Finding naturopathic schools in California is not difficult. On the flipside, finding accredited naturopathy schools may be a bit harder. Read on for must-know facts on naturopathic training in the Golden State.
California Institute of the Healing Arts and Sciences in Sacramento and Online
This school provides naturopathic training that earned the vocational school a license from the State of California. Graduating students receive diplomas or certificates. The Institute is among California’s naturopathic schools that offer programs for the holistic health practitioner, life coach, behavioral therapist or clinical hypnotherapist.
If you are interested in the latter, keep in mind that Colorado, Washington, Connecticut and Indiana require hypnotherapists to be licensed, while other states do not have the mandatory licensure requirement.
California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville
Neither one of the state accredited naturopathy schools nor among degree providing naturopathic medical schools, the California School of Herbal Studies offers weekend workshops, short term courses and also long term coursework in herbalism. Purist in its mission to train herbalists, it awards certificates of completion to successful students. One of its most coveted positions is a gardening apprenticeship that is only open to select students.
California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley and Partially Online
At this naturopathic training school, students may earn certification as a clinical ayurvedic specialist, ayurvedic health practitioner or ayurvedic health educator. Successful graduates may also earn further certifications in ayurvedic yoga therapy or as a Pancha Karma specialist. One of the school’s most famous students was Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams. The school is not among the naturopathic medical schools accredited by the Department of Education.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, New York and Chicago
Students may earn certificates, associates, bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from this accredited naturopathy school. Accrediting bodies are the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology and the Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This makes it eligible for federal financial aid. Naturopathic training includes massage therapy, holistic health science, Asian holistic health, acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford in Palo Alto
Naturopathic training at Stanford takes on the form of occasional continuing education courses for professionals in health related fields. Examples of classes include “From Supplements to Spices: Nutrition for Optimal Health” and “Strategies for Nurturing Resilience in Complex Organizations.”