At the AMCC, we receive all sorts of requests. One of them is : am I going to be a real doctor, once I graduate from the Alternative Medicine College of Canada?
What’s in a Title?
Doctor, or not doctor, what’s the difference? Here’s how it goes:
- You’ll be called Naturopath, if you complete the program of Natural Health Practictioner.
- You’ll be called Homeopath, if you complete the program of Homeopathic Practitioner.
- And you’ll be called a Bioenergetician, if you complete the program of Bioenergetics practioner. But nobody will call you by that name, it’s a bit of a mouthful : “I’m on my way to see my Bioenergetician.” “You’re what?” “Yeah, I just call her Sarah, she helps me with by blood sugar level.”
You see, in the end, it’s not the title. It’s the relationship you have with your patients.
What about the Letters on my Degree?
Yes, if you finish all your courses, you will get a degree. You’ll even get two letters for FREE! Here they are:
- N.D. if you complete the program of Natural Health Practictioner.
- H.D. if you complete the program of Homeopathic Practitioner.
- B.D. if you complete the program of Bioenergetics practioner.
One second. You see the “D”? What does it stand for if not doctor? It stands for Diploma. Indeed, the term doctor is reserved exclusively for actual doctors who wanted to specialized in naturopathy. So really, if you want to be called doctor, you have to go to medical school. Or you ask your wife/husband to change her tune and say : “doctor, can you pass me the salt please?”
Can I Do a Doctorate in Natural Health Sciences?
Of course, everything is possible! But you still won’t be called doctor, unless you do to medical school! I know… it’s expensive. But you can do it in 4 years and in Canada, it’s cheaper. We won’t cheat and tell you you’re a doctor just because you did our Advanced Study Program in naturopathy. Since 2011, we stopped that. We used to call it a doctorate, now it’s called postgraduate studies. It’s basically hands-on knowledge on how to deal with patients, cases and practical aspects of running your own clinic. It’s also a honorific title. You can read all about it in our Postgraduate degree article.
The student who completes the Nutritherapy programs also gets a degree (included in the price). She or he won’t be called nutritionist, however, since that’s reserved exclusively for the nutritionists. They can call themselves Holistic Nutritionist (I think it’s still legal) or Nutritherapist (that’s my invention). Maybe even Food Doctor is an option. Please check with your local legal aid society.