Pre-Naturopathic Medicine

Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
BI 121 Biology Lab I
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms
BI 122 Biology Lab II
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab
CH 342 Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
CH 247 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
PC 200 General Physics I
OR  
PC 202 Introductory Physics I
PC 202L Introductory Physics Lab I
PC 201 General Physics II
OR  
PC 203 Introductory Physics II
PC 203L Introductory Physics Lab II
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
EN ___ English Course (in addition to CWS)

Important Notes

  • These courses reflect most but not all program requirements for naturopathic medical schools in the U.S. Some schools also require biochemistry, math (algebra) and psychology and others highly recommend botany, anatomy and physiology. Check the specific schools you are considering. Also recommend cell biology, genetics, microbiology, foreign language (especially Spanish), ecology, economics, business courses, communication courses, ethics, counseling, and speech courses.
  • Naturopathic medicine is an emerging health care field that is currently licensed in only 18 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington), the district of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Amanda Siglin..
  • In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in naturopathic medicine over breaks or during the summer.

Competitive Credentials

  • GPAs vary for the different schools; general guideline is minimum of 3.0
  • Prerequisite course grades need to be C or better
  • MCAT is NOT required

Helpful Websites

Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges: http://www.aanmc.org
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians: http://www.naturopathic.org/
Bastyr University: http://www.bastyr.edu/
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine: http://www.ccnm.edu/
National College of Naturopathic Medicine: www.ncnm.edu
National University of the Health Sciences: www.nuhs.edu
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine: http://www.scnm.edu/
University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine: http://www.bridgeport.edu/pages/2632.asp
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: http://nccam.nih.gov/
Georgetown University CAM Masters Program: http://camprogram.georgetown.edu
Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine: http://www.binm.org
Pedidatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP) - www.pedanp.org
Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) - http://www.oncanp.org/

General Information: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/home

Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Naturopathic Medicine

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.

  FALL SPRING
Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
  Biology Lab I Integrated Chemistry Principles II
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab Psychology
  FALL SPRING
Sophomore Year BI 106 Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab English course
  Sociology  
  FALL SPRING
Junior Year Physics I and Lab Physics II and Lab

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.