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Preparing for Naturopathic and Holistic Medicine School

If you are considering going to school for naturopathic and holistic medicine, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Naturopathic and holistic medicine programs can be competitive and are rigorous; therefore, it's important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Careers in this field mean you treat clients holistically: as a whole person. This requires a strong balance of science and communication skills; therefore, you'll want to take English, speech/communications and psychology courses as well as biology, in order to focus on anatomy and human physiology. That way you'll be well prepared for the schools and programs that make your list. Senior level phys ed courses and computer skills are also beneficial.

If you are still in high school, and are thinking about going to school for naturopathic and holistic medicine, there are several additional things that you can do to prepare and increase your chances of being accepted:

  • Undertake to read and study independently. This is a good way to develop interests, expand your knowledge and improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for these specialized programs. This will also help you if admission requirements include an interview, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and concepts specific to this area of study.


  • Naturopathic and holistic medicine schools are often interested in a student's personal qualities, which can be developed through participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs, whether related to your area of interest or not. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.


  • Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs involving practicum, outreach or other public interaction components, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees.


  • Prove you are serious. Programs in naturopathic and holistic medicine take a lot of focused work, and attending a summer science camp or taking CPR or first aid courses can show the admissions committee you are dedicated to the field of health care.

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