I bet you didn’t know that Trinity School of Natural Health, New Eden School of Natural Health, and any other holistic medicine schools of our class and type do not qualify for US Department of Education approved accreditation.
In our FAQ where we discuss graduation requirements, we share with you why we conduct exit interviews and we dive into more why accreditation doesn’t work for natural medicine schools.
The article we referenced in the FAQ states, “Trinity School of Natural Health is accredited by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board, incorporated in Las Vegas, according to the school’s website.”
“We have not, nor do we plan to seek accreditation through the U.S. Department of Education,” the school said on its website. (—End quote.)
—And therein lies the catch.
They don’t plan to seek it because they do not qualify for it.
Why? —Because this is an unregulated industry, which we go into here in our main article on accreditation for holistic medicine schools online.
If you don’t mind smoke in mirrors, then it’s not a problem. However, I don’t know why schools don’t just distinguish these facts and clarify the truth.
I assume it’s because it takes a lot of transparency, research, and time to explain to prospective students, so they skip it. In addition, there are many ‘accreditation’ agencies.
Many of them do good work in the community, and yet they also have bias and affiliations with schools aside from direct advertising.
Lastly, here are two main facts which lack clarity.
#1 They never tell you that you don’t need a formal education to begin practice, —as this is an unregulated industry, with few exceptions. They don’t want you to know that you don’t require their program to be a holistic health practitioner.
#2 And you definitely don’t need it to be accredited. They never tell you that the concept of ‘professional accreditation’ is highly controversial and in no way shape or form the same as the kind of accreditation you find at conventional colleges.
These are just a few reasons why we choose not to participate in what can easily be portrayed as ‘fake accreditation’.
The truth is that ‘accreditation’ simply does not technically matter if it’s not US Department of Education approved.
We talk about this in our article Accreditation Myths & Fear-Based Marketing.
Interestingly, even the biggest herbal schools discuss this and they do not cater to the concept of ‘professional accreditation’.
However, natural health schools scramble to look credible and fit in with conventional education. It’s like a chronic inferiority complex.
We have no such desire, because we are not a conventional educator. Whether it’s intentionally or unintentionally misleading, ‘professional accreditation’ is simply unnecessary and irrelevant.
What prospective students are unaware of, and what other holistic health schools do not tell you, is that accreditation for conventional educators carries with it a lot of functional meaning, whereas with holistic health educators, it’s more a vanity term.
We want our graduates to practice with wisdom and discernment so we can maintain our credibility as a whole. What one graduate does affects and reflects on the rest of our graduates, positively or negatively. With practice comes responsibility.
This is the main reason why we cover basics during the exit interview to assess that students are ready, willing, and able to practice safely, responsibly, and ethically. That’s what’s really important.