Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Degree

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Program Information At a Glance

General Requirements

While no minimum GPA is specified, only a small percentage of admitted applicants have below 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Candidates for admission are evaluated holistically based on:

  • Dedication to service, compassion, critical thinking skills, ability to communicate, and self–discipline

  • Affinity for and prior experience with naturopathic or Chinese medicine

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Overall scholastic record

  • Understanding and appreciation of health care issues

  • Other achievements

Applicants are selected regardless of race, gender, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disabilities, or any other protected class under local, state, or federal law.
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Curriculum & Length of Program

The core, or required, curriculum for the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree provides the foundation and skills necessary for establishing a naturopathic family practice.

Four years typical for full–time students in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program. Because the program is rigorous and the course load heavy, students may choose to complete the ND degree in five rather than four years at the NCNM's School of Naturopathic Medicine. In some cases, students may be required to be in the five–year track. Students may take no more than seven years to complete the program.

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Career Opportunities

  • Naturopathic doctor working as a primary natural care physician in private practice or at a clinic dedicated to integrative medicine

  • Research scientist studying natural medicine

  • Naturopathic consultant/advocate in industry, insurance or the political arena

  • Wellness entrepreneur

  • Natural medicine spokesperson/advisor

  • Rural community doctor

  • Dietary supplement entrepreneur or natural products specialist

  • Corporate wellness educator

  • Public health administrator

  • Natural medicine author/public speaker

  • Faculty member in naturopathic or conventional medical institution


Currently, 17 states, five Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands all have laws regulating naturopathic doctors. Learn more about licensure from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Visit NCNM's licensing section for more information about ND licensing.