Online Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.)

The Blue Marble University Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Degree (N.D.):

 Annual cost of our 3 Year Online ND degree,  including all texts:  $3,450 USD per year with payment plan; or $3200 USD advance lump sum payment per year.

All the knowledge and tools you need to become a part of the fastest growing segment of global health care:  Alternative Medicine.

Before reading about our exciting new program, please read our essay on “Alternative Medicine-Right Here, Right Now” presented as an address to students, 2017.

Now, on to your program: We started with a blank sheet. Our program is like no other. Patients seeking alternative approaches to health care are not interested in hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, yoga,  massage therapy, etc. We eliminated those from our curriculum, and instead concentrate on how you can carve your own pathway to success in Alternative Medicine.

Our online Doctor of Naturopathy program emphasizes alternative cancer therapies, alternative diabetes control, vitamin therapies, the study of special compounds like DMSO,  bio-identical hormones, clinical nutrition and specific nutritional supplements, botanicals, blood testing and analysis, diagnostic procedures, immune modulation, and the pharmacology of natural medicines. We also include a complete and detailed course in operating your own counseling clinic, partnering with physicians to offer complementary medicine, how to order diagnostic blood tests, how to brand your own nutritional supplements, how to start and operate a walk-in laboratory franchise, and how to become recognized by industry organizations.

This program is best suited to those persons that want to create their own companies preparing and marketing useful supplements, maybe by first starting small and then growing your business; or who want to partner with physicians and other licensed health care providers, like chiropractors and physical therapists,  to provide complementary medical services to patients; or who want to operate their own counseling and wellness centers; or work in the pharmaceutical industry.

Why do we say partner and leave the licensing to someone else? This is why:

A Growing Field

Complementary Versus Alternative Therapy

It is said that many Americans—more than 30 percent of adults and about 12 percent of children—use health care approaches developed outside of mainstream Western, or conventional, medicine. When describing these approaches, people often use “alternative” and “complementary” interchangeably, but the two terms refer to different concepts:

If a non-mainstream practice is used together with conventional medicine, it’s considered “complementary.”

If a non-mainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it’s considered “alternative.” This uncommon.

Most people who use non-mainstream approaches use them along with conventional treatments. For example, patients may want to receive intravenous Vitamin C treatment along with chemotherapy, or who may wish to supplement normal healing routines along with DMSO. This is what people want…a combined approach. “Integrative medicine” is the new buzzword.

So, if you are interested in actually contributing to patient health care one on one, you would be most effective as an adjunct partner of an existing health care practice in which the actual treatment prescribed and rendered is by a licensed health care practitioner (physician, chiropractor, physical therapist, nurse).  You play a big role, but don’t need to be licensed. Many health care providers welcome and seek out the services of alternative medicine specialists whose expertise they can offer patients.

If you want to be able to treat patients with alternative remedies in your own individual practice, then best to pursue your education at an accredited naturopathic school that will lead to licensing. This is probably 1% of what alternative medicine is all about. In the end, you too will learn that you will need to partner with a licensed health care provider in order to deliver what patients want: a complementary approach in which mainstream medicine is combined with alternative approaches.

We are talking to the other applicants that want to participate in the other 99% of the alternative medicine field which is far more lucrative and for which no license is required. People that want to join pharmaceutical companies and help develop new supplements and  supplements to activate circulating stem cells; people that want to start their own alternative medicine business while continuing their present employment until their own project begins making money; people interested  in educating patients in alternative and complementary remedies while working or partnering with existing medical centers and health care providers; people who want to start their own counseling and wellness centers.


Practicing as an Alternative Medicine Healer…Using Your Degree

License? You don’t need one. Unless you only want to treat patients one on one in your own private practice in those 20 states requiring naturopaths to be licensed. And even in those states, without a license, you can always act as an alternative medicine counselor and advise patients about alternative remedies, or operate your own health and wellness counseling center. Please see our further brief summary about licensing HERE: Brief Review of Licensing

Neither licensing nor certification is generally needed to practice successfully as a naturopathic counselor,  or in conjunction with a licensed alternative medicine clinic or physician medical practice. Nor is any license or certification generally required to own your own natural health and wellness center,  a nutritional supplement center, or to author and circulate advice on how to control and cure disease by use of alternative methods, or to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

What can’t you do? Don’t “practice medicine without a license”, don’t pretend to be a medical doctor, don’t treat patients as a “Doctor of Naturopathy” in the minority of states requiring naturopaths to be licensed.

This does not mean you are barred from working in a clinical setting. But in States requiring licensure, in the clinical setting you are barred from using the “ND” designation or “Doctor”. Of course, your name tag could be “Medical Professional” or anything else assigned to you by the clinic, hospital, institution,  or alternative medicine treatment center. The whole idea is that patients are not misled into believing you are a licensed physician or a licensed Doctor of Naturopathy. For any non-clinical setting you can always have a business card with Doctor of Naturopathy and advertise yourself as “Doctor” or “ND”, so long as the target audience are people other than patients.

You can even operate your own wellness clinic, although this depends upon your location, and in any event, it is always better to partner with a  licensed physician or other health care provider, because of the opportunity to offer complementary and integrated health care. Every state and every country is different, so obviously,  make your own investigation.


Two Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Programs:

(1) Our regular 3 year online Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree for college graduates

(2) Our 5 year combined online Bachelor and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Degree for High School Graduates

Curriculum: For the complete Curriculum and brief description of courses, CLICK on this link:

Admission Requirements.  Our general admission requirements apply:

Cost: $3,450 USD per year with payment plan; or $3200 USD advance lump sum payment per year, INCLUDES all texts and learning resources:

How to Apply:

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Blue Marble University Student Guide: BMU Student Guide January 2021

For other questions not covered above, please browse the Blue Marble University website which presents information applicable to all programs.


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