Difference Between schools in Blog Thread California College of Natural Medicine is state-approved in CA. CCNM is a non-profit vocational school and clearly states this vocational/non-degree status on their website. They do not claim to award degrees. According to SB577 in CA, graduates can legally offer their services to the general public as long as they strictly adhere to the legal guidelines to not diagnose or treat disease. Curriculum is residential and online. Any one who thinks otherwise of this educational institution is either not reading the website or intentionally causing defamation of character. Freedom of speech is not a license to harm others. When you are writing blogs maybe you just don't care about how this affects graduates or students lives. CCNM graduates have responsible careers helping others offering non-toxic sound education. The founders brief resume is on the website for all to see. Clayton University closed 1989 and was NOT connected to Clayton School of Natural Health in Alabama, which just closed. During the 1980s, the United States Department of Education offered what was known as the "four by four" school approval process. If a university could prove that degrees earned by at least four different graduates had each been accepted by four regionally-accredited universities (a total of 16 acceptances), then that university was officially recognized, qualified for all Veterans and student loan situations, was given an FICE number by the Federal Interagency Commission on Education, and was duly listed in the Higher Education Directory. Clayton University was one of the schools that qualified under "four by four." A degree consultant would be irresponsible if he or she did not recommend such a school to relevant clients. Linus Pauling and Roger Williams were Board members and put their stamp of approval on this University. The third school is Clayton School of Natural Healing was recently closed. I am not confident as to the reason, however, some research indicates that they were not a federally recognized degree granting institution. Unfortunately for their existing students, this school did not refund students tuition and also even more important their reputation may have been injured. Graduates innocently completed training, paid tuition and now there is negativity about the school which may reflect on their ability to work. They say that they are arranging teach-outs for their students.