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Naturopathic physicians undergo training similar to medical and osteopathic doctors.

Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year postgraduate schools with rigorous admissions requirements comparable to other medical schools. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree is awarded after classroom, clinic and practical study.

ND's are trained in medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, radiology, minor surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, psychology, dermatology, and clinical and physical diagnosis.

Specialized naturopathic techniques can include therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, and counseling.

Professionally-recognized colleges of naturopathic medicine in North America are Bastyr University in Bothell, Washington; National College in Portland, Oregon; Southwest College in Scottsdale, Arizona; University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Canadian College in Ontario, Canada.

Like many states and provinces, Oregon's laws require extensive post-doctoral board examination for licensure. This policy is supported by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, which also maintains high standards of education and medical practice and encourages scientific research.

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