Five Alternative Medicine Schools Across the United States – What do they offer?
By Shannon Walker
While conventional medicine has its place in society; alternative medicine offers additional benefits that can supplement medical treatments and daily living. For instance, one may consider chiropractic instead of surgery to align the back.
There are a wide variety of nonconventional medical methods of treatment. For example, Naturopathic Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Obstetric, Chiropractic, Qigong, Ayurvedic Medicine, Shiatsu, Massage Therapy and many others.
The biggest disadvantage to alternative medicine has been the variance of education to perform these specialized techniques. To remedy this issue, colleges, universities and specialty schools around the world have opened to standardized alternative medicine practices.
Schools that offer unconventional medical education fall outside of the realm of western medical treatments and education. There are a number of naturopathic institutions, colleges and universities in the US, that provide training in several divisions of medicine including Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees and also with many Certifications in Naturopathic Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, and many others.
The purpose of this article is to discuss the top five alternative medicine schools in the United States. We will cover their area of specialty, their location, and the types of degrees and certificates each one has to offer.
#1 Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
Located in Tempe Arizona, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences specializes in Naturopathic Medicine. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences offers “Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine” (Naturopathic Doctor) or (ND program)—a four-year academic program. This program is split into three main sections. For the first year, students will learn basic medical science, which is very familiar to tradition medicine. Students in their second year will learn physical, clinical, and lab diagnoses with the introduction into naturopathic methodologies. In the third and fourth year of their naturopathic degree, focuses on naturopathic medicine theory and clinical practice.
#2 National College of Natural Medicine
The National College of Natural Medicine is located in Portland, Oregon. NCNM specializes in Naturopathic Medicine, Classical Chinese Medicine (Oriental Medicine), Acupuncture, Homeopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Obstetric / Midwifery, Qigong, Shiatsu and Integrative Medicine. The National College of Natural Medicine offers many Doctoral & Masters Degrees, and also many Certificate & Advanced certificate Programs of different durations in the above described “alternative medicine” field.
#3 American Institute of Alternative Medicine
“American Institute of Alternative Medicine” is a private Institute for the higher studies of “Alternative Medicine”, which is situated in Columbus, Ohio. Their Areas of specialty include Western Massage Therapy, Chinese Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and Oriental Medicine. Courses of Nursing and Medical Assisting are also included as one of the major available at this Alternative Medicine School.
There are two campuses for The National University of Health Sciences. The first campus is located in Lombard, Illinois and the second campus is located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The National University of Health Sciences specializes in Chiropractic, Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy. National University of Health Sciences offers Doctoral program in “Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine”, Master’s program in “Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine”, Post-professional, Graduate’s program in “Advanced Clinical Practice”, Bachelor’s program in “Biomedical Science” and Associate’s & Certificates program’s in “Massage Therapy and Chiropractic”.
#5 Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine
Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine is situated Larnaca, Cyprus. While this is outside of the United States, this college does offer a wide variety of online courses in Alternative Medicine. The Areas of specialty of this school in alternative medicine is “Holistic Medicine”. This school of alternative medicine offers many Diploma Courses in many different topics of “Holistic Medicine”, Degree of “Bachelor of Science in (Holistic Medicine) - BSc (HM)” and Degree of “Doctor of Science in (Holistic Medicine) - DSc (HM)”.
Many of the above schools provide brilliant professional career options in medical care. While researching which school will work best for you, make sure to research them well, tour their campuses when possible; and ask about venues for funding for your degree or certificate. A degree in Alternative Medicine offers you a competitive edge over those who do not have the experience and certification.