Naturopathic profession hits “sweet 16” in total licensed states with North Dakota legislationNorth Dakota became the 16th state to license naturopathic doctors after a unanimous November 14, 2011 vote in the state’s upper chamber and an 80 to 10 vote

Naturopathic profession hits “sweet 16” in total licensed states with North Dakota legislationNorth Dakota became the 16th state to license naturopathic doctors after a unanimous November 14, 2011 vote in the state’s upper chamber and an 80 to 10 vote in the House. According to a report to members from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the bill, signed April 26, 2011, creates an integrative health board that “will serve as an incubator for small groups of health-care professionals seeking licensure, but whose size would not support boards of their own.” Credit is given to Beth Allen, ND, for leading the effort. State Senators Margaret Sitte (R) and Senator Tim Mathern (D) were cited for working “hand-in-hand in building a bipartisan coalition to push this legislation through.” 

Comment: I am sure the ND profession would like to have picked up a big state like New York or Massachusetts or Illinois where efforts have been underway for years. Still,16 is a better number than 15 and 20 is on the horizon. The North Dakota action appears to be the end of a long dry spell in which the AANP and its affiliates were unable to bring in a new state with a quality practice act.


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