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- Courses are offered
mostly by private colleges.
Cross University introduced a four
year program leading to a Bachelor of Naturopathy in 1996 through
their School of Natural and Complementary Medicine.
University in Victoria
offers a 5 year combined Bachelor of Nursing/Naturopathy THIS
COURSE IS NOT ACCEPTING ANY FURTHER INTAKE OF STUDENTS.
- Courses offered by
private colleges generally lead to the award of Advanced Diploma of
Naturopathy although some offer recognised Bachelor level degrees.
- A small number of
Universities offer extension programs that take the Advanced Diploma
level qualifications to Bachelor degree level, these include:
Sturt University (Bachelor of Health
Science - Complementary Medicine)
of New England (Bachelor of Health Science - Conversion)
(Bachelor of Health Science - Natural Medicine)
Cross University (Bachelor of Natural Therapies)
- Courses are
ratified by professional associations
which have evaluation committees - graduates of accredited courses are
given the right to join the associations that have approved the
- The ATMS
provides a list of colleges that they have given approval to.
There are several colleges throughout
Australia and not all web links are listed here. A place to check for more
colleges is the ATMS
Listing should not be considered an
endorsement by the Australian Naturopathic Network.
College of Natural Medicine Inc. (Camberwell, Vic)
Schools Australia (Runaway Bay, Qld)
Care College (St Leonards, NSW)
School of Natural Therapies (Melbourne, Vic)
School of Natural and Complementary Medicine (Lismore, NSW)
If you are interested in
studying naturopathy give thorough consideration to your decision:
- Do you wish to study
full-time or part-time;
- What is the real value
of your qualification on graduation;
- What are career
options on graduation;
- How reputable is the
college you are considering - do the courses have the recognition of
- What do students say
about the college;
professional/helpful is the college administration;
- Do you understand and
subscribe to a fundamental philosophy regarding naturopathy; and most
- Why do you really want
to be a naturopath.
Many people make the
mistake of thinking that naturopathy is all "peace, love, and
mung beans", and thus also think that any study in the area will
be light and breezy. In fact obtaining recognized qualifications as a
naturopath is a hard slog. The academic high-jumps may not be high (at
this point in time at some of the private colleges), but there is a large
volume of work and many years of study to commit to. Furthermore,
competition in the market is high and naturally patients expect tangible
benefits. An incompetent practitioner will simply not survive.