Naturopathy Schools in FL with Course and Degree Descriptions

There are no schools in Florida that have naturopathy programs. Read an overview of ten related programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Naturopathy Schools in Florida

There are no naturopathy schools in Florida, and the practice of naturopathic medicine is not permitted in Florida as a stand-alone medical practice. Since naturopathy involves natural techniques, including massage, botanicals and herbals, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and homeopathy, schools that offer programs in these techniques may be an acceptable alternative to the prospective naturopathy student or professional wishing to enhance his or her medical practice with naturopathic modalities. There are over 20 Florida schools that offer programs compatible with naturopathic techniques. This article discusses ten schools that provide a variety of programs, including massage therapy, Oriental medicine, acupuncture and holistic nursing.

The state of Florida requires massage therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements include completion of an approved course and a passing grade on an approved certification examination in therapeutic massage. The massage therapy schools described below are all approved by the state of Florida, and graduates of these programs are qualified to sit for the required licensing examinations.

Acupuncturists must also be licensed. Licensure requires the completion of an approved training program and a passing grade on the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) examination or an approved Florida state exam. Chinese herbology is included in the scope of acupuncture practice in Florida.

The state doesn't regulate the practice of holistic nursing. However, registered nurses who want to work in the area of advanced holistic nursing are qualified to take a national board certification exam after completing a master's program in nursing, holistic nursing coursework and experience requirements.

Academy for Five Element Acupuncture

This Gainesville school offers a 36-month master's degree program in acupuncture and a 27-month post-master's certificate in Chinese herbal studies. These are both stand-alone programs, but may be taken concurrently. Admission to the Chinese herbal studies certificate program requires the completion of an accredited acupuncture program and a license to practice acupuncture or enrollment in an acupuncture program. Graduates of both programs are qualified to sit for the NCCAOM examinations in their respective disciplines. According to the school's web site, the NCCAOM Chinese Herbology exam module is required for Florida licensure as of October 1, 2014.

Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine

Situated in Ft. Lauderdale, the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine offers a 36-month master's degree program in traditional Chinese medicine/Oriental medicine. The curriculum covers topics like acupuncture techniques, herbs, diagnosis, nutrition and homeopathy. Students also participate in clinical rotations. Graduates are qualified to sit for NCCAOM examinations in acupuncture and herbology, as well as the Florida state licensing examination.

Broward College

Courses for Broward College's massage therapy certificate program are offered at the school's locations in Coconut Creek and Davie. This is an eight-month program covering deep tissue massage, Swedish massage and reflexology. Program resources include hydraulic massage tables, massage chairs, spa products and equipment. Students also work in the rehabilitation clinic shared with the physical therapist assistant program. The massage therapy program features hands-on practice and observation, and students receive therapeutic massage services as part of their training.

Daytona State College

Daytona State College is located in Daytona Beach. The school provides a 25-credit-hour vocational certificate program in massage therapy. Students learn about anatomy and physiology, ethics and allied modalities. The program also covers the theory and practice of hydrotherapy. Students practice what they learn in the classroom and labs in the massage therapy student clinic, which provides supervised therapeutic massage to the public.

Everglades University

Everglades University offers a fully online or on-campus bachelor's degree program in alternative medicine at its locations in Boca Raton, Orlando and Sarasota. The program is designed for new students and professionals in health-related fields, including nurses, massage therapists and medical assistants. The curriculum includes general education courses and required classes in anatomy and physiology, nutrition and chiropractic. Students also take 60 credit-hours of alternative medicine courses covering herbs, homeopathy, diet and nutrition, acupuncture and naturopathy.

Florida Atlantic University

Registered nurses with a bachelor's degree may be interested in the advanced holistic nursing master's degree program at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. This online, 33-credit program exposes students to holistic methods involving physical manipulation, mind-body practices and energy-based healing modalities. For nurses who already have a master's degree, the school also offers a post-master's certificate in advanced holistic nursing. Student practicums can be completed in the student's geographic area. Graduates are qualified to sit for the national board certification exam in advanced holistic nursing.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers a one-year, 25.5-credit-hour massage therapy program. Students in this program explore massage techniques and hydrotherapy, and they learn how to use professional massage equipment. The curriculum includes hands-on clinical training as well.

Keiser University

Keiser University offers an associate's degree in massage therapy at its campuses in Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach and Lakeland. This is a nontransferable degree program that focuses on anatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology and therapeutic massage techniques. Courses also cover Eastern bodywork, Western massage modalities and hydrotherapy. Additionally, students are required to take 24 credit-hours of general education courses. This program prepares students to establish and operate their own therapeutic massage practices.

Miami Dade College

Located in Miami, Miami Dade College offers a massage therapy certificate program with three tracks. The two-semester, generic option is for applicants who do not have a current healthcare-related certification or license. This track requires students to earn 25 credits. The 11.5-credit accelerated option is offered to physical therapist assistants and physical therapists who have graduated from an accredited program. The 17-credit transitional option is designed for designated, licensed healthcare professionals. Students complete clinical experiences in massage therapy on campus and at various community agencies.

Palm Beach State College

The massage therapy program at Palm Beach State College is offered at the school's Boca Raton campus. Consisting of 750 program hours, students learn about anatomy and physiology, hydrotherapy, allied modalities and traditional Oriental medicine. In addition to a massage lab, the school has a hydrotherapy lab for student training. Students provide massage therapy services to the public as part of the curriculum.

School Comparison Table

School Name School Type and Setting Alternative Healing Programs Offered Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Academy for Five Element Acupuncture 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city Master of Acupuncture,
Certificate in Chinese Herbal Studies
$42,050 (master's)*
Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine $15,595 (master's)*
Broward College 4-year, public; large suburb Vocational Certificate in Massage Therapy $2,468 in-state; $8,675 out-of-state (tuition only)**
Daytona State College 4-year, public; small city Vocational Certificate in Massage Therapy $2,098 in-state certificate cost only; out-of-state cost unavailable**
Everglades University 4-year, private not-for-profit; small city (Boca Raton), large suburb (Orlando), fringe rural (Sarasota) Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine $14,800 (bachelor's)*
Florida Atlantic University 4-year, public; small city Master of Science in Nursing - Advanced Holistic Nursing,
Post-master's Certificate in Advanced Holistic Nursing
$6,657 in-state; $17,885 out-of-state (master's)*
Florida State College at Jacksonville 4-year, public; large city Workforce Certificate in Massage Therapy $3,300 (certificate)**
Keiser University 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city (Port St. Lucie), small city (Lakeland), fringe rural (West Palm Beach) Associate of Science in Massage Therapy $15,664 (associate)*
Miami Dade College 4-year, public; large city Massage Therapy Certificate $2,402 in-state; $8,883 out-of-state (25-credit certificate, tuition only)**
Palm Beach State College 4-year, public; large suburb Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate in Massage Therapy $2,085 (certificate)**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Schools' websites.

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