Aug 252013


Help and FAQs

1. What are IIOM’s hours of operation?

Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EST), Friday, 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon. We are closed all major holidays.

2. What is the value of an ND diploma/education?
An ND diploma demonstrates to the public that students have been trained in the science and practice of Naturopathy. It also signifies that they have passed the appropriate exams required for the diploma. Students will obtain knowledge of natural health, which will serve them well as they seek to help others in obtaining and maintaining health.

3. What can I do with this type of education? Can I prescribe, diagnose or perform surgeries?
Prescribing, diagnosing and performing surgeries is generally a part of the “practice of medicine” and it would be a violation of state medical practice laws for anyone to prescribe, diagnose or perform surgeries without holding the appropriate state license. A federal drug license is also needed to prescribe drugs legally. Naturopaths do not prescribe or advocate the use of drugs. Typically, Naturopaths are referred to as “drugless doctors”. A traditional naturopathic education does not include training in surgery.

4. Can I add the ND designation (or any of the other designations) after my name?
Our graduates can put educational or professional designations after their name; however, a few states license naturopaths and unless they are licensed in those states, their laws may not allow you to practice or identify themselves as a naturopath (ND). You may practice as a natural health professional and designate yourself as naturopath, lifestyle counselor and many similar non ND designations.

5. Is Naturopathy licensed in my state?
IIOM does not provide licensing information for each state. This information should be researched prior to enrollment. Washington D.C. has a registration law. Some states have not finalized laws due to legal challenges from those who believe that naturopathy should not be licensed and is a public domain. If laws change after the completion of our program, it is ultimately up to that state as to how it handles the situation. Some states may choose to “grandfather” in prior NDs, while others may not. A recommended website with some licensing information is the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (

6. Does your school have a license or accreditation?
IIOM is accredited and recognized by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board, Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada ( and The American Association of Drugless Practitioners ( We have not, nor do we plan, to seek accreditation through the U.S. Department of Education.

7. Do you give referrals or information on practitioners?
Due to privacy laws, we cannot release student or graduate contact information.  At the present time, we do not have a database compiled of graduates to be contacted for referrals.

8. I am interested in your school, but I am wondering how your school compares with others.
We believe we have the comprehensive education program available in naturopathy. We have comprehensive programs composed of a variety of well-designed courses, including original medicine, botanical medicine, nutrition, alternative, assessment, conventional and program completion courses. Our students consistently inform us how excited they are over the course materials. We utilize the best texts available. We provide every student with both an instructor and mentor to assist students with questions.

9. How does IIOM compare with on-campus programs?
Our self-study approach means that students study at their own pace, without leaving home and moving to a campus site. Price is another consideration. Campus programs require tuition to pay for buildings, dormitories, dining facilities, gyms and other facilities. On campus programs can cost up to approximately $75,000 to $100,000 more than IIOM.

10. What can I do with this education once I am graduated?
Our programs are focused on relevant 21st century natural health knowledge. However, it is possible to begin a business to counsel clients in the areas of natural health. As far as utilizing the education in a public organization (such as a doctor’s office, schools or nursing homes), it depends on what educational requirements are expected. We do not provide job placement for graduates. However, your mentor can help guide and direct you to a variety of vocational pursuits.

11. Do you have any samples of course work or diplomas that you can send me?
IIOM does not provide sample course work or diplomas. The answers must be typed (unless the test directions state otherwise). The questions are in a variety of formats, i.e., true/false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, short essay or short answer.

12. Do you offer any of your classes in a classroom-type setting?
We do not offer a classroom-type environment. Our programs are completed at home. Materials are emailed to students to study at home. Because we do not offer a classroom-type environment, students may want to consider a number of natural health seminars that are offered to supplement their online education. IIOM offers credit for relevant education the student acquires outside of IIOM.

13. Do I have to come to IIOM for any reason?
Students are not required to travel to the school.

14. How long does it take to complete the program?
Each program is done at the student’s own pace. The average times of completion for the programs are:
Doctor of Naturopathy: 2 years
Master Science: 1 to 1½ years
Bachelor Science: 9 months  to 1½ years

Certified Medical Missionary: 3 to 6 months
Certified Nutrition Counselor: 3 to 6 months
Certified Herbalist: 3 to 6 months

*Based on an average of 10 to 15 hours of study time per week

15. What do the hours mean that are listed beside each course?
The hours listed are an estimated time of study hours that students can plan to spend on each course. These are not traditional credit hours.

