medical Doctors must have completed additional training in clinical sciences.

Prerequisites for entry into most naturopathy colleges or schools includes an equivalent of a four-year degree in basic sciences; including biology, chemistry, physics, math, and humanities.

Once you've completed all course prerequisites, you must complete a minimum of a four- to six-year course of study in naturopathy to earn one of the . The four-year curriculum entails comprehensive studies in biochemistry, human physiology, histology, embryology, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles, hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, macronutrients, homeopathy, and more.

Upon completion of clinical education and practical training, graduates need to take board exams to meet the standards, which are required by individual States and/or Nationally. Depending in which State you reside, you may require licensure -- as is the case in Canadian Provinces, and in 13 US States. In addition, careers in naturopathic medicine must be maintained by keeping certification and/or licensure updated through continuing education programs.

Careers in are perfect for candidates who have good communication skills, and who can effectively use observation capabilities to "read" patients, and treat individual healthcare needs. As a holistic profession, careers in naturopathic medicine adhere to quality care principles including the Hippocratic Oath, which includes treating the "whole person," and to "first do no harm," among others.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in learning more about these or other wellness occupations, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore near you.

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