What is a ND?

In order to become a licensed naturopathic physician, one must complete undergraduate premedical course work and then attend a four year accredited naturopathic medical school.

Following graduation, there is a three day long series of national accreditation exams that must be passed before a candidate is eligible for license, to practice naturopathic medicine.

The successful completion of these exams enables the naturopathic physician to practice primary care medicine in accordance with the licenture laws of their particular state. In order to be fully licensed in a particular state a candidate must sit for, and pass, additional state exams.

Once licensed, to maintain a license, continuing education courses must be completed every year.

 

Accreditation

Following graduation, there is a three day long series of national accreditation exams that must be passed before a candidate is eligible for license, to practice naturopathic medicine.

The successful completion of these exams enables the naturopathic physician to practice primary care medicine in accordance with the licenture laws of their particular state. In order to be fully licensed in a particular state a candidate must sit for, and pass, additional state exams.

Once licensed, to maintain a license, continuing education courses must be completed every year.

In the states that license and regulate naturopaths, we are primary care physicians. Categorically, this is the same designation of licensure as an M.D.

 

Education

In order to become a licensed naturopathic physician, one must complete undergraduate premedical course work and then attend a four year accredited naturopathic medical school.

 

Philosophy

The Healing Power of Nature: We recognize an inherent self-healing process in an individual. Naturopathic physicians work to facilitate and maximize this inherent healing ability.

Identify and Treat the Cause: We strive to identify and remove any obstacles to healing and remove any causes of harm instead of merely suppressing symptoms of disease.

First Do No Harm: We begin with the least invasive and least harmful of treatments to gently stimulate healing.

Doctor as Teacher: We spend time with patients allowing them to understand the disease and healing process and how to become responsible for their own health.

Treat the Whole Person: Instead of piecing apart one’s illness by symptoms, we put the whole picture together and find a treatment plan for the whole person.

Prevention: We assess risk factors, susceptibility of disease, and make appropriate suggestions regarding lifestyle changes that can promote health and prevent disease. This is truly the cornerstone of naturopathic medicine.