Naturopathic medicine often is a blanket term for dozens of alternative medical careers, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, oriental medicine, and ayurvedic therapy. For specific degrees in naturopathic medicine, however, colleges offer either the Doctor of Naturopathy or the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, which is the same degree, often abbreviated ND or NMD.
Thirteen states, Washington, D.C., and four Canadian provinces currently (as of November 2006) recognize the work of naturopathic physicians (in the United States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Washington, D.C., and in Canada: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan). Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also license naturopathic doctors.
All states and provinces require naturopathic physicians to receive a passing score on the NPLEX examination administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). A list of state and provincial contact information about specific licensure requirements is also provided by NABNE.
To be eligible for the exam, aspiring physicians must have completed a naturopathic medicine program at a college or university approved by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.
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