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Licensure

At SCNM, you’ll benefit from attending ND school in a licensed state with the broadest scope of practice which means you'll be trained in all the naturopathic therapies including acupuncture.

NDs may still practice in unlicensed states and provinces, however, their scope of practice may vary. In states and provinces that license naturopathic physicians, including Arizona, the profession is regulated. In these states/provinces, naturopathic physicians must pass either national or state board examinations and must have graduated from an accredited four-year, graduate level, naturopathic medical school. Their actions are subject to review by a state board of examiners to ensure protection of the patients. Licensed naturopathic physicians must also fulfill state-mandated continuing education requirements annually.

Why is Licensure Important?

When naturopathic physicians can utilize all the naturopathic therapies, patients receive better care and health care costs are reduced.

Licensure Map

Efforts to enact licensing laws are underway in several states and provinces. For the most current information about the legal status of naturopathic medicine in a particular area, please visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at www.naturopathic.org and the Canadian Association or Naturopathic Doctors at www.cand.ca.