Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
Accrediting naturopathic doctoral programs in
the U.S. and Canada
Our mission is quality assurance. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education serves the public by accrediting doctoral programs in naturopathic medicine in the U.S. and Canada that meet or exceed our educational standards.
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Purpose of Accreditation
The Council’s in-depth accreditation process promotes high-quality naturopathic education and training, and safe and effective practice. Our educational standards provide the basis for licensing/regulating naturopathic doctors in the U.S. and Canada. CNME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit doctoral programs in naturopathic medicine.
CNME does not accredit online or distance education programs.
Blending modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine.
ND programs educate students in a range of natural modalities as well as in biomedical and clinical sciences, and complete two years of clinical training.
Accreditation process promotes high-quality naturopathic education and training, and safe and effective practice.
Photo courtesy of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic physicians look beyond surface symptoms to determine the underlying causes of illness and provide natural approaches for restoring health.