Naturopathic Doctors Act Passed

by American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges

Naturopathic Doctors Act (SB 907) in California State

California will soon officially recognize the naturopathic profession, now that the legislature and the governor have approved SB 907. This bill became law on January 1st, 2004. Licenses are expected to be issued beginning in late fall, 2004. NDs who graduated from an approved school, and have passed either NPLEX or a state board exam, will be eligible for the California license. Find out what’s planned for implementation.
California Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP)

“California is a leader in the emerging natural healthcare field. To continue prohibiting Californians from seeing qualified providers of natural healthcare and receiving the benefit of the services they provide just doesn�t make sense. Consumers deserve a range of quality healthcare options, and this bill helps make that happen.”
-John Burton, Senator, Calif.

“California is a bell weather state and licensing our doctors there will have a ripple effect throughout the country.”
-Thomas C. Shepherd, DHA, Bastyr University President

In the News

September 23, 2003
Once SB 907 has been implemented, licenses are expected to begin being issued in late 2004. Stay informed about the scope of practice, criteria for licensure, function of the bureau, and the expected timetable. View SB 907 fact sheet.
California Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP)

September 23, 2003
SB 907 makes California the 13th state to allow graduates of accredited institutions to practice to the full extent of their education and training. New law is victory for Bastyr University, who plans to pursue opening branch campus there. Learn more about the huge implications this new law has for Bastyr University and its graduates.
Bastyr University

September 4, 2003
Having now cleared by both the State Senate and Assembly, the final signing of this bill (SB 907) by California’s governor would extend state licensure to clinically trained naturopathic doctors, allowing California to join 12 other states with licensure laws already in place for naturopathic doctors. “This is an historic day for the naturopathic profession, and the countless individuals and families in California who embrace a natural approach to healthcare,” stated Sally Lamont, ND, executive director of CANP. Read the CANP press release.
California Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP)

September 1, 2003
Naturopathic licensing bill passes California State Assembly. Hear about the political process.
Natural Health Line

California resident or not, you can take action now. Visit the CANP Citizen Action Center.

Read full text of the SB 907 bill.

More Background on Naturopathic Medicine and Licensure

Admissions and Licensure
Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME)
North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) and Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX)

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