16. How long do I have to complete the program?
Students are given a maximum time to complete their program. If the program is not completed within the time frame required, all tuition is considered fully earned. The degree programs have a five (5) year time limit and the certificate programs have a three (3) year time limit. Should a student find that he/she is experiencing a hardship, if a student has reached his/her time limit and has not contacted the school for an exception and wishes to resume his or her studies, then he or she will be required to upgrade to the current fee schedule and curriculum. Individual courses have a time limit of three (3) months to complete.

17. What are the requirements to enroll? Do I need a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree?
We require the minimum of a high school diploma or GED to enroll in any of the certificate programs at IIOM. Students are not required to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree to take a certificate program. Students are required to have a Bachelor’s or equivalent life experience to proceed to the doctorate program.

18. I have taken classes from other schools. Can I have courses waived in this program?
Copies of transcripts can be submitted for review. Since IIOM is committed to graduating the finest trained naturopaths, credits for studies completed are not granted unless accompanied by a transcript and a course description. IIOM will consider credit for relevant academic and/or life experiences towards courses in both the certificate and degree programs. If courses are waived, monetary credit may be given towards tuition.

19. If I complete your programs, are the courses I’ve taken transferable to another school or organization?
Each school sets its own policy on accepting credits from other institutions. We cannot guarantee that other institutions will offer comparable courses and grant credit for work completed at IIOM. However, we offer official transcripts and course descriptions.

20. What do I need to send in to get started in the program?
An online application must be submitted. An evaluation of your academic and/or life experiences will be used to develop your personalized curriculum. Then a form of payment must be submitted to complete the enrollment process. We accept personal checks, money orders, cashier’s checks, and the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.

21. When can I enroll?
We have open enrollment all year round. Students can enroll at any time.

22. Can I enroll by phone?
Yes. Enrollments can be submitted through our website, fax, postal mail, and phone.

23. When can I order my books?
Books can be ordered at any time. They can be purchased from various resources with popular sources noted on the student text source guide. Books can be purchased all at one time or separately as needed. The price of the books will vary depending on the program chosen.

24. What are the tuition fees? Do you offer installment plans? Are books included in the tuition fees?
Books are an additional fee to programs. They can be purchased through various sources as noted in the student text source guide. Books may be purchased anywhere that is convenient to the student.

25. Is there a discount for taking all the programs you offer?
Depending on the primary program you enroll in, IIOM will provide discounts for additional programs.

Yes, any credits taken above the required amount for the certificate or degree program will be discounted for active students.

26. How are you able to offer lower tuition costs to students?
We offer lower tuition costs, compared to our competitors, because our objective at IIOM is to provide the most comprehensive set of offerings at the most affordable price.

27. What if I want to take just one class at a time?
If students want to enroll in single courses (however, it is cost effective to enroll in a program) the cost would be $80 per credit, plus the cost of the book. If a student is already enrolled in a program but wants to add an additional course, the cost is offered at a 25% discount per credit, plus the cost of the book(s).

28. Do you offer any discounts?
We offer the following discounts for our valued students:
1)  Waiving of classes based on prior academic and/or relevant life experiences
2)   Acceptance of prior relevant publications and/or projects for practicum, thesis and dissertation requirements
3)  Scholarship considerations for special projects that prospective students are uniquely qualified to fulfill.

4)  Discounts for second family member enrolling with an active student, as follows:

Student Enrollment                                         2nd family member scholarship

Certificate Courses                                                                    10%

Bachelor’s                                                                                   15%

Master’s                                                                                       20%

Doctorate                                                                                    25%
****Discounts are subject to change without notice****

29. Is there a discount for groups that may want to enroll and study together?
We do not offer a discount for study groups. Students are more than welcome to study together. However, students must submit their own work. If IIOM determines that the answers are identical to another student, the student will be required to resubmit his or her own work and could also be assessed up to a 10% penalty on his/her grade. The issuance of the penalty is at the discretion of the staff at IIOM.

