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Houston Naturopathy Universities with Degree Program Information

There are only five accredited naturopathic medicine schools in the U.S., none of which are in Texas. Learn about related programs in Houston, admission info and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

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Comparison of Houston Naturopathy Schools

There are no naturopathy schools in the Houston area. However, since naturopathy involves natural techniques including massage and manipulation, nutrition, botanicals and herbals, acupuncture and homeopathy, local schools that offer programs in these disciplines may provide an acceptable alternative to prospective naturopathy students.

Students who want to study natural medicine in the Houston area can pursue degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). This college provides training in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) along with integration of TCM into mainstream biomedicine. Texas Chiropractic College is the fourth oldest chiropractic college in the country, boasting cutting-edge facilities and innovative cooperative rotation programs and participation with conventional medicine. The Council on Chiropractic Education accredits this college's doctoral program. Providing over 200 degree and certificate programs, San Jacinto College has 12- and 8-week accelerated 'minimester' courses, as well as regular 16-week courses. The school offers day, evening, weekend courses, hybrid on-line and classroom courses and spring and holiday mini courses.

American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Texas Chiropractic College San Jacinto College
Programs Offered Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) Massage Therapy Certificate
Related Programs Offered None Doctor of Chiropractic/Master of Science (MS) in Fitness and Human Performance None
School Type 4-year; private for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2011) 129* 277* 29,392*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees 2012-2013 $10,820* $10,300 (tuition only, 12 credits or more)** $1,312 in-district; $2,296 in-state; $3,496 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2011) N/A* N/A* 54%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) N/A* N/A* N/A - Open admissions*
Relevant Facilities Acupuncture clinic Campus Health Center and Moody Health Center,
Simulated treatment rooms,
Radiology department,
X-ray lab and suite,
Labs for biology, physics, chemistry, neurology, histology and blood,
Adjusting labs,
Microbiology and physiology lab
Massage clinic
Noteworthy Ability to serve internships in China,
Accredited by Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,
Approved by California Acupuncture Board
Accredited by Council on Chiropractic Education N/A
Distance from Downtown 12.3 mi (19 min.) 20.9 mi. (24 min.) 22.9mi. (28 min.)

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Texas Chiropractic College


Degrees at American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Students with a bachelor's degree consisting of at least 30 semester credit hours of general education from an accredited college are eligible to apply to the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine master's degree program. They must also have at least six semester hours of biology, chemistry and/or biochemistry. Academic excellence is a factor for admission.

Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Students participate in academic instruction on the theoretical systems of Chinese medicine. In this 162-credit program, they learn to analyze human physiology, pathology and diagnose using traditional Chinese medicine. They also learn about the network of meridians and collaterals in the human body. Academic instruction is also provided in Qi-gong, Tui-Na, herbology, biomedical clinical science, integrated medicine and clinical medicine.

Students serve a number of clinical internships and obtain clinical training in the areas they learned academically and in pain management. They participate in clinical programs in cooperation with traditional medical facilities in the United States. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad in China to observe and treat patients in various Oriental medical specialties.

Degrees at Texas Chiropractic College

Texas Chiropractic College requires that applicants have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (120 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university. The applicant must have maintained a minimum 2.7 grade-point average on prerequisite courses covering biological sciences, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics.

Doctor of Chiropractic

In addition to medical courses in microbiology, physiology and anatomy, pathology and biochemistry, chiropractic students take courses in spinal anatomy, spinal biomechanics, diagnostic imaging and treatment modalities. They learn orthopedics and adjusting procedures, rehabilitation and neurology. Students spend extensive time in hands-on learning, participating in clinical rotations and internships in a variety of medical specialties in regional hospitals and clinics.

San Jacinto College

Among the health science programs offered at San Jacinto is a certificate program in massage therapy. The program can be completed in as little as two semesters and graduates can qualify for licensure in less than a year. This program is only available at the main campus.

Massage Therapy Certificate

Prospective massage therapists take courses in health and hygiene, anatomy and physiology, pathology for massage and a variety of massage modalities. They must also complete a 50-hour hands-on internship before they can be licensed in the state of Texas. Students must pass the Texas Department of State Health Services Massage Therapy Registration written examination before the certificate will be awarded.

Other School Options

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Phoenix, Arizona, which is more than a thousand miles from Houston, is the closest Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) program. Prior to admission to this ND program, students must have a bachelor's degree, preferably with science or pre-med courses. This prerequisite may be completed in Texas before applying to Southwest College.

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