Online Doctor of Naturopathy Curriculum


Blue Marble University
Doctor of Naturopathy
3rd Floor, C & H Towers
Corner of Great Marlborough
and Great George Street
Roseau, 00152
Commonwealth of Dominica


Two Naturopathic Doctoral Degree Programs are shown:

(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

3 Year Online Doctor of Naturopathy Curriculum

Title of Program: Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.)

Year 1: Term 1

Anatomy and Physiology: The study of the human body and its parts. Structure and functions of organs and tissues, nerve and muscle feedback mechanisms, biological defense mechanisms. Also covered in depth is Blood-Typing, fractionation, and physiology.  3 Credits
Molecular Biology and Introduction to Cancer Biology-  First half of course covers the synthesis, structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, and fatty acids, including the structure and function of mitochondrial DNA. Second half of course considers the biology of cancer, growth signals, blood vessel growth, and metastases.  3 Credits
Pharmacology and Pharmacy – Distinction between Pharmacy and Pharmacology, drug names and classes, generic drugs, bio-identical hormones, steroids, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs, pharmacy dispensing, compounding pharmacies, therapeutics. Included is a study of Hormone Replacement therapy including Bio-Identical Hormones.  3 Credits

Term 2

Medical Immunology-The physical, chemical, and physiological characteristics of the human immune system, in vitro, in situ, and in vivo. Humoral and cellular immune response, autoimmune disease, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency, and transplant rejection. Course includes the study of immune modulation using natural substances.  3 Credits
Pathology (1)- General:  General Pathology topics include Cellular response to injury, inflammation, Hemodynamic disorders, Diseases of the Immune System, Neoplasia, Infectious disease. 3 Credits
Pathology (2) –  Systemic: Topics include Blood Vessels, Heart, Diseases of White Blood Cells, Lung, Pancreas, Urinary Tract, Bones, Skin, Eye. 3 Credits

Term 3

Pharmacology and Pharmacy – Distinction between Pharmacy and Pharmacology, drug names and classes, generic drugs, bio-identical hormones, steroids, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs, pharmacy dispensing, compounding pharmacies, therapeutics. Included is a study of Hormone Replacement therapy including Bio-Identical Hormones. 3 Credits
Stem Cell Medicine – This course presents the New Medicine, patient specific therapies, and begins with an overview of stem cells, including analysis of Embryonic Stem Cells, induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, and Adult Stem Cells, and stem cells from fetal tissue as well as umbilical cord stem cells.The course covers international treatments available using autologous stem cells (collected from the patient). The primary international treatment centers are reviewed. The purpose of the course is to bring to light the many curative techniques being used internationally, such as the repair of severed spinal cord using neural stem cells isolated from the patients nose. It is hoped that the student can gain insight to the fact that these current international treatments are no longer “hypothetical”, and hopefully will inspire the students to generate their own ideas for future work in their careers, particularly within the field of enhancing stem cell activity via natural supplements.  3 Credits
Medical Embryology, Obstetrics and Gynecology- The course is challenging in its undertaking. For the Medical Embryology section:  Consideration of the development of a complete organism from a single fertilized zygote, with emphasis on the development and identification of human stem cells.  The course covers differentiation, types of early developmental cells, in vitro fertilization, the development of blast cells and germ layers, as well as the development of antigenic determinants as related to fetal stem cells. The Obstetrics and Gynecology  portion is more clinically oriented toward issues of the sort encountered in a general medical practice, with emphasis on complications of child birth, as well as vaginal infections and vaginal cancer. Typical equipment for an OB/GYN practice is reviewed. 3 Credits.

Year 2: Term 1

Clinical Medicine – This course presents the elements of taking a patient “history”, and performing “physical examination”. We review the basic steps based upon what symptoms or complaints the patient presents with. This course establishes taking the patient history as the heart of clinical medicine, and though the student may not be involved directly with patient treatment, these elementary concepts are central to good medical management. Medical history and records are examined in terms of storage, indexing, retrieval, regulatory compliance and privacy. A helpful course for those whose careers may lead to association with an allopathic physician interested in delivering integrated or complementary medicine. 3 Credits
Pediatrics and Family Medicine– Case studies and patient health encounters typical of a pediatric and family practice clinic. May include overview of a family practice clinic and/or introduction to critical care medicine.   3 Credits
System Disorders -In this course we will look at disease presentations at the patient level. We will use one of the most popular and most widely used training texts in the world, Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine. Selected chapters are covered that involve the systems irregularities most often presented in the family practice or out patient clinic. 3 Credits

Term 2

Infectious Disease- The 4 main types of infectious agents are studied: Bacteria, Virus, Fungus, Parasites, including some aspects of infection at the molecular level, as well as clinical presentations and treatments. 3 Credits
Diagnostic Procedures- The course covers diagnostic procedures used in the practice of naturopathy, and includes blood testing and analysis, as well as operating a walk in lab, which includes the basic set up of a medical lab, types of tests done, how some representative medical lab tests are performed, and manual vs automated blood analysis, Laboratory values and Concentrations. 3 Credits
Skin-Dermatology and Cosmetic Techniques –  This course emphasizes Aesthetic Dermatology, with the use of natural products, supplements and serums to achieve a result without the use of surgery. Issues involving aging skin.
3 Credits

Term 3

Alternative Medicine:Special Topics-   We cover the alternative therapies for as many special diseases as we can, including: cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac disease, Alzheimers, and a variety of auto-immune diseases.
3 Credits
Clinical Nutrition and Diagnostics–  The very important topic of clinical nutrition is covered with particular emphasis on diagnostic tests to analyse nutritional status, and replacement therapies to correct defects. 3 Credits
Botanicals-  We study the amazing world of plants and plant derivatives, what to look for in obtaining botanicals, what they do, dosages, and indications. 3 Credits

Year 3 Term 1

Pharmacology of Natural Medicines- The course covers many types of substances, from mushrooms to chinese preparations, chemicals, metals, natural oils, DMSO, Water, intravenous Vitamin C, Black Salve, and other biological substances. What they are for and how to use them. Vitamin toxicity is also reviewed.  3 Credits
Colloquium- Wellness centers and partnering. Course content changes regularly but is intended to cover the following four topics: Operating a wellness center; partnering integrating with an allopathic physician to provide complementary, and/or holistic medical care; operating a counselling clinic; consideration of industry recognitions and certifications. It is an interesting “how to” course intended to give you a head start on your naturopathic career.  3 Credits
Research- Basic and Clinical- Cell culturing, the Scientific Method, analysis of research papers, Form and citation, Clinical Trials, Single Patient Clinical Trial, Institutional Review Board Trial, off label and compassionate use trial. Select Thesis Topic and Prepare Outline. How to become “published”.
3 Credits

Term 2

Dissertation Preparation I.  3 Credits
Dissertation Preparation II. 3 Credits
Dissertation Preparation III. 3 Credits 

Term 3

Dissertation Completion and Publication. 6 Credits  

Total Number of Trimester Credits: 72

Notes to 3 year Online Doctor of Naturopathy Degree Program:

(1) Credits: Credits are assigned following the U.S. Standard Credit Conversion System. The program comprises 72 trimester credits, and consequently is equivalent to the minimum 60 semester credits for a USA regionally accredited college or university. Fifteen (15) clock hours of lectures and academic study equal one (1) Semester Credit. One Trimester Credit equals 5/6 semester credit.

(2) Grading: In this program, a grade of B- or better (at least 80 out of 100 points) is required to pass each and every course in the program. Students who do not pass each and every course cannot graduate, nor do they receive credit for any courses they have not passed. Students who receive credit for any individual course due to past education or publications, are awarded the full credit for that course and a Grade of A (95/100).

(3) The Blue Marble University Doctoral Degree is Equivalent to Regionally Accredited USA College or University in terms of credits earned: Blue Marble University is foreign (international) educational institution operating out of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Foreign education can qualify students for employment and other positions in the U.S.A., when the student’s educational credentials are approved by a professional foreign education credentials service.. Because this program is equivalent to that of a regionally accredited USA college or university, based upon the minimum trimester credits of 72, and with no more than 12 credits assigned to dissertation, it is believed that upon completion of the full program, and for a nominal fee, graduates will be able to obtain a Certificate of Equivalency from a professional foreign education credentials evaluator.

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Fast Track Combination
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)/ Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine(N.D.)

5 Year program which you can enter right after High School

This program introduces the student to basic biology concepts and then proceeds into the regular 3 year online naturopathic doctoral program show above.

We operate on a trimester schedule, which means that our academic year is divided into 3 segments of 4 months each. In each 4 month period, students take three courses. For some terms, or as determined by the University, students may be assigned courses in sequence, lasting about 1 month each. In that event, for any approximate one month period, a student will be studying one course.

Years 1 and 2 are Used for the Bachelor Degree Part of the Program
(See our note at the end relating to seat time)

Note: Our Bachelor of Science Degree is only issued upon completion of the entire 5 year program. We do not offer a B.S. Degree except in combination with the 3 year ND degree



After satisfactory completion of the first two years curriculum, the student then joins our regular naturopathic medical students,  and follows the 3 year online curriculum for the ND degree that is shown above.  

A Note Concerning Undergraduate Degree and “Seat Time”:

As we have stated before, we drop “seat time” from each and every one of our programs. All of our students must demonstrate “Proficiency” with regard to the subject matter of their studies. Consequently, our programs are shorter.

“Seat time”, which is the foundation of “accreditation” in the USA, is the old fashioned, outdated requirement that a student spend a required amount of time (usually 4 years) and/or take required general studies courses in order to receive a Bachelors Degree. Even the USA Department of Education in its “National Education Technology Plan 2010” has recognized that “seat time” has got to go. At Page 12 of the report: “One of the most basic assumptions in our education system [accreditation] is time-based or “seat-time” measures of educational attainment…. [colleges and universities should be organized] around competence rather than seat time and others that enable more flexible scheduling that fits studentsʼ individual needs rather than traditional academic periods and lockstep curriculum pacing.”

We reject “seat time”. Our program is organised to achieve competence, and the undergraduate portion of this combination BS/ND degree program is designed to be the runway for entry into the 3 year online ND program.

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