Conventional vs. Alternative Medical School Programs

What is the difference between a conventional medical school and an alternative health school?

As an alternative health school, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine educates students to become Naturopathic physicians. The degree of Naturopathic Physician (ND) is earned after graduating from our four-year post-graduate alternative medical school program and passing national board exams. Though our College focuses on students becoming doctors of alternative healthcare, there are numerous conventional medical similarities in the curriculum offered. SCNM students are taught the same comprehensive basic science courses as in conventional medical schools, such as anatomy and biochemistry. As graduates of Arizona’s only alternative medical school, our students will also be proficient in standard Western diagnostic and laboratory medicine. In addition, students are taught the philosophy of alternative medicine and how to treat diseases by removing obstacles to cure and helping the body to heal. Although licensed to prescribe drugs, naturopathic medical college creates physicians who primarily use nutrition, nutritional supplements, botanical medicine, Chinese medicine, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, minor surgery, and IV therapeutics. Southwest College is recognized as the innovative and technological leader among the naturopathic medical schools in North America. Becoming a doctor of alternative medicine through our college ensures a wonderful career of healing people naturally and effectively.

How do graduates practice medicine?

Unlike many other natural medical schools, Southwest Naturopathic Medical School is an alternative healthcare school that gives students a legally valid medical education. After successfully graduating from the college, students take national board exams. After they pass the board exams, they are doctors who can set up practice as naturopathic physicians specializing in alternative medicine. Career opportunities for our graduates are excellent. Southwest College is renown for its business career department that helps new graduates set up a practice right away. Many physicians from our naturopathic medical school set up their own private practice, join a clinic with other doctors, including MDs, work for laboratories, or do research or medical writing. Although all states do not license doctors who graduate from naturopathic medical schools, there are naturopathic physicians flourishing throughout the country. See also, American Eastern Institute Alternative Health Education and Training


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