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In response to stakeholder feedback and the recommendation of the Naturopathic Doctor Advisory Committee, the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations adopted Emergency Rule 10(B) regarding the qualifications required to be a registered naturopathic doctor in Colorado. This emergency rule establishes the type of era-appropriate examination the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations considers to be substantially equivalent to the requirements in § 12-37.3-106(2)(d), C.R.S.
This emergency rule has been adopted effective May 23, 2014, and will be followed with:
The application to register as a Naturopathic Doctor has been updated and will be available online by visiting www.dora.colorado.gov/professions/naturopathicdoctors and clicking “Professionals (Applications & Forms)” in the left menu.
Click “Laws, Rules and Policies” in the left menu to read the emergency rule and other rules for Naturopathic Doctor registration.
The applications for Naturopathic Doctor Registration are now available.
Registration is required to practice as a naturopathic doctor in the state on June 1, 2014. Please allow time for processing by submitting your application no later than May 15, 2014 in order to receive a registration by June 1. We may need to correspond with you for further information and want to have time to complete this process before the June 1 deadline.
Be prepared -- Gather needed documents or information, and set aside relaxed and uninterrupted time to focus on your application. Have the following items ready:
· Driver’s license, passport or other proof of citizenship
· Transcripts (official or unofficial) demonstrating completion of a baccalaureate degree (if applicable).
· Official transcripts demonstrating completion of a naturopathic medicine or doctor of naturopathy degree from a college approved by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME).
· Credit card or electronic check
· Verification of a license, certificate or registration as a Naturopathic Doctor in another state or jurisdiction, if applicable.
*Scores for the Naturopathic Physician Licensing Exam (NPLEX): Be sure to request NPLEX transcripts demonstrating a passing score be sent to the Division from the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Transcripts may be requested by visiting NABNE’s website at www.nabne.org/home/product/transcripts/
*Professional Liability Insurance: Be sure to obtain professional liability insurance. You will be required to verify insurance will be obtained before seeing patients on or after June 1, 2014 as a part of the application for registration.
Other information or documentation may be required as a part of your application.
The fee for registration by examination or endorsement is $975.
The Colorado Legislature passed HB 13-1111 requiring the regulation of Naturopathic Doctors. To view the bill, click here.
Alternative health care practitioners who will not be registered as naturopathic doctors may want to read SB 13-215, as the requirements of that bill may affect your practice.