Education & Training

After completing pre-medical undergraduate studies, Naturopathic Doctors train to be primary care providers at accredited institutions where they complete a four year doctorate level medical program.

The Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree involves the study of basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology), clinical sciences (cardiology, gynecology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, etc.) as well as clinical physical diagnosis. While the basic course work is similar to allopathic medical school, Naturopathic Doctors have additional training in natural therapeutics with a strong emphasis on preventative care.

In Oregon, Naturopathic Doctors must pass a rigorous professional board examination (NPLEX) to be licensed as primary care doctors overseen by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. Please see the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical College’s “Professional Competency Profile” for more information.