Naturopathic/Complimentary Medicine(ND)

Overview

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.  The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods. (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 2011)

Naturopathic Medicine is based on the following principles:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
  • Identify and Treat the Causes (ToIle Causam)
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
  • Treat the Whole Person
  • Prevention

Additional Resources:

While at CSU

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Biology (2 semesters w/labs) LIFE 102 & LIFE 103
General Chemistry (2 semesters w/labs) CHEM111/112 & CHEM113/114
Organic Chemistry (2 semesters w/labs) CHEM 341 & 343/344 or CHEM 345 & 346
General Physics (1 or 2 semesters w/labs, depends) PH 121 & PH122 OR PH141 & PH142
Psychology (1 semester) PSYC 100
English  (2 semesters) CO150, CO/JTC 300/301
Mathematics & Statistics (requirement differs by school) MATH 125, MATH 155 or MATH 160; STAT201 or higher
Highly recommended courses: Social Sciences/Humanities (var.), Botany (BZ120), Genetics (BZ350), Physiology (BMS300/302), Anatomy (BMS301), Microbiology (MIP300/302), Public Speaking (SPCM200), Biomedical Ethics (PHIL305B, 130, 205), Philosophy of Science (PHIL325), Medical Terminology (OT215), Nutrition (FSHN150), Immunology (MIP342), Plant Identification (BZ223), Cellular Biology (LIFE210)

Programs and Preperation

Admissions Tests

Check with each program to determine the required test for application:

Graduate Record Exam (GRE):  http://www.ets.org/gre

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT):  www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm

Application Services

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Centralized Application Service (NDCAS):  https://portal.ndcas.org/

Associations

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP): http://naturopathic.org/
Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical colleges (AANMC): http://aanmc.org/
Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors:  http://www.coloradond.org/