Scope of Practice

A naturopathic scope of practice may include:

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine*
Ayurvedic medicine
Botanical medicine
Emergency medicine
Laboratory diagnosis and diagnostic imaging
Minor surgery
Natural hygiene
Nutritional science
Physical and clinical diagnosis
Physical medicine
Spirituality and health

* Only in scope of practice in a few states.


Discover a Career in Naturopathic Medicine

Become the doctor you'd like to have.
If you wish to treat the whole patient rather than just a condition, then consider a truly rewarding career in naturopathic medicine. As more and more individuals seek treatments that supplement or prevent the need for conventional medicine, endless career opportunities in naturopathy abound.

Doctors of naturopathic medicine (NDs) are trained as primary care providers. They learn to treat all aspects of family health and wellness, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Their scope of practice may include everything from nutritional science and clinical diagnosis to ayurvedic and botanical medicine.

Discover the many career opportunities available in naturopathic medicine:

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National associations for naturopathic doctors
Naturopathic doctor licensure
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"Naturopathic medicine is a wonderful profession if you want to make a difference. You can make a connection with a wider community, working toward the health of the community, the environment, the planet, and be a catalyst for changing the way health care is done in the world. Naturopathic medicine has exciting opportunities on a global scale."

-Jane Guiltinan, ND
 Past president, American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
 Clinical Professor, Bastyr Center for Natural Health