FAQs About Our Institute
Q: Is the Naturopathic Institute Accredited?
A: Yes, we hold full accreditation from the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board.
Q: What are the career prospects for graduates of the Natural Health program?
A: Graduates of the Naturopathy Program who become Certified Naturopaths or take the American Naturopathic Medical Association National Exam to become Naturopathic Doctors can work in various settings, such as:
- Private practice: Many naturopaths establish their own practices where they provide holistic healthcare to patients, often specializing in areas like nutrition, homeopathy, or herbal medicine.
- Wellness centers: Naturopaths can work in multidisciplinary wellness or health centers alongside other health practitioners such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists.
- Consulting: They may offer consulting services in the natural products industry or wellness coaching.
- Education and Research: Some naturopaths choose to work in education, teaching future naturopaths or the public about natural health. Others may conduct research in natural and integrative medicine.
Q: What are the career prospects for graduates of the Therapeutic Bodywork program?
A: Graduates of the Therapeutic Bodywork Program who become Licensed Massage Therapists have a range of opportunities available to them:
- Private practice: Many massage therapists run their own businesses, providing services to clients in their homes, the therapist’s home, or in a dedicated studio or clinic.
- Wellness centers or spas: Massage therapists are often employed in wellness centers, spas, and health clubs.
- Healthcare settings: Some massage therapists work in hospitals or rehabilitation centers, helping to support patients’ recovery from injury or illness.
- Sports and Fitness: Massage therapists may also work with athletes, either independently or as part of a sports team’s support staff, to prevent injury and support performance.
Q: What are the career prospects for graduates of the Holistic Doula program?
A: Graduates of the Holistic Doula Program can work as doulas in various settings:
- Private Practice: Many doulas work independently, offering their services to expecting families. They provide emotional, informational, and physical support during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.
- Birth Centers and Hospitals: Some doulas are employed by birth centers or hospitals to provide support to laboring women.
- Maternal Health Advocacy: Doulas may also work in community organizations or nonprofits dedicated to improving maternal health outcomes.
Q: What Happens if I Can’t Take Some Scheduled Classes?
A: All you have to do is wait until the class you missed comes around again! You have up to three years to complete a program from the date you started.
Q: What kind of support do students receive during their studies at the Naturopathic Institute?
A: At the Naturopathic Institute, we pride ourselves on providing a supportive and engaging learning environment for our students. This includes a low teacher-to-student ratio for personalized attention, weekend accommodations for those that need them, and a curriculum designed to accommodate the schedules of our students. We also encourage open communication between students and faculty for any additional support needed.
Q: Do You Offer Anything to Help Out-of-State Students?
A: We provide accommodations that can be reserved at the time of enrollment or on an as-needed basis. We have accommodations on campus as well as an overflow agreement with local hotels.
Q: Can I Take Classes Out of Order or Combine Two Years Into One?
A: Yes, but this depends on the program. The first six Therapeutic Bodywork classes and their labs are taken in order, and there are prerequisites for some classes in all programs. Also, all classes are not necessarily offered at all times, so working carefully with the schedule is very important. Often, students are able to join the natural health program in the middle of the year or even take classes in two educational programs at the same time (if scheduling permits).
Q: Does NITE Offer Any Scholarships or Financial Assistance?
A: We are happy to offer a payment plan, and we accept credit cards, which has helped many students. Additionally, we assist many students through MichiganWorks!, Michigan Rehabilitation, Veteran’s Affairs and other similar organizations. Applications and information are available at the administrative office.
Q: What are the requirements to enroll in the Naturopathic Institute’s programs?
A: While specific admission requirements may vary between programs, generally, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. For the Naturopathy Program, previous education in the health sciences may be beneficial. We recommend that prospective students reach out to us or visit our website for detailed admission requirements for each program.
Q: How Is Your Naturopathy Program Different?
A: We offer a four-year program that offers different titles after each year, starting with Natural Health Educator, then Natural Health Therapist, Natural Health Practitioner, and finally a Certified Naturopath. You will then have the option to take the American Naturopathic Medical Association National Exam to become a Naturopathic Doctor.
Q: If I Already Have a Massage Therapy Diploma, Do I Have to Take All of the NITE Beginning Classes?
A: This will be considered on an individual basis by the Director of Education.
Q: I Already Have My Own Massage Table; Can I Get Credited For That?
A: Yes, there is a $500 credit applied to your tuition balance.
Q: What Do I Have to Supply?
A: You will be required to bring note-taking materials, highlighters and pocket folders for turning in homework, and in the case of the massage therapy program, seven twin-size sheet sets and three towels (one bath and two hand). Details on course requirements will be explained before classes begin.
Q: What is the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)?
A: The Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) is a standardized examination administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). It’s intended to assess the knowledge and skills of individuals who aspire to practice as entry-level massage therapists.
The examination covers subjects like anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, client assessment and treatment planning, ethics, professional practice guidelines, and various types of massage and bodywork modalities.
Passing the MBLEx is often a requirement for obtaining a massage therapy license in many states in the U.S., including Michigan. This exam provides a uniform standard of minimum competency for the safe and effective practice of massage and bodywork.
Q: When Do I Have to Pay?
A: Initial payment of tuition should be at least 30 days before classes begin, whether that is the entire amount or the down payment. If you are on the payment plan, the monthly amount is due on the 1st of each month; there is a 10% fee charged for late payments.
Q: Will the Naturopathic Institute Help Me Find a Job?
A: We don’t provide job placement services, but we do notify qualified students and graduates whenever we are contacted about employment possibilities. You’ll find a number of Job Opportunities listed right here on the website.
Q: Do You Offer Continuing Education Credits?
A: Yes, we offer CEU’s, or Continuing Education Credits, for both licensed Naturopaths and for Licensed Massage Therapists. We offer a one-to-one ratio through the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board for all natural health classes. For Licensed Massage Therapists, we offer classes that fit state regulations.
Q: How Can I Get in Touch?