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N.D. or N.M.D. Degree, What's the Difference?


Universities and colleges may choose to call the naturopathic degree they confer either the "Doctor of Naturopathy" or the "Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine" degree. These are two different names for the same degree. By either name, the degree is usually abbreviated "N.D.," but an institution that refers to its naturopathic credential as the "Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine" degree may abbreviate it either "N.D." or "N.M.D." Presently, all colleges and universities with accredited or candidate naturopathic medicine programs confer the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree or, in Canada, the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine diploma. In all states and provinces that regulate naturopathic medicine, except Arizona, naturopathic physicians use the N.D. initials after their names. In Arizona, they may use either the N.D. or N.M.D. initials; the different sets of initials do not indicate a difference in scope of practice, but only a preference by the individual physicians. The N.D. initials are the ones more widely associated with the naturopathic medical profession and are the only ones used in the corporate seals of both the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Accreditation of Naturopathic Schools

The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education serves the public by accrediting both naturopathic medical education programs, and post-doctoral naturopathic medicine programs. CNME is recognized by the United States Department of Education. View a

State Licensing Laws for Naturopathic Physicians

Licensing laws for naturopathic doctors are currently present in 16 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

describes benefits, requirements, and scope of ND licensure.

Federation of Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Authorities
344 SW 7th St Suite B
Newport, OR 97365-4915

Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination Board (NPLEX)
P.O. Box 69657
Portland, OR 97201

North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE)
8948 SW Barbur Boulevard #157
Portland, OR 97219-4047

Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development
Division of Occupational Licensing Naturopathic Section
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

Arizona Naturopathic Board of Medical Examiners
1400 W. Washington Ave, #230
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Connecticut Board of Naturopathic Examiners
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#12APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Hawaii Board of Examiners in Naturopathy
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Montana Alternative Health Care Board
301 S. Park
Helena, MT 59620-0573

State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Board of Naturopathic Examiners
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 407
Portland, OR 97232

Federation Rep: KE Edmisten, ND, LAc
Junta Examiadora de Doctores en Naturopathia Oficina de Regiamentacion y Certification Para Profesionales de La Salud
Call Box 10200
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00909-0200

Vermont Office of the Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation Naturopathic Physicians Advisors
26 Terrace Street, Drawer 9
Montpelier, VT 05609

Washington State Department of Health Naturopathy Program
Mailing Address: PO Box 47869, Olympia WA 98504-7869
Physical Address: 310 Israel Rd SE, Tumwater WA 98501

Canadian Provincial Licensing Boards
The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)
2238 Pine Street
Vancouver, BC, V6J 5V4

Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners
Box 1836 Unity
SK, S0K 4L0

Manitoba Naturopathic Association
161 Stafford Street, #2
Winnipeg, MB, R3M 2W9

Ontario Board of Directors, Drugless Therapy/Naturopathy
112 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1K9

by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Updated: Dec 21 2013