Licensing

Licensing of Naturopathic Physicians

Naturopathic physicians practice in many U.S. states and Canadian provinces as well as foreign countries under various legal provisions. States and Canadian provinces that license NDs at this writing include:

USA

AlaskaArizona
CaliforniaColorado
ConnecticutHawaii
KansasMaine
MarylandMassachusetts
MinnesotaMontana
New HampshireNorth Dakota
OregonPennsylvania
Rhode IslandUtah
VermontWashington

Districts and Territories

District of ColumbiaPuerto Rico
US Virgin Islands

Canada

AlbertaBritish Columbia
ManitobaOntario
SaskatchewanNova Scotia
(title protection only)

In other U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions, a varying scope of naturopathic practice may be permitted or protected by court decisions, attorney general opinions, or local custom.

Efforts to enact licensing laws are underway in several 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 (818 18th St. NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006 or www.naturopathic.org), state or provincial naturopathic associations, or individual naturopathic physicians in that area.

Currently, all states that license naturopathic physicians require graduation from a residential course of study offered through a college approved by the examining jurisdiction. National University of Natural Medicine meets all requirements and is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.

Completion of the ND degree at National University of Natural Medicine or another recognized institution qualifies candidates to sit for a board licensing examination that every applicant must pass to be licensed. Similarly, National University of Natural Medicine graduates are eligible to sit for examination in Canadian provinces that license naturopathic medicine. While each jurisdiction has its own examination requirements, an increasing number use the Naturopathic Physicians License Exam (NPLEX) as part or all of the required testing.

Licensing of Acupuncturists

Graduates of the MSOM and MAc programs are eligible to apply for acupuncture licensure in the state of Oregon. MSOM graduates are eligible to take all exams administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which most states use as a basis for licensure. MAc graduates are eligible to take all NCCAOM exams except the Chinese Herbology Module Exam, which is required for licensure in some states.

For additional information, contact:
NCCAOM
2025 M Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC, 20036
888.381.1140
info@nccaom.org

In addition, the MSOM program is approved by the California Acupuncture Board, allowing graduates to sit for the California licensing exam, and is on the State of New Mexico education program approved list.  The MAc program does not meet licensing requirements for the State of California or the State of New Mexico.

For additional information concerning acupuncture licensure in the State of California, contact:
The California Acupuncture Board
1747 N. Market Blvd, Suite 180,
Sacramento, CA 95834
916.515.5200

www.acupuncture.ca.gov

For additional information concerning licensure in the State of New Mexico, contact:
The Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 97505
505.476.4500
website

The following jurisdictions use NCCAOM exams as a part of their licensure protocol:

USA

AlaskaArizona
ArkansasColorado
ConnecticutFlorida
GeorgiaHawaii
IdahoIllinois
IndianaIowa
MaineMaryland
MassachusettsMinnesota
MissouriMontana
NebraskaNew Hampshire
New JerseyNew Mexico
New YorkNorth Carolina
OhioOregon
PennsylvaniaRhode Island
South CarolinaTennessee
TexasUtah
VermontVirginia
WashingtonWest Virginia
Wisconsin

The MSOM program is also specifically approved by the California Acupuncture Board and the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. We recommend that you contact the licensing body in the state in which you wish to practice for additional information.

For further information regarding programs at the National University of Natural Medicine, please contact:

Office of Admissions
National University of Natural Medicine
049 SW Porter Street, Portland, OR  97201
Phone 503.552.1660