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Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year postgraduate schools with admission requirements comparable to those of conventional medical schools. The degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine requires four years of graduate level study in the medical sciences including:

  • anatomy 
  • physiology                
  • biochemistry              
  • pathology
  • microbiology
  • immunology
  • pharmacology
  • laboratory diagnosis
  • clinical & physical diagnosis
  • cardiology
  • neurology
  • obstetrics & gynecology
  • radiology
  • minor surgery
  • pediatrics
  • dermatology

Throughout the four years, there is training in naturopathic therapeutics, including:

  • therapeutic nutrition          
  • botanical medicine
  • homeopathy
  • hydrotherapy
  • naturopathic spinal manipulation
  • bodywork

Because the coursework in natural therapeutics is added to a standard medical curriculum, naturopathic doctors receive significantly more hours of classroom education than the graduates of many leading medical schools.

At Bastyr University, the last 2 years of the program are primarily clinical, where students are seeing patients under supervision of experienced Naturopathic doctors.  Clinicians are required to complete at least 880 hours on clinic shifts and in community clinics.  In addition, students are also required to work one-on-one with practicing Naturopathic doctors throughout their training.