Accreditation for Naturopathic programs in the United States is an entirely "voluntary" process. Accreditation for an institution of learning represents a "validation" that the school programs have been thoroughly investigated and found worthy of recognition. This investigation is conducted by a qualified group of people familiar with the programs offered. Students and institutions of learning have come to rely on decisions from ANMAB as a reliable source for determining quality in education.
TRADITIONAL AND NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION
There are two main types of schooling accredited by ANMAB available to the prospective student.
Traditional schools include those learning institutions requiring one to be present in a classroom setting at some point in the learning process. Supporters believe the structural interaction between students encourage a better learning experience.
Non-Traditional schools include those learning institutions that offer courses or programs by mail, often called correspondence, or distant learning programs. Supporters of Non- traditional schools point to convenience in busy schedules, and financial advantages in taking such programs. These graduates also believe it takes a more dedicated, determined student to complete such programs.
Both programs have their advantages, and disadvantages. Recently both have offered programs "online". Online programs have solved certain credibility issues for those earning degree’s outside of the resident programs.
WHAT IS BOARD CERTIFICATION
Board Certification is a voluntary process that adds a national level of recognition and shows that a standard of competency as a natural health care provider has been achieved. Graduates of American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board’s Accredited Schools are eligible to apply for Board Certification with American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. Please visit them at www.anmcb.org.
The American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board
The American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board (ANMCB) invites you to become Board Certified. ANMCB is a non-profit worldwide organization registered in Washington, DC, that administers certification for natural health care professionals. The mission of the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board has been, first and foremost, protection of the health and welfare of the public.
ANMCB Certification has proven through the setting of standards over the years, to be the most beneficial tool for recognizing competencies in the Natural Health Care profession. The ANMCB successfully set levels of achievement in the natural health care profession. You will be granted a Board Certification title that reflects your education degree. Those who have attained the ANMCB certification have the personal satisfaction of knowing they have reached a recognized and accepted national level of competency. These benefits include recognition by businesses, professional associates, peers, and the public. For more information ANMCB invites you to visit website at www.anmcb.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get Certified after completing a program at an ANMAB approved school?
Yes! The American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board (ANMCB) offers certification for those individuals who have graduated from ANMAB's members. For a complete list of board certification natural health care categories and more information please visit their website at www.anmcb.org.
When a school is accredited what does that mean?
Accreditation for Naturopathic programs in the United States is an entirely "voluntary" process. Accreditation for an institution of learning represents a "validation" that the school programs have been thoroughly investigated and found worthy of recognition. This investigation is conducted by a qualified group of people familiar with the programs offered. The programs are also found to have also met financial stability.
Will the accredited school have an educational counselor available to me?
All accredited schools are required to have educational counselors available by telephone, email, mail or for traditional schools they offer educational counselors in person.
Where can I learn more information about US Naturopathic practicing laws?
For the most up to date Naturopathic practicing laws we suggest to visit the American Naturopathic Medical Association’s Legislation Page. There you will find a map of the US with information about each state. You can visit them at - anma.org
For a complete list of those meeting the ANMAB's Standards,
and have been granted Accreditation, please visit our Accredited Program Page.