About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic doctors are trained as general practitioners with a specialty in natural medicine. Licensed naturopathic doctors complete a four-year, post-graduate program of study at residential, nationally-accredited naturopathic medical schools after completing a Bachelor’s degree with pre-medical prerequisites. Prerequisites required and curriculum of program is overseen by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). The course of study is similar to conventional medical school in basic sciences and biomedical diagnostic and treatment, along with holistic modalities. Currently there are five fully accredited naturopathic medical schools in the United States, members of the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). Graduates of nationally-accredited naturopathic programs are eligible to sit for licensing examinations as regulated by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Licensure to practice naturopathic medicine is regulated by each state, Michigan does not currently have a licensure law for naturopathic medicine. Dr. Quinn maintains a license in the state of Oregon and is active with the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MANP) in working toward licensure. In May 2012, the MANP introduced legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives (HB 5594) to license naturopathic medicine. To support this bill, visit MANP.