Certification of NC Naturopaths

oppose5SB 258 – Enact Naturopathic Doctors Certification Act

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R – Forsyth), Sen. Jerry Tillman (R – Moore), Sen. Tommy Tucker (R – Union)

This bill would provide standards for the certification of naturopathic doctors in North Carolina.

The bill defines four different types of programs that would be approved including the following:

  • A graduate level program with clinical training that is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education or an equivalent federally recognized accrediting body recognized by the NC Naturopathic Naturopathic Doctors Certification Board;
  • A program that is offered by an institution accredited by the US Secretary of Education;
  • A program that has provincial approval for participation in government funded student-aid;
  • A program approved by the NC Naturopathic Doctors Certification Board.

The bill defines naturopathic scope to include the following:

  • Administer natural medicines, therapies, topical medicines, hydrotherapy, dietary therapy and naturopathic physical medicine;
  • Ordering and performing  physical examinations;
  • Ordering, performing and interpreting laboratory tests;
  • Ordering diagnostic imaging including X-ray, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound and mammograms;
  • Perform health education and health counseling, including dietary and lifestyle counseling;
  • Perform care to lacerations and abrasions including local anesthetics.

The bill would also create the North Carolina Naturopathic Certification Board, which would include seven members. Two of these members would by physicians appointed by the Governor.

The bill would require all applicants to receive a criminal background check, and pay a fee.


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