The Kingdom College of Natural Health advertises in many magazines throughout the US. In operation since 1993 and located in Guam, they offer alternative medicine and health degrees online as well as certificates. A careful review of their courses, programs and policies is the topic of this article.
Courses (5 out of 5)
The Kingdom College of Natural Health offers 9 certificate programs, 12 diploma programs, a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health (B.S.), 6 masters degree programs, 6 doctorate degree programs, a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.) and a Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine (H.M.D.). The N.M.D. and H.M.D degrees are only issued to those who already are licensed or have previous medical degrees.
A complete list of required and elective courses for each program is available as a pdf file online. Certificate programs are expected to be completed in 8 months, diploma programs in 12 months, and degreed programs from 3-5 years, depending on the degree. Some degrees require prior medical training or licensing.
There is also a School of Natural Animal Health. To date I have not been able to retrieve any information on the programs offered there.
Tuition and Fees (4 out of 5)
Tuition varies by program. All applicants must be 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma or GED. Certificate, diploma and Bachelor of Science in Natural Health programs do not require previous college coursework. Masters degrees require a bachelor’s degree in a related subject. Doctorate degrees require a master’s degree in a related subject. N.M.D. and H.M.D. are for medical professionals that are licensed in the medical industry.
A certificate program requires 12 credit hours and the tuition is $45.00 per credit hour. Total tuition for a certificate program is $540.00.
Diploma programs require 30 credit hours and the tuition is also $45.00 per credit hour. The total tuition for a diploma program is $1,350.00.
The Bachelor of Science in Natural Health (B.S.) program requires 90 credit hours to complete and the cost is $55.00 per credit hour for a total of $4,950.00.
Masters degree programs require between 44-54 total credit hours. The cost per credit hour for a master’s degree is $60.00 per credit hour. Tuition for a master’s degree ranges from $2,640.00 to $3,240.00. The required credit hours do not include undergraduate credit hours.
Doctorate degrees assume one has completed a master’s degree in a related field. Credit hours required to complete a doctorate degree ranges from 58 to 80. The cost per credit hour is $70.00. The total tuition for a doctorate’s degree from Kingdom College of Natural Health is $4,200.00 to $5,600.00.
The Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (N.M.D.) and the Doctorate of Homeopathic Medicine require 40 total credit hours to complete (H.M.D.). Cost per credit hour is $88.00 and the total tuition for either of these degrees is $3,520.00.
There are no lab fees and textbooks are included in the tuition. Credit can be given for life/work experiences, transfer credits from another college, or lay persons with advanced knowledge.
Tuition can be paid on a monthly basis via a checking account or credit card. There are fees assessed for late payments and payments rejected by the bank or credit card company.
Accreditation (4 out of 5)
Kingdom College of Natural Health is accredited by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Texas. They have memberships in American Holistic Health Association, California and Complementary Medical Association, Arizona.
The Kingdom College of Natural Health does not hold any federal, regional or state accreditations in the US. The United States does not offer accreditation to colleges specializing in natural and homeopathic medicines.
I have rated this section as good. The reason for this is that as compared to many other online colleges offering degreed programs, the accreditation is lacking. However for this particular field of study the accreditation is above average.
Kingdom College of Natural Health offers a variety of alternative medicine and health degrees online. Tuition is comparable with other online colleges offering similar programs. Those individuals looking for undergraduate work may want to consider getting their undergraduate degrees at a local accredited community or state college or at an online college with better accreditations. The field of natural and homeopathic medicine is one that is not readily accepted in the west, especially in the US. Individuals wishing to specialize in one of these fields will have to look to non-traditional colleges and universities for their degrees.