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If you don’t already know this, there is a lot of deception in medicine, however, we are only going to talk about credentials today. So, here goes.
A little over 2 years ago I started to do research on becoming a naturopathic doctor. It has been a dream of mine to be a doctor, but at my age now, it didn’t really seem feasible. Well, there are plenty of online schools offering that title so I decided to check it out! What I didn’t realize at the time was that most of these schools, if not all are not regionally or nationally accredited. What that means is that they are not recognized by any education body except their own. You can’t get financial aid for them, you can’t get student loans or even transfer credits from these institutions into a college or university because they are not technically “real” schools in the sense that our government recognizes them as anything. You don't even need to apply, just pay the fee and start working online.
What people don’t realize is that what these flashy “diplomas” and fancy school names are doing is making the person you are trusting with your health look like something they are not. In accredited colleges and universities they have a strict standard of education. Their classes and offerings need to be approved by these accreditation agencies to make sure you are coming out of that class understanding and knowing a certain amount of information. These other schools don’t need that because they are not accredited. So when you attend them, which is 99% of the time online and at your own pace, how do you even know that y