Genesis School of Natural Health

School Policies & Course Catalog
Enrollment Requirement: You have the desire to learn about the human body and natural health.

What is Traditional Naturopathy? “Naturopathy is a philosophy which encompasses a view of life, a model for living a full life. The word naturopathy is a Latin-Greek hybrid which can be defined as ‘being close to or benefiting from nature.’” — Stewart Mitchell, Naturopathy: Understanding the Healing Power of Nature

Can I practice Naturopathy anywhere after receiving my diploma from Genesis School of Natural Health? We teach traditional naturopathy which is a natural health art recognized in all 50 states except South Carolina and Tennessee. Since traditional naturopaths do not diagnose or treat they can legally exercise their practice. It is not to be confused with naturopathic medicine that Naturopathic Physicians practice, they are licensed in about 19 states to diagnose and treat. See www.anma.org for details on state legislations.

The practice of Traditional Naturopathy is recognized as a common occupation at the Federal level (U.S. Congress 1928, 1929, 1930 and 30 Federal Court rulings between 1958 and 1978) and as such it is a profession protected under the 14th and 9th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Several states have also made this stipulation either by statute or in the Courts. 

May I freely practice as an Herbalist? Absolutely. Presently, there exists no licensure in the United States for Herbalists. They can freely practice, as long as they do not diagnose or treat or violate any laws in your state that pertain to “practicing medicine – presenting yourself as a doctor” or “nutritional counseling – presenting yourself as a dietician or nutritionist”. Below is a site that tracks the states that have implemented nutritional laws. 

“Currently herbalists are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for herbalists to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. 

Practicing herbalists MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their practice. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools in an herbalist practice.” – http://www.nutritionadvocacy.org/laws-state#78

Our current PDF course catalog does not include the many classes/courses/diplomas additions that are currently being developed or have recently been added to the website. For a full listing of available classes and a description please view All Programs. Our course catalog is updated each year by January 1st. 

Core Student Policies

Prerequisites: Students are NOT required to have a college degree. While it is always ideal that a person has a high school diploma or GED, the only real requirement is the ability to read, write, and comprehend the curriculum. Genesis School of Natural Health has a nondiscriminatory policy. We do not discriminate period! We exist to teach and train all those interested in the field of natural health. Legally we would say that we do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Student Responsibilities: You are required to have a computer/laptop with access to the internet and basic computer skills. A personal email address is required – this must not be shared with a spouse or other family members. If your change your email address you must notify us immediately – send us an email using your new address with the Subject stating “NEW EMAIL ADDRESS”.

All textbooks and CDs are the responsibility of the student and are available at many online bookstores. All manuals are in a PDF form and included in your tuition. Tuition includes a nonrefundable $250 application fee (this is not extra – it is part of the total cost). If a student is on a monthly payment plan the $250 is recorded as a down payment. When you agree to the payment terms you are agreeing to continue payments until paid in full. Your acceptance of the terms (check marked on the application form) gives us the the right to collect unpaid balances. 

Refund Policy: Students who withdraw from their program of study within the first 30 days will receive a full refund on the tuition paid for their program, minus the $250 non-refundable application fee and the fee for any completed courses. You must contact our office to withdraw from any program or class.

Class Credits: Classes  from another school are often allowed but is done on an individual basis. Our most common credit is given to those who have already completed Anatomy & Physiology.  A maximum of 3 classes may be transferred. There are no fees for the transfer of classes – we are pleased that you have chosen to continue your education at our school.

Leave of Absence: If the student is unable to complete a program within the time limit they may request an Extension (need more time) or a Leave of Absence (emergency or life changing events) by written request (mail or email only). All correspondence regarding these conversations or emails will be saved within the Student Profile but will not appear on any public forms or transcripts. All Extensions and Leave of Absence have a time limit of one year.

Licensure: A few states require a license to work in specific areas of the natural health field (massage therapists, being called a Naturopathic DOCTOR…). Genesis School of Natural Health does not meet the educational requirement of any state where a license is required. It is the student’s responsibility to find out the individual requirements of your state so you are in compliance with their laws. Our online distance learning programs lead to non-traditional diplomas and designations. Genesis School of Natural Health does not have, nor do we plan, to seek accreditation through the U.S. Department of Education.

Graduation: A student will be eligible for graduation when the following conditions are fulfilled: Student has completed all required courses and credit hours; Student has received a 80% or better in all classes; and Student has met all financial obligations.