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Naturopathic Certification and Certificate Programs

Read about certificate programs in naturopathy and requirements for certification. Get information on prerequisites and required courses for certificate programs, and take a look at the employment forecast for graduates.

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Essential Information

Naturopathy is an alternative, holistic approach to medicine. A certificate program in naturopathy prepares students for careers in nutrition, food service or health care. Interested individuals can earn a naturopathy certificate through specialized programs at accredited schools. Those seeking official certification must possess a graduate degree or equivalent professional experience.

Certificate programs in naturopathic studies include classroom and lab instruction. In addition to the study of medicine, naturopathic certificate programs cover diet, nutrition, exercise and theories of holistic health. Programs can typically be completed in less than one year. Certificate-holders may be qualified to sit for voluntary certification exams, depending on prior education and experience.

Educational Prerequisites

Enrolling in a certificate program for naturopathy does not necessarily require a college degree, although some may require a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applications must be submitted along with a processing fee.

Program Coursework

A certificate program might include naturopathic classes which cover:

  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbology
  • Eastern medicine
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Body language
  • Introductory psychology

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

Certification in naturopathy often leads to careers in industries such as healthcare, nutrition and food preparation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, job opportunities for health diagnosing and treating practitioners in general are expected to increase 26%, faster than the average for all occupations, between the years 2010 and 2020.

Professional Certification and Continuing Education Information

Individuals interested in becoming naturopathic practitioners typically obtain professional certification from the American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB). Before applying for certification from the ANCB, applicants must show proof of advanced professional and educational experience. Naturopathy certification must be renewed every two years, and candidates must complete continuing education courses. Those seeking an advanced career in naturopathy may consider earning a master's degree in acupuncture, chiropractics, midwifery or a related subject. They may also wish to complete a doctoral program to become Doctors of Naturopathy or Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine.

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