Licensing

In states that license naturopathic physicians, the profession is regulated.  In these states, naturopathic physicians must pass a national board examination (NPLEX) and must have completed their education at a CNME accredited four-year, graduate level, naturopathic medical school.  For more information about the CNME or NPLEX please see our Education page.  Licensed naturopathic physicians must fulfill state mandated continuing education requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state’s laws.  Their actions are subject to review by a state board of examiners to ensure protection of the patient.

Indiana does not currently have a pathway to licensure for Naturopathic Physicians. If you would like to support the licensure of naturopaths in Indiana, please contact your local legislators to let them know you value naturopathic medicine. You can also sign up to be a member of our association and stay up to date on all our local efforts. We appreciate all your support.

States and Territories that currently license or regulate Naturopathic Doctors
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • United States Territories: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Efforts to enact licensing laws are underway in many other states. The best sources of current information about the legal status of naturopathic medicine in a particular area are the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, state or provincial naturopathic associations, or individual naturopathic physicians in that area.

How will licensing NDs improve public safety?

NDs are trained in both conventional and natural therapies

  • Naturopathic medicine is the most highly trained profession to recognize interactions between prescription medications and natural therapeutics.
  • Licensure ensures safe access to natural medicine.
  • NDs are trained in the diagnosis of disease and recognize the need to make referrals to medical specialists when appropriate.
NDs would be accountable to a state regulatory agency, which:
  • Ensures continuity of care
  • Creates high standards of care
  • Monitors safe practice
  • Enforces strict educational standards and physician examinations.

Licensing NDs protects you by defining educational standards, scope of practice, and professional oversight and regulation.  By defining the term “Naturopathic Doctor,” licensure clarifies the role of NDs in healthcare.  Defining a naturopathic doctor’s scope of practice does not affect other health care providers from working within their domain of training and licensing.