What is the training of a Naturopathic Doctor?
Licensed Naturopathic doctors (N.D.) attend 4-year nationally accredited naturopathic medical schools. Enrollment in naturopathic medical schools requires a bachelor’s degree and completion of medical school pre-requisite courses. During the first two years of the program Naturopathic doctors are trained in the same basic sciences that are studied at allopathic medical schools.
After passing national science boards, Naturopathic medical students progress through the second two years of the program where they intern under other doctors in a clinical setting as well as receiving extensive training in natural modalities. In order to obtain a professional license, students must pass national clinical board examinations (NPLEX) after completing the program of study.
Professional licensure of Naturopathic doctors is currently regulated on the state level. This licensure ensures that only qulaified individuals, those who have attended an accredited naturopathic medical school, can call themselves a Naturopathic Doctor. In a state that offers licensure, Naturopathic Doctors are able to serve the community in a primary care capacity. They work with MD’s, DO’s and ARNP’s to provide well-rounded and integrative healthcare for the patient. Naturopathic medical services in these states are often reimbursed by insurance and they are able to prescribe medications within the Naturopathic Pharmaceutical Formulary.
Naturopathic Medicine in North Carolina
Naturopathic doctors in this state that have graduated from an accredited four-year medical program are actively pursuing licensure for the state of North Carolina. Our goal is to achieve licensure for the state, thereby assuring the public that a person claiming to be a Naturopathic doctor graduated from an accredited naturopathic medical program with training as a primary care physician.
For more information or to become involved in the licensure effort in North Carolina please visit www.ncanp.com
States that License Naturopathic Doctors
Currently, 15 states, 5 Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and the US territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands all have laws regulating NDs. In these states and provinces, Naturopathic Doctors are required to graduate from a four-year, naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license. Click on the map for more information from the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC).
Current licensed states and territories in the United States:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- US Territories
- Puerto Rico
- US Virgin Islands
If you are looking for a Naturopathic Doctor in a state that does not offer licensure, please be sure that who you are seeing is qualified to provide the level of service you need. Also, understand N.D.’s cannot diagnose, treat or prescribe in unlicensed states.