Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy (NAH) has a unique four year program designed to prepare students to practice successfully as classical homeopaths.
- Years One and Two: Didactic Lectures
- Years Three and Four: Hands-on Clinical Training
The goal of the first component is to educate students in the philosophy and subject matter of classical homeopathy as designed by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy. NAH believes in providing students with a solid foundation of homeopathic knowledge, grounded in the teachings of the homeopathic pioneers. The first two years comprise over 500 hours of lectures on homeopathy. The curriculum is prepared according to the “Standards for Homeopathic Education and Competencies for the Professional Homeopathic Practitioner in North America” established by the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA). Subject areas include History, Philosophy, Materia Medica, Repertory, Posology, Case Taking, Case Analysis, Case Management, Provings and Research, and Ethics.
The second component of the program is designed to give students hands-on clinical experience in homeopathic practice (scheduling, case taking and analysis, prescribing, management and follow-up skills) while working in our faculty-supervised Student Clinic. NAH offers one of the most advanced homeopathic training clinics in the country. This intensive clinical training experience provides all the elements needed for a successful homeopathic practice. The program offers a thorough 700 hours of experience for each student: a combination of teacher demonstration (first two years), personal hands-on case management and individual mentorship (second two years).
During the program we cover the sciences needed to practice as a homeopath. We offer a self-paced anatomy and physiology course and a medical terminology course outside of classroom hours. During years three and four, we teach Pathology and Disease, Pharmacology, and other medical subjects as part of the program. Students do not need to have a medical or science background before enrolling in NAH. Students who have completed these subjects prior to attending NAH are exempt from taking these courses.
The faculty members bring extensive clinical and teaching knowledge to the program—combining together for decades of homeopathic experience. Diverse styles of the instructors provide a balanced training environment, encouraging individual students to discover their own unique path into the marvelous science of homeopathy. Student-instructor interaction is vital to the transformation of students into competent and successful practitioners of classical homeopathy. The faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting students throughout this transformation.
The Professional Training Program is taught over a three-day weekend, once per month, from 8:30am-5pm each day. In addition, there are two to three two-hour webinars each month in the weeks between sessions and one one-hour facilitated study group (online) each month. The part-time scheduling offers premier homeopathic education to those who also work while attending school. Study habits and styles vary among students, however, the estimated time that should be allocated to home study is about ten hours per week.
During Years 1 and 2, weekend classes are held in-person at our location each month with an option to participate live at a distance via webinar. This is not a self-paced or pre-recorded course. Students are expected to attend class and participate during live class times. During the clinical training Years 3 and 4, all students are expected to be here in person every other month. The intervening months during years 3 and 4 will all be held via webinar.
Self discovery training, taught throughout all four years of the Professional Training Program, teaches students self-reliance in the healing quest. Preparing oneself for the client-homeopath interaction demands more than Materia Medica and Philosophy alone. While study and practice of homeopathic subject matter is important, a student’s ability to accomplish his or her own self healing work is directly proportional to the student’s ability to assist others to heal. In homeopathy, great importance is placed on the homeopathic journey because health is viewed as the individual’s ability to move through life, rather than a static state to be achieved. As the awareness of self and the world expands, a certain clarity in perspective is gained. This clarity greatly enhances the practitioner’s ability to be present and open to the client, which in turn directly affects the success of the homeopathic process. Students actively engaged in self discovery are able to learn at a more advanced level. Students are guided in self discovery via journaling exercises and individual conferences with instructors.
NAH has an active homeopathic research program staffed by graduates of the program. The school has recently enhanced this program to conduct provings yearly (see our Proving Website). Provings are the method in which new remedies are explored and documented in order to be available for future use. Participation in a Homeopathic Proving is an invaluable experience in terms of fully understanding homeopathy and the action of remedies. Because of our extensive program, students are able to participate in multiple provings during their four years at NAH. Graduates are also able to continue to contribute to these efforts.