As of 2015, the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, or AANMC, does not certify or represent any online programs. The AANMC believes a naturopathic doctor needs to have supervised clinical experience for licensure, and while not all states require naturopathic doctors to have a license, those that do only license students who attended an AANMC school. Before practicing in a state that requires licensure, naturopathic physicians must complete the NPLEX licensing exam.
All AANMC member schools are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Only seven schools are AANMC members, including Bastyr University, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine, National University of Health Sciences, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. Applicants to AANMC schools must have a four-year degree and complete a specific sequence of chemistry and biology courses.
A naturopathic education generally covers everything included in an allopathic medical school curriculum in addition to an herbal medicine course sequence. In some cases, this means the naturopathic student receives more education than an allopathic student. Certain health professionals, including doctors, nurse practitioners and acupuncturists can receive advanced standing at AANMC schools. As of 2015, there are about 5,000 naturopathic doctors in the United States.