30. Are there study groups in my area that I can join?
We do not offer a list of study groups or support groups to students at this time.

31. Once I submit my application, when will I receive my materials? What will I receive?
The application process takes approximately 24 to 72 hours from the time it is submitted to allow for prior credits evaluation and generation of personalized curriculum.  We email materials upon receipt of tuition fee or initial down payment, and $40.00 registration fee.  Welcome email will include, but not be limited to, welcome information, course work and the book order information.

32. How often are materials sent to me? How do I know what order to follow?
Students paying for program in full receive 5 courses upon enrollment. Courses can be done in any order. Students paying monthly on the installment plan receive monthly as they pay their installment payments. It is recommended that each course is submitted for grading as soon as it is completed. If a student works faster than the payments are being applied to the tuition balance, he or she may call in to make additional payments and receive additional course work. The last course will NOT be sent until all financial obligations are met. Courses are sent in numerical order, unless otherwise specified by the student.

33. Do I have to complete everything I see that is listed with the ND program?
No. Students do not have to complete every course listed under the ND program. A personalized curriculum is provided for each student based on prior academic and/or life experience. All programs have elective choices. Refer to our website or catalog for the entire curriculum information, which includes the electives choices.

34. What do I do if I have a question on a course? Do you have instructors?
Yes, each student is assigned an instructor and a mentor. If a student has questions on a test, he or she may contact the instructor responsible for grading the test. Assistance can be provided for clarification of material. However, we cannot, under any circumstances, provide the answers to course questions. Because tests are open-book, assistance is provided on a limited amount of questions. This is at the discretion of the instructor that grades the test. The mentor is available to help the student with advice and counsel regarding practicums, thesis/dissertation topics, career and related topics. The responsibilities of both instructors and mentors are outlined in the official enrollment letter.

35. What is the Dissertation?
The Dissertation is a research paper required in the ND program. It should be between 65 to 75 pages. Suggested topics are provided to students. However, students can choose their own topic that is natural health related and not a personal experience. An outline must be submitted for prior approval.  If students complete an approved project, the Dissertation may be waived. The Dissertation requirements are emailed at enrollment to give the student ample time for research and prepare.

36. How do I submit an exam? Once I submit an exam, how long will it take for me to get the results?
For each course you are emailed a syllabus, study guide, final test and answer sheet. Follow the instructions at the beginning of each exam. Answers are to be typed unless otherwise instructed on the exam and emailed back to your designated instructor. Exams are graded in the order they are received. Our objective is to email exams results within 72 hours of receipt.

37. Is it possible to fail an exam? What do I have to do if I fail an exam?
We provide percentage grades. We require the minimum of an 85% or higher to pass a course. If a student scores below an 85%, he/she will be required to resubmit the answers for only the questions that were missed the first time. Once the exam is resubmitted, the grade is recalculated. Answers for the resubmissions are to be typed.

38. When my course work is done, is there a Board exam?

There is no Board exam required through IIOM. Students would, however, be prepared through our courses of study to pass the National Naturopathic exam offered by the Council on Naturopathic Registration and Accreditation. This exam is offered to graduating students of schools accredited with their organization, of which IIOM is a member. For more information on the exam, visit their website at This exam is completely optional with an additional fee. The exam does not provide licensing. It provides students with an extra certification to validate their knowledge. IIOM will assist students in internships and practicums, as available.

39. When will I receive my diploma? Are transcripts available?
Diplomas are sent when all required coursework is completed, passed and tuition is paid in full. The first copy of the diploma is free. Additional diplomas are $200.00 each. Transcripts are also available upon request. The first transcript is emailed and is free. Additional hard copies are $10.00 each. Transcripts can be sent to the student or an institution.

40. Once I am done with my program, can I add on other programs?
Additional programs can be added on at any time with a written request submitted to the school.  The additional courses are $80.00 per credit, prepaid.

41. What is the refund policy in the event I need to withdraw?

We realize that due to unexpected life circumstances students may have to withdraw from an Individual course or from a certificate or degree program. All withdrawals must be requested in writing. No tuition refunds are given after 10 days following enrollment

42. What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
We require the minimum of a high school diploma or GED to enroll in any certificate program at IIOM. Students will need a  bachelors or life experience equivalent to enter the masters degree or doctorate program.

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