Program of Study for Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Degree
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The core, or required, curriculum for the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree provides the foundation and skills necessary for establishing a naturopathic family practice.
First year studies include the normal structure and function of the body with a solid introduction to naturopathic theory, philosophy, and therapeutics.
Second year focuses on the study of disease and diagnosis while beginning course work in botanical medicine, therapeutic manipulation, clinical nutrition, and homeopathic medicine sequences. To enter into the clinical training of the third year, students must pass all basic science courses and diagnostic courses, as well as a clinic entrance examination.
Third year continues focusing on the botanical medicine, manipulation, clinical nutrition, and homeopathic medicine sequences, begins the organ systems courses, which emphasize case management, and gives major emphasis to clinical training. Students must pass a clinical primary status exam to proceed in the clinic.
Fourth year continues the organ systems courses. The major focus of the fourth year is practical clinical training, working side by side with licensed physicians caring for patients. A clinic proficiency exam ensures clinical competency prior to graduation.
Download the 4-year Naturopathic Doctor track.
Program Information At a Glance
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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Length of Program
Four years typical for full–time students
Five years typical for the ND/AOM dual degree track
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.
Tuition and Fees (first year)
- 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, 16 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.