Naturopathic doctors (N.D.) are family practice-oriented primary health care doctors. Naturopathic doctors receive training from a four-year, graduate level, accredited naturopathic medical school and must successfully pass extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license. Currently four naturopathic colleges in the United States are accredited by the US Department of Education.
Interactive Health Clinic’s co-founders graduated from Bastyr University, the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the United States. Graduates of Bastyr actually receive more hours of training than an allopathic doctor graduating from Yale University Medical School*.
A licensed naturopathic doctor (N.D.) must fulfill state-mandated continuing education requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state’s law. Licensed naturopathic doctors are educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D., but also study holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy, with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.
In the state of Washington, naturopathic doctors are board-certified primary care providers trained in conventional medical sciences, diagnosis and treatment, and are experts in natural therapeutics. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, naturopathic doctors are required to complete training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, physical medicine and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health).
For more information, please download this Comparative Curricula document.
*SOURCE: Comparing Curricula of Naturopathic Medical Schools, Conventional Medical Schools, and Non-accredited “N.D.” Programs