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Where can I apply for my career and still be licensed correctly to perform it?

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I am a senior trying to find details about my major of choice: Naturopathic Physician. Although, I have came to notice that the only way you can become a licensed and valid physician of this pathway is to approach a CNME accredited program but from where I live they are far out of state and will most likely be high in tuition. I would like to know is there any other option within state I can choose and still be able to be a licensed Naturopathic Physician? #physician #medical-education #doctor

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Theodore’s Answer

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Naturopathic Physician is an amazing choice. Currently you are correct that in order to have full practice and legal protections as a physician you have to go to an accredited school. https://aanmc.org/naturopathic-schools/ . This does not guarantee that you can practice and utilize the full scope of care that you are taught in the state that you reside. Each state will set its own bylaws for practice and will likely be determined by the state medical board. This however doesn't mean that you cannot service your community as a Traditional Naturopath it does however mean you need to be cautious with how you market yourself and deal with the public. There are a lot of distance learning programs available that provide a good understanding of holistic health and coaching. If you are not going to an aanmc accredited school then you will be operating more as a Holistic Health Coach. I would still recommend going through an "ND" program as it will provide you with a good understanding of the human body and natural remedies.

It would be a good idea for you to get a BS maybe even an MS degree from a USDE accredited school so that if you decide to attend a traditional medical program of any kind you will have the basics under your belt. Many of the online schools will take advanced standing for credits earned at other institutions. You can also enroll concurrently. While I attended my traditional BS program I was also enrolled in herbalism and iridology programs.

Some ideas:
1. https://quantumuniversity.com/?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bts-spring&utm_content=promo-reminder-2#wow-modal-id-12

2. https://kcnh.org/

3. Life University In GA:
a.https://www.life.edu/academic-pages/undergraduate/

b. https://www.life.edu/academic-pages/graduate/
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Elana’s Answer

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I don't think you can practice as a Naturopath in most states--i.e., you cannot present yourself as a licensed physician, sit for a medical board exam or bill insurance companies. So I'm not sure which patients would potentially want to see you. Perhaps if you are affiliated with a holistic clinic that includes other CAM practitioners.
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