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Your Questions About Alternative Medicine Schools

Posted Aug 17 2011 2:03pm

George asks…

I’m really interested in natural health, but what types of career could I have in that field and where would I go to school for training?

William asks…

Mandy asks…

What are some occupations and the schooling you need for alternative medications? Pretty much anything from chiropractor to acupuncture to nutritionist to holistic medicine. I want to help people as a career and I’m really interested in health care, but don’t want to go the route of prescribing pharmaceuticals or surgery. So if you had any info on degree programs I would really appreciate it thank you!

Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic would probably give you the broadest acceptance. They are licensed in all 50 states, and are considered primary care physicians in many. As such, insurance and medicare coverage is good, which makes it easier to bring in new clients.  Here is a link to a list of Chiropractic Colleges.


Licensed acupuncturists are in some ways more accepted by the Western medical world, but generally they have a much more restricted scope of practice, and are less likely to have their services covered by insurance. Most states do have some kind of practice act written into law for acupuncturists. You can find accredited acupuncture programs here:

Naturopathic Physician are licensed in only about a dozen states. Here is a list of accredited Naturopathic Colleges. There are unaccredited naturopathic schools, but you should avoid those.

As for career/job choices, you would most likely have to start your own practice. While you might be able to join a group practice with other alternative practitioners, this usually amount to renting a treatment room with shared reception facilities – you would still have to build your own clientele. It’s no longer unheard of, but it is still very rare to find a medical facility that will higher an alternative medicine practitioner on a salary basis.

Best wishes and good luck.



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