Are you a Rockwell Naturopath?

You may be getting asked that a lot if you go into the field of traditional naturopathy because people know we help produce and co-create the most talented traditional naturopaths and certified holistic health practitioners in the world.

A Heart-to-Heart on Traditional Naturopathy

A traditional naturopath is someone educated in alternative and complementary healing modalities, known collectively as holistic medicine or natural health.

Rockwell graduates assess the whole person, create long-term health solutions, and educate the masses on preventative care, helping heal the world one human at a time.

According to Bill Bailey, a traditional naturopath, "The practice of Traditional Naturopathy is recognized as a common occupation at the Federal level (U.S. Congress 1928, 1930, and 30 Federal Court rulings between 1958 and 1978) and as such it is a profession protected under the 14th and 9th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution."

Several states have also made this stipulation either by statute or in the courts —while other states, such as Tennessee and Texas have outlawed it. In such cases, graduates may practice as a CHHP.

We do require prospective students to read the entire TND FAQ, as well as the general FAQ before applying to the TND or RTD program(s).

Additionally, please read the following articles before applying to the TND or RTD program(s);

Traditional Naturopathy vs. Licensed Naturopathy,

Holistic Practitioner Rights 

"Certified" vs. Traditional Naturopathy

Our programs comprise a total of eight interchangeable learning modules. For the TND program, students are required to complete modules 1, 2, 4, 7, and 8. You can find detailed module course work in the above menu under 'Modules'. 

Our Clinical Herbalism and Rockwell Tri-Doctorate Programs contain full coursework in aromatherapy, homeopathy, and iridology. Our iridology program is IIPA (International Iridology Practitioners Association) approved and meets member qualifying requirements of Iridology I & II. 

Which professional designation should you use? Well, that depends on what you prefer and what the laws in your state and/or country are. Most countries take no issue with practitioners of traditional naturopathy.

Some people really want to use the term doctor and feel they have earned it, after all, there are many types of doctors in the world that goes beyond the scope of conventional medicine.

This following articles may be of interest: 

Terminology: Doctor vs. Physician

TND vs. ND vs. CHHP.

So some graduates will call themselves 'doctors', as in 'doctor of traditional naturopathy' or 'traditional naturopathic doctor', while others will be more comfortable simply using the title of 'traditional naturopath'. Other people will need to use Certified Holistic Health Practitioner.  

It comes down to a matter of personal preference.

According to the World Health Organization's Benchmark for Training in Naturopathy (meaning traditional naturopathy), these alternative healthcare options dominate across the globe where conventional medical doctors are not widely available. 

We are proud to say that with the exception of clinical hours, Rockwell exceeds these academic standards. We also believe that students can get clinical hours caring for themselves and their family members. Please hover on the image to read the benchmarks yourself!


In addition to the following information, please read Traditional Naturopathy vs. Licensed Naturopathic Education.

In most places around the world, naturopaths are free to practice without restraint and are highly regarded throughout Europe, including Germany, where homeopathy was born.

Historically speaking, naturopaths would study through mail order or at one of only a few physically based naturopathic schools. 

However, most were shut down or closed at the early turn of the century due in large part to persecution and discrediting of sorts by the AMA (American Medical Association). You can read more about that here.  

Until that point, all naturopaths were traditional in nature and considered classically trained.

This followed in the footsteps of chiropractic medicine which, if you are old enough to remember, at one time also had to fight for legitimacy and recognition. 

They also wanted respect, educational credibility and the right to bill insurance. 

So the CNME (Council on Naturopathic Medical Education) was born.

It is an organization that acts as an accrediting body to the 8 naturopathic colleges in all of North America.

They verify the efficacy of the programs and ensure they meet educational guidelines for licensure that they created.

However, people reading this article should know that the CNME is not without controversy.

Many conventional medicine enthusiasts dispute the CNME’s claim that licensed naturopathic education is on par with that of conventional med school as seen in the 3 articles below.

For those who want to go really in depth, the actual articles can be found here and here. Feel free to do your own research as well. There are plenty more articles all over the internet.

If interested, you can read the AAMP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians) responses here and here.

Opinions and controversy aside, the CNME has gone state to state petitioning for graduates of the universities that they accredit to have the same rights and responsibilities as conventional medical doctors, despite their lack of required residency.

Residency is when a graduate of medical school is required to study for 2-7 years under the supervision of senior licensed medical specialists and gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience in their field.

According to Britt Hermes:

Despite any controversy or difference in educational requirements, licensed naturopathy is now recognized in 20 out of 50 US states, and 5 out of 10 Canadian Provinces. See the map below for more info! 

What people reading this article should really pay attention to is that there are some states where any naturopathy, licensed or otherwise, is not permitted whatsoever. More about that is coming up later in this article. 

While some people may not mind at all, 

In the 20 states and 5 provinces where licensed naturopathy is recognized, licensed naturopaths have exclusive rights and use of the professional designation ND.

Traditional naturopaths who were self-taught, sometimes via distance learning, before licensure existed have expressed feeling slighted.

This was a designation which pretty much belonged to all naturopaths before it was necessary to distinguish between licensed from traditional naturopathy in the US and Canada.

You can read more about that here.

It should also be noted that the ND designation is still used throughout the world and still today in many states where licensure is non-existent.

We encourage everyone to check the laws in their state before using ND or even TND (Traditional Naturopathic Doctor). In some states that license naturopaths, even TND is restricted, like California from as recently as 2017. 

In states where there is an issue (see below), we encourage graduates to use CHHP (Certified Holistic Health Practitioner) as a last resort.  According to the ANCB (American Naturopathic Certification Board), a board certifier of traditional naturopathy: 

Wait are we forgetting something?

Did you wonder what happened to the individuals who went to one of the only 8 naturopathic colleges and graduated in the 80's before licensing existed?

Well, those individuals are usually grandfathered into the system and may be required to take a different version of the NPLEX (the test required to gain naturopathic licensure, similar to the MCAT or medical boards).

In Alaska, however, a state which does license naturopaths, practitioners were recently stripped of their prescription rights, meaning they can practice but they can't prescribe independently of a medical doctors supervision. 

As  you can see the topic of naturopathy incites A LOT of controversy, whether it is tradtional vs. licensed, or licensed vs. conventional medical doctors. This article was just to provide you with some basic information ont he topic. Please check the laws in your state or province if you reside in North America before selecting your professional title upon graduation from the Rockwell TND/CHHP program. You can read more about licensed naturopathy on this FAQ page. 

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As you probably already know, many professionals use the term 'doctor' or 'Ph.D.' after their name and in their title to signify their expertise in their chosen career fields.

The term 'doctor' is used by many holistic health practitioners as well.

Some use Dr. and some use Ph.D. That is because many people practicing in these fields believe in the original Latin meaning of 'docere' (doctor) as 'teacher'.

However, not all graduates are comfortable with the use of the term 'doctor' in any capacity.

In such cases, those individuals may just use 'traditional naturopath' or 'certified holistic health professional'.

We leave title choices at the discretion of the individual. 

We support whatever path you choose to take in any career field. Our goal is transparency.

For those students who live near 1 of the only 8 licensed naturopathic colleges in North America, or who plan to relocate, who can afford the time and expense, who love this path, we applaud you. Many licensed NDs are happy with their education!

For those who do not live near 1 of the only 8 licensed naturopathic colleges in North America, Rockwell provides another option.  

For those who are curious or considering a career as a licensed naturopathic physician, we provided some of Bastyr's student reviews here and their clinic reviews here, which is offered to the public so their students can get clinical hours in.

You can review the Bastyr ND curriculum at the bottom of this article.

According to Britt Hermes, a Bastyr grad, naturopathic medical school can get very expensive: 

Here are some pieces of her story. 

For most, attending these universities requires relocation. Without schools like Rockwell, many people would never get the opportunity to practice traditional naturopathy or become a Rockwell certified holistic health professional (CHHP). 

To find more information on the 8 accredited naturopathic colleges in North America, please visit the CNME website here. 

Below is Bastyr's ND program course outline.


Students have lifetime access to our programs and continuing education at no additional cost. This is helpful for individuals who seek professional board certification for holistic practitioners, which requires 10-20 yearly CEUs (continuing education units) for candidates to maintain their status. This means never having to pay for continuing education again.

Traditional Naturopathy

Think of TNDs & CHHPS as specialists who learn a wide variety of alternative therapies and healing modalities that go far beyond what most people can even imagine. Unlike herbalists who work almost solely with herbs and botanical medicine, TNDs and CHHPs offer options outside of herbalism and nutrition. 

Clinical Herbalism, Botanical Medicine, & Plant Energetics

CHDs learn everything about plant medicine, as well as mycology which is the study of fungi, like medicinal mushrooms. Their knowledge is anchored in the world of greenery right outside our door.

Advanced Holistic Nutrition

AHNDs focus almost exclusively on holistic nutrition and therapeutic diets. Their level of understanding of nutrition far exceeds that of the TNDs and the CHDs. Think of them as nutrition experts. 

Are you ready to develop the skills you need to become an expert in your field?

Our programs help prepare the most in-demand, highly qualified holistic medicine practitioners of our class and type in the world!

Students want a school they can be proud of and a name they can trust. That name is Rockwell. How can you tell if Rockwell is right for you?

Do you absolutely love the quality of our programs? Do you appreciate an immediate response to any concerns? Do you want your voice to be heard and your opinion to matter? Does Rockwell resonate with your ideas of what a holistic medicine school should be?

These are the biggest deciding factors for students who choose Rockwell. If you still have questions, text, call, chat, or email us!

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