Friday, Feb 25, 2005
Re: Distance Education
Posted by jervin on 02/01/04 at 02:15 AM
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why not take a look at University of Natural Medicine. Just take a look at the mails i had with them:
I would like to take this opportunity to explain the current situation with
accreditation at our University. UNM has a strong holistic bent, that
standard education does not offer to their students. So most of the
traditional/conventional colleges/universities cannot accept our
institution’s courses, which results in no crossing-over of degrees or
course credits by them. However, UNM very often allows those institutions’
courses to have credit-value at UNM. Our University works beautifully as a
compliment to most traditional school degrees, though. We have doctors,
nurses, teachers who have the conventional
degrees, but wish to enhance their choices and their degrees with UNM.
We are fully licensed by the New Mexico
Commission on Higher Education Post-Secondary Board of Education. In order
to meet these criteria and requirements we had to meet very strict standards
for our BS, MS, MA, ND, NMD & PhD programs. Each year we are evaluated for
licensure by the Commission and have never failed to succeed in this
endeavor for the seven years that we have been in operation. We also are
proud of the fact that we have candidate accreditation status with the
American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board (ANMAB) out of Nevada
At present we are in the process of evaluating application for federal
accreditation through a Department of Education approved regional
accrediting body. This can be a long road and we cannot by law represent
ourselves as being accredited in the future, as this could be misleading and
The majority of our programs are very eclectic and non-conventional as I
such there is no licensing for these programs and accreditation is not a
However, if someone is interested in our Naturopathic doctorate
program there are 11 states at present that would not approve of credentials
from our program. This is due to these 11 states having established
laws that do not allow graduates from other programs that offer any
independent study to be recognized or licensed in those states. The
majority of other states have either no licensing or a Freedom of Health
Practice Act that protects the practitioner of natural medicine disciplines
in their respective states.
The eleven states that I mentioned above are Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii,
Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Vermont, Connecticut, & Montana.
In the other states except for Florida it is generally acceptable to
practice as long as one is no treating disease or practicing medicine. A
graduate of our program can obtain a license from the District of Columbia
which many of our ND graduates do. There is supposedly some reciprocation
with this license with other states, but that is not verified, as no one to
my knowledge has ever tested it for legality. There is a Freedom of Health
Practice Act in several states which protects the practitioner as well.
It is important to be cautious of schools that advertise themselves as being
accredited by institutions or associations that do not have Department of
Education approval or recognition. The majority of correspondence schools
are doing this which by law is misleading and fraud. We have chosen not to
go this route in order to maintain our integrity and reputation.
If you have any further questions regarding our licensure, accreditation or
vocational opportunities with our programs please do not hesitate to contact
us. The Chancellor and Dean, Dr. Mark Smith, email address is [email protected]
would be happy to answer any specific questions you might have.
Thank you for your interest in the University of Natural Medicine!
P.O. Box 3356
San Dimas, California 91773
Sharon A. Long
Hpoe that tthe above infor will be useful to you in making a good decision. God Bless!