CNME - Council on Naturopathic Medical Education

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About the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education

The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education’s mission is quality assurance: serving the public by accrediting naturopathic medical education programs that voluntarily seek recognition that they meet or exceed CNME’s standards. Students and graduates of programs accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by CNME are eligible to apply for the naturopathic licensing examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE), and are generally eligible for state and provincial licensure in the U.S. and Canada.

Founded in 1978, CNME is accepted as the programmatic accrediting agency for naturopathic medical education by the four-year naturopathic colleges and programs in the United States and Canada, by the American and Canadian national naturopathic professional associations, and by NABNE. CNME advocates for high standards in naturopathic education, and its grant of accreditation to a program indicates prospective students and the public may have confidence in the educational quality of the program. The U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes CNME as the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D. or N.M.D.) or Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) degree.

CNME’s Handbook of Accreditation, containing CNME’s standards, policies, procedures, and governing documents, is available for $20 (U.S.), prepaid. Or, download a free PDF version of the handbook. (123 pages, 1MB pdf file) The PDF file may be opened and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download.

CNME also approves accredited naturopathic medicine programs (ND programs) to offer under their auspices postdoctoral residency training programs in naturopathic medicine. Residency programs provide licensed naturopathic physicians with advanced training in the practice of naturopathic medicine and, in some cases, an opportunity to assist in the clinical instruction of ND students. The CNME Handbook for Naturopathic Medicine Residency Programs contains CNME's standards for residency programs. You may download a free PDF version of the handbook (35 pages, 439 KB pdf file).

Also downloadable are residency employment guidelines: CPNME Guidelines for Resident Employment. You may download a free PDF version of the handbook (270KB pdf file).

For information on the salary range for naturopathic residents, please refer to the National Survey of Naturopathic Residency Salaries 2015-2016. You may download a PDF version of the survey. (27KB PDF file).

CNME is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by ASPA’s Code of Good Practice. CNME is also a member of the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada.

The accredited and candidate naturopathic medicine programs, as well as the certified residency programs, are listed on the links page. After accessing the links page, click the name of the program or its logo to go to the Website for the college or university that offers the program.

If you have any questions, they may be answered in our FAQ section.

Last updated July, 2017