Registration Begins for Minnesota’s Naturopathic Doctors

Activation of new law affords patients access to the right care at the right time.

Implementation of last year’s successful legislative effort allows for naturopathic doctors to practice naturopathic medicine by registering with the state of Minnesota – a development that is the culmination of years of hard work from natural medicine advocates in the state. The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has made forms available to NDs seeking registration, and has established an application review schedule. Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MNANP) expects that the first naturopathic doctors will be fully registered by January, 2010.

“This is an exciting development for health care consumers in Minnesota” said Leslie Vilensky, ND, and President of MNANP. “Patients are best served when they have access to a team of healthcare professionals who work together to ensure overall health and wellness. By having a registration system, patients can rest easy that their naturopathic doctor has met the highest standards of the profession.”

Naturopathic Doctors are required to have graduated from institutions accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education and to have passed the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) national exam. Naturopathic doctors are now required to register with the state, and are regulated under the Board of Medical Practice, with the advice of the Registered Naturopathic Doctor Advisory Council.

“Giving patients access to a broader scope of providers improves the health care system as a whole,” says Karen Howard, Executive Director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. “There is a direct correlation between patient access to a broad range of healthcare provider options and a more efficient, cost-effective healthcare system.”

NDs will be registered with broad scope, which includes physical examination, clinical laboratory testing, physiological function testing, and ordering of imaging. They will also be allowed to treat with herbs, dietary supplements and other natural substances; utilize lifestyle counseling; provide hypnotherapy, biofeedback, dietary therapy, electrotherapy, galvanic therapy, oxygen, therapeutic devices, and barrier devices for contraception; and do minor office procedures, including obtaining specimens to assess and treat disease.

Minnesota is the 15th U.S. state to regulate the practice of naturopathic medicine. Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors.


The Minnesota Association of Naturopathic Physicians was founded as a professional organization for graduate-level trained naturopathic doctors in the state of Minnesota, and is a state affiliate of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Learn more at

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is a professional association that strives to make naturopathic medicine available to every American, and to increase recognition of naturopathic physicians as the identified authorities on natural medicine. Our members include accredited schools of naturopathy, students, physicians, and individual and corporate supporters, participating independently or though 40 state-level affiliate organizations. Learn more at