Our Fully Accredited Naturopathy Program
We are honored to be one of only a few programs in the United States that is fully accredited through the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board found online at www.ANMAB.org. For you, the prospective student, this offers a program that has the reputation and credibility of being one of the finest in the country.
This accreditation is not just of value to us. It likewise provides a great deal of opportunity to you, as the prospective student. Upon graduation from our fully accredited Traditional Naturopathy Program, you, our graduate, will be eligible to sit for your National Board Exam through the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board found online at www.ANMCB.org. This board exam is nationally recognized and provides credibility and confidence for those that proudly refer to themselves as a Nationally Board Certified Traditional Naturopath. This designation also allows membership in the American Naturopathic Medical Association found online at www.ANMA.org. The ANMA is the largest and most respected professional organization for Naturopathy and other types of natural wellness.
We are honored at the confidence placed on us by the ANMA and it's concordant bodies. We support their mission to maintain the rights of all people to receive all types of Naturopathic modalities and protocols. We recognize that there are two predominant types of Naturopathic education in this country. The scope of these two different types of Naturopathic Educations differ greatly, and we maintain that rather than arguing and legislating who is right, the question should be what is right for you, the student. For more information on this topic, see Types Of Naturopathic Education.
One more note on accreditation. This word is used to describe many things. In most cases, rather than, "Is this program accredited?" the question needs to be, "Who is the program accredited by?" An example of this is evident in many natural wellness, naturopathic or herbal programs that list themselves as "State Accredited". These programs are often not referring to accreditation by an organization that accredits the caliber of education. Instead they are referring to registering with the state as a specialty school. This so called "state accreditation" is really a registration for tax purposes and is not in any way a reflection of the caliber of education. The next time someone says they are accredited, ask, "Accredited by whom?". In the case of your choice with our program, you can rest easy knowing that we are accredited by the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board. Our students throughout the country and from around the world that have completed our program are now enriching the lives of their clients and communities that they reside in.
Different Types Of Naturopathic Education
Before commenting on this topic, first let us be clear that in discussing different educational programs and organizations we disclaim all liability to the use of the information below. This is strictly our opinion and observations from years as one of the leading Naturopathic Programs in the country. We suggest this information only for your consideration as you research what is the best educational choice for you. We do not speak for any other school, company, association or organization.
What is Naturopathy?
- The term naturopathy traces its roots to the first Naturopathic school, The American College Of Naturopathy, founded by Dr. Benedict Lust in 1901. The term naturopathy is not synonymous with holistic or homeopathic as it is sometimes used. Naturopathy, by definition, is the governing discipline under which all types of natural wellness or traditional healing practices reside. Simply put, it is the umbrella for natural wellness. Because of its broad scope, this term is often caught in the middle of heated debates of "who is a Naturopath" and even ends up being legislated state by state. Let us simply outline a few types of programs that are commonly compared. Before you compare programs you need to identify types of programs. Splitting them into three categories might help.
- We find all types of specialty programs prolifically promoted throughout the country and online. These programs vary greatly and often focus on one modality of naturopathic medicine. Examples of these include an essential oil program, herbal program, foot zoning, reflexology, homeopathic programs and so on. These programs can be complex programs that last months or a year or they may only be a simple afternoon class. They also offer titles or accrediting bodies that were just created to support that class and don't have the history or respect of something like Naturopathy. The other huge difference with these targeted programs is that they are just that, targeted. They cover one topic and no matter how well they cover it, they lack the breadth of understanding of all types of modalities, especially a lack of understanding on how the body works. These programs can be very valuable when they are taken by someone who already has the foundational understanding that is provided in a fully accredited Naturopathy Program. However, when they are the place that someone starts, we often see people trying to implement the modality without the foundational understanding of body systems and how all modalities can work together. So yes, such programs may market that they are quick, easy and have inexpensive tuition. But be aware that having knowledge on one thing, like just essential oils, can be problematic. Invest in yourself by choosing a program that can truly provide enough education to give you the tools and understanding necessary to practice as a Naturopath.Traditional Naturopathy
- When it comes to Naturopathy there seems to be two main types of naturopathic educations and practitioners. Sadly, these types of practitioners tend to argue about the term naturopathy. This is especially unfortunate because the types of education differ greatly. Reason would dictate that both types should easily be able to function concomitantly in a society with so much illness and need for the principles of naturopathic wellness. As outlined above we trace our ability to use the term naturopathy to our accreditation by the ANMAB. Our naturopathy education includes all types of non-invasive concepts and practices of traditional and indigenous healing/wellness practices. See The Traditional Naturopathy program
page for details on what modalities our program include. We claim the right to teach these concepts and principles as they are not unique to one group of people, nationality or ethnicity. We teach non-invasive principles that were once common to all people and we feel ethically bound to provide such education to everyone. Our Traditional Naturopathic education is designed to be accessible to everyone. The combination of online and in person training allows everyone from mother and father to medical doctors and business people to take our program. See "time commitment in the FAQ's section". This type of education differs from the other type of naturopathic education because we do not claim the right to diagnose illness or provide modern medical intervention such as writing prescriptions or doing surgeries.
Modern Medical Naturopathy
- There are several programs that some people refer to as a Medical Naturopathic Program. These programs are residency based (on campus five days a week) that last on average 4 years and cost several hundred thousand dollars. Theses programs cover significantly more medical science than a Traditional Naturopathy Program. In many cases, graduates from such programs can write prescriptions and do surgical or other medical procedures. With the inclusion of such intense medical, pharmaceutical and invasive procedure training, it is no surprise that they are residency based and cost what they do. Sadly in our medical obsessed society, sometimes there is an incorrect assumption that this means they do a better job teaching naturopathic principles. This is a false assumption. Here at our school, we have had graduates from such programs go through our program in an effort to get more training on traditional naturopathic modalities and principles. Though we don't know of an example, we would not be surprised if a graduate from our program decides they want to practice more modern western medicine. In such a case, it would be our hope that they choose one such medical naturopathic program where even though they will be learning modern medical invasive procedures, they will also have some naturopathic fundamentals. It really comes down to how you want to practice. Do you want to have a license to diagnose? Do you want to write pharmaceutical prescriptions and so forth? Are you in a position to spend a few hundred thousands of dollars and go to school full time for several years?
The difference in time commitment, cost and scope is significant. There is no reason for these two types of naturopathic educational programs and practitioners not to work in harmony with the common respect for naturopathic principles going back centuries. We call on everyone to recognize the need for all types of naturopathy. We also recognize that in several instances, we have seen more main stream medical agencies intentionally instigate argument and legislation between the two types of naturopathy. When we are fighting among ourselves, we are not focusing on the betterment of naturopathic medicine.
Ask yourself the following questions: Why am I seeking a naturopathic education? How do I want to practice and what time and money am I ready to dedicate to it? If you want a program that can fit with your busy life or work, if you want to focus on Naturopathy rather than pharmaceutical and medical intervention, then we invite you to join our students from around the country that have found a home in our Traditional Naturopathy Program.
State & Country Licensing
State and Country License
- As with other topics discussed on this page, we remind you that we do not provide information on state laws. We can, however, give you some things to consider as you research this. At the time of publishing this page (2019), approximately 1/3 of the states in the U.S. have passed some sort of state legislation that regulates the scope and use of the word "naturopath". In every instance that we have seen, both types of naturopaths can practice legally, ethically and effectively in these regulated states. Such regulation has specific terminology and scope to keep in mind, but we have never seen it prevent someone from practicing naturopathy all together.
As an example, these state/country laws might regulate that only graduates from a residency based program can use the term "Naturopathic Physician" or "Licensed Naturopath". Another state might say this about the term "Naturopathic Doctor". With each of these, there might also be indications on the scope of practice. For example, it might say something about the use of needles or other medical procedures, drugs or prescriptions. It often becomes a question of what title or designation do you need to use to stay within state mandate. Also, what kind of procedures are regulated. When it comes to procedures, since our program focuses on non-invasive modalities, most of our graduates have an easy time adjusting to how they can practice. Remember, at present, this is only about 1/3 of the U.S. states and many countries. We encourage you to search for your own state or country naturopathic bills/laws and read through them carefully. If you have a question on how that would apply to your business/practice, then we recommend retaining legal counsel to assist you in understanding your own state laws. For legal reasons we are unable to answer more detailed questions on this topic.
"One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation."
Dr. Royal Lee - January 12, 1951
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