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Frequently Asked Questions

CNME logoWhat is a CNME–certified residency?

The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) is the accrediting body for naturopathic medical education programs. By selecting a CNME–certified residency an applicant can be assured that a site will be held accountable for providing a well–rounded education with appropriate mentoring, clinical structure, continuing education, salary, etc.

How do I start my own residency?

Students cannot officially generate or start their own residency site. CNME guidelines for site accreditation state that “all qualified applicants must be considered,” therefore a student cannot be pre–selected as the resident when a site is being developed. Students can be extremely valuable in helping to generate interest in a residency at which point they are encouraged to have the interested doctor/practice contact the Residency Program Director. We will then follow up and assist in site development. That said, it is very common for the student who initiated the conversation with a site to be selected as the first resident for that site.

When are residency applications available?

Applications are posted online by early November each year.

When do residencies begin?

Generally new residencies begin October and April, after graduates are notified of fall and spring NPLEX Board results.

How do I make sure that I know about all residency options?

At this time there is no central residency site location. All CNME–certified residencies are run through NCNM, Bastyr, SCNM or CCNM . There is, however, a “universal application” for all U.S.–based residency positions open in any given year. The universal application is available on the school website in early November each year and will list all open positions.

Can I apply to one school if I attended another school? 

Any graduate of a CNME–accredited, four–year Naturopathic Medical program may apply to any of the residency programs.

As an international student am I eligible to apply for a residency?

Please be aware that you are required to be licensed as an ND in the U.S. to participate as a resident in the NCNM residency program. Many states have differing licensure laws and we suggest that you research the licensure rules and regulations for the state in which you are applying for a residency position. Also, if you are selected to be a resident, you will be required to demonstrate that you are legally eligible to work in this country at the time your residency begins. Historically, applicants have found it beneficial to hire an immigration attorney. This is at the applicant’s expense.

How much do naturopathic residents make?

Salaries range from $30,000 to $40,000 per year depending on the site. Residency sites must cover malpractice insurance for the resident and are strongly encouraged to provide full benefits. Sites may offer production bonuses, but the base salary must be set prior to the residency start date and cannot be dependent upon revenue generated.

Are naturopathic doctors required to do a residency?

At this time, Utah is the only state that requires a residency for licensure. However, as other states look at licensing NDs a required residency may become more common.