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Licensing and Registration

Professional Qualification

The NPLEX Examinations measure minimal competence in the medical knowledge you need to be a safe naturopathic practitioner. “Board Certification” implies additional education and testing beyond this degree of entry-level qualification. Therefore, passing the NPLEX Examinations does not mean you are “board-certified”.


Domain of Authority

You must abide by NABNE policies regarding examination (i.e., eligibility requirements, and examination and re-examination policies). You must abide by jurisdiction policies regarding licensure/registration.


Eligibility for Licensure/Registration

Successful completion of the NPLEX examination process does not guarantee eligibility to become licensed/registered as a naturopathic physician/doctor in every jurisdiction.


Jurisdictional Requirements for Licensure/Registration

The NPLEX Examinations are international examinations and you are expected to have the general knowledge required to practice in all jurisdictions within the U.S. and Canada. This may mean that you are required to have knowledge over and above the scope of practice in one particular jurisdiction. In all jurisdictions that regulate licensure of naturopathic physicians/doctors, you are required to take and pass both the NPLEX Part I – Biomedical Science and Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination. In addition, to be eligible for licensure in some jurisdictions, you may be required to take and pass the NPLEX Part II – Clinical Elective Examinations in Acupuncture, Minor Surgery, and/or Elective Pharmacology.

Some regulatory authorities require that you take jurisprudence, oral, and other jurisdiction-specific examinations. These jurisdiction-specific examinations are not prepared, coordinated, scheduled, or administered by NABNE. NABNE administers only NPLEX Examinations. To confirm the NPLEX examination requirement and to apply to take jurisprudence and other jurisdiction-specific examinations, you are responsible for checking with the regulatory authority in the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice.

NPLEX Examinations Required for Licensure/Registration by Jurisdiction

Jurisdictional requirements are subject to change. NABNE cannot guarantee that the information on this page is accurate. You should check with the regulatory authority in the jurisdiction in which you plan to practice regarding jurisdiction-specific policies and to confirm which NPLEX Examinations are required for eligibility to become licensed/registered as a naturopathic physician.

NPLEX EXAMINATION  AB AK AZ BC CA CO CT HI DC KS MD ME MB MN MT ND NH ON OR PR SK UT VT WA
Part I – Biomedical Science * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  * *
Part II – Core Clinical Science * * * * * * * * * * * * *  * * * * * * * * *  * *
Part II – Clinical Elective Acupuncture 1 *  * *   *
Part II – Clinical Elective Minor Surgery 1  * *  *  * * * * *
Part II – Clinical Elective Pharmacology 1

1 You are required to take the examination only if you wish to use these modalities in your practice.

You should contact individual regulatory authorities for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding their specific requirements for licensure/registration.

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