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Thoughts on the NCNM Curriculum

I've been making a list of the classes that I would like to see added to the offerings at this school where I attend. I am sure this list will expand, but for now I want to get it into a post so I can throw away the scrap of paper my notes are on. These are my suggestions on how to improve NCNM's Naturopathy Curriculum:

Classes or Requirements

Reduce or Lose
--4 quarters of required homeopathy is too much. One quarter required would be appropriate, to introduce us to this modality without requiring us to adopt it. There are many other modalities worth considering.

Increase or Add
--supporting infant and childhood health
--more than one emergency medicine class
--intro to microbiology
--public health courses, managing a quarantine? pandemics? vaccinations? history?
--add traditional North American tribal medicine, esp herbs but also ritual
--add dance therapy, sex therapy, color therapy, scent therapy electives
--add yoga
--add meditation instruction
--add hypnosis instruction
--we have Ayurveda electives, how about Tantra?
--one more quarter of biochemistry just before the summer of boards

I'm glad there's:
--two quarters of minor surgery
--one required quarter on obstetrics, the basics of birthing, plus an assortment of additional obstetrics classes


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Dec. 3rd, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
NCNM Curriculum
I agree about homeopathy. I think the curriculum for most modalities should begin with one required class and then move on to optional advanced subjects.

To that end I like the childbirth sequence as it is. The other classes are optional and can be taken out of sequence. If someone is interested in more then they can take the appropriate class. I think it makes the class better for those who do choose to take it if everyone wants to be there.

Currently there are two quarters of minor surgery. And there is one quarter of emergency medicine.

Dec. 4th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: NCNM Curriculum
Thanks for your comment!
Why do you think homeopathy has such a hold?
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