What’s The Difference Between a Naturopath & Naturopathic Doctor?

Well, the difference is far larger than you’ve probably imagined. Although it may not seem to a big deal, it’s pretty obvious when you see the time spent in school, for one. You see, there are only a select number of schools one can obtain an accredited degree.

Accredited Naturopathic Schools of North America

The following graphic depicts the accredited schools in North America. There are 5 in the United States of America (approved by the US Department of Education) and 2 in Canada.

Accredited Naturopathic Schools of North America

The curriculum consists of 2 years of basic sciences, as well as 2 years of clinical shifts and Naturopathic based subjects. There are 2 board examinations that must be passed as well (NPLEX). Make sure you do your homework before selecting your Naturopathic doctor.

Dr. Ronak Patel is a licensed primary care provider in the state of Vermont. The state of Georgia, however, does not regulate or license Naturopathic doctors who have graduated from an accredited program. This is why it’s crucial to check where your practitioner went to school and for how long. Dr. Patel did a 4-year undergraduate degree, as well as a 4-year medical program. He also completed a 2-year residency! As a member of the Georgia Association of Naturopathic Physicians (www.ganp.org), licensure efforts are being made. Allowing so will improve public safety, as well as standards in an unregulated state.

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