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Pre-Naturopathic Medicine

Essential Courses

 

Course # Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology 3 None
BI 121 Biology Lab I 1 BI 105 (corequisite)
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms 3 BI 105 and CH 105
BI 122 Biology Lab II 1 BI 105 and BI 121 (prerequsites)
CH 105 Organic Chemistry Concepts I 3 None
CH 116 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 CH 106 (corequisite)
CH 106 Organic Chemistry Concepts II 3 CH 105 (with C or better)
CH 118 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 CH 106
CH 232 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry 4 CH 105 and CH 116
CH 250 Analytical Chemistry 4 CH 232
PC 200 General Physics I 3 PC 206 (corequisite)
  OR
PC 202 Introductory Physics I 3 MA 130, MA 230 and PC 206 (corequisites)
PC 206 Physics Lab I 1 PC 200 or PC 202 (corequisite)
PC 201 General Physics II 3 PC 200; PC 207 (corequisite)
  OR
PC 203 Introductory Physics II 3 PC 202 and MA 130; PC 207 (corequisite)
PC 207 Physics Lab II 1 PC 201 or PC 203 (corequisite)
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 None
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 None
EN ___ English Course (in addition to CWS) 3 Varies

Important Notes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor.
  4. Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Debra Kirchhof-Glazier.
  5. In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in naturopathic medicine over breaks or during the summer.

Competitive credentials:


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) - www.oncamp.org

General Information: http://www.explorehealthcareers.org/en/Index.aspx

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 Organic Chemistry Concepts II (if C or better in OCC I)
Organic Chem Concepts I Organic Chem Lab I
  Psychology
FALL SPRING
Sophomore Year BI 106 Analytical Chemistry
  Intro to Inorganic Chem English course
Organic Chem Lab II  
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.