See What Training You Need to Pursue a Homeopathy Career
Whether you are a mother who gives your one-year old homeopathic teething tablets or a student looking to become a naturopathic physician, there are homeopathy training seminars, classes and programs for you.
Read about the different types of homeopath practice training options below to discover which one is right for you.
Medical Homeopathy Training
Homeopathic medicine is not licensed as an individual medical profession in the United States, but practitioners of the various medical disciplines often receive homeopathy training for use within their licensed practices. In Canada, however, the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine offers a 3-year program that leads to a Homeopathic Doctor designation.
The following types of medical practitioners in the United States will need different amounts of training in order to offer homeopathy as part of their practice:
Medical Doctor (MD)
MDs must complete a 4-year undergraduate degree as well as a 4-year graduate-level medical school degree, followed by two to eight years of residency. Homeopathy training is not included in a typical MD degree program, so doctors interested in providing homeopathic care must pursue training in addition to their regular schooling.
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
NDs complete similar schooling options as MDs, but they take additional courses in holistic health care modalities, including botanical medicine, homeopathy and pharmacology. Their medical school credits can fit into the typical 4-year schedule, but some ND programs add an additional year to complete the extra classes.
Because homeopathy training is included in the ND degree, many NDs utilize homeopathic remedies in their practices without additional training. However, further specialty courses in homeopathy are available to those who want to supplement their knowledge or add a specialty. See our list of homeopathy training schools for more information.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Doctors of osteopathic medicine complete four years of medical school and three or more years of residency following an undergraduate education. They are licensed as medical physicians in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (compared to the 12 states that license NDs). Their training includes additional courses and clinical work in manual therapy of the musculo-skeletal system. Homeopathy training is not included in their education, so DOs who wish to offer homeopathic remedies will need to pursue additional training (similar to what’s available to MDs).
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
As far back as 1995, CNN found that over 40 percent of chiropractic doctors recommended homeopathic therapies to their patients.* This is likely because, as another type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), chiropractic care’s focus on manual-therapy complements homeopathy’s focus on remedies.
To become a chiropractor, you must complete at least 90 credits of undergraduate education, completing classes such as biology, physiology and anatomy. However, many states are now requiring chiropractors to have bachelor’s degrees. Regardless, all DCs must complete a 4-year chiropractic program to become licensed. Any homeopathy training can be completed in addition to this work. Indeed, you may find that any homeopathic credentials you earn will help you attract more chiropractic clients as homeopathy continues to grow in popularity.
Homeopathy Training for Counselors
Any homeopathic practitioner who is not licensed to practice medicine can operate as a “counselor,” offering advice for healthful living. This is a great option if you want to help others by sharing your homeopathic knowledge without incurring the significant costs in money and time of attending medical school. Many respected schools that offer homeopathy training programs admit non-medical students and provide them with certification upon completion of the program. Just be sure you don’t claim to diagnose or treat illnesses, however, because doing so could expose you to legal liability under the laws pertaining to medical practice in your state.
Family Homeopathy Training
Truly anyone can learn and apply homeopathic medical practices into their daily lives. Like the mother giving teething tablets to her baby, or the coach giving witch hazel to her bruised gymnast, you can take these everyday health matters into your own hands, become educated, and start using homeopathy and other holistic health practices at home. Many of the homeopathy training schools in our database offer weekend seminars and online courses for lay users. Browse through and get started on your road to natural health today.
The Council on Homeopathic Education (CHE) is an independent agency that has been accrediting homeopathic training programs since 1982. However, since accredited homeopathic programs are not eligible for federal student aid at this time, many homeopathy training schools opt to cater their programs toward more specified topics or certifications.
The following agencies currently certify individual homeopaths and give them a ‘seal of approval’ in the homeopathy expertise department:
- The Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)
- The Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP)
- The North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH)
- The American Board of Homeotherapeutics (ABHt)
The ABHt, which acts as the gold standard of homeopathic training certifications, has been granting “diplomate” status to practitioners since 1959. Prerequisites for taking the diplomate exam include three years of homeopathy practice, 10 successfully treated cases, an MD or DO degree and “unquestionable moral and professional standards” of practice.**
Browse our homeopathy training school database to get started as a lay user or certified professional today.
Sources: *Astin, John A. “Why Patients Use Alternative Medicine: Results of a National Study.” Vol. 279 No. 19: May 1998; ** American Institute of Homeopathy