Traditional Naturopathic Programs & Coursework

Traditional naturopathic coursework can vary from school to school. Some offer a traditional track of herbalism, iridology, homeopathy, etc while others focus on oriental or eastern medicine such as Chinese, Native American or Ayurvedic modalities.

There are a few schools that focus on one specific path of study, while others touch on a wide variety of focus.

Above is a map of licensed naturopathic educators. You require a bachelor degree and 1 year of science pre-reqs to apply / attend. You will need to live and attend in person. Tuition is about $25K per year, or $150K total.

It’s considered ‘med school’ and allows grads to get licensed if they also decide to practice in a state that offers licensure. Not all states do.

If the graduate of a licensed naturopathic program graduates and then moves back to, relocates, or practices in a state that does not offer licensure, then the med school graduate is permitted to practice as a ‘health coach’. Crazy, eh!?

A little over half of the states in the USA offer naturopathic licensure, but less than 4-5 states offer programs or have universities which teach licensed naturopathy.

Now we will talk about programs from many different online schools that offer traditional naturopathy, and various other options. If you want to learn more about traditional naturopathy vs. licensed naturopathy, you may do so here. 

Now here are a few online schools that teach traditional naturopathic distance learning. I expand with a few short reasons next to the listing and share why or why not I might choose that school. And don’t worry, I’m totally honest. 

  • Genesis School of Natural Health naturopathic program —no I would not attend here unless I just had both money and time to throw away. Why?

Where to start… I don’t feel this would prepare me to actually take clients and practice, it’s also dates as heck and their website hasn’t changed since we opened Rockwell.

I almost went there, because it was a better (to me) alternative than the dated / rigid programs at New Eden Natural Health School and Trinity School of Natural Health.

The latter which were started by men, and Genesis was founded by another woman. I identify with that, and even have spoken with the owner, who was very nice. However, the program was too weak for me. I felt it (like most naturopathic programs) focus too much on parasites and out dated diets, like Gerson Therapy.

This was really all the program had on diet and nutrition. I’m too passionate about food, new science, and tradition to buy into Gerson Therapy as a be all end all.

Way too outdated and limited for my personal tastes. For example, if we are going to work with people and change lives, we need more tools than one book on diet. Simple as that! 

There’s too much new evidence that doesn’t support Gerson. It’s about 20 years behind the times. Anyone I know who did Gerson eventually didn’t end up very well… Sadly.

So, while I respect graduates of all school, and recognize that all schools have something to offer, this wasn’t for me. 

  • New Eden School of Natural Health & Herbal Studies 

Would I enroll in or choose New Eden School of Natural Health? Why or why not?

This may have some good things in program, but it wasn’t for me back 7 years ago. I was wasn’t interested in how New Eden and Trinity was always trying to upsell me with in house book publications, etc in addition to what I perceived as a bit more of a rigid dogmatic approach to education. 

By that I mean that they are both religious not for profits, and it’s just (honestly)… weird and shady to me. Why are they religious not for profits!? In any case, I respect the work they do, but it just was’t for me. 

It didn’t make sense to me they claim religious exemption and don’t have to pay taxes on students, and so they kind of have to add religious rules and stipulations to their programs.

It’s too much for me. We are too diverse of a world to be telling people who aren’t that religion to incorporate these tenements into their programs. Separation of church and state, to me, that’s a thing. The thing is, if you’re reading this, and you really enjoy having your religion infused into your education, then maybe you will enjoy one of those schools!

This is good for older people possibly who are all one religion and gentrified to a degree, but if you need more diversity and want to focus on medicine instead of religion, Trinity and New Eden may not be the schools for you. 

We only really identify with a few agencies and affiliate with none to keep our energy and programs clean and independent of behind the scenes drama. Back in the day, all of these ‘accreditation’ agencies and ‘natural health schools’ had a competition hey day.

Everyone is pretty leveled out and more evolved now, which is wonderful. Make peace, not war. 

I do have to add, we had several people switch from those schools to ours. Why? They didn’t like the rigid, dogmatic approach and rules.

For example, due to the religious exemption of these schools, graduates are limited in their subject scope for writing their graduation thesis. This strikes me as very strange and controlling. It also lacks respect for outside ideology. 

In any case, we had one student who called and said her husband had been killed overseas during deployment. She’d gotten depressed, overwhelmed, and Trinity still would not extend her program completion time. I feel like they should have made an exception for this tragic personal circumstance. 

That’s the thing with large organizations. They lose their small business independence. It’s not organic anymore. The ‘thing’ takes over the ‘common sense’. Everyone has to ‘follow the rules’ without any flexibility.  

I will say one of New Edens graduates, who you can read about here, had a beef with one of our graduates. They had met each other in their local community. The New Eden grad wrote the Rockwell grad a long diatribe about how her school was better than ours and she had a right to use ‘doctor’, even though they are both traditional naturopaths.

She sited that it took 4 years to complete, but in actuality, New Eden says you can graduate in 24 months. So, false, false, false. This is ignorance and intolerance. 

This is a big no no in such a diverse world. It’s a no no period. It parades as ‘exclusive’ and we strive to be as all inclusive as possible.

In any case, we have compassion on that person and what we perceive as their misguided views, morals, values, and ethics with regard to ‘competition’ in the industry and supporting those who chose a different path. 

The bottom line is, there is no competition. It doesn’t exist. People will choose the right school for them, or they will change schools later and find the right school for them. It all comes out in the wash.

There are multiple schools to reach multiple people as we all have our personal preferences and different things speak to different people. End of story. The concept of ‘competition’ is outdated, rigid, and dogmatic. Not our vibe here. 

We do teach our grads to respect other grads from different schools.

This is basic common sense as well. We have heard stories of these other schools teaching intolerance for the same. Guys, we all need to get along. We need to see each others strengths, not each others differences. 

One graduate from one school may be more well versed in one area, and know absolutely nothing of another. Let’s work together.

There’s enough pushback from big pharma, the FDA, and the AMA… We don’t need to make enemies within. Let’s just respect that there’s a school for everyone’s tastes, needs, budget, and directive. We don’t all have to be, nor should we be, exactly the same. 


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