Clinical education for Naturopathic Medicine occurs in the 3rd and 4th year of the program. Students are prepared for participation through the 1st and 2nd year prerequisite courses, as well as the clinic entry course. Graduates of the program will complete over 1300 hours in supervised clinical care, as well as over 200 hours in observational preceptorships at the offices of private practitioners. Clinic students must also complete practical exams for clinic entrance, promotion and exit, and demonstrate competency in numerous areas of naturopathic clinical care as evidenced by performance evaluations and learning outcomes.
The Naturopathic Medical Clinic, located in the Health Sciences Center (HSC) on the UB campus, is the main teaching clinic for the college. The HSC also houses the teaching clinics for the College of Chiropractic, Acupuncture Institute, and the Fones Dental Hygiene Clinic. The on campus clinic provides basic naturopathic medical services to patients in both the University and surrounding communities.
Clinical students also participate in a variety of community services, including health fairs, public speaking, sporting events, farmer’s markets and other local events where students are encouraged to cultivate their presentation style and share information on naturopathic medicine with the community.