What is an ND
In order to become a licensed naturopathic physician, one must complete
undergraduate premedical course work and then attend a four year accredited
naturopathic medical school.
Following graduation, there is a three day long series of national accreditation exams that must be passed before a candidate is eligible for license, to practice naturopathic medicine.
The successful completion of these exams enables the naturopathic physician to practice primary care medicine in accordance with the licensure laws of their particular state. In order to be fully licensed in a particular state a candidate must sit for, and pass, additional state exams. Once licensed, to maintain a license, continuing education courses must be completed every year.
Naturopathic Physicians can prescribe certain prescription drugs depending on one’s particular state’s Pharmacopoeia. Montana’s Naturopathic Pharmacopoeia can be viewed at the following website: http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/ahc_board/pdf/formulary.pdf
Montana recognizes Naturopaths as primary care Physicians. In 1999 our state legislature made it a priority to assure that Montana’s have the right to choose Naturopathic Medicine alone side Allopathic Medical Choices. Is made it mandatory that Montana state insurances companies pay for Naturopathic Services. HMOs are exempt from this requirement.