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Naturopathic Residency Opportunities

All naturopathic medicine students at NUHS complete one full year as an intern in our on-campus integrative medical clinic as part of their ND degree program.  After graduation, some NDs wish to deepen their clinical experience by participating in a post-graduate residency program.

Residency programs often offer focused clinical work in a medical specialty, honing expertise in treating a specific set of health conditions. Other residencies focus on research, or can widen the number and types of patients a practitioner sees. Residencies in smaller settings can also offer hands-on practice management experience.

ND graduates interested in completing a residency have options through several programs approved by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). Some residencies are offered through accredited naturopathic medicine schools, while some are in hospital settings or private clinics. You can find a complete list of CNME approved programs on the AANMC website. There is a universal application process for CNME residencies, and each program must meet high standards for recognition set by the CNME.

Although the university does not offer naturopathic residencies on its campus at this time, ND graduates from NUHS are being accepted to some of the more prestigious residencies available nationwide, such as those offered by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

SamanthahoangSamantha Hoang, ND ('11)
Dr. Samantha Hoang's ND degree from NUHS prepared her for her current residency in integrative medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. There, she collaborates and learns from other naturopathic doctors, medical oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, and dieticians. Read more about Dr. Hoang here.



There is a universal application process for each of the residency opportunities. To qualify as an applicant for the CNME approved residency programs, applicants shall possess, by the start of the program, the following: 

  • A naturopathic doctor degree from a college or university that has been accredited, or has been granted accreditation status, by the Council for Naturopathic Medical Education.
  • Successful completion of the NPLEX I & II and the ability to secure a license or its equivalent to practice naturopathic medicine for the appropriate licensing jurisdiction.
  • Applicants must pass appropriate add-on boards for the state they intend to be licensed in. Failure to pass all board examinations, as required by each state for licensure will effectively disqualify applicants from consideration for this program and will nullify any offers made prior to receipt of examination results.
  • Ability to present appropriate documents that verify the applicant's legal right to work in the United States.

Please review the official Universal Application for CNME-Approved Naturopathic Residencies for the application process, application deadlines, applicant matching and other specifics.


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