Naturopathic Doctor Licensure
In California, naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed as primary care providers. California law requires naturopathic doctors to be graduates of an accredited naturopathic medical school with a minimum of 4,100 hours of training. Of the total hours required, 2,500 are didactic classroom-based training hours, with a minimum of 1,200 hours of clinic-based supervised learning Candidates must also pass a national licensing exam administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).
It is important to distinguish licensed naturopathic doctors from lay practitioners who may refer to themselves as “naturopaths” but who do not have accredited didactic and clinical naturopathic medical training. California naturopathic doctors are regulated and licensed by the Naturopathic Medicine Committee under the Department of Consumer Affairs. Consumer information and licensee verification can be found at www.naturopathic.ca.gov.