- Both the Department of Education and the Carnegie Institute classify the ND degree as a first-professional degree under Doctorate-Professional (clinical), on par with MD and DO degrees.
- Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year, post-graduate level medical schools with admissions requirements comparable to those of other medical schools. ND’s are trained in all the medical sciences: anatomy, cardiology, biochemistry, neurology, physiology, pediatrics, pathology, dermatology, microbiology, obstetrics, immunology, gynecology, radiology, pharmacology, minor surgery, lab, physical diagnosis, etc.
- Naturopathic doctors have in depth clinical training during the course of their schooling where they are required to perform minor surgery, physical examinations, women’s wellness exams, IV therapy, IM therapy, and many other clinical hands on applications.
Throughout the four years, there is didactic and clinical training in naturopathic therapeutics; including:
- therapeutic nutrition
- botanical medicine
- bio-identical hormone therapy
- pharmacology and minor surgery
- The CNME has currently accredited four schools to provide such education. These schools are Bastyr University, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the University of Bridgeport