Naturopathic students are also drawn to NUHS in Lombard, IL., because it is dedicated solely to science and health care careers. The ability to learn and work with students and faculty in other natural health care disciplines gives NUHS naturopathic students a competitive edge.
“NUHS does a good job of exposing you to everything, and you can decide what you love,” Drobin said. For example, after finding acupuncture students to be great resources, she added 100 hours of acupuncture instruction to her curriculum. “I’ll be able to refer my patients for acupuncture treatment because of the knowledge I now have,” she noted. She also plans to offer cupping in her practice.
With more hospitals and specialty clinics providing integrative health care options, NUHS graduates are trained to work with MDs, DOs, DCs and other medical specialists, co-managing patient cases as part of an integrative medical team.
Integrative Clinic Experience
Naturopathic students at NUHS spend a full year in the clinical internship program in one of its integrative medical clinics, learning to collaborate with professionals in other natural medical specialties. Students may also intern at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, gaining experience treating a wide range of pathology while meeting the needs of an underserved population. They also have unique opportunities for clinical observations in other specialties such as homeopathy, with an on-campus clinical observation experience and a clinical rotation at the Center for Integrative Health.
Rigorous, Science-Based Curriculum
A rigorous curriculum with a strong foundation in basic and clinical sciences is important to naturopathic doctors’ success. Students learn anatomy and physiology through full-cadaver dissection in its gross anatomy laboratory. While the basis of the program is in the naturopathic philosophy of looking for underlying imbalances and determining what is necessary to support the natural healing process, NUHS takes students deep into naturopathic clinical theory, which equips them with models for case analysis and treatment, and helps them to apply the principles in action. This comprehensive approach prepares NUHS graduates to be exceptional diagnosticians and physicians.
Experience a Hydrotherapy Suite
In 2017, the Lombard clinic opened a new hydrotherapy suite with state-of-the-art equipment. Hydrotherapy is an important healing modality in traditional naturopathic medicine.