Accreditation of naturopathic schools and programs, as with any health-oriented education, is of vital importance. A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) must be licensed just as Medical Doctors (MD) before they may practice. Accreditation also gives students confidence in the education they are receiving; that is has been reviewed and accepted by Naturopathic Doctors and is valuable to their employment in Naturopathy.
The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) accredits naturopathic programs that seek accreditation and that meet or exceed standards established by the CNME. It is the naturopathic accrediting organization acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education; furthermore, graduates of CNME accredited programs may apply for naturopathic licensing examinations and are usually eligible for state licensing.
In addition to the CNME, there are several regional accrediting bodies:
- Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Other resources related to acupuncture and Oriental Medicine accreditation are:
- North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE)
- American Naturopathic Medical Association (ANMA)
- Council on Naturopathic Registration and Accreditation (CNRA)
- Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC
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