JoAnn Yanez, Executive Director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC)
As executive director of the AANMC, I have the privilege to speak with prospective students every week. One common theme I hear all the time is “How do I start?”
Once you’ve come to the decision to be an ND – there are a few key things that we recommend:
Do your homework. Naturopathic medicine is a WONDERFUL profession. In fact many people feel called or drawn to become NDs. However it is a small and growing profession and ND school is as demanding a commitment as traditional medical school; your heart must really be in it to excel. Visit an ND as a patient – and/or speak to one about their career. Contact us if you need help getting started. email@example.com
Speak to an admissions counselor. Each of the seven accredited naturopathic medical programs has prerequisites for admission – they are mostly the same – with a few differences by program. Check their websites and schedule an appointment to speak with an admissions counselor to make sure you are on the right track. aanmc.org/schools
Find the right program for you. Is geographic location a factor? Coursework or areas of specialization? Social activism? All of these things are worthwhile in considering the right fit for you.
Visit the schools. I know this may be financially tough for some, however it is a good idea to check out the programs you’re interested in. You will be there for at least four years of your life.
- BINM, Vancouver, BC
- CCNM, Toronto, ON
- University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, Bridgeport, CT
- Bastyr University, Seattle, WA
- Bastyr University, San Diego, CA
- NCNM, Portland, OR
- SCNM, Tempe, AZ
- NUHS, Lombard, IL
Develop your school plan. Do you need to relocate? Save up finances to afford school? Take prerequisite courses? Make sure you map out how to make your dream a reality!