Online Naturopathic Degree Programs

The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) has a very informative article about online naturopathic degree programs. Read below:

Why won’t an online degree qualify me for licensure?

With the growing interest in online programs – and the increased capacities of technology – it’s only natural for you to wonder whether you could earn an ND degree online.

At this time, online naturopathic programs do not qualify graduates for licensure.

Graduates of online/correspondence programs are not eligible for licensure as naturopathic doctors in any jurisdiction that licenses naturopathic physicians. This is because all jurisdictions that license naturopathic physicians require completion of an accredited, in-residence doctoral level program that includes hands-on, supervised clinical training. Furthermore, graduates of online/correspondence programs are neither qualified nor eligible to sit for the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), the passage of which is also a requirement for licensure.

The reason why undergoing training in an in-residence program with hands-on, supervised clinical training is so important is that such programs enable NDs to develop excellent communication skills and the ability to establish positive patient relationships, two critical aspects of patient care that are best matured in classroom and clinical settings.

Risks to students attending non-accredited programs

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