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 & ELIGIBILTIY FOR LICENSURE/REGISTRATION

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. Successful completion of the NPLEX examination process does not guarantee that you will be eligible to become licensed/registered as a naturopathic physician/doctor.

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 any particular jurisdiction.  In jurisdictions that regulate the licensure/registration of naturopathic physicians/doctors (with the exception of Ontario), you are required to pass both the NPLEX Part I – Biomedical Science (BSE) and the Part II – Core Clinical Science Examination (CCSE).  In addition, to be eligible for licensure in some jurisdictions, you may be required to also pass NPLEX Part II – Clinical Elective Examinations in Acupuncture (AEE), Elective Pharmacology (EPE), Minor Surgery (MSEE), and/or Parenteral Medicine (PMEE).

Jurisdictional requirements are subject to change.  NABNE cannot guarantee that the information below is accurate.  You should check with 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/doctor.

State Requirements

NPLEX EXAM AK AZ CA CO CT DC HI ID KS MD ME MN MT ND NH NM OR PR  RI UT VT WA
BSE * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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CCSE * * * * * * * * * * *  * * * * * * * * *  * *
AEE *  *
EPE       *   * *   1  
MSEE  *   1 *  * * * * * *
PMEE

Provincial Requirements

NPLEX EXAM AB BC MB SK
BSE * * * *
CCSE * * * *
AEE 1 1 *
EPE
   
MSEE 1 *
PMEE

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