ND, TND or CHHP?
Since our inception, Rockwell was the first school to use the terminology of ‘traditional’ naturopathic doctor (TND) as a replacement for naturopathic doctor (ND) to avoid confusion or liability in states that license naturopathic physicians a.k.a. NDs.
Other educational providers, like Trinity School of Natural Health soon followed suit, disbanding their old ND program completely in lieu of concerns about legal issues since licensing naturopaths has become a thing in some states.
Therefore it is common to use an alternative professional title with the acronym CHHP, which stands for a “Certified Holistic Health Practitioner”.
We encourage and allow students to adopt this title at their discretion and/or if they reside in any one of the few states where the practice of naturopathy is limited and/or restricted.
However, keep in mind, use of the professional title Traditional Naturopathic Doctor is perfectly legitimate in most states across the country (USA).
With that being said, and in the case of Rockwell, our use of the term “certified” means we certify that the graduate has completed our educational requirements, which are numerous indeed.
The public may at anytime call and verify a graduate who gets their own unique graduate ID #.
These same restrictions concerning naturopathic licensing do not usually apply to our international students abroad where licensing is not offered to naturopathic physicians.
Most people all over the world are free to practice naturopathy without restriction assuming responsible practice (see Benchmarks in Training for Traditional Naturopathy by the World Health Organization here).
The bottom line with all of this is that when it comes to holistic medicine education or alternative career paths, there is no governing body of any kind. Therefore there is no true certification. Which also means, no educational oversight, so students should choose the school that resonates best with them and their ideas of what a holistic medicine school should be.