Botanical Medicine I-V (Didactic with Lab)

The Botanical Medicine course series provides students with an in depth study of the botanical materia medica and the clinical use of whole plants and extracts. There is substantial time devoted to formulating, compounding and pharmacognosy, as well as toxicology and safety issues. The development of a systematic understanding of the indications and actions of medicinal plants that can be applied practically in the clinical context is emphasized.

Naturopathic Counselling I -VI

Naturopathic counselling prepares students to work with patients, peers and supervisors. The courses have a workplace focus that includes team building and relationship building. This series of courses supports and compliments the integration of personal and professional identity and focuses on how to develop essential clinical rapport with patients; which is the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship.

The course starts with patient-centered principles, and then integrates these with the naturopathic therapeutic order. Motivational interviewing is introduced just before students begin their clinical experience.

In addition to case conceptualization and communication skills, the courses examine the mind/body relationship and the process of death and dying for both patients and the patient’s clinician. Designed to help the naturopathic doctor understand mental health systems, the course also examines the DSM. In the latter years, the counselling courses focus on clinical applications of knowledge and skills when students are working in the clinic.

Homeopathy I-IV

This is a four part sequence that prepares the student to prescribe homeopathic remedies in an acute and classical manner. Early classes define and describe the rationale and use of homeopathics, its theories, and its definitions. Repertory, case-taking, posology, case analysis and case management are covered in detail, with individual remedies subsequently studied. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the homeopathic materia medica and repertory in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions.

Nutrition I-IV

The Nutrition series examines the physiological functions, metabolism, and requirements for all macro- and micro- nutrients. The nutrition program provides students a strong foundation in the therapeutic application of  and effects of individual nutrients. Instruction is provided for assessing diet quality and nutritional status in patients, including diet planning, sports nutrition, and special nutritional needs. The clinical use of dietary management and nutrient supplementation is presented from the naturopathic standpoint of both prevention and therapeutics. Various diets and protocols for supplementation programs relative to specific disease processes and stages of the human life cycle are examined. The psychological meaning behind foods and food habits is also investigated as they relate to the patient’s health and wellbeing.

Physical Methods and Agents Program

The Physical Methods and Agents Program provides hands-on training in physical assessment and physical medicine modalities. Included in the course are:

  • The evaluation of soft tissue pathologies
  • Orthopaedic testing
  • Structural analysis
  • Gait analysis, and the examination and assessment of the vertebral column, pelvis, and peripheral joints

The principles and practice of goniometry and manual muscle testing are introduced. Various systems of soft tissue and osseous manipulation are taught, such as:

  • Swedish massage
  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Strain/counterstrain
  • Fascial release therapy
  • Joint mobilization

Training in preventive and therapeutic exercise provides a foundation in the principles, techniques and therapeutic application of exercise and stretching for an improved relationship to one’s body. A patient can experience strides in their strength, coordination, balance, posture, ergonomics, relaxation, and cardiovascular training.

The following seven courses comprise the physical methods and agents program:

Manual Therapies surveys the electrotherapeutic modalities, such as ultrasound, TENS and laser, and their application in a variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders, and pain management. The hydrotherapy component provides students an in depth understanding of the physiological principles of hydrotherapeutic treatment and the skills to roperly apply various hydrotherapeutic procedures, including constitutional hydrotherapy and contrast hydrotherapy.

Exercise and Rehabilitation
Focuses on the rehabilitative education of patients with injured tissues, and the maintenance of healthy ones.

Soft Tissue Mobilizations
This course describes the various techniques for soft tissue work.
Naturopathic Manipulation is a four part series of courses that provides a solid basis for the practitioner to determine the need for and perform the specific spinal and peripheral adjustments of joints in the body. The primary focus of this modality is the spinal column.

Physical Medicine I
Provides lecture-style and hands-on training in physical assessment and pathology recognition for the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand). Included is the evaluation of common myofascial, articular, osseous, neurologic and vascular pathologies of the upper extremity. A variety of core patient assessment methods are identified, including patient history, postural assessment, detailed palpation, range of motion assessment, orthopaedic testing, diagnostic imaging and basic patient management. The principles and practice are also applied with patient simulation exercises and practical clinical examinations. This course allows students to identify pathological dysfunction in the upper extremity, and to select appropriate treatment options given the specifics of each individual case.

Physical Medicine II
Provides lecture-style and hands-on training in physical assessment and pathology recognition for the lower extremity (hip, knee, leg, ankle and foot). Included are the evaluation of common myofascial, articular, osseous, neurologic and vascular pathologies of the lower extremity. A variety of core patient assessment methods are identified, including patient history, postural assessment, detailed anatomy palpation, range of motion assessment, orthopaedic testing, diagnostic imaging and basic patient management. The principles and practice are also applied with patient simulation exercises and practical clinical examinations. This course allows the student to identify pathological dysfunction in the lower extremity, and to select appropriate treatment options given the specifics of each individual case.

Physical Medicine III
Lecture-style and hands-on training in physical assessment and pathology recognition for the axial body (sacroiliac, lumbar, thoracic, ribs, cervical spine and TMJ). Included is the evaluation of common myofascial, articular, osseous, neurologic and vascular pathologies of the axial body. A variety of core patient assessment methods are identified, including patient history, postural assessment, detailed anatomy palpation, range of motion assessment, orthopaedic testing, diagnostic imaging and basic patient management. The principles and practice are also applied with patient simulation exercises and practical clinical examinations. Specifically, this course allows the student to identify pathological dysfunction in the axial body, and select appropriate treatment options given the specifics of each individual case.

Traditional Asian Medicine I-V
This series of courses provides a working knowledge of the philosophy, theories of diagnosis, and therapeutic concepts and techniques of Traditional Asian Medicine. It emphasizes and demonstrates the use of acupuncture, tongue and pulse diagnosis, five-element theory, and the basic use of Asian botanicals.