Are naturopaths licensed as medical doctors (M.D.)?

Naturopaths must be licensed as naturopathic doctors in 17 states. They must graduate from a four-year program and pass a board examination. They are accorded the designation N.D. Naturopathic doctors in other states often use this designation without state licensing or proper training.

Medical doctors (M.D.) may be naturopathic medical doctors and use the designation N.M.D. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) can help you locate a licensed naturopath at

The following states have legislation regarding licensing:
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland (as of March 2016)
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also require licensing.

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