Accreditation is an external peer review and regulatory process for higher education. Its goal is to ensure high-quality education and training in various disciplines, including medical education, in order to protect the interests of students and the public, and to ensure safe and effective practice. Accreditation is usually carried out by private, non-profit organizations that are “recognized” (i.e., approved) by the U.S. Department of Education.
How are naturopathic medical schools accredited?
Naturopathic medical programs that award the naturopathic doctoral degree (ND degree) are accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. This process is similar to the accreditation of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees, and the U.S. Department of Education recognizes the accrediting agencies that oversee schools granting these three degrees.