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Please Note: Florida does not license Naturopathic Physicians.  Although Dr. Kimberly Nguyen is a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Vermont, she practices as a Natural Health Consultant and Acupuncture Physician in Florida.  The information provided is general information about where you can find information about Naturopathic Medicine.

 

For more information on Naturopathic Medicine, please see the National Naturopathic Associations website, www.naturopathic.org.

 

  Presently, there are four naturopathic medical programs in the United States fully accredited by the CNME:

 

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, Arizona  (Dr. Kimberly Nguyen is a graduate of SCNM)      www.scnm.edu

Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington   www.bastyr.edu

National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon  www.ncnm.edu

University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut

The CNME also accredits one program in Canada:

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario


 

A nationally standardized Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX) has been established which is used in nearly all of the states that currently regulate NDs. Successful passage of this test is a basic requirement for licensing.  Currently, fourteen states license NDs: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. In addition, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and four Canadian provinces also license naturopathic doctors. In all of these jurisdictions, NDs practice as independent general practitioners with state oversight. Licensed NDs are required to complete annual continuing education, practice responsibly and meet all of the individual state requirements in order to maintain their license. A licensed ND has unique expertise in natural medicine while also possessing the ability to diagnose and treat medical conditions, perform physical exams and order laboratory testing. In many of the states that license naturopathic doctors, health care consumers may specifically choose NDs as their primary health care providers.

 

  The national organization representing naturopathic doctors, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (www.naturopathic.org) is the driving force for the profession. The AANP is instrumental in the development of the profession's educational and practice standards, and in expanding awareness of the vital role naturopathic medicine has to play in the future of the health care system in the United States.

 

 

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