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Doctor’s Degrees in Alternative Medicine & Systems

1,110 Yearly Graduations
$22,100 Median Salary
$176,862 Median Debt
There are 31 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a doctor's degree in alternative medicine. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 35% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.5% of alternative medicine graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Alternative Medicine Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,110 students earned their doctor's degree in alternative medicine. This makes it the 10th most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in alternative medicine at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,522
Doctor’s Degree 1,110
Bachelor’s Degree 401
Basic Certificate 243
Undergraduate Certificate 131
Associate’s Degree 87
Graduate Certificate 82

Earnings of Alternative Medicine Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in alternative medicine is $22,100. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $19,900 and the high is $25,850.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in alternative medicine is $176,862. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $223,230 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $120,458.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $2,060.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in alternative medicine. About 75.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 278
Women 832
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Alternative Medicine

The racial-ethnic distribution of alternative medicine doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 174
Black or African American 43
Hispanic or Latino 76
White 621
International Students 28
Other Races/Ethnicities 168
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Alternative Medicine Doctor's Degree Students

There are 31 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in alternative medicine. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Pacific College of Health and Science

San Diego, California
432 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for alternative medicine students seekinga doctor's degree is Pacific College of Health and Science. Roughly 1,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,571 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,243 per year.

The alternative medicine program at Pacific College of Health and Science awarded 432 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 73% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Bastyr University

Kenmore, Washington
152 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bastyr University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in alternative medicine. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $26,820 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,900 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 152 people received their doctor's degree in alternative medicine from Bastyr University. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

82 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University of Natural Medicine is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in alternative medicine. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,397 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,837 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 people received their doctor's degree in alternative medicine from NUNM. Of these students, 66% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

71 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in alternative medicine. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 71 people received their doctor's degree in alternative medicine from SCNM. Of these students, 83% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

California Institute of Integral Studies

San Francisco, California
70 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for alternative medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is California Institute of Integral Studies. Roughly 1,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,708 per year.

The alternative medicine program at California Institute of Integral Studies awarded 70 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 73% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

44 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for alternative medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is National University of Health Sciences. Roughly 500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,912 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 44 people received their doctor's degree in alternative medicine from National College of Chiropractic. About 82% of this group were women, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Five Branches University

Santa Cruz, California
37 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Five Branches University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in alternative medicine. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 doctor's degrees were handed out to alternative medicine majors at Five Branches U. About 78% of this group were women, and 70% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut
25 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Bridgeport is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in alternative medicine. Each year, around 5,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,612 per year.

The alternative medicine program at University of Bridgeport awarded 25 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 32% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#9

South Baylo University

Anaheim, California
23 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for alternative medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is South Baylo University. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their doctor's degree in alternative medicine from South Baylo University. Of these students, 43% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

21 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Maryland University of Integrative Health comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in alternative medicine. Roughly 800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 people received their doctor's degree in alternative medicine from MUIH. Around 33% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#11

University of East - West Medicine

Sunnyvale, California
17 Yearly Graduations
71% Women

University of East - West Medicine is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in alternative medicine. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The alternative medicine program at University of East - West Medicine awarded 17 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 71% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, Puerto Rico
16 Yearly Graduations
88% Women

The 12th most popular school in the country for alternative medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Universidad del Turabo. Roughly 15,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $2,652 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 doctor's degrees were handed out to alternative medicine majors at Universidad del Turabo. Of these students, 88% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

15 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in alternative medicine. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The alternative medicine program at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine awarded 15 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

15 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in alternative medicine. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The alternative medicine program at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts awarded 15 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 60% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
14 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for alternative medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,000 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their doctor's degree in alternative medicine from Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. Of these students, 71% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

13 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Med comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in alternative medicine. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 people received their doctor's degree in alternative medicine from American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Med. About 69% of this group were women, and 46% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

13 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in alternative medicine. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The alternative medicine program at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine awarded 13 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

12 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for alternative medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Each year, around 200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The alternative medicine program at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine awarded 12 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 75% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

8 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for alternative medicine majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each year, around 100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 doctor's degrees were handed out to alternative medicine majors at Yo San University. About 62% of this group were women, and 12% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

8 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern California University of Health Sciences is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in alternative medicine. Each year, around 1,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,947 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $37,006 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 people received their doctor's degree in alternative medicine from SCU. About 50% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Alternative Medicine Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine 727
Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy 368
Traditional Chinese Medicine 14
Alternative Medicine & Systems 1

Below are some popular majors that are similar to alternative medicine that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Medicine 19,720
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 15,507
Rehabilitation Professions 13,537
Nursing 8,781
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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