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National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and administered by four regional higher education compacts. NUNM is authorized to provide online education to students who reside in 49 SARA member states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, please visit the NC-SARA website

While California does not currently participate in the NC-SARA initiative, NUNM is authorized to operate in California via the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

Complaints

National University of Natural Medicine students should first seek to resolve concerns and complaints by reviewing the policy and follow procedures outlined in the Student Complaint and Resolution Policy section of the student handbook.

Students should attempt to resolve any grievances they may have with their school first. Should attempts to resolve these problems with appropriate school officials fail, or should the student be dissatisfied with the final outcome of the college complaint process, then the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), can respond to a formal complaint. Students may contact the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, 3225 25th St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 or by sending an email to complaints@hecc.oregon.gov.  Students may also access our Complaints web page at https://www.oregon.gov/highered/about/Pages/complaints.aspx or visit the complaints page at NC-SARA’s website: https://nc-sara.org/student-complaints.

Complaints may also be filed with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Students from California can file a complaint with California Department of Consumer AffairsConsumer Information Center.

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement (NC-SARA)

Naturopathic Medicine Licensure

NUNM has made a determination that the ND program meets licensure requirements to become a Naturopathic Doctor in the following states. If a state licensing agency is available, a link to the state agency may be found by selecting the state below.

ND Licensing BoardState
(A link is present if a state licensing board exists)
YesAlaska
YesArizona
YesCalifornia
YesColorado
YesConnecticut
YesDistrict of Columbia
YesHawaii
YesIdaho
YesKansas
YesMaine
YesMaryland
YesMassachusetts
YesMinnesota
YesMontana
YesNew Hampshire
YesNew Mexico
YesNorth Dakota
YesOregon
YesPennsylvania
YesRhode Island
YesUtah
YesVermont
YesWashington
YesUS Territories: Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

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.

Naturopathic Medicine Licensure – States Without Regulatory Authorities

NUNM has made a determination that the ND program does not meet licensure requirements to become a Naturopathic Doctor in the following states:

ND Licensing BoardState
(A link is present if a State licensing board exists)
NoAlabama
NoArkansas
NoDelaware
NoFlorida
NoGeorgia
NoIllinois
NoIndiana
NoIowa
NoKentucky
NoLouisiana
NoMichigan
NoMississippi
NoMissouri
NoNebraska
NoNevada
NoNew Jersey
NoNew York
NoNorth Carolina
NoOhio
NoOklahoma
NoSouth Carolina
NoSouth Dakota
NoTennessee
NoTexas
NoVirginia
NoWest Virginia
NoWisconsin
NoWyoming

Requirements to Becoming Licensed

Following graduation from an accredited four-year naturopathic medicine program, NDs must pass the Naturopathic Physicians License Exam (NPLEX) board examinations to receive their medical license. This tests their understanding of biomedical and clinical sciences, as well as their diagnostic and therapeutic knowledge. After passing the NPLEX exams, applicants are then required to pass exams specific to the state or jurisdiction in which they seek to practice.

The first ND licensing exam (NPLEX Part I) focuses on foundational medical sciences. It is similar to those used by conventional medical schools, testing the applicants’ knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and pathology. The second exam (NPLEX Part II) assesses an applicant’s grasp of the clinical sciences, diagnosis, and the unique modalities of naturopathic medicine, including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine and physical medicine. After passing the NPLEX examinations, applicants are then required to pass exams specific to the state or jurisdiction in which they seek to practice.

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.

Acupuncture with Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization Licensure

Graduates of the Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization (DAcCHM, previously DSOM), Master of Acupuncture with a Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization (MAcCHM, previously MSOM), and MAc programs are eligible to apply for acupuncture licensure in the State of Oregon. MAcCHM 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 MAcCHM 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.

NUNM has made a determination that the DAcCHM and MAcCHM programs meet the requirements to become licensed in the following states. If a state licensing agency is available, a link to the state agency may be found by selecting the state below.

DAcCHM and MAcCHM Licensing BoardState
(A link is present if a state licensing board exists)
YesAlaska
YesArizona
YesCalifornia
YesColorado
YesConnecticut
YesDistrict of Columbia
YesHawaii
YesIdaho
YesKansas
YesMaine
YesMaryland
YesMassachusetts
YesMinnesota
YesMontana
YesNew Hampshire
YesNew Mexico
YesNorth Dakota
YesOregon
YesPennsylvania
YesRhode Island
YesUtah
YesVermont
YesWashington
YesIowa
YesNevada
YesWyoming
YesNebraska
YesTexas
YesMissouri
YesArkansas
YesLouisiana
YesWisconsin
YesIllinois
YesKentucky
YesIndiana
YesMichigan
YesTennessee
YesMississippi
YesOhio
YesWest Virginia
YesVirginia
YesGeorgia
YesFlorida
YesSouth Carolina
YesNorth Carolina
YesNew York
YesDelaware
YesNew Jersey
UnknownUS Territories: Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

The MAcCHM 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.

Acupuncture with Chinese Herbal Medicine Specialization Licensure – States Without Regulatory Authorities

NUNM has made a determination that the DAcCHM and MAcCHM programs do not meet the requirements to become licensed in the following states:

DAcCHM and MAcCHM Licensing BoardState
(A link is present if a state licensing board exists)
NoAlabama
NoOklahoma
NoSouth Dakota

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

Office of Admissions
National University of Natural Medicine
49 South Porter Street, Portland, OR  97201
Phone 503.552.1660