On Friday March 21st, the Maryland Senate approved a bill to license
naturopathic doctors in the state of Maryland. The bill was approved in the
House the previous week leaving only the Governor’s signature necessary to
achieve licensure in the state. Physicians are optimistic the governor will
sign the bill making Maryland the 18th state in the nation with licensing
requirements and regulations for naturopathic physicians. State
requirements are defined by each state’s laws with most requiring
naturopathic doctors to graduate from an accredited four-year residential
naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board exam in
order to receive a license. In addition, naturopathic physicians must
fulfill state-mandated annual continuing education requirements. For a list
of the 17 states with these regulations, click HERE.
Naturopathic physician play a critical role in the healthcare system so
congratulations to the state of Maryland for taking these necessary steps!