A Licensed Naturopathic Physician (N.D. or N.M.D.) attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D., but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health). A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.
American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges
The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) was established in February 2001, to propel and foster the naturpathic medical profession by actively supporting the academic efforts of accredited and recognized schools of naturopathic medicine.
- BASTYR University (Kenmore, WA and San Diego, CA)
- National University of Natural Medicine (Portland, OR)
- Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, AZ)
- University of Bridgeport – College of Naturopathic Medicine (Bridgeport, CT)
- Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, ON)
- Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (New Westminister, BC)
- National University of Health Sciences (Lombard, IL)
The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education’s mission is quality assurance: serving the public by accrediting naturopathic medical education prograams that voluntarily seek recognition that they meet or exceed CNME’s standards. Students and graduates of programs accredited or preaccredited (candidacy) by CNME are eligible to apply for the naturopathic licensing examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE), and are generally eligible for state and provincial licensure in the U.S. and Canada
North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners/NPLEX
The NPLEX (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations) is the examination graduates of one of the approved naturopathic medical colleges must pass to be licensed in any of the 16 states of 5 provinces that license/register naturopathic physicians. The North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) is reponsible for approving applicants to take the NPLEX and for administering the examinations.
This information was provided by